BIG MIKE MOTHERSHED

LEAD VOCALIST

Born in a beautiful small town in Southeast Kansas, he started out as a child prodigy gospel singer. He then spent 8 years in the U.S military while working part-time as a studio background singer. His talents allowed him to be pursued to sing all over the nation. He has performed and competed natioanally and it finally grew to a conclusion because he was asked to be a judge and not a contestant. 

He has competed and won countless vocal contests nationally and is renowned for being able to recreate the Motown, Stax and Philly Sound of balladeers, past and present. His sound has been heavily influenced by the likes of Barry White, Luther Vandross, Jeffery Osborne and David Ruffin. His tenor and baritone command of vocals along with his confidence is entertaining and allows him to engage any audience who loves r&b/funk/soul/jazz/blues/classic rock and 40's/50's big band or just good dance music!

GREG KINDVALL

Guitarist & band leader

Greg is the bandleader that is no less than an awesome awesome guitar player and vocalist. He has over 20 years of performance experience and is the glue that holds this band together.

Paul Dickie

Guitarist - Vocalist

Paul is a NY native who came to MN after a 20-year stint in IN. He has been playing guitar since the 60’s when he realized the Beatles made it more popular than the trumpet he had been playing. He has played with various worship teams and bands since the 1980’s and has been playing with Retro Soul for the last 8 years. Paul has played with Retro Soul drummer Mark Seely for 31 years and Retro Soul members Greg Kindvall and Ken Look for 20 years.

KEN LOOK

Bass

Ken hails is  native of the windy city - Chicago and brings all the soul and blues required to make it authentic and come to life. He started as a drummer and converted to the bass - a match made in heaven. A disciple of blues - he has put the B in the Blues!

Craig Mesenbring 

Trumpet

Craig has been playing since he was 10 years old.  He started his musical career as a school band “nerd”…hardly…then started playing in horn bands, and eventually became seriously interested in classical playing with a brass quintet.  His most influential mentor in music was his college trumpet professor, Al Moore.  Bands that influenced him the most include Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Chicago, Tower of Power and Maurice Andre.

Craig’s impressive background includes playing for several great bands, including Top Brass, Open Road, Octopus, Chance, and even played a gig with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

 

Today the tunes he enjoys most are Uptown Funk, any Chicago tune, and any of the four Victor Ewald quintets.

 

If he could go back in time, he would either be a professional orchestral trumpet player or college trumpet professor, but he is forever our teacher, for which we are grateful.

SCOTTY SMITH

Trombone

Scott too, is master reader and player of music. He can stand alone and overwhelm you with solos or can lead a horn section ala Tower of Power and Chicago. Thou he has laid back demeanor - his sense of rhythm and soul will make you wanna move.

MARK SEELY

Drummer

* 30 years performance experience

* Born in Spirit Lake IA.

* Played in a variety of dance bands in the Iowa Great Lakes region in the early 80s

*1987 Received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa

*For 20 years played on the worship team at Speak the Word Church International

* Played on recording sessions for Speak the Word's record label High Praise Productions

* Played on worship teams for a variety of Twin Cities churches- Grace Church of Eden Prairie, City View Church, St. Michael's Lutheran.

    Currently playing at Life Assembly Church.

* Played in tribute shows throughout the upper midwest featuring the music of artists such as Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

* I pride myself in being a versatile drummer who can play any style of music. Whatever style of music I'm playing my goal is to make it feel good and to make it "groove".