What started out as an acoustic set became so much more.
Elecoustic Soul is an eclectic group of musicians that bring Soul, Funk, Blues, Rock & Roll, and a “variety” of music their own way. As the song list grew, so did the signature style of their music. Having a mix between electric and acoustic spawned their name "Ele-coustic". They have been described as “very unique”, and having the “Pied Piper of sets” with a soulful female lead singer (Angelyse Stanford), a funky guitarist/background singer (JC Teasley), a second phenominal lead guitarist (Daniel Newell), an equally funky bassist (Jesse Worney, Jr.), and a drummer that blends captivating harmonies (Ronnie Yates, Sr.). This is not a group you want to miss out on.
J.C. Teasley is a force to be reckoned with and a native of Nashville and a multi-talented musician who plays guitar and sings background for Elecoustic Soul. He is one of the founding members and has been with the group since October 2016. He is also one of the funkiest bass players you will hear around Nashville. From Funk, Soul, Gospel, R&B, Reggae and Rock & Roll, J.C. is truly one of a kind with his funky style which is a signature sound to Elecoustic Soul with his full bodied chords and guitar riffs. He has played for many large bands around Nashville (Prime Time, 24/7 Band, Solid Gold, Gino Speight, Scat Springs, Purple Masquerade, Total One Band, BB King All Stars) as well as renowned Gospel artists/figures such as Ricky Dillard, Noal Jones, TD Jakes, Dewayne Woods, Sheryl Brady, DeWitt Johnson and internationally with Montrell Derrick. Aside from playing guitar, bass, and singing background vocals, he can also play drums making him a very desirable musician and MD around Nashville.
Jesse Worney Jr.
If you haven’t heard Jesse Worney, Jr. play here in Nashville we are sure it won’t be long until you do. This hot up-and-comer is an extremely talented musician and bassist for Elecoustic Soul and is making waves here in the Music City. He is from Columbus, GA by way of Dunn, NC, and now currently resides in Nashville, TN. Jesse recognized his love for music from an early age and is a self taught bassist who has been playing since 2006. He has performed everything from R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Pop, Country, and Fusion Rock. With that type of musical experience he has played for several artists in and out of state such as Sam McCrary and the Mix, Gale Mayes (Bassist/MD), LWCC (Bassist/MD), Mike Jerel, Nate Bean, Colour of London, Charles "Big Saxxy" Robinson, Cynthia Chiles and Chemistry. He has been with Elecoustic Soul since July 2017 and describes it as “A band made up of unique musical minds who actually like to be around each other outside of music. This simple fact is the soul of Elecoustic Soul”..
Ronnie Yates, Sr.
When you think of the words gifted-musician, “Ronnie D. Yates Sr.” ranks at the top of the list. Ronnie is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and native to Nashville, TN. Ronnie plays drums, percussions, keyboard/piano, and a little bass guitar. His powerful yet gentle voice will soothe the soul and bring joy to the spirit. Ronnie comes from a long line of and musicians throughout the Yates family. This includes his father “George Yates” a famous guitar player who was an original member of The Imperials, and who also played with Aretha Franklin, Sam Cook, Little Richard, and Jimi Hendricks to name a few.
Ronnie has since taken the reigns in a major way, and has performed or opened for R&B, Jazz, Gospel, Country and Pop artists such as, The Manhattans, Dennis Edwards from the Temptations, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Glen Jones, After 7, Angela Winbush, Jesse Powell, Urban Mystic, Phil Perry, Stephanie Mills, Pieces of a Dream, Jeff Lober, Joe Johnson, Michael Fair, Boney James, Kirk Franklin, Beverly Crawford, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Debbie & Angie Winans, Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Shirley Caesar, Rance Allen, Andre Crouch, Sandra Crouch, Darryl Corley, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Commissioned, Albertina Walker, Barbara Mandrel, Pam Tillis, Billy Ray Cyrus, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Marcus Hummon, Barry Manilow, and James Slater. If that isn’t impressive, we don’t know what is.
Recently he has played drums for various local artists around town such as Laura Vida, Minnie Murphy, Jazz Artist Tramaine, Gospel Superstar Bobby Jones, American Idol - Jackie Wilson, The Council, and Elecoustic Soul. As one of the core members of Elecoustic Soul, Ronnie has been with them since January 2017, playing drums, and singing background/lead vocals that bring such character, harmonies, and soul to the songs which will rival any band in town. A truly incredible all around musician/singer with the accolades to back it up…
This soulful songstress is unlike anything you have ever heard and was born right here in the heart of Music City. With her unique and angelic tone, Angelyse has been heard crooning her way into the hearts of the listener as well as belting the classics with a sassy and soulful style resonating deep emotion like you have never experienced. When they say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, there is no exception when it comes to this songbird. She is a singer/songwriter born and raised in a musical family. Her father, Donnie “Sax” Sanders and mother “Scheree St. James” were no strangers to the stage and performed/opened for many well-known artists such as Liberace, Fifth Dimension, B.B. King, The Big Thing (aka: Chicago), Ike & Tina Turner, Bob Hope, James Brown, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandrell, Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, and Brenda Lee to name a few. Her parents eventually went into ministry with there three children singing and doing puppet shows for Full Gospel Revivals, events, and churches around the nation.
At four years old she was hired by Silver Bells Music/Thomas Nelson to sing children’s sing-alongs, jingles, and voice-overs. She has been a studio vocalist since that time with writing/arranging/recording vocals continuing to be a special niche in which she excels. She has sung for several Gospel/Christian artists such as Jenn Bostic, leading Scandinavian evangelist Viggo Whilhelmsen and Rodney Tory Borgen, Lloyd Barber, Kenyan Flowers & Nuchrg, and opened for R.W. Schambach and Morris Cerullo. “Angel”, as nicknamed by her parents, was home-schooled and traveled the U.S. and Canada performing through the greater part of her adolescent education. Since that time, she has continued to lead worship and/or make special performances at several Nashville and greater Nashville area churches such as Christ Church, Belmont Baptist, Living Word Community Church, Greater Mt. Zion, Madison Creek Baptist, Faith Christian Center, Oasis, River of Life, First Baptist Church (Murfreesboro), and First Baptist Church - (East Nashville).
With several musicians in her corner and influencing her to let her voice be heard, in mid-2016 she began singing Soul, R&B, Blues, and Funk and a variety of music in local venues around and outside of Nashville. She has performed in such venues as Sambuca, Third & Lindsley, Bourbon Street Boogie and Blues, Nashville Airport Tootsies, BNA Arts at the Airport, The Complex, Shangri La/The Lone Wolf, Carmen’s, Lenox Village Pavillion, Carpe Café, Douglas Corner Cafe, Coconut Bay Café, 9 Bar and Lounge, Simply Smyrna Celebration Festival, Shugga Hi, Venue 109, Stones River Country Club, Shipwreck Cove, Franklin’s Wine Down Main Street, Franklin’s Rotary Club, Franklin’s Main Street Festival, and the GOAT. October 2016, she pushed forth to start her own band, formulated her first setlist, and founded the group Elecoustic Soul. Within less than two years, the two-team acoustic set became a 9-member team. The rest, as they say, is history. She is a member of ASCAP, NSAI, and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce where she is on their Music Industry Advisory Council. Be looking for great things from this singer/songwriter as she is not one to be missed.