THE FUNKY KNUCKLES-
The inevitable result of a talent-soaked soul and jazz community, The Funky Knuckles are taking the sound of Dallas to an entirely different level. They have been together for six years and have played on stages across the U.S and around the world. The band is comprised of musicians and producers who have worked with some of the most respected acts in the music industry (Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Talib Kweli, Chris Dave, The Polyphonic Spree, etc.), yet possess a sound distinctly separate from any of their individual projects.
The Funky Knuckles move together musically as a school of fish, never complacent and always stretching the boundaries of improvisation and composition. Whether performing original music or standards, they draw from each member's musical experiences to create their unique genre-bending sound. They are currently touring internationally and working on new music for their 4th album.
Their second album "Meta-Musica" held the #1 position on the iTunes jazz charts for over a week. They played for sold out audiences across Europe in April 2016 on their first tour overseas.
Wes Stephenson / Bass
Cedric Moore / Drums
Caleb Sean McCampbell / Keyboards, Vocals
Frank Moka / Percussion
Phill Aelony / Guitar
Ben Bohorquez / Saxophone
Evan Weiss / Trumpet
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.(Saint Augustine) Yes, Shaun Martin has a natural gift that has been evident since he began playing drums in church at the age of 4. Yes, his mother had the vision to arrange piano instruction from Carolyn Campbell and guide him on his path. Yes, he has several Grammys from his work with Kirk Franklin and the gospel powerhouse God’s Property and Yes, he has a Grammy that crowns his many years with jazz fusion phenomenon Snarky Puppy. But you will not find this information in discussion with this gently powerful man because he wears none of this on his sleeve.
Shaun Martin has been playing, creating, and collaborating for most of his life, yet his contributions go much further than just playing. When you move through the projects that Shaun has been a part of you can feel his style and influence; you can sense his presence throughout the compositions. Shaun’s willingness and ability to be a subtle part of each band has allowed him to be part of the very foundation.
Seven years ago Shaun began a project of his own. A story of his life, a contribution to the world of music from his eyes (and ears). In demand by many, Shaun took his time with the album as the story expanded to include a wider range of experience. And so, on July 7th 2015, Mr. Martin presented to the world SEVEN SUMMERS - a big chapter in the history of the great Shaun Martin. Seven Years. Seven Summers.
Artists: Kirk Franklin, Snarky Puppy, Erykah Badu, Chaka Kahn, Fred Hammond, God’s Property, Kim Burrell, Yolanda Adams, Timberland, The Weekend, Tamela Mann,
Grammy Awards: Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album (Hero) Best Gospel Album (Hello Fear) Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album (Fight Of My Life) Best R & B Performance (Snarky Puppy & Lalah Hathaway)
Production Credits: Mama’s Gun (Erykah Badu) Guru’s Jazzamatazz Streetsoul (Erykah Badu, Guru) Hero (Kirk Franklin) Fight Of My Life (Kirk Franklin) Hello Fear (Kirk Franklin) Here Right Now (Tasha Page- Lockhart) Fast Forward (The Walls Group) I Will Trust (Fred Hammond) United Tenors- (Fred Hammond, Dave Hollister, Eric Roberson, Bryan Courtney-Wilson) Take Me To The King (Tamela Mann)