Rob Jennings is a solo performer, using the very
best available backing tracks to recreate an era when dance music was designed
to fill the dance-floor and when the movers sang out their emotions to the
great sounds of Motown and Soul.
The SoulMan act came into existence in Autumn, 2003. Before that, Rob had his
own 7-piece soul band, performing in the UK and in continental Europe. This
band was noted for the dynamic performances of its lead singer – now working as
Rob is The SoulMan in more ways than one. He grew up listening to Classic Soul
and Tamla Motown, visiting many local dance-halls and seeing live events
whenever possible. His first musical endeavours always included covers of songs
made famous by his idols.
The range of songs performed by The SoulMan is truly incredible; from the
throaty sounds of Sam & Dave, Otis Redding and Wilson Picket to the velvet
smooth offerings of Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson, Martha Reeves and The
Temptations. This is party music, performed in way that makes dancing, singing
and having a good time, truly irresistible.
What makes music soulful? It has to be the passion in the performance and the
ability to invest every word with heartfelt emotion. It was these
characteristics that made the songs of the Soul and Motown era precious to so
many people in the 1960’s and 1970’s. This ability is something that an artiste
is born with and Rob uses this to get his message across to party-goers of all
The potential audience for this music is vast; ranging from those that were
there first time around to those converted to the cause by revivalists such as
The Blues Brothers and The Commitments and to the younger generation constantly
stealing their parents CD’s.
The core of the act is always Classic Soul and Tamla Motown. Sets performed on
any given night may, depending on the occasion, also include elements of 1960’s
Northern Soul or 1970’s disco.