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18. December 2020 - 8.30 pm (UK) / 21:30 (CET) - Masterlink, London

Jade Like The Stone
Live at Masterlink

"You have a superstar voice. Your voice sounds like a logo - like Jennifer Hudson’s voice is a logo, like Beyonce’s voice is a logo, Kate Bush’s voice is a logo. You have that uniqueness to your voice !" - Will.i.am

Jade Danielle Williams (aka Jade Like The Stone) was born into a Welsh/Italian family and raised in the one time Welsh Capital, Merthyr Tydfil, in South Wales. Despite the industrial nature of her working class home town, rooted as it was in the coal mining and steel industries of the region, there were artistic influences at hand too. Jade’s Great Grandfather was the noted tenor, William Burke, a world-touring singer and recording artist of the 1920’s, and her pianist grandmother won a scholarship Royal College of Music, (even if she was subsequently dissuaded by the family from taking it up). Jade grew up with that Grandmother and subsequently began learning piano from the age of 5. Such was her skill with the instrument that early aspirations minded towards a career as a classical pianist, until, post puberty, Jade’s voice came to the fore. A remarkable instrument that could tackle Welsh folk, Italian Arias, German Lieder, modern pop and more with equal aplomb; a voice which led to her being a finalist in the national Eisteddfod, forerunning, at the age of 15, a full scholarship to the prestigious Wells Cathedral School.

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Bandmembers

  • Jade Like The Stone

    Vocals

  • Stefan Redtenbacher

    Bass / Bandleader

  • Mike Sturgis

    Drums

  • Tony Remy

    Guitar

  • Liam Dunachie

    Hammond (keys)

Production

  • James Welch
  • Leo Mansell

    Video

  • Stefan Redtenbacher

Jade Like The Stone

A notable career in Opera seemed to beckon until the tragic death of her drowned brother, led to a re-evaluation of her life plans and aspirations, spawning a renewed need to follow her own wants and wills, rather than ceed to the expectations of others. 

Moving to London, Jade slowly reunited with music, this time forming the post modern rock band ‘Du Bellows’, a band described by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page as “by far one of the most interesting and musically adept bands I have seen ”. As well as undertaking sessions for other producers and artists, in 2018 Jade even – albeit semi-seriously – accepted an invitation to appear on TV’s ‘The Voice’ where she gained a place, appropriately enough, on the team of legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones.

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But really all this has been a forerunner to Jade’s desire to make music on her own terms as a solo artist, and she has teamed up with noted international collective 'Redtenbacher's Funkestra' (house band at Masterlink studios with a CV which reads like a 'who's who' in music) to produce a collaborative debut album, '7 Roads', due out in Spring 2021. 

Not only a noted musician and remarkable vocalist, Jade is a poet and lyricist drawing on not just her own very rich personal life experiences but also the Jurassic landscape and scenery of her home town, Welsh folklore, Celtic mysticism, and the strong matriarchal influences of her childhood, underpinned as they are by a strong public school education and general aptitude for literature and language. 

Musically the expressionist colours of composers such as Debussy, along with the harmonies and tonal qualities of the Renaissance, have all helped shape Jade’s own ear and songwriting. This plus her musical training in everything from Opera to Folk with, of course, the added influence of many genres of modern music from classic acts like the Doors, Beatles and Neil Young to more contemporary influences such as Jill Scott, Massive Attack and Modest Mouse, to name but a few. A large melting pot indeed which informs and influences her music to unparalleled effect. 

All of which points to a unique proposition with a rich tapestry of possibilities. Certainly a voice like no other; a signature voice and a signature style of songwriting, This should be a very exciting and unique performance brought to you exclusively on True-Live!

"You have a superstar voice. Your voice sounds like a logo - like Jennifer Hudson’s voice is a logo, like Beyonce’s voice is a logo, Kate Bush’s voice is a logo. You have that uniqueness to your voice !" - Will.i.am


Photo by Rob Blackham

The Masterlink Sessions house band

“Stefan, you know what the Funk is all about.” (Fred Wesley/James Brown, Parliament)

The London based Redtenbacher’s Funkestra is the brainchild of bassist, composer and producer Stefan Redtenbacher. This original and mostly instrumental wall-to-wall Jazz Funk horn band has about 20 released to their name - ‘The Hang’  being the latest one, currently number one win the weekly top 50 Funk album chart according to the Roots Music Report.

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They have recorded with the who-is-who from the London Jazz Funk scene including legends of the Jazz Funk world like Fred Wesley, Alfred ‘Pee Wee’ Ellis from James Brown, Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka, Lee Thornburg and Lenny Pickett from Tower of Power, Cory Wong (Vulfpeck), Eric Krazno (Lettuce), Stanton Moore (Galactic), drum virtuoso Benny Greb, Elliott Randall and Keith Carlock (Steely Dan), titanic saxophone players Rick Margitza (Miles Davis Band), Chris Hunter (Gil Evans Orchestra), Andy Snitzer (Paul Simon), Prince’s New Power Generation horn section (aka ‘The Hornheads’) and many of the horn players from Incognito, Brand New Heavies and many more.

Their records have been released on Wooden Hat Records (USA), Pedigree Cuts/Universal (UK)

and Stefan’s own label RSB Records leading to performances in the USA, Germany, Austria, Holland the UK where they played for circa 15 years at the renown 606 club on a regular basis.

In the last 5 years they have clocked up an impressive 2.32 million streams on Spotify only and their music has also been publicly performed by small and big bands in Austria, USA, Germany, Holland, UK and Denmark.

Over the past two years the Funkestra rhythm section has served as the studio house band for ‘The Masterlink Sessions’ and have fully embraced a broader range of styles and supporting vocalists. The has resulted in 50+ videos and album and EP recordings with Grammy award winning Mike Farris, Hamish Stuart (‘Pick Up The Pieces’ Average White Band and Ringo Starr All Stars), Sarah Jane Morris, Jo Harman and many more from the ‘credible’ end of emerging elite vocalists and artists.

It was Stefan’s dream to morph the band into a zeitgeist equivalent of the legendary studio bands from Motown (Funkbrothers), Stax Records (Booker T & The MGs/Mar-Keys) and Muscle Shoals (‘The Swampers’) respectively by setting up a mini-Nashville production house in the Surrey Hills in the UK.

Whilst Booker T. & The MG’s continued to be the studio house band for Otis Redding and stablemates, they kept on releasing albums under their own name - in this Stefan has found his blue-print for all his activities in the years to come.

As a sideman Stefan Redtenbacher has performed and or recorded with artists like Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Jack Bruce (Cream), Lulu, Amy Winehouse, Kiki Dee, Beverly Knight, Joss Stone, Sam Brown, Herb Alpert, Imelda May, Natalie Imbrugila, Paul Carrack, Mica Paris, Gerry Beckley (America) and many more.


Masterlink

‘Live at Masterlink’ was born out of the ‘Masterlink Sessions’: invited guests performing 100% live in the studio with the studio house band beautifully filmed by videographer Leo Mansell from Shoot and Splice.

Extended out from the series of popular videos the team have now expanded their offering by organising circa 20 min live-stream concerts, not only from the house band with their invited guests but also other artists and bands sharing the community values.

This is our own spin on ‘Daryl’s House’ and ‘NPR Tiny Desk Concerts’ from leafy Surrey, Great Britain.

The ‘Masterlink Sessions’ are a joint venture of Stefan Redtenbacher (Redtenbacher's Funkestra), James Welch (Masterlink Productions) and Leo Mansell (Shoot and Splice) to strengthen the community of creative and like-minded musicians who love music with timeless values, played live and for real. The sessions initially became most known for featuring noted international artists in the genres of funk, soul, blues and jazz, but more recently this has been extended to include a wider, more unbounded remit that features rock, 'Americana', singer-songwriters and more.

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The intention is always to record 100% live in the studio, nodding towards the great studio bands of the ‘60s like The Funk Brothers (Motown), The Swampers (Muscle Shoals) and The Mar-Keys (Staxs). Capturing the energy and chemistry between the artist and the 'crack' studio band is at the heart of all their recordings, all videoed by film maker Leo Mansell, further reflecting the 'organic' nature of the proceedings.

So far, over 50 videos have been produced featuring artists such as Hamish Stuart (AWB, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr), Sarah Jane Morris, US Grammy award winning Mike Farris, Jo Harman, Orphy Robinson MBE, Louise Clare Marshall (Jools Holland) and many more. Masterlink aims to not only feature some of the most established and respected names in the business, but also give a platform for emerging artists who truly have the talent to perform at the required level. Its 'A&R' advisory team includes BiGiAM Artist Services and other management organisations geared to supporting credible artists with like-minded values.

The studio house band (a.k.a. the Funkestra) generally runs as a small collective of international, yet UK-based world-class musicians (with CV's to prove it - think Bowie, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Mark Ronson & more) which, at its core, comprises:

Stefan Redtenbacher (bs, producer) Mike Sturgis (drs), Karl Vanden Bossche (perc), Mike Outram/Tony Remy (gtr), Ross Stanley (keys)


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