Today

In a NY state of mind. Hitting the live music scene in my beloved New York for a couple of weeks. Jumping on stages everywhere I can, and soaking up the bottomless well of talents, old and new, in this city that really never sleeps. I mean, really. No. Sleep.

Gotta learn my own lyrics before we can get busy rehearsing, with my wicked band, Vivian Sessoms, Darius Booker, Leslie Lemon, Damien Nova, Abe Fogle, Danny Sadownick, V Jeffrey Smith.

In a zone, at sound check. Shelley Nicole and Everett Harp chilling on the BGs, LaFrae bout to bang dem skins.

After the show, there are the shenanigans, always.

Music

Producer Mark Batson and I are working hard on making my next release especially personal, and sonically enthralling.

2020 will see Peter Jeff, and I back on the road for a mini tour in The EU, The UK, and of course, back home, in LA, ATL, Austin, ending up in our old stomping ground, in New York City.

My Music

This music is me. If you listen closely to the lyrics, the turn of a melodic phrase, you will know pretty much all there is to know about me. I may play around in person, a lot actually. But when it comes to the art, I allow SHE to show herself, warts, bags, secrets, and all.

These projects are the most honest representation of what makes me tick, and or ticked off, where ever tick tick boom is called for.

Mack Diva Saves The World

Mack Diva is a persona created by author/journalist, Greg Tate. I stole, er uhm, borrowed the name. It so perfectly fit the concept I had for this album, the images already conjured up in my dreams, then this name dropped out of the sky of Greg Tate’s brilliant mind. Mad love for that dude.

Fav cut, is “Don’t Bring Me Down”, because, yeah, don’t do that.

Gemini: Both Sides

This album was my first independent record. And let me tell you, independence is a bitch. But the bitch that she is, is exactly what was needed at that point in music business growth. It was released initially by me at my gigs, then by Ralph Tee at Expansion Records in The UK. My favorite cut on it is “Dizzy”. Dizzy was recorded in Jimi Hendrix’ studio, Electric Lady in Greenwich Village. The band played live, together, like in the olden days!

Produced by Ty Macklin, the musicians were, Mark Batson on keys, Artie Reynolds on bass, Donal Byrd on trumpet, V. Jeffrey Smith on sax, Questlove on drums, and Roy Ayers on vibes. I was suffering from a terrible allergy cold thing, so I laid my scratch vocal with plans to return and sing it proper. I was vetoed. They liked how I sounded. I still don’t!

Oya's Daughter

I wrote Oya’s Daughter in a log cabin in the middle of a dark dutch forest.
This project is basically an autobiography. Produced by globetrotting super talented pianist/DJ/mixmash banger, Mark de CLive-Lowe.
Fav cuts are “Stuff Momma Used To Say”, and “Presence”,
also, check out my two youngest daughters on BGs, of “Fate’s Laugh”.

Oya’s Daughter is available on iTunes

Eternally

This song is gorgeous. The remixes, gorgeous. That is all. Listen and hear for yourself.

At My Spheres

The first project with Mark de Clive-Lowe was an experimental thing. Bringin hard gospel soulful vocals on top of dance fused jazzy bangers. I dig this one a lot. Fav cut is by far, “Cosmos”! Where you at Neal Degrasse Tyson?

At My Spheres – remixes

They came with some wicked remixes on this one. BOOM.

The Family Stand

Peter Lord, V. Jeffrey Smith and I…

Chapters

Our first record. Insert heart emoji here.

We called ourselves Evon Geffries and The STand then. Later changed to The Family Stand, ‘çause I was tired of being called Evon.

Chain

Our first record as “The Family Stand”. Including “Ghetto Heaven”.

Without Frankie Crocker spinning this thing day in and day out in London, you might have never heard of us. Thank you Frankie!

Moon In Scorpio

This is my all time favorite TFS album. It seems to be a lot of folks fav. We found that mix that defines all of our tastes, blended into a bitter but sweet addictive dish, that can be served hot or cold. I don’t know what that means, but it feels right.

Connected

After I started my solo career, Pete and Jeff brought in Jacci Mcghee, who I simply adore. Her tone is smooth but crunchy, just the way we like ’em. She brought a different kind of fire to the table, and it worked.

Super Sol Nova

What is a Super Sol Nova? A musical explosion of hip hop, soul, rock, jazz, pop, dance, alternative, ethereal, star stuff exploding at the end of it’s previous life, trancending on to it’s next life, to begin the cycle all over again. It’s Volume One of the next journey. The Family Stand reborn letting loose it’s creative gases and sonic molecules so that it may form another and even more powerful creative life force to shine its vibrations throughout the universe.

In A 1.000 Years

I really do expect that the answer to The Family Stand posed on this album, “In a thousand years, will we still be funky,” to be a resounded yes. I plan on looking down from my perch, in between Jessye Norman, and Sugarfoot from The Ohio Players, bouncing and throwing our hands in the air, wavin like… ah you know the rest.

Remix of Ghetto Heaven

Ghetto Heaven has been covered and remixed by a lot of artists. So I decided to mess around with it myself, along with my Dutch homie, Greg Smith.

Story

For Donovan. May you revel and grow in freedom, forever. Love, TFS.

Work for other artists, and soundtracks

Darryl Hall – Soul Alone

Prince – Emancipation

Curtis Mayfield – New World Order

Chaka Khan – Come To My House

Paula Abdul – Spellbound

Chaka Khan – Destiny

Paula Abdul – Crazy Cool

Boris – Holy Pleasures

Roy Ayers – Lots Of Love

The Temptations – Awesome

Aftershock – Slave To The Vibe

Seku Sundiatu – Long Story Short

Lalah Hathaway – Self Portrait

Marcus Machado – 29

Profyle – Whispers In The Dark

Electric Powered Soul

Featured on World On Fire and State of The Union.

Chaka Khan – The Woman I Am

Damien Nova – Voudou

Smokey Robinson – Love, Smokey

Trijntje Oosterhuis – Sundays In New York

Miki Howard – Love Confessions

Natalia – Shelter

Leona – Strut it!

Freedom WIlliams

Shrek – Like Wow

A Thin Line Between Love And Hate –

Steven Bernstein's MTO Plays Sly

Adventures In Babysitting –

Little Nikita

Gordon – I'll Be Your Voice

Few Options

Mark de Clive-Lowe produced track, “At My Spheres”was featured on this soundtrack.

I Am Better – Josh Milan ft. SSV

Single from Honeycomb Music Presents Vol. 1 by Josh Milan

The Lovely Dark

Featured over closing credits of Gabourey Sidibe’s directorial debut short film, “A Take Of Four”.

Suzanna – Silencio / In Silence

Bowe – Nomansland

Debby Gibson – Electric Youth

JD's Time Machine ft. SSV

d'Z – Connected

No Plan B – The Long Journey Continues To Continue

Video

Sanctuary / The Beautiful Ones – for Prince

SSV’s Oya’s Daughter – Prospect Park Bandshell – 2014

Naima – for Coltrane

History of Our Future

September 7th 2019, TFS reunited for a 10 minute gobsmackingly wicked medley at The Met. The event was Black Rock Coalition’s History of Our Future, curated by Darrell McNeill. This is a snippet of that medley.

The Met – NWO

The Met – Shades

Shades of Blue – Letterman

Education of Jamie, over the years

Pinkpop 1992

The Bottom Line? NYC 1999?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – 2019

The Family Stand

The Family Stand, the bio

The world according to The Family Stand is full of funk, love, rage and introspection. Formed by the powerhouse triple team of vocalist/keyboard wizard Peter Lord, vocalist multi-instrumentalist V. Jeffrey Smith and soul siren Sandra St. Victor in the early 90s, the band made the legendary “Moon In Scorpio” before going on hiatus in 1999. They have sustained a ravenous, excited following even in their absence. Largely this is because their dazzling live shows back in the day. Performances where impeccable musicianship, sizzling stagecraft and volcanic energy left indelible imprints on the memory on their fan’s hearts, feet and imaginations.

They did what Great Black Music performances used to do on the regular–make you think hard about the world and your own inner life while you had a stomp down, sweaty, good time in the process. And in a community full of loving like-minded fellow travelers to boot.

Built around the songwriting and production talents of Smith and Lord and the thermonuclear vocals of St. Victor, The Family Stand recombinated elements of rock, folk, soul, free jazz, hiphop, funk and hardcore gospel into a melodic amalgam rooted that’s answered the musical question, What if Stevie Wonder ever sat in with Living Colour, Fishbone and Bad Brains?

More than the sum of their influences though, the group took on social issues with a fury rare for a contemporary band rooted in r and b. Family Stand classics such as ”Plantation Radio” and “The Education of Jamie” are emotional rollercoasters that turn topical, political content into eargasms. At another end of the spectrum is their big club hit “Ghetto Heaven” which brought pure romance back to the hood with a soulfulness and a bounce that still can’t be denied or easily duplicated.

After disbanding in 1997, The Family Stand  briefly reformed in 2007, cooking up a mind body and soul throttling release for the occasion, “Super Sol Nova”, which tackled the hot topics of that day: the ant-democratic fallout from 9/11, the war in Iraq, fratricide in the music — and on the streets — with hard crunchy beats, loud and raunchy guitars, pyrotechnic vocalizing, sensuous horn and keys and a rock of ages sense of hope and redemption.

2019 saw the Stand return to the Black Rock battlements when the BRC Orchestra stormed the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There they demonstrated no loss of ferocity, negrocity or spiritual funkgnostificiation, fluidly re-establishing Family Stand’s totemic status as a long distance runner  in the almighty funk n roll cosmos..

– Greg Tate

Greg Tate’s books include Flyboy In The Buttermilk, Everything But The Burden: what white people are taking from Black Culture, and Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience. He also leads the sometimes 26 member avant-funk ensemble Burnt Sugar.

Where In The World is The Family Stand?

June 1992, Limburg, The Netherlands. The Family Stand prepare to take the biggest stage of their career, Pinkpop. Already knowing this is more than likely, the last tour of a fantastically fulfilling, but uneasy musical journey.

2020, 20+ years to the date of their last official concert as a unit, before the breakout projects formed, The Family Stand find themselves together again, realizing the strength in their union. Their epic performance at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 2019, for Black Rock Coalition’s History of Our Future, propelled them once again into the fury, and sexy creative consciousness that brought them together in their formative years.

This tour brings back all of the original band members, including Rocky Bryant on drums, and Ronny Drayton on guitar. The set is primarily based on their seminal work, “Moon In Scorpio”, adding fan favorites from earlier albums like, “Sweet Liberation”, and “The Last Temptation”.

The highlight of this limited tour will be a New York City appearance on the exact date of their last concert in March, 1995, The Last Stand, at Tramps, and will continue into festival season, 2020-21.


“The Education of Jamie”, live at Pinkpop, Holland. June 1992


The Family Stand, September 7, 2019, performing “The Education of Jamie” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The BRC presentation, “History of Our Future”, was an epic bringing together of New York City’s black rock pioneers, curated by Darrell McNeill. – photo Lisa Cortes

The 3 core members stay busy

Sandra St. Victor
– finishing up her “Beautifully Dark” project with super producer, Mark Batson.
– traveling to Africa as often as possible for concerts, and workshops.

V. Jeffrey Smith
– traveling the planet with the sometimes 26 piece ensemble, The Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber.
– produced the just released Average White Band’s album, “Inside Out”.

Peter Lord Moreland
– putting finishing touches on a new screenplay.
– in LA prepping for a film he’ll be directing next year.

The Family Stand releases

Naima (2019)

The latest release for TFS is the stand alone single, “Naima”. Commemorating the BornDay of John Coltrane. The enigmatic maestro would’ve been 93 September 23, 2019.

To commemorate the day, The Family Stand released the single, with accompanying video, “Naima”, which Trane wrote for his wife, Naima, back in 1959.

 

Chapters (1987)

Our first record. Insert heart emoji here.

We called ourselves Evon Geffries and The STand then. Later changed to The Family Stand, ‘cause I was tired of being called Evon.

Peter Lord contemplating about Chapters

Chain (1990)

Our first record as “The Family Stand”. Including “Ghetto Heaven”.

Without Frankie Crocker spinning this thing day in and day out in London, you might have never heard of us. Thank you Frankie!

Peter Lord contemplating about Chain

Moon in Scorpio (1991)

This is my all time favorite TFS album. It seems to be a lot of folks fav. We found that mix that defines all of our tastes, blended into a bitter but sweet addictive dish, that can be served hot or cold. I don’t know what that means, but it feels right.

Peter Lord contemplating about Moon in Scorpio

Connected (1997)

After I started my solo career, Pete and Jeff brought in Jacci McGhee, who I simply adore. Her tone is smooth but crunchy, just the way we like ’em. She brought a different kind of fire to the table, and it worked.

Peter Lord contemplating about Connected

Super Sol Nova (2007)

What is a Super Sol Nova? A musical explosion of hip hop, soul, rock, jazz, pop, dance, alternative, ethereal, star stuff exploding at the end of it’s previous life, trancending on to it’s next life, to begin the cycle all over again. It’s Volume One of the next journey. The Family Stand reborn letting loose it’s creative gases and sonic molecules so that it may form another and even more powerful creative life force to shine its vibrations throughout the universe.

In A 1.000 Years (2010)

I really do expect that the answer to The Family Stand posed on this album, “In a thousand years, will we still be funky,” to be a resounded yes. I plan on looking down from my perch, in between Jessye Norman, and Sugarfoot from The Ohio Players, bouncing and throwing our hands in the air, wavin like… ah you know the rest.

Remix of Ghetto Heaven

Ghetto Heaven has been covered and remixed by a lot of artists. So I decided to mess around with it myself, along with my Dutch homie, Greg Smith.

Story (2012)

For Donovan. May you revel and grow in freedom, forever. Love, TFS.

Strategic Soul Ventures

Sometime you feel inspired. You think you have a great idea, chew on it for a moment and then start making it happen. Among my favourite endeavors are Daughters Of Soul and A Tribute to Bill Withers.

A Synergy of Soul and Spirit

Daughters Of Soul is a celebration of soul. A special two hour collaborative concert of fire, passion and unapologetic sexy soul. The daughters have ignited fires all over Europe. In Spain, Holland, Finland and France, they have blazed along like the mother of all brush fires, leaving no heartstone unturned. 

The Daughters of Soul honor their unforgettable parents, such as soul icons Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Chaka Khan, and soul pioneers George and Gwen McCrae in their own special way. Daughters Lalah Hathaway,Simoneand Indira Khan or Leah McCrae, side by side with spiritual daughters Joyce KennedyNona HendryxCaron Wheeler & Sandra St.Victor, make this amazing line up ‘Daughters of Soul’ a thrilling, dynamic experience.

These women are bonded by a similar soul, but all are amazing artists in their own right, each with an individual voice and performance.This unbelievable set harmoniously meshes classic gems with new standards of today’s soul music. The daughters themselves are powerful & inspiring, seamlessly flowing on and off stage for solo’s as well as outstanding ensembles!

A Tribute to Bill Withers