Joey Bowen Band
Big city soul singer Joey Bowen and his many talents shine on his debut solo album Begin to Begin. Front man and creative force for several acclaimed bands throughout his formative years in Detroit after a 1995 move to San Diego, Bowen stands up strongly on his own playing every instrument, writing and composing every song, singing lead ad backups, as well as co-producing the album. From the soul-infused sweeping ballads to the grooving funk based rockers, Bowen wows with his unwavering raw untamed energy.
From his earliest Detroit roots, Bowen earned a name as a soul and R&B original. Detroit bands The All Mighty ORR Brothers and DC Drive, who received national attention under the Capitol/EMI label, first got Joey noticed. By 1992 Joey was recording and touring with General Cluster Funk, winner of “Michigan’s Best Band” Contest, whose lineup included Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
1995 brought a time to change for Bowen, moving to San Diego and transforming local band Hot Chicken Stew from a respected cover band to a genuine soul-funk-blues experience. Releases Brotherhood Recipe and Soul Good with Hot Chicken Stew earned the band and especially Bowen, rights as one of the city’s most real, up and coming artist. Hot Chicken Stew went on to earn the title of “Southern California’s Best Unsigned Band” Through DiskMakers 1997 Artist’s World Series contest, competing with 1,100 other bands. He has since shared the stage with such greats as Stevie Wonder, The TEMPTATIONS, Peter Wolf and Maurice King.
Bowen’s talents as both a songwriter and a performer inevitable motivated his to go out on his own. Better described as a creative whirlwind then just a man who wears many musical hats; Bowen approaches his projects with a vision and understanding of “the whole” as few can. His songs not only brim with soulful singing, raw energy and catchy musical phrasing, but also chock-full of clear and thought provoking lyrics.
Joey has put together an all-star band to come out and put the funk on the stage for you. Drums Brian “Nucci” Cantrell formerly of Hot Chicken Stew. Hector Maldonado on guitar, which has played with numerous San Diego bands, and Joey’s old friend and General Cluster Funk bassist from Detroit Tom Wilber.