Following up on their explosive and critically acclaimed debut album Free To Believe (2015, Do Right Music), Canada’s premiere deep funk outfit The Soul Motivators are back with their sophomore album Do The Damn Thing. The 10-track album delivers a heavy dose of the band’s signature funk sound, incorporating the soulful sensibilities of lead vocalist Shahi Teruko, who has been performing and touring with the band for the past two years and makes her recorded debut here.
“Do the damn thing! is a phrase we used during rehearsals to get us back on track when we started to over complicate things. Is it funky? Is it soulful? Then just do the damn thing!” This no-nonsense approach has resulted in a cohesive and focused, straight-up funk record.
The band continues to broaden their definition of soul music, from a spiritual, political and social standpoint as evidenced by the albums most poignant and introspective moment ‘Modern Superwoman’, written by Teruko.
First single taken from the album Modern Superwoman will be released November 22nd is an anthem for women, specifically the women who are out there raising families on their own, working around the clock and living life on their own terms without excuses. “There is no force in the world more powerful than that of a mother and this song is a celebration of those women” explains Teruko.
The Soul Motivators have toured tirelessly in their hometown of Toronto and all across the country. Their diverse crowd always turns out for their propulsive live show, and their mandate has always been the same: inclusivity, community, togetherness, and getting down on the dancefloor.
Do The Damn Thing was recorded by longtime collaborator John Dinsmore (Bahamas, Timber Timbre) at Lincoln County Social Club in Toronto, and mixed by Jason Jaknunas (Souljazz Orchestra) at Metropolitan Studios.
Produced by The Soul Motivators
Engineered by John Dinsmore, Richard Greenspoon and Sheldon Pitt
Mixed by Jason Jaknunas
Mastered by SEOK
Shahi Teruko – Vocals
Marc Shapiro – Bass
Voltaire Ramos – Guitar
Doug Melville – Drums
James Robinson – Keyboards
Derek Thorne – Percussion
Tom Moffett – Trumpet
Dominique Morier – Tenor Sax
Emily Ferrell – Trombone