A Story Steeped in Sound
A stylistically unique Jazz Band from day one, the members of Simply United have been singing, performing, and playing in sync as if they’d been together their entire musical careers. Throughout the course of the band’s union, they have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues, making loads of public appearances, all the while recording new music. Learn more by exploring the site, and feel free to get in touch with any of your comments and questions.
As an acclaimed and talented Band, the members of Simply United have produced an eclectic mix of studio recordings that are synonymous with their signature sound. Appealing to fans worldwide, their collection of songs are a testament to the depth and diversity of their creativity and hard work. Explore their discography below.
Sum of Talented Parts
Joe Heyward has been with Simply United from the very beginning. As the founder and band leader/manager, he takes on quite a bit of responsibility, from fine-tuning the musical arrangements to marketing and booking performances.
Christie Williams is truly a shining star. Crowds always love hearing her in full performance mode, and the band couldn’t be happier to have such an incredible vocalist on stage and in the studio with them.
Emphasizing the pace, subdivisions and intensity of their music with his hands and "bag of tricks", Komoyaka King brings years of experience with such notables groups as the Unusual Enchanteds, Sun Drummers, Drums of West Africa, Aloyo Dance Theatre in Chicago, the Giot Drum Ensemble, and many others.
A band wouldn't be complete without its drummer, and the Simply United Band couldn’t have asked for a better one than the talented Ron (RC) Walker. He play's an instrumental role in the success and musical progression of the band, not only rhythmically, but vocally with his smooth, soulful voice.
Steve Weakley is truly a blessing and welcomed member to the group. Steve was a founding member of the Jazz/Funk/Soul group Funk, Inc in 1969, who were signed to now disbanded Prestige Records, for whom they recorded five albums. Steve has performed/recorded with many other groups, including the late Grover Washington, Jr.
From his ears to yours... Ezra Bufford began playing the piano by ear at 8 years old. By his parents not having a piano at his home, Ezra spent every spare minute practicing on any piano at his home church. He continues to fulfill his calling for God's music, while also lending his talents to the Simply United Band.
What is a band without the rhythmic foundation, and its good feeling, steady pulse. For Simply United, this is provided by the talented bassist Lester Johnson, an original member of Harvey and The Bluetones, and a founding member of Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign - formerly The Ebony Rhythm Band.