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Minneapolis Funk Legends
Soul Songstress Dynamic Dancer
- Sunday, Sep 7, 2014
BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299
fDeluxe (aka The Family) Media
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with special guest Timotha Lanae
About fDeluxe (aka The Family)
Minneapolis funk outfit, fDeluxe (aka The Family), will return to the stage with two shows at The Dakota on January 31, 2018.
Formed in the wake of success of Prince’s smash hit film “Purple Rain” The Family featured three former members of his Royal Badness’ nemesis The Time (Jellybean Johnson, Jerome Benton and “St Paul” Peterson) along with sax player Eric Leeds and Susannah Melvoin, twin sister of Revolution guitarist Wendy. Their debut, self-titled set (released on Prince’s Paisley Park label) is possibly one of the greatest funk albums of the 80s, and remains to this day an often-overlooked treasure. Described as the “missing link between the psychedelic sounds of “Around The World In A Day’ and the horn-infused funk of “Parade”, The Family has been cited as an all-time favorite by artists such as Dam-Funk, Questlove, Chris Rock, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo to name but a few.
In 2010 the band reunited (minus Benton) as fDeluxe and have released the critically acclaimed studio albums “Gaslight” and “AM Static”, along with a blistering concert set “Live & Tight As A Funk Fiend’s Fix”. They have performed sold out shows in Australia, Japan, England, Paris, Brussels and Holland as well as in their native USA. Their performance at an All-Star tribute to Prince (D’Angelo, Chris Rock, Elvis Costello and more) at Carnegie Hall in 2013 saw Billboard proclaim, “the show reached its funkiest echelon when fDeluxe came out to perform with the Roots,” while the Village Voice described it as “a dominant appearance by fDeluxe whose high energy funk set was otherwise a master class in bass-driven grooves.”
Since the release of their moving tribute to Prince (a remake of their 1985 cut “Nothing Compares 2 U” – watch here. The band has taken a break while various members have pursued other interests – Leeds/Peterson have been working on their debut, jazz fusion album as a duo; Johnson has been touring with The Time (including performances with Bruno Mars and Rihanna) and Melvoin working on a children’s storybook based on her song ‘Starfish & Coffee’.
With the Super Bowl and football fans from around the world descending on the Twin Cities, the band is excited to once again showcase their unique sound at one of the city’s most beloved venues.
“It’s an honor to play with fDeluxe during this historic time in Minneapolis. We are proud to be considered one of the bands that helped form the Minneapolis Sound.”
St Paul Peterson.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“…both a continuation of the Family and a journey in new directions. In other words, it’s got plenty of sanctified funk, dreamy pop, soulful duets and jazzy saxophone.” -Star Tribune
About Timotha Lanae
Timotha Lanae is an American Soul Songstress, a dynamic dancer and an award winning theatrical performer who seamlessly joins together her passion for music and theater. Her debut album RED has received critical acclaim and reached the #1 spot on the UK Soul Charts. She describes her sound best in the lyrics of Smooth Music, the first track of her album RED, “A touch of Jazz, R&B, Soul and Hip Hop too, I mix these all together to make my grooves…”
Timotha has collaborated and shared the stage with a number of world class musicians, producers and actors including Whoopi Goldberg, Brian D’Arcy James, and R&B legend Alexander O’Neal. She has performed across the globe including South America, Japan, the UK and the US, with performances at The Tokyo International Forum, the world famous Jazz Café in London, Band on the Wall in Manchester, UK, the legendary BB Kings in New York City and the historical Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Music and performing has always been the center of Timotha Lanae’s world. Even as a baby, instead of the usual baby gab she would hum melodies. Timotha is named after her father Timothy, which is fitting being that she attributes her love for music to him. Timotha was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At an early age, her father introduced her to many genres of music including Gospel, Jazz, R&B, and Soul. Artists like The Winans, Joe Sample, Larry Carlton, The Temptations, and Sade were some of her favorites.
Before ever setting foot in a professional recording studio, Timotha created her own mini studio. Using a mic, and a dual tape deck to overdub her voice and arrange background harmonies and lead vocals, Timotha created her first recordings. While on road trips to visit family in Monroe, Louisiana and Kansas City, Missouri, her father would teach her and her sister Evelena to harmonize by singing songs like More than Words, by Extreme, and the gospel traditional Encourage My Soul.
Growing up, Timotha was always happiest when putting together a performance for her friends and family to watch. Often times she would recruit her sister, God sisters, cousins and friends to be a part of a show, make music videos or write songs with her. She would work for hours on a performance and love every minute of it. It’s only fitting that Timotha become a musical theater performer, playwright, singer/songwriter/recording artist. From the minute she entered this world she’s been preparing for this moment.
Timotha spent the past year traveling between the US and the UK for performances in support of the release of her debut album RED. Her dynamic concerts have helped to build her strong European fan base. As one fan stated “She rocked the place from the moment she hit the stage. She had us in the palm of her hand… Amazing!” Of performing she says, “It’s all about tapping into raw emotion, connecting with the people and letting the music move me. If I don’t feel something when I’m on stage, how can I expect anyone else to?”.
More than just a dynamic performer, Timotha is also an accomplished songwriter. She wrote ten of the twelve songs on RED, and speaks candidly about her love for songwriting and its process, “Songwriting is like therapy for me, it’s definitely a gift from God. At times a lyrical idea will come to me, and I can’t get the words out fast enough. I don’t have to think about it, I just have to let it flow and get out of my own way.” Timotha talks of writing for her upcoming EP REWIND, which features remixes of songs from her hit album RED along with some newly penned tracks: “Writing the title track for my EP REWIND was like a purging session. When I was done I felt lighter. I didn’t struggle with any lyric, or melodic choice…the song just wrote itself.”
Timotha is a Season 6, American Idol Hollywood finalist, and has also been featured in print ads, TV/Film, national and international commercials and voice-over ads along with a host of theatrical musical productions like Hello Dolly!, West Side Story and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She was named Outstanding Actress in a musical for her role in Respect: A musical Journey of Women by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and has now added playwright to her resume, penning her first original musical, REDdington. Timotha uses her music videos as the medium that unites her two passions of music and theater. In the videos Talkin To Myself, People Pleaser, and My Man (Jigsaw Remix) Timotha portrays herself while also portraying Eva Reddington, the main character from her original musical REDdington.
When asked, “Who is Timotha Lanae?”, she responds, “A lover of God, people and the gift of creativity.”