Big Soul Project sings as One Voice in TEMBO fundraiser

Big Soul Project performed a concert at Southminster United Church as a fundraiser in support of TEMBO (Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity).

Our Band


BSP’s very own band, Deep Groove, wows audiences with their soulful accompaniment. The band practices regularly with the choir and performs at every gig, inspiring singers to really get into the groove and audiences to get up and dance.


Paul grew up playing classical piano along with discovering his father's collection of jazz and blues songbooks. Later he played for years with local songwriter Karl Meinert, an invaluable mentor. In the 2000's he was a part of Ottawa groove and funk band J&E Grocery. His not-so-secret plan since joining Big Soul Project has been to rechristen the band Deeper Groove, with Hammond and Wurlitzer sounds.


Although originally influenced by rock players such Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix) and John Entwistle (The Who), Paul Raven’s bass playing is now primarily influenced by session players Joe Osborn and Bob Babbitt.



Tai, on guitar, influenced by Steve Cropper, Cornell Dupree, Eddie Hazel and Jimi Hendrix, brings a funky and soulful taste to Big Soul Project. He enjoys not only playing guitar with Big Soul Project but also socializing with all the great people in Big Soul Project. Rumour has it he is the Hendrix of gospel music. 


Conrad’s biggest influence has been Jeff Porcaro, the late TOTO drummer. He is a groove player and believes that the song comes first, so you must play in the pocket. All the singers in BSP blow Conrad away. He does his best to give them what they need, a steady beat and something that they can move to. Conrad’s intent is they and the music can become one. Conrad also plays Alternative country with the band Lost Colt.