RICK STEVENS, former “Tower of Power” lead singer, is back on the streets with his own band, “LOVE POWER”! The first part of the group’s name was inspired by the scripture from 1 John 4:8, “God is Love”, and the word "Power" is an homage to Rick’s time with Tower of Power.
Rick joined Tower of Power in 1969, marking the start of his impressive musical career with the band, which continues entertaining fans to the present day. On Tower of Power’s first album, EAST BAY GREASE (recorded on the Fillmore/San Francisco record label), Rick sang the diamond hit “Sparkling in the Sand”.
“You’re Still a Young Man”, Rick’s signature song, was featured on BUMP CITY, the next Tower of Power album to hit the charts (from the Warner Bros. label). The album, which includes hits such as “Down to the Night Club” and “You Got to Funkafize”, remains a crowd pleaser and fan favorite.
Rick helped record his final album with the band, the self-titled TOWER OF POWER. The album includes several hits such as “What is Hip”, “Soul Vaccination” and “Get Your Feet Back on the Ground” - and of course, “So Very Hard to Go”, eventually sung by the great Lenny Williams.
Rick’s latest endeavor is a CD titled RICK STEVENS BACK ON THE STREETS AGAIN, Vol. 1, and is available at his shows, and at his special guest appearances throughout the Bay Area. Vol. 2 will be recorded in the near future, so stay tuned, it promises to be a gem!
"Rick Stevens & Love Power"
LOVE POWER is a Bay Area 10-piece “R&B, SOUL, and FUNK” band that includes splendid guitarists Johnny De la Cruz, Ian Lamson, and Gabriel Del Rosario.
Contributing to the dynamic sounds of this remarkable rhythm section are drummer Amado Tuazon and keyboardist Ace Olfré.
The brass section features trumpet player Ricardo “Rico” Cardoza, along with Vic Castro on trombone. They share their sophistication and style with the band’s saxophone ensemble, Anthony Abena and Manny Melchor.
The unwavering dedication of the band has made LOVE POWER a showcase of the talent and soul that defines the landscape for RICK STEVENS & LOVE POWER.
The band has built its reputation around “souled-out” shows that combine the power of vocals, rhythm, and horns in a funky party-like atmosphere.
Brace yourselves folks, these musicians have distinguished themselves amongst the proud “soul” band elite!
For up-to-the-minute information, follow Rick on Facebook. The Tower of Power website and message board are also good places to look for news about Rick. Watch videos of Rick's recent performances on YouTube.
Site updated Sept. 10, 2015.
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