Opensouls - the story to 2014

Opensouls are a hip hop / soul band formed in Auckland, New Zealand, 2001. Since then they have released sold out 7" and 12" records and two full length albums. They have music industry fans in the U.K. and Germany who have released records for them via Mukatsuku in U.K. and German labels Jakarta, Compost and Curl Curl Records.
In New Zealand they the band have won student radio awards, 'Best Hip Hop Song' 2006 bNet awards and a New Zealand Tui Music award in 2011 for their sophomore album Standing In The Rain as 'Best Aotearoa Roots Album'.
Opensouls is fronted by vocalists Tyra Hammond and Bjorn Peterson, and features an allstar lineup of backing musicians, Jeremy Toy (She's So Rad), Julien Dyne (BBE Records, Ladi6), Chip Matthews (Homebrew, Anika Moa),
Isaac Aesili (LatinAotearoa) Cameron Allen (Circling Sun) and Harlin Davey.
Jeremy, Isaac and Julien have all attended the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy, which alone is testament to the level of musicianship within the band.
At the height of their success in 2012 the band broke up, soon after releasing the award winning album Standing In The Rain and a Canadian tour that saw them play coast to coast, West to East, even supporting The Roots at the
Sescatchawan Jazz Festival and selling out their own shows across Canada. The band split so members could focus on their own projects. In 2014 Opensouls reformed to perform at Phoenix Fest in Auckland. They headlined the show and played to a 2500 plus audience at Nixon Park, Kingsland, Auckland. The band
had such a good time playing they have decided to reform and 2014 will see them back out on the road in New Zealand performing their unique version of hip hop and soul music.
Opensouls have opened for: Al Green, The Roots, Katchafire, Ladi6, Shapeshifter, Sola Rosa, Jurassic 5.
Telephone Song:
Turn It Up:
Hold You Close:
In Your Hands:

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