As The Revelations prepare to release their latest offering, The Cost Of Living (Decision/Sony RED) on April 29, lead singer Rell Gaddis sits down to discuss the band’s classic soul influences. Since they first came on the scene in 2008 with their Deep Soul EP (Decision), Brooklyn, NY’s The Revelations have represented the raw essence of classic soul, funk and blues with a sharp modern edge—one which shows reverence for the masters, but with a uniquely modern sensibility.
On The Cost Of Living, Rell Gaddis assumes the lead vocal duties previously provided by Tre Williams. This is by no means Rell’s debut with The Revelations, however. Rell has been part of the group’s writing team from their onset, and performed with the band for years, even contributing lead vocals to “It’s Too Late” from their 2009 album The Bleeding Edge (Decision). Since being signed to Jay-Z’s Roc-a-fella Records back in 1997, Rell has had a prolific singing and writing career, creating his own records, as well as penning and lending vocals to songs featuring artists Usher (Rell wrote Usher’s #1 RnB Hit “Here I Stand”), Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J Blige, and many more.
This workman-like mentality is pervasive throughout the band as well. The Revelations feature Wes Mingus on guitar, Gintas Janusonis on drums, and newcomer Ben Zwerin on bass. Each accomplished performing and session musicians in their own right, The Revelations have combined to provide music for icons such as the Wu-Tang Clan and Lee “Scratch” Perry, as well as soul royalty Otis Clay, Willie Clayton, Benny Latimore, and Swamp Dogg.
Check out who Rell says influenced the band and the creation of The Cost Of Living album.
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