Lady Sunshine was born to sing the blues. Born on a plantation near the Mississippi Delta in West Helena Arkansas, Lady Sunshine grew up singing gospel music as a little girl and is definitely the 'real deal'! Sunshine is the consumate entertainer and that deep soulful southern hunger that drives her is apparent both on and off the stage through her heartfelt originals and down-to-earth demeanor. She moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1975 and began performing professionally in genres such as Blues, R&B, Gospel, Soul & Jazz. Although Sunshine lives in the heartland of the University of Michigan Wolverines, the chants of 'Let's Go Blue' take on a whole different meaning for her.
The Rhythm Section, includes ('Slick') Rick Humesky on guitar,
Michael(Memphis Mike) Scott on drums, Melvin(Mellow Mel) Criswell on bass. They're a rock steady groove machine with such a deep pocket that no matter what style you ask for, be it Blues, Funk, R&B, Soul, Rock,or Jazz you'll get a groove that is authentic, precise and pumpin'.
The 'Xsatiable Horns' are Patricio Padilla, David Maki II, and Ken Ferry. These cats are powerful, air-tight, horn phenoms, accustomed to playing as a compact and symbiotic unit in addition to being virtuostic soloists in their own right. Their 'Phat' sound has been described as a fusion of the Memphis Horns, James Brown Horns, and Tower of Power Horns rolled into one unique and Xsatiable package.
Lady Sunshine and The X-band just recently won the Detroit Blues Challenge held October 21st, 2012 at Callahan's in Auburn Hills! The Detroit Blues society is sending the band down to Memphis,TN. to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) held on Beale St. From Jan 29th-Feb 2nd, 2013. As you know this trip is very expensive for a seven piece band. We will have to rent an eight passenger van hotels for five nights and four days plus the cost of fuel. The Detroit Blues Society is helping but with your support we can fulfill our fund raising goals! So please help us get to Memphis and help us represent Detroit in the IBC. This is a big honor for us and we want to make you, our fans, proud!
So please give what you can and help send LSX to Memphis! There is a button to make donations at the bottom of this page. You can also give in person at one of our shows. Dec.15th at Guy Hollerin's or January 13th at the fundraiser held at Callahan's in Auburn Hills. We will also be selling tee-shirts to help raise money. If you would like to purchase a shirt, you can pre-order online on the merchandise page. Please include size and quantity.
The shirts will be available by Dec.15th. Our goal is to raise $2,000 by Jan 28th.
Thank you in advance and God Bless!
Lady Sunshine and the X-band
Lady Sunshine (Lead vocalist),
Slick Rick Humesky (Guitar and vocals),
Pat Padilla (Tenor sax and vocals),
David maki (alto and Bari saxes),
ken Ferry (trumpet and vocals),
Michael Scott (drums),
Melvin Criswell (bass and vocals)