Sweet Soul Gospel Revue - Artists - Singers

Michael Webb - Musical Director

Michael Anthony Dubya, composer, conductor, arranger and band leader, has by now performed his music in hundreds of cities in more than 33 countries. Already as a young man he showed prodigious talent, first joining his school choir and orchestra – after just six months of teaching himself music – and within two years making it as a professional musician.

Later he joined the military where he became a pianist and musical arranger for the U.S. Army Band. He studied with the world-renowned classical pianist Oksana Lutsyshyn for a year and at the same time travelled the US to broaden his knowledge of jazz. He spent most of his military career in Europe, where he eventually decided to stay and pursue his dream.

Michael has many years of experience as a solo performer, band leader and musical director. He lives in Germany where he is the MD for the Sweet Soul Music Revue, The Sound of Classic Motown and now for the Sweet Soul Gospel Revue.

Klaus Gassmann - Executive Producer, Management

Klaus Gassmann was bitten by the soul bug in the mid-1960s, after attending a Wilson Pickett concert in Frankfurt. It turned out to be a key moment in his life and he went on to start his first soul band that for the next few years toured the American club scene in South-West Germany. Klaus, as saxophonist and guitarist, thus experienced the heyday of 60s soul.

However, even as an original ‘soul man’ he didn’t at this point turn his passion into a job. While pursuing a career in software development, he remained true to his hobby for 50 years. His band Soulfinger achieved cult status in all things 60s soul, attracting attention well beyond its native Rhine-Neckar region.

After retiring from his day job did he realise his long-term dream of producing an international soul show. March 2009 saw the first Sweet Soul Music Revue, a format that has gone on to great things. For the SSMR’s fifth anniversary, Klaus presents The Sound Of Classic Motown and now the Sweet Soul Gospel Revue.

Derrick Alexander - Lead Vocal

Born in the birthplace of Motown – Detroit, Michigan – Derrick Alexander began to sing and dance in night clubs aged 17, winning over audiences with his command of genres ranging from R&B and jazz to funk, soul and gospel. Over the course of his career he would share the stage with The Temptations, Tank, Public Announcement and Kim McFarland.

During his time in the US military he sang in the United States Army Europe Soldiers Chorus and toured to more than 40 countries. After 22 years in the army he decided to pursue a singing career in Germany. Since 2008 he has been lead vocal in his own group Premier Soul, as well as in the successful Sweet Soul Music Revue.

Derrick is famous for seducing audiences with his velvety voice, no matter what genre.

Laeh Jones - Lead Vocal

Another artist from Motown’s home Detroit, Laeh Jones was steeped in soul from birth. Her father Warren Harris was a singer in the Motown group The Monitors, famous for their hits Greetings This Is Uncle Sam and Say You. Her mother, too, was a singer. Laeh herself is a former member of the gospel group Witness, winner of the Stellar Award and nominee of many others, among them a Grammy. With this group she toured the US for more than 14 years. In addition to this, she performed in many shows and musical theatre productions, as well as with artists such as Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Ann Nesby and many more.

Today Laeh lives in Kaiserslautern and has been with the Sweet Soul Music Revue since 2010. She is also a member of the group NE Kombination, working in the genres of jazz, R&B, classic soul, pop and gospel.

Esther Stevens - Lead Vocal

As far back as Esther can remember she has had a passionate desire to sing. Esther cut her early professional teeth by singing in the Awaking Choir, led by the renowned vocalist Joan Faulkner. Esther rapidly expanded her talents in a number of music venues. She shared the public performance forum with Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Mariah Carey, Mavis Staples, Coolio und Jennifer Rush. Esther was a member of the Jazz Hip-Hop group Razzle Dazzle and performs with the Pleasure Unlimited Barry White Tribute band, led by Music Director James Allen Simpson.

Esther also has a number of studio productions credited to her name. She has recorded with La Bouche, Star, Christian Wunderlich, Masterboy, and studio recording, role appearance on the Obama Musical HOPE – Yes We Can, and Frank Farian’s Daddy Cool. The more she sings, the more she loves it! What is life without music?

Janet Taylor - Lead Vocal

Janet has been singing all her life, starting in a gospel choir at the age of 3 years. In her high school years she was part of musicals such as Grease, Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof and The Wiz. After high school she was working for the Staatstheater Mainz in Showboat. In the mid 90’s Janet had the opportunity to take her career to another level working with artists as Joan Faulkner, Randall Taylor, Pamela O’Neal, Tom Woll,...

Working in the German club scene doing house music, techno, rock and pop with artists such as B.G. the Prince of Rap, DJ Taucher, DJ Sakin and Friends, Toni Cottura, DJ Mind-X, working with producers such as Stefan Benz, Heinz Felber, Joe Jam, Torsten Stenzel and Jam Elmar... eventually being awarded with Gold record in Germany, Silver in England and Platinum and Gold in Denmark! Janet has traveled most of the world singing and sharing her talent. Today you can find her living in Germany singing for Celebration, Jackson Singers and many more.

Vanessa L. Brown - Lead Vocal

Vanessa a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina was introduced to the arts at an early age. She was involved in music and dance from her elementary, middle and high school years. She continued singing and was part of the dance team in college. She was part of an acapella gospel group that sang and toured along the east coast. Her gospel group opened for gospel grates, Shirley Caesar and the Mighty Clouds of Joy.

Currently, Vanessa sings alongside her husband (Paul Brown) where they minister together on the Praise and Worship team at Shammah International Worship and Training Center, Landstuhl, Germany.

Paul Brown - Lead Vocal

Paul (Paulie), is a native of Charleston, South Carolina and has been singing since he was a child. He comes from a very gifted musical family and Paul is also a multi-instrumentalist. Paul grew up singing alongside his siblings at his father's church (New Life Bible Church). He continued singing at many different churches and events. Paul is an awesome choir director and conducted many gospel music workshops here in Germany with the ministry called Highly Exhalted.

Currently, Paul is the worship leader at Shammah International Worship and Training Center where he and his wife Vanessa minister in song together.