Music For Your Soul…
7Souls is a Baltimore based, 7-piece cover band that fuses Classic & Southern Rock, Blues & Country, along with some modern rock music.
Johnny put the band together in 2017 out of his love of performing, having been in 2 different Baltimore area cover bands over a 12 year period. He left his previous band in 2015 as the complications of life pushed music to the background.
“I hadn’t been playing in a band for over 2 years,” says Johnny, “and I really missed it. I contacted a few musicians that I knew, and the search was on … to complete the group. I’ve always wanted a larger band, as I was in 4-piece bands previously. From our first rehearsal, and through a few member transitions, we finally have a great core of musicians with even better chemistry.”
The chemistry in 7Souls is indeed unmistakable — in some cases, band members have been friends for years prior to joining the group — and the fun is infectious.
We can’t wait to see you all out in area bars, festivals, and private parties.
Johnny ~ Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Johnny has been singing since the age of 9. His dad got him started by taking him to a barbershop chorus rehearsal. He was immediately hooked, and has been involved in music, whether it was with the chorus or playing instruments in the school bands ever since. From that early age, all the way through college, he wanted to be a professional musician. He studied music education and theory in college, where his focus was on being and instrumentalist and music teacher. Johnny’s love for music is spread over many genres, mainly focusing on classical and jazz, to rock and blues. He has also been the lead singer in multiple rock band from the age of 16, to his current situation. He often says, “music is a great release from normal everyday life.”
Johnny enjoys making music, and will continue until he stops having fun. For now, he still loves doing it and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Lynette ~ Lead Vocals
Wonder Woman is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. She is a founding member of the Justice League, a goddess, and Ambassador-at-Large of the Amazon people. In her homeland, the island nation of Themyscira, her official title is Princess Lynette of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta. When blending into the society outside of her homeland, she adopts her civilian identity Lynette Messenger. She is also referred to by such epithets as the “Amazing Amazon”, the “Spirit of Truth”, “Themyscira’s Champion”, the “God-Killer”, and the “Goddess of Love and War”.
Oh, and she can sing.
Robert ~ Electric Guitar & Vocals
One half of 7Souls’ lead guitar duo, Robert has been playing for over 25 years. Hailing from Nashville, and starting his musical interests in the 1990’s, his style and influences are grounded in blues-based rock, grunge, and alternative. Recently he’s also taken a turn toward roots-rock, including blues and country-influenced rock, with a focus on playing slide guitar.
Some of Robert’s deepest influences range from Jason Isbell, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duane Allman, and Keith Richards to Slash, Joe Perry, and Eric Clapton.
In the last few years, Robert has moved to merge his love of playing guitar with woodworking. If you come to a 7 Souls show, you’ll see him play at least one of his hand-made Telecasters.
Steve ~ Electric Guitar & Vocals
Steve’s the other half of 7Souls’ electric guitar powerhouse. He developed a love for music early in life, listening to the music his dad listened to, ranging from classical, to 50’s do wop, to Man of La Macha and Jesus Christ Super Star, Hank Williams — and anything on Dr. Demento’s Sunday night radio show.
He began playing instruments in elementary school, and began playing both guitar and bass while in High School. He settled in playing bass in bands and doing theater gigs almost his entire adult life.
Now a recovering Bass player — he’s been clean since 1999 — Steve moved on to focus on guitar and joined 7Souls in the fall of 2017 at the invitation of Geren.
Geren ~ Keyboards & Vocals
Like Steve, Geren’s interest in music came early, and he started to learn to play the piano and clarinet in his grade-school years. Like most students, he started learning classical music and theory, but soon moved to jazz, blues, and eventually, to rock and pop. By high school, he’d abandoned the woodwinds and concentrated specifically on keyboard instruments. As such, Geren’s influences are wide ranging, spanning genres and decades (even centuries). Particular favorites include the music of J.S. Bach, Dave Brubeck, Rick Wakeman, Mike Lawler, Richard Wright, Rave Tesar, Tom Costar, Keith Emerson, Glenn Workman, Deanna Bogart and Tom Brislin, to name a few. Today, Geren particularly enjoys listening to progressive rock from bands like Yes and Renaissance, along with “jam bands” like Phish and Keller Williams, but truth be told, he enjoys almost anything except gangster rap and opera.
Geren joined forces with 7Souls in the summer of 2017 — before the band even had a name — after Johnny contacted him on Bandmix. In addition to his musical interests, he’s also an avid photographer and model railroader, and dabbles in graphic and web design.
Dennis ~ Bass
Dennis started playing the bass at 14, mainly because his friends needed a bass player. They told him that chicks really dig bass players so he went along. After many years he discovered this to be blatantly not true, and has since vowed revenge. Those people are still running or have been placed in identity/relocation programs for their own protection.
But Dennis really enjoyed playing the bass so he stuck with it. Influenced by many genres, such as Motown and jazz (that his mother introduced him to), to hard rock, funk and blues, Dennis has developed a heavy funk-infused straight-forward groove that now brings all the ladies to their knees in smoldering ecstasy … his quest for revenged now satiated. But he didn’t get there alone….
Having played in quite a few bands running the gambit from hardcore punk to country, Dennis has quite a few influences he relies on. Iconic musicians such as James Jamerson to Cliff Burton and Abe Laboriel to Victor Wooten have brought Dennis much light on how he approaches the instrument.
This all came to fruition in 2017 when Dennis’ long time friend, Johnny, asked him to join his new project. Dennis was like, “Let’s Do IT!” and 7 Souls was born!
Dennis is also the proud leader of a clowder, loves photography and is an avid sports car enthusiast.
Bruce ~ Drums & Vocals
Bruce has been playing drums since the age of six. His father was also a drummer, and passed along his passion, teaching Bruce to play.
Bruce likes all genres of music. Country, rock, blues, and R&B drive his passion to play, and Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Max Roach, Neal Peart, John Bonham, Sandy Nelson, and Stewart Copeland are but some of the influences that form the foundation of his style. Of course, he adds his own nuances to blend them all together.
Bruce has often said, “If people are out there having a good time by what we’re doing on stage it makes playing for them well worth it.”
Bruce has been in a variety of bands over the past twenty-five years. His approach to performing is simple … just have fun on stage and everything will take care of itself!