Sule (Sou-Lay) has been playing music since the age of five and has been plugging away on his music career for roughly the past15 years. A music career is a multi faceted thing involving different disciplines and skill sets and Sule has been involved in as many as possible. He began as a student of the piano but quickly switched to the guitar. Singing, songwriting and a naturally good ear came as gifts to Sule and he’s used these to launch himself in various directions.
While playing in rock bands in school, Sule studied classical guitar, from where he gleaned his “no pick” finger playing style. He soon went on to study Jazz while leading and fronting the funk rock group Tribal Groove. At the same time, Sule experimented with Jump Jive and swing in the group Atomic Cocktail and sang and played guitar for the internationally known “Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir”. The choir became a favorite of Celine Dion’s, and Sule got to test his mettle as a soloist for the MJGC opening up for Celine’s sold out crowds. Tribal Groove also stayed busy releasing the EP “Party At The Sun” featuring many of Sule’s compositions, and playing dates in Canada as well as New York City and Los Vegas.
Eventually the time came to move on and Sule could be heard plying his skills as a guitarist for various pop groups. He toured with the Canadian group Sky (EMI), One Ton (Warner), Corneille (Wagram) and Gage (Wagram), bringing him not only all over Canada, but also to Europe and North Africa. In addition to that, his guitar work can be heard on albums such as Bet-E and Steph’s (Universal) self-titled debut. All the while Sule was writing his own material and learning the studio skills one needs to engineer and produce. Some of this work, a track called “Song for Lea”, can be heard on the compilation “Café Mélies Vol. 1” (Jajou). Months after Café Mélies’ release the Black Theater Workshop honored Sule with the Gloria Mitchell-Aleong award for excellence in the arts for his body of work. As another feather in his cap, Sule struck a deal with “Elite Guitars Canada” putting him among some of the country’s best acts, and setting him up with some of the coolest new guitars on the market.
Sule has completed two albums. “The Fall”, a collection of ten songs dealing with the human condition and all it’s frailties, and “Alive” the follow up album to “The Fall”. The albums display how he has ventured beyond guitar and mastered several instruments, while honing his song writing to a sharp point. The style is predominantly rock with rich undertones ranging from R&B to Reggae, Jazz to Gospel and Blues to Funk, and these have been masterfully weaved into a coherent style unique to Sule. He’s put together a great live act, “The Modern Day Kings”, to promote the music and he continues to collaborate with various colleagues. To see what happens next, just stay tuned.