De'vine Soul was founded by bass man, Michael Watkins. The group was formed in 1996 as Salvation Flyte, which included current members Bill Moss and Devrick Bell. After several transitions, De'vine Soul was formed. Watkins' vision was simple - to make a musical connection for the soul. The group is based out of Orlando, FL area and is made up of eight talented and seasoned musicians and vocalists. They offer a unique diversity in musicianship that incorporates different genres of music, including Jazz, Latin, Neo-Soul, Gospel, R&B and Funk. The band has spent the last couple years performing at various events around the Central Florida area including regular performances with international recording artist, Miles Jaye. De'vine Soul had the fortunate opportunity of being selected to perform in a Web Cast video for Nationwide Financial Services along with celebrities Ben Stein & Darryl Hammond. Immediately following the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the band performed in a benefit concert with a number of celebrities and national recording artists, including jazz artists, Miles Jaye, Najee and Alex Bugnon. Other performances include various private functions for local and national politicians, celebrities and community leaders. The band released their debut CD, entitled DS One, in June 2004. This self-produced, independent release serves up a tasty, spiritual and soulful menu of original compositions and arrangements that are jazz in nature with flavors of Latin, R&B, Blues, Gospel, and Funk. The CD prominently features each piece of De'vine Soul with it's smooth & melodic vocals, rich horns, tantalizing percussion and tight rhythm section. The first single from the CD, Natural Love, received honorable mention in the 12th Annual Billboard World Songwriting Contest and has also been placed in regular rotation on several local radio & Internet shows. The band is currently preparing for their next CD project being produced by international recording artist, Miles Jaye, slated for release in 2006. Artists and songwriters that have influenced De'vine Soul include Incognito, Tower of Power, Crusaders, Earth, Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Fourplay, Sheila E., Jeff Lorber, Joe Sample, Patrice Rushen and Brand New Heavies.
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