About the soul department

The Soul Department are based in the West Midlands and are a nine-piece collective of first class musicians and singers, guaranteed to make the very best of your special occasion. From weddings and parties to corporate events and functions, we have an enviable reputation for professional performances with excellent sound quality and lighting, playing all the songs you know and love (and some you have forgotten!).

The band have been together for many years with performances and recommendations that do credit to our musicians and singers who give their all, time after time.


Joe is our charismatic front man and lead singer with the versatility to handle the raunchiest of numbers to the softest of ballads. Joining Joe out front of the band is Lydia, our powerhouse female singer complimenting Joe in lead and backing vocals. In addition, a number of the band perform vocal harmonies, giving real depth and quality to the music that few bands match.


The back line to our Department are a rock solid, four-piece foundation of top class players consisting of drums, bass, guitar and keyboards with soul in their blood. The icing on the cake comes in the form of a 3-piece horn section of two saxes and a trumpet, with the saxes doubling on baritone, tenor and alto.

What you get…

•    Professional 9-piece live band
•    2 x 45 minute live sets
•    Repertoire of soul, Motown, disco and funk hits
•    Professional PA and lighting rig
•    Sound/lighting engineer
•    Pre-mixed disco before and after live sets (if required)
•    PAT tested equipment and Public Liability Insurance
•    Special request song (ask for details/cost)

Enquiries are professionally and courteously handled from the first call or email.  So please feel free to contact us on 07824 705562 or by email on


testimonials...feel the love

Melanie Cook, Hampton Court Castle, September 2017

We particularly wanted a soul band and during our seemingly endless search of bands we were just drawn to The Soul Department! They played at our evening wedding reception earlier this month.  
Good reviews usually state pros and cons however, the band genuinely do not have any cons! They were professional from the onset, sounded incredible, looked incredible, great repertoire, were brilliant fun and had our wedding party rockin'!!! From start to finish they had our guests on their feet, we loved every minute! Exactly what we wanted! Cannot recommend these guys enough, worth their weight in gold, definitely will book them again, no question!! 
Thank you, you were amazing!!  Melanie Cook xx

Jo & Andy - October '16

What a fantastic band. You really made our wedding reception with great songs, incredible vocals, amazing musical talent and pure class. We had so much praise for the band on the night and would like to thank you for making our night even more special and performing a fantastic version of our first dance. Would highly recommend you.

Becky & Joe - July '16

Thank you so so much for performing at our wedding in Stratford upon Avon. You were totally amazing and our guests loved you. Thank you also for learning my song request for my dad, he loved it and it meant a lot. We had an amazing day and our evening rocked! Thank you



as standard, We provide 2x 45 minute sets, but we can adapt the sets and duration to suit any event.

Ain't Too Proud To Beg
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Baby, Now That I've Found You
Build Me Up Buttercup
Can’t turn you loose
Car Wash
Dancing In The Street
Disco Inferno
Do You Love Me
Everybody Needs Somebody
Forget You
Get Ready
Gimme Some Lovin’
Green Onions
Grits Ain’t Groceries
Hard to Handle
Higher & Higher
Hold on I’m Coming
I Feel Good
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Isn't She Lovely
It's The Same Old Song
I Wish
Jailhouse Rock
Knock on Wood
Land Of 1000 Dances
Love Man
Love Train
Memphis Soul Stew
Midnight Hour
Minnie the Moocher
Mr Pitiful
Mustang Sally
Nowhere To Run
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
Pick Up The Pieces
Play That Funky Music
Proud Mary
Reach Out (I'll Be There)

River Deep, Mountain High
Son of a Preacher Man
Shake a Tail Feather
Show me
Sir Duke
Signed Sealed Delivered
Soul Man
Stop Her On Sight (S.O.S.)
Sweet Home Chicago
Sweet Soul Music
Take Me to the River
Time Is Tight
Try A Little Tenderness
Turn On Your Love Light
Twisting The Night Away
Unchain My Heart
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Uptown Funk
What's Going On


First Dance Numbers:
Let's Stay Together
My Girl
Stand By Me
Thinking Out Loud

Special Seasonal Numbers:
All I Want For Christmas
I Wish It Could Be Christmas
Merry Christmas
Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
White Christmas


New numbers being added all the time!