One King is a compilation of seasoned ex-pro players and young up and comers all with a passion for performing live Rhythm & Blues, covering the musical stylings of greats such as James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Tower of Power, Average White Band, Brand New Heavies and more, much more.
We are an 8 piece ensemble featuring Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Trumpet, Saxaphone, a Male and Female vocalists with strong vocal harmonies and a ‘can’t sit still’ rhythm section.
MEET THE BAND
A graduate of performing arts, Brenda began her professional career acting, dancing and singing in dramas, musicals, reviews and touring companies. She has provided the character voices for a number of commercials, sound tracks and radio drama. Brenda is a member of the unique vocal ensemble Sweet Lips and performs with various jazz groups in and around Toronto. She has been seen as the lead singer for R&B band Crazy Leggs, the popular seven piece Motown review, Risqué and also brings ‘Adele’ to the stage, with tribute ‘An Evening With Adelle’. “…the soft is soft and hard is hard and the emotion is unmistakable… moving and passionate”
She directed a national award winning youth performance group throughout the GTA for seven years and was nominated by the community and Toronto Public Libraries three times for the Children’s Advocate award. Brenda is very passionate about her drama and performance work with children and youth in schools. She considers it a most valuable product to be empowering young people to have a voice and to be ably and confidently using it.
She is thrilled to now to be a part of the One-King, Rhythm & Blues Band.
“My Mother made me practice!” And here he is now a “few” years later with One King. Did all the Conservatory stuff, and played a lot of Burton Cummings and Leon Russell. Took a few years off and then got back into playing about 20 years ago. Over the years, Terry has played with Blues, Country and Classic Rock bands. Lots of festival and corporate experience, having performed all over southern Ontario. When not playing, he’s on the golf course, cruising in the Caribbean, volunteering with his high school alumni association or playing with the grandkids.
Nic grew up in Toronto’s east end surrounded by a wall of R+B artists. When we was just a kid he skipped school to attend the Toronto’s Sound Show at Maple Leaf Garden. This was an all day concert featuring some of Toronto’s hottest band at the time. This is where the love affair began. In high school he joined his first rock band – a trio playing tunes from Cream, Hendrix etc. During that time he saw his first R+B concert and yes, shortly thereafter he bought his first pair of orange coloured shoes. The boy was lost in a sea of music. Over the years he has played with numerous bands, rock, blues, MOR, 17 pc. swing band always with one goal, to continue his love affair with music. Nic, has played Drums, Bass, Baritone and Alto Sax but the one instrument that has become his mistress in life is his guitar. His mantra is simple – “it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing.” What he’s referring to is expressing passion, feeling and soul within the music journey.
Born and raised in Toronto (The Big Smoke), John Tanti cut his teeth with countless bands from the age of 14.
Played professionally for 10 years after college. He is the original drummer for Downchild Rhythm & Blues Band circa 1969-1975. Left the music business to peruse other opportunities.
He is back performing on a part-time basis with his R&B band One King performing at various venues in and around The GTA and most of all having fun.
Bill is a saxophonist/composer/educator based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and currently a supply teacher for the Toronto District School Board.
He relocated to Toronto, Ontario in the summer of 2011 from Fort McMurray, Alberta, where he had spent nine years as Woodwind Instructor at Keyano College and was the Director of the Keyano Jazz Festival from 2003 until 2010 inclusive.
He holds a Bachelor of Education from York University, a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Music from McGill, and a Diploma in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University. He has studied saxophone and improvisation in a variety of educational settings with Bob Sheppard, David Liebman, Pat LaBarbera, Shelton Berg, Kevin Dean, Janis Steprans, and Gordon Foote.