“There are so many so-called soul singers who just can’t cut it, [Soul Messengers’ lead singer] Rich, on this showing and the live clips that are out there, proves that he certainly is the real thing.”
– Malcolm Carter, PennyBlack Music, UK
Soul revivalists, Soul Messengers, are back in 2017 with a new album. Both of their studio albums, 2013’s ‘I’m Alive’, and 2015’s ‘Dirty Soul’ garnered great reviews and nationwide radio play, with ‘Dirty Soul’ reaching #12 on the Australian Blues and Roots chart and featuring as Sydney Jazz and Blues radio station Eastside Radio’s album of the week.
Previously known as Chich and The Soul Messengers, the Sydney based bluesy-soul revivalists present a dynamite live show honed at regular gigs in Sydney and surrounds, the band having played over 85 shows since 2014 at venues such as Marrickville’s Lazybones, Newtown’s Leadbelly and Sydney’s The Basement. In addition to performing regular shows Soul Messengers have been added to NSW festivals Double Bay Street Festival and The Northern Beaches Music Festival in multiple years. Add in past residencies at Enmore’s Vic on the Park, Marrickville’s Gasoline Pony and Newtown’s Botany View Hotel and you have one of Sydney’s most booked originals bands.
Soul Messengers are Rich Aljinovic (vocals, guitar), Simon Morel (guitar), Hadi Ansell (bass) and Dave Kirby (drums). They love to play live and are intent on spreading their soul manifesto. With a great rhythm section and happening lead guitarist behind him, Rich feels free to let go and enjoy the moment, freeing his gutsy, soul drenched voice to float between grooving rock ‘n’ soul to sweet sultry ballads.