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Get ready people!!!  Consonance is performing at the Marin City Blues, Jazz & Soul Party on Monday, September 5, 2011 located at 100 Drake Ave. in Marin City.  This "party" is just that.  There will be food, fun and music featuring Consonance.

The group has two cd projects, "See The Light" and "Message Of Hope".  The latter is their latest and you have to do yourself a favor and get it.  It has a little of that R&B flair, but it is pure gospel music.  And the group is at its best with the harmony for which they have become famous. 

So you need to be there to hear them do songs from their projects and also to hear a preview of their upcoming cd.  This project will be a hot collection of gospel that will "wow" the listener.  And they will have their "good news blues" songs on this one.

See you on September 5th.

Jackie Taylor, Manager and Entertainment Specialist

Jackie Taylor - The Marin City Blues, Jazz & Soul Party (Jul 8, 2011)
Big Cat gives Consonance gospel group a very positive review.
If you were not there, you missed a treat. CONSONANCE gospel group performed at the Fillmore Street 25th Annual Jazz Festival and the brought the house down. The members were Mack Williams, Paul Foster, Jr., Bobby Reed, Rev. Sam Cox and Lloyd Gregory. They did a 1 hour and 30 minute set of some old and new songs.

The first song had the early morning crowd tapping their feet to the beat of "Come On In This House". This song will be on an upcoming cd, but for now it was the opening spirited performace of this song that set the stage for a wonderful concert.

The group did nine songs, ranging from slow to hand clapping hot gospel. They even performed "Good News Blues #3". This song was written and arranged by Mack Williams and it is a throw back to the old Elmore James rifts, but it is definitely a gospel song. Bobby Reed did an excellent job on lead and Lloyd Gregory was ultra hot on lead guitar, taking an extended solo that had the crowd in awe!!

And their traditional songs were awesome. They ended with "When I Get In Glory" with Mack Williams on lead and the entire audience standing, clapping, and dancing in the aisles.

I must confess, this group gets better with time. I am so excited about their upcoming new projects that I want to encourage all of you to stay tuned for new releases that will really shake up the gospel field.

Stay tuned for more reporting on their upcoming performances. God bless.
Jackie Taylor - 25th Annual Fillmore Street Jazz Festival (Jul 5, 2009)
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Christian Music Daily April 6, 2009: Consonance
For those of you who like the classic doo-wop vocal harmony sound put together with Gospel music, you need to know about the vocal group known as Consonance, who have a CD, "See The Light," on CDBaby.com.

With a mission to lift up the name of Jesus in song and in praise, Consonance has been together as a group since 1995, and they've gotten to know each other so well that it's evident they sing as if they were actual brothers from the same mother.

The group consists of five members - Rev. Sam Cox, Paul Foster, Jr., Bobby Reed, Rev. Melvin Williams and Mack Williams.

Rev. Cox is a licensed minister and has played drums for Marvin Gaye, the Jacksons and the Eagles. He is also a lead singer with a style that is unique and inspiring.

Paul Foster, Jr. is the son of the legendary Paul Foster, Sr., who with Sam Cooke, were the lead singers for the Soul Stirrers. Paul also was a member of the 1970's group The Brothers and Others. This group recorded for RCA and were well-known throughout the college scene in California.

Bobby Reed is the bass player and a lead singer. He was the frontman for The Right Kind who in the 1970's were known for their hit single, "Why Do You Have To Lie?" Bobby also has played backup for B.B. King, Albert King and others.

Rev. Melvin Williams is a licensed minister and was formerly with the Pacesetters. They recorded with Tamala records and performed in the 1970's with most of the popular acts of that day.

Mack Williams was a member of the Brothers and Others with Paul Foster, Jr. He was also the frontman for the Northern California funk band No Shame. Mack is also a prolific songwriter and arranger.

As you can see, these five gentlemen bring a lifetime of experience to both the stage and to their recordings.

Consonance loves performing live, and have had wonderful opportunities to take the Gospel message to both secular and church audiences. They've performed at the Monterey Blues Festival, the Pittsburg Heritage Festival, the City of San Francisco Juneteenth Festival, The Bay Area Blues Society Revue, the Marin City Blues Festival, the City of Richmond Juneteenth Festival, the AARP Convention in San Francisco, and at many banquets, weddings and private affairs.

The group's style has been described as contemporary gospel, but they also have the ability to resurrect the old time gospel traditional songs of yesterday, which audiences absolutely love. They are masters of tight harmonies and have developed a creative approach to their presentation of praise in song. If you like artists like the Canton Spirituals, the Blind Boys of Alabama, or Boyz II Men, you should get a hold of Consonance's CD, "See The Light," and then be on the lookout for their two other projects releasing later in 2009. To purchase cd's go to www.cdbaby.com/cd/consonance
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For Immediate Release
“Do-Wop” Is Alive And Well in Gospel Group Consonance
"Good News Blues Gospel"

Seattle, WA-(March 12, 2009) - Consonance is a contemporary gospel quartet music group with a twist. The Bay Area Blues Society's 2008 award winning "Best Gospel Group" are sweet soul singers of gospel who have developed a very unique and captivating style that reminds you of the "do-wops" groups of the past. They can sing.!!

The group's style has been described as contemporary gospel; however, they have the ability to resurrect the old time gospel traditional songs of yesterday. They are masters of tight
harmonies and have developed a creative approach to their presentation of praise in song.

Their first CD "See The Light" has been receiving positive reviews. They are currently working on two other projects that will be released in 2009. Without a doubt, this is a special group of performers!

About The Groups Members
The group consists of five members - Rev. Sam Cox, Paul Foster, Jr., Bobby Reed, Rev. Melvin Williams and Mack Williams.

Rev. Cox is a licensed minister and has played drums for Marvin Gaye, the Jacksons and the Eagles. He is also a lead singer with a style that is unique and inspiring.

Paul Foster, Jr. is the son of the legendary Paul Foster, Sr., who with Sam Cooke, were the
lead singers for the Soul Stirrers. Paul also was a member of the 1970's group The Brothers
and Others. This group recorded for RCA and was well-known throughout the college scene in California.

Bobby Reed is the bass player and lead singer. He was the front man for The Right Kind, who in the 1970's was known for their hit single, "Why Do You Have To Lie". Bobby has
also played back-up for BB King, Albert King and others.

Rev. Melvin Williams is a licensed minister and was formally with the Pacesetters. The recorded with Imperial and Fantasy Records and performed in the 1970's with most of the popular acts of that day.

Mack Willams was a member of the Brothers and Others with Paul Foster, Jr. He was also the front man for the Northern California funk band No Shame. Mack is also a prolific song writer and arranger.

Consonance has appeared throughout Northern California. They performed at the Monterey Blues Festival, the Pittsburg Heritage Festival, the City of San Francisco Juneteenth Festival, The Bay Area Blues Society Revue, the Marin City Blues Festival, the City of Richmond Juneteenth Festival, the AARP Convention in San Francisco and many weddings and private
affairs. The group is also the recipient of the Bay Area Blues Society's 2008 award as the "Best Gospel Group".

Consonance is a spirit-filled gospel group of Christian men. The group's purpose is to lift up the name of Jesus in song and in praise. Although individually they have been singing for many, many years, the group has been singing together since 1995.

For more information about Consonance, go to http://cdbaby.com/cd/consonance

If you want to be inspired, lifted to higher heights and filled with the spirit, you must see this smoothly choreographed group perform. They can hit you with their "good news blues gospel" and then dazzle you with their contemporary or traditional renditions.
www.cdbaby.com/cd/consonance
By popular demand, Consonance was invited back to perform at the Fillmore Jazz Festival. They were in rare form from start to finish. The early morning crowd was sparse at first, but once they belted out their first number, "Come On In This House", the crowd began to thicken. Before their set was completed, there were hundreds in the streets dancing and shouting to their music.

I am always amazed at the professionalism of this group. They did a seven song set that was filled with inspirational gospel songs like, "Thank You" from their first cd and their good news blues, Good News Blues #3. The latter will be on their third cd currently being recorded. They exhibited excellent musicianship and great vocals. I enjoy them everytime I hear them.

So if you have a chance to check them out at an upcoming venue, do yourself a favor and savor this awesome collection of musicians.


By Jackie Taylor
A great review of the Spirit and Soul Festival which included Consonance.
Exciting and entertaining is all that can be said about the gospel group Consonance's performance yesterday at the City of Richmond's Homefront Festival at the Richmond Craneway. They were full of the spirit and wowed the crowd with a magnetic performance.

The group did songs from their upcoming cd. Paul Foster, Jr. sang lead on the hypnotic beat "Close To You". This song was written by Mack Williams, and it is a testimony for all of us not to become discouraged by what happens in life. Just try to get close to God and everything will be alright.

The ever-popular, "Good News Blues #3" was the normal crowd pleaser. Tim Landis on guitar took an extended solo that was amazing. Then Mack came back with the crowd favorite cover of the Gospelaires "When I Get In Glory". Consonance's rendition of this song is novel and needs to be recorded because it is really a great cover of this obscure song.

Try your best to catch them at their next concert and you will never forget Consonance.

by Jackie Taylor
Jackie Taylor - City of Richmond's Homefront Festival (Oct 3, 2010)