3 (sometimes 4!) funky female singers front this 8 piece band putting an original twist on funk, R&B and blues songs. They cover artists like Aretha Franklin and Chic right up to modern soul stars like Jill Scott, Joss Stone and Snarky Puppy. The strength lies in their musicality with plenty of smooth three part harmonies, percussion breakdowns and impressive solos.
A favourite with music-lovers, they can be found at venues like The Blues Kitchen (London), entertaining large crowds at events like Winter Wonderland (Hyde Park) and performing at festivals including the internationally renowned Cork Guinness Jazz Festival (Ireland) and the St.Louis Festival, Sete (France).
Emily graduated from London College of Music in 2011 and has since worked with a wealth of different musicians and artists and appeared at prestigious festivals and venues alike. Some of which include Shepherds Bush Empire, Oxford Jazz Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Ealing Jazz Festival and many more.
Sophie Ray is a singer-songwriter from a small village in Hertfordshire, now based in North West London. Having studied music at the University of Nottingham, her soul-influenced tracks are a far cry from these classical roots and have been supported across the country by BBC Introducing. Sophie is totally at home on stage and she has played venues such as The O2 Academy Islington, St Pancras Old Church, Brownstock and Wilkestock.
With a deep love for all things soul and funk, Bad Girls Groove is the perfect fit for Sophie and she is very excited to be part of this awesome band. Sophie has brought her own (very welcome!) ideas to the Bads and also embraced the idea of digging deep into the past and singing blues anthems like Slim Harpo’s “Shake Your Hips” – watch out Joan Osborne, Sophie’s on your case ! Boogie….. https://soundcloud.com/sophieraymusic – https://youtube.com/sophierayofficial
Emily is an actress, singer and dancer. She has worked on a number of theatre and TV productions, once playing Shelly and understudying the lead role Tracy Turnblad in the Original Hairspray UK Tour. She’s had a passion for music from young age and has established her own business ‘Emily’s Ensemble’ which runs creative music and movement classes for children. Emily loves being part of the Bads and brings her full, fiery, funky fierceness to the band!! As well as having a great voice, Emily deploys all her theatrical skills in getting down with the audience – be aware !.
“Well I stepped out of a mirror at ten years old With a suit cut sharp, as a razor and a heart of gold I had a guitar hanging just about waist high I’m gonna play that thing until the day I die” I can’t really say it better than John Hiatt……although I don’t think I have ever played in a suit, and I don’t think I ever will. I have however played my guitar in England, Greece, Spain, Australia, Portugal and Ireland and I’m happy to play with the Bad Girls anywhere. This is by far the funkiest band I have ever been in. Let’s do it!
She studied at the Conservatory of Music of Barcelona, classic guitar and music theory followed by private lessons in vocal technique. She’s familiar with many different styles, but in the Bads she loves to focus on rock, blues and funk.
Due to her interest in composition, she led various original bands for many years. She has also collaborated with many different artists/groups in Spain, and acted as a musical coordinator at various jam sessions in her native Barcelona city.
Currently in London she is busy teaching new singers, finding new melodies and riffs for her next album and fully enjoying the experience of singing as a Bad Girl. Susana brings a sizzling special Spanish “something” to the Bads – frequently helped by a large glass of Rioja. Ola !!!
Leigh started singing in the world of competitive school choirs, while she loved competing she knew that choral music wasn’t truly her style. She sang with a group called Theatre Train at weekends that gave her the opportunity to perform in fantastic venues such as the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the Royal Albert Hall.
Whilst at University she tried a few choirs but found her niche when she joined a rock band called Rose Island Republic. They gained some success in their home town of Leicester including getting local radio play through BBC introducing and releasing an EP. When the band members graduated she sought out her next musical outlet and found a perfect fit with the Bad’s. She spends her days as a technology consultant but loves nothing more than to release the tension of a stressful week by singing a big bluesy belter with the bads.
Trevor is an electric bass player based in South West London. Growing up to the sounds of Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson and Motown, everything clicked into place when he got his hands on a bass around age 12. He spent the intervening years pretending to get a “proper” education and job whilst steadily building up a wealth of experience ranging from function bands, tribute acts, original pop and rock acts, traditional and modern jazz, and more.
Heavily influenced by soul, rock, funk, and jazz from the 60s and 70s, he applies a strong sense of groove, support and melody to his playing and brings open ears and an open mind to all musical situations.
He is bass player and composer for up-and-coming UK jazz group, the Emily Francis Trio. Their debut album, “The Absent” was released in 2015 with a follow-up live EP, “The Way Home” in late 2016. They are currently working on their second full LP and touring throughout 2018.
He studied professional musicianship at the British Institue of Modern Music in Brighton, and has toured the UK and Europe gig and festival scene. Influenced by the great soul and funk drummers from the 60’s and early 70’s such as Al Jackson Jnr, James Gadson and Bernard Purdie, his playing style is firmly ‘in the pocket’ and helps the Bad Girls find and keep their groove.
Trimmer’s formal music education is a BA in Jazz Studies and an MA in Electro – Acoustic Composition. Trimmer’s first band Burlesque were signed to Arista Records in 1976, and produced two albums ‘Acupuncture’ and ‘Burlesque’. Their musical style could be loosely described as a hybrid of Miles Davis meets Frank Zappa, with European art house perspectives and English eccentricity. Composing more than one hundred and fifty pieces for the group and giving nine hundred performances throughout Europe and the U.K. In 1979 with musical partner, guitarist Billy Jenkins they performed as Trimmer & Jenkins, – free jazz and jokes – recording an album and two singles for Charisma Records, and giving five hundred performances.
In 1983 he started performing and recording in with drummer, Ginger Baker, composing music for live shows including Glastonbury as well as recording – ‘Ginger Baker’s Nutters’. At the same Trimmer also worked as a session player in London, recording and touring for English rock acts such as Toyah, One the Juggler, The Fabulous Poodles, and punk jazz with Billy Jenkins and The Voice of God Collective among others. By 1988 a decision to stop touring and concentrate on more compositional work in London, writing original music for the moving image, working on television commercials and documentaries, exploring the sound worlds of twelfth to twentieth century classical, electronic and ethnic music, from a postmodernist perspective.
Since 1993 Trimmer has been working and recording with Mary Masselos, the Australian violinist and music therapist, and since then has arranged and produced ten albums of music for her. With a desire to perform again, in 1995 Trimmer assembled a group of London musicians under the title of ‘The Jazz Angels’ to play Jazz and Latin music, and after four hundred performances are still together in 2013.