Love and Happiness. That's what the world needs and Jimy Bleu's ROMANTASY delivers it in a musical tribute to the softer side of 70s Soul Singer greats: AL GREEN, MARVIN GAYE, SMOKEY ROBINSON, CURTIS MAYFIELD and more...
Born & raised in NYC, Mr. Jimy Bleu has been a professional singer/musician since his junior high school days. He has toured with, backed up or opened for such notaries as Aerosmith, Wilson Pickett, Slade, Betty Wright, J.Geils Band, Joe Tex, Foghat, New Birth, Al Green, Shirley Caesar, The Ohio Players, Graham Central Station, Brook Benton, Lonnie Youngblood & more.......
He was trained at NYC's "FAMED" High School of the Performing Arts, Berklee College of Music, The New School, Greenwich House Music School & HB Drama School.
In the early '90's, Bleu was signed to indie label Select Records, then later to Columbia/Def Jam Records under the management & direction of entertainment mogul Russell Simmons. As a multi-instrumentalist, he also worked as a Columbia studio musician, playing on tracks for such artists as Oran Juice Jones, Alyson Williams, Chuck Stanley, earning him favorable reviews for his musicianship by NYC publications the Village Voice and the Daily News.
Maybe best known for being the virtuostic guitar force fronting the world reknown Jimi Hendrix tribute, Kiss The Sky... Mr. Jimy Bleu now takes his natural angelic falsetto vocals to tribute the best of the 70s Soul Singers, AL GREEN, MARVIN GAYE and SMOKEY ROBINSON along with his guitar talents for CURTIS MAYFIELD to bring some love and happiness to the world with... ROMANTASY!
INGRAM FAMILY FUNK BAND
Undoubtedly the first soul music family of Philadelphia, INGRAM, was a multi-talented group of sisters and brothers consisting of Norman (Butch) on bass and trumpet, James on keyboards, vocals, sax and flute; Billy on guitar, bass and trombone, John on lead vocals and percussion; Jimmy on drums, and Tim on percussion and trumpet; with Barbara on lead vocals and her sisters Francis, Edith and Virginia rounding out the singing. They burst on the scene in the mid-seventies with a string of hits that sold well in the northeast and stretched all the way over to England, especially their debut, The Ingram Kingdom. For over a decade the group continued to be recorded as a backing band for a number of original artists and for their own hits under the H&L and Motown labels, still are all active musicians independently and now reunite to form the backing band for THE 70s SOUL SINGERS TRIBUTE.. ROMANTASY!
Jimy Bleu guest performing a Curtis Mayfield set with Richie Cannata on sax of the Billy Joel band and Gerardo Velez on percussion of Spyro Gyra and the Jimi Hendrix Woodstock band - Sun and Rainbows.
Jimy Bleu guest fronting his all-female backing band THE DIVINITY with Columbia Records.
Jimy Bleu has attained the perfect mix of musicians for the funk and feel of the 70s Soul Singers to back him.
Combined with drawing from his extensive network of NYC pro session musicians, Mr. Bleu has enlisted the help of not only his own original band, the DIVINITY, an all-female funk unit but also the first family of Philly's finest funk in the 70s... INGRAM!
There will even be some guest stars sitting in on occasion from Mr. Bleu's touring connections.
THE BEST OF AL GREEN and CURTIS MAYFIELD SHOWS!*