Everything Must Collide
Soulever Lift, a Fort Worth, TX, group known for boldly blending fierce, progressive rock with r&b and soul, presents their second studio album, 'Everything Must Collide.' The record showcases Soulever Lift leaning farther towards their hard rock influences, while still keeping their feet firmly planted in their trademark steady groove. It also features guest keyboard wizard Bobby Sparks (Marcus Miller, Lalah Hathaway) on four tracks. Since their formation in the fall of 2006 and the release of their debut album in early 2008, the band has built a growing base of fans and enjoyed a steady stream of shows throughout Texas and surrounding states. In December 2008, Soulever Lift was featured on YouTube as part of Los Angeles-based record label Executive Music Group's 'Raw Session' series of videos. The format features up-and-coming artists performing acoustic covers of current Billboard hits. Soulever Lift's cover of Leona Lewis' "Better In Time" has generated upwards of 20,000 hits. The band's four members, vocalist and lyricist Yendor Reese, guitarist and principle songwriter Mark Lettieri, bassist Cole Davis and drummer John Wesley, each bring a different musical element to the sound. Reese combines licks from his gospel church upbringing with a blistering rock tone to form a style equally at home in a humid Texas storefront church or a stadium. Lettieri is a guitarist with an instantly recognizable sound and feel that has established him as an in-demand session musician in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, having worked with industry heavyweights Erykah Badu, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Keite Young and Myron Butler & Levi, among others. Davis and Wesley form the bedrock of the band's sound, and one of the tightest rhythm sections in Funkytown. They are a force both solid and fluid that keeps brains and booties in motion. As Times of Acadiana (Lafayette, LA) writer Cody Daigle puts it, "It isn't every day you find a band willing to meld the aggressive sounds of rock with the slick suaveness of soul. Soulever Lift does it, and it does it with panache."