SOULED Out BIOS
Long Island's Exclusive Dance Band!
Joseph Pierre Freyre (Band Leader/Guitar)
Joseph is very busy playing in the NY area for several different projects. He received his BA from Manhattan School of Music and his MA from SUNY Fredonia. Joseph's innovative fusion style of playing is influenced by artists like Alan Holdsworth, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny, and Eddie Van Halen. He headlined the Michigan Jazz Festival in 2012 and holds endorsements from Spear Guitars, Hartke, Dunlap Picks and DR Strings. Joseph has toured the country with various projects, but loves to return to his home music scene in the Long Island/Metro area. In addition, he has created a unique community program for kids/teens, The Ultimate Rock Band Workshop, which is transforming music education with a modern, fun twist - teaching young musicians the tools to build a band, rehearse and perform!
Melanie Freyre (Vocals/Keys/Bookings)
A choral director by day, and rockstar by night. Melanie comes from a long-line of performers and credits her talent to genetics. In addition to rocking out with SOULED Out, Melanie also enjoys her work conducting High School Chorus at East Hampton UFSD, teaching private voice and piano and directing her family-owned theatre company, Backyard Theatre, which is celebrating its 30th year! Melanie received a BA in Music Education from The Hartt School of Music at University of Hartford, MA from SUNY Fredonia, and a Post Masters Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership from Stonybrook University.
Lindsay Lipsman (Vocals/Keys)
Originally from Cherry Hill NJ, Lindsay received her BA in Music Education from The Hartt School of Music in 2004. After teaching in CT for a few years, she made her way to Queens, NY where she has been teaching voice and piano full time in her private studio, as well as a member of the faculty of Long Island Studio of Music. She has performed in various wedding/party ands throughout the tri-state area and is thrilled to be on the frontline of SOULED Out!
Brett Frederick (Vocals/Keys)
Brett is a respected teacher and vocalist with a BA in Music Education from Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Master's of Music from the Hartt School of Music at University of Hartford. He brings his innate talent for arranging to SOULED Out and kills it on the keys! Check out more of Brett's creative talents at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKC95pNexr1hRkKfAsPTJvw.
George Vahamonde (Drums)
George has been recording and performing for a lifetime in numerous NYC - based original projects, as well as touring the tri-state area, New England and the mid-west. In addition to performing and recording, George has composed and supervised music for three documentary films/network promos and he is also a traveling sound engineer for pro-golf events. His musical journey has encompasses Classical, Jazz, Rock, Afro-Cuban, Punk Rock and Party Pop - happily continuing with SOULED Out!
Ro The Bassman (Bass)
Ro brings the funk to SOULED Out! He is an experienced bass player of over 25 years, playing in professional groups of various musical genres throughout the Tri-State area. A college professor, a killer bass player, and an all-around great guy!