A former track star and gymnast, Peoria, Illinois-born Liv Warfield began building her legend in Portland, Oregon. Despite having any formal background in singing, she gained the respect of local superstars and became an icon to many. While she takes cues from musical influences like Nina Simone, Etta James, Sade, Tina Turner, and Mary J. Blige, Warfield has carved out a style all her own, which can best be described as “alternative soul with a lil bit of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” In 2006, she self-released her debut album Embrace Me. By 2009, she caught the eye of the one-and-only Prince and ultimately joined his group the “New Power Generation.”
After touring for several years and soaking up as much knowledge as she could from the ultimate music mentor, Warfield made her big splash on the national scene in 2014, first as a feature artist for Vh1’s “You Oughta Know” campaign, and then with the release of her major label debut album The Unexpected, which was executive produced by Prince. What followed were show-stopping performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Arsenio Hall Show; a 2014 Soul Train Music Award and nominations for two others; a BET Best New Artist Award nomination; an interview with National Public Radio; and high-profile cosigns from Lionel Richie, Cindy Lauper, and Nancy Wilson of HEART.
That same year, Warfield’s performance closing out Essence Fest was hailed as one of the most memorable after shows at the New Orleans House of Blues. In 2015, the accolades only kept growing, with Warfield and the NPG Hornz being named one of the top 10 bands to see at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. As well as phenomenal soul-stirring performances at North Sea Jazz, Lugano Estival Jazz, Pori Jazz, Nice Jazz and Black Sea Jazz Festivals. Warfield and her band are excited to return for more memorable performances that will surely leave the crowd wanting more.
In 2017, Warfield began the next phase of her ascension, collaborating with another one of her childhood influences, the aforementioned Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Nancy Wilson, to create the band Roadcase Royale. Their lead single “Get Loud” was featured prominently in the 2017 Women’s March and they released their debut album, First Things First, later that year. If that weren’t enough, their remake of HEART’s “These Dreams” was featured in the film Molly’s Game, which starred Idris Elba, Jessica Chastain, and Kevin Costner and was released in November 2017. 2018 saw Liv on an amazing West Coast tour while simultaneously working on new music. Warfield is getting ready to bring forth her much anticipated third album in 2019 while recording music for director Danny Gold for the release of the HBO documentary, Da Bronx. Going forward, expect Warfield’s star to only continue growing.
#MPLS (M-P-L-S) combines contemporary soul, R&B, and hip hop infused with the legendary sound that put the city, Minneapolis on the map; funk! This band is comprised of some of the most elite musicians whose resumes include playing with the Sound of Blackness, Mint Condition and Prince to name a few.
Described as “One of the most innovative, creative and entertaining bands today,” by Sounds of Blackness founder Gary Hines. #MPLS combines the talents of Jesse Larson and David Glen (Hustle Rose) on guitars, Ashley Commodore and Bree Turner on Vocals, Rob Coleman, on Synth Bass, David Billingsley on the keys, MC Beeph Morgan and Brandon Commodore (Mint Condition) on drums.
#MPLS have been performing together since 2010 to sold out venues such as, Bunkers, the Fine Line and First Avenue. They play to packed audiences all over the Twin Cities and have become a staple in the local music scene. #MPLS provides concert goers an “experience”, as they combine just the right amount of original music with great covers that are infectious and make people dance. #MPLS is fun, positive, upbeat, and their caliber of talent make them “a must see”.