Soul ChÌc

Soul Chic - Georga & Nardia

Soul ChÌc are a vibrant & dynamic musical group lead by two female vocalists Nardia Brancatisano & Georga Byrne. Through their delectable unique voice blend they have mastered the art of harmonies and have since performed as a harmony duo around Australia & Europe.

The Soul ChÌc band is made up of 10 well renowned musicians and collectively they have played with a range of artists including Daryl Braithwaite, Ray Charles, Michael Buble, Gotye, Xavier Rudd, Jessica Mauboy & Taxiride to name a few.

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Taking you through a journey of music; Soul ChÌc specialise in Jazz, The Blues, Soul, Funk right through to the popular music of today adding their own unique Soul ChÌc twist. If you’re looking for a small Jazz quartet or an extended eight to ten piece band to dance the night away, Soul ChÌc will tailor the band, musical set list and create the perfect atmosphere to meet the needs of your special event!

"Through their professionalism and unique sound, the band are sure to leave you feeling inspired, astonished & full of energy."
Testimonial from Hamish Arnold Lestor, Manager of Sotto - Weekly residency

Soul Chic

Band History

Georga Byrne & Nardia Brancatisano (the two lead vocalists) met performing in the Ray Charles musical that was part of the Melbourne Fringe festival and had many Television appearances together. It was through this musical that they decided to piece together a band with the intention of entertaining and inspiring people through music.

With their unique blues and Jazz voice blend, their vibrant personalities & endearing stage presence, this pair has been described as both memorising and highly entertaining to watch. Their versatility, passion and professionalism as entertainers has bought them together to perform with a variety of artists including Jeff Duff, Wylie J Miller, Jen Knight & the Cavalliers, Tracey Miller, Wendy Stapleton, Sam Ludaman and Fatai V from the Voice.

One of Australia’s finest duos, these Girls are a phenomenal pair and a must see! They will leave you feeling incredibly inspired and will evoke a range of emotions.

Bio's

Nardia Brancatisano

Soul ChÌc | Nardia Brancatisano Nardia Brancatisano has been an Entertainer in the form of a Singer/Dancer/Actor/Model for the last 19 years. She featured in her first Television commercial at the age of 7 and wrote her first EP at the age of 17.

Nardia is a raw & sultry Blues/Soul singer having studied with Lindsay field and Renee Geyer to perfect her vocal skill set. She has featured in various bands around Melbourne, Asia & Europe. Her versatility & diversity in her voice has provided her with the ability to adapt in many forms from fronting bands to singing in choirs and back up harmonies for various music artists. Also learning the blues from her very own father’s lap, a blues guitarist, Nardia has developed a natural and strong ear for music. Nardia’s professional credits include touring with Mo-Tunes (Supremes tribute band) fronting various Melbourne bands, theatre shows including a show called Genius (Ray Charles musical), has performed in various Jazz & Blues duos & trios. She has had TV appearances on the Today show & the David & Kim show.

With her passion for blues & Jazz, She has recently travelled & toured through the South of the US (Memphis, New Orleans & Mississippi) with a guitar on her back writing songs and learning the traditions of blues & Jazz and performing with a range of musicians. She is currently being certified in Music at Kangan Tafe.

Georga Byrne

Soul ChÌc | Georga Byrne Georga Byrne has been performing professionally as an entertainer since the age of 12. She has had extensive training as a dancer, singer and actor specializing in the field of musical theatre (Lead role in ‘The Monsters rock and Roll show’ - Universal Studios Japan, Ray Charles Show ‘Genius’ and in Nunsense the Musical with Robyn Arthur which opened The green Room awards in 2003).

Some of her professional credits include: The Good Friday Appeal, The Eric Banner Show where she danced with the likes of Tina Arena, Vanessa Amarossi and Rhonda Burchmore. Through acting, Georga has featured in various Australian drama series including Blue Healers, Neighbours, The Pacific and has been featured in television commercials. Georga also played a lead role in a children’s show called the Cuddly Critters which toured around Australia and had various television appearances.

Georga has toured and fronted many corporate bands including The Cantaloupes, The Coco Blue Affair, The Megabytes, The Australian Meatloaf Show and Pogo Plus (Support act to Marcia Heins.) She has also performed with Wendy Stapleton in her swinging sixties show, accompanied Gary Pinto at Word Youth day in Rome & has performed with a range of Jazz quartets.

Georga studied Musical Theatre at The National Theatre Drama School, completed a Bachelor of music though the Melbourne Conservertorial of Music and has a Graduate Diploma in Education.

Georga Loves being a part of Soul ChÌc!

Thomas Byrne

Soul ChÌc | Thomas Byrne Thomas Byrne is a Melbourne based keyboard player who at the ripe young age of 21 is not only extremely talented as a musician but he also has the ability to play a multiple range of instruments including drums, percussion, guitar & keys and is highly proficient in all. Thomas has a naturally strong ear for music and arranging musical parts. Through his abilities he has played a range of instruments specializing in keys professionally for many well renowned musicians including Wylie J Miller, Angie Stapleton, Sam Ludamen and Fatai V from the Voice.

Thomas has trained for 15 years in the areas of classical, jazz and blues piano. With his creative & artistic flair he has played keyboards & Synthesizer with Melbourne based original band ‘Agility’, ‘Gods Master plan’ and has composed his own original music.

Thomas is performing weekly in Soul ChÌc as the main keyboard player, percussionist and backing vocalist and has been an integral part of the band for the last three years.

Thomas is completing a Bachelor of Arts and is currently gaining a music accreditation through Kangan Institute!

Steve Rando

Soul ChÌc | Steve Rando Steve Rando’s acoustic guitar playing is always subtly sophisticated and acts as the perfect accompaniment for Georga and Nardia’s delectable vocal harmonies. Steve is a versatile player, equally proficient on electric and acoustic guitar and is able to play a range of styles with authority and authenticity. Steve’s guitar playing is always dynamic & creative. He establishes and enhances the mood for the performance and reacts with the musicians he performs with.

Steve has played in countless cover bands, tribute bands (eg Australian Madonna, Blues Brothers, Pink tribute bands), theatre productions (eg: Rent, Next to Normal) and Television appearances (eg: Rove, Mr and Mrs Murder). Steve also toured and recorded with Xavier Rudd.

Stephen is a graduate from the Victoria College of the Arts and teaches and coordinates the music programs at Victoria University.

Stuart Byrne

Soul ChÌc | Stuart Byrne Stuart Byrne is a highly versatile woodwind player. He plays a large variety of instruments, from piccolo to contrabass clarinet; in a broad range of styles and settings, from jazz saxophone to classical bassoon. Stuart has played for over 40 professional theatre productions both in Melbourne and Asia, and has worked with the Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, and Victorian Opera, as well as in the bands for It Takes Two, Dancing With the Stars, and for the TV Week Logies.

His playing has been heard on TV ads, on Young Talent Time and Australia’s Got Talent, at AFL Grand Finals and on feature films. He has recorded for such artists as Marcia Hines, Daryl Somers, John Farnham and David Campbell; and toured with others including Ray Charles, Gene Pitney, and the woodwind trio Doubling Up. Stuart has played in various big bands, cover bands, latin bands, chamber ensembles, small jazz groups, and original rock bands. Having a Bachelor of Education in Music, Stuart is also actively involved in music education in and around Melbourne, and occasionally in regional areas and interstate as well.

Sophie Anderson

Soul ChÌc | Sophie Anderson Sophie is a Melbourne based cellist with a passion for modern music. She completed her tertiary education in Music at Monash University in 2009 and has been taught by some of Australia and Germany’s foremost teachers.

Sophie’s performance experience is vast and she can be found playing with groups ranging from professional musical theatre to orchestras, chamber ensembles, with her string quartets (No Strings Attached and SoundBox), bands and DJs. She has toured and studied in Germany, Scandinavia, Russia and Australia.

She thoroughly enjoys playing and recording rock and pop music, with such musical credits as Gotye, The Veronica’s - Revenge is Sweeter national tour (including live DVD/CD) and as a featured performer with DJ Mel Harris at The Australian Open Gala Ball and Melbourne International Fashion Festival.

Sophie also has a great interest in music education, having completed Music Honors in Pedagogy and her Suzuki Music Teaching Accreditation. She currently teaches cello privately and at schools around Melbourne.

Emmet Brazil

Soul ChÌc | Emmet Brazil Emmet has played bass all over the world! Having toured Russia, Oman, Korea and Indonesia with the Aussie based international cover band Superkatz.

Emmet specialized in playing many various styles such as Pop, Rock, Soul and R&B. Emmet has also toured Europe visiting the UK, Finland and Estonia with the Brisbane based band Chasing Gravity.

Improving his stage craft and passion for playing live music Emmet is now based back in Melbourne! He’s is very proud to be a part of Soul ChÌc with their passion for live music and their dedication to getting it right!

Nathan Post

Soul ChÌc | Nathan Post After ten years of blowing a trumpet, Nathan realised it was not for him. It was not long before the rich, acoustic sound of the double bass stole his interest.

After completing a Bachelor in music performance at the Victorian College of the Arts on electric and double bass, Nathan travelled overseas performing on the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2 and Diamond Princess cruise ships.

After returning home, Nathan performed all over Australia playing in pubs, jazz clubs and internationally renowned jazz and caberet festivals.

He has played with Orchestra Victoria, Australian show band, Combo Fiasco and numerous other acts. He has enjoyed backing such artists as Marina Prior, David Hobson, Delta Goodrem, Rob Mills, Caroline O'Connor and Bobby Valentine to name a few. Next was his professional theatre debut in Monty Python's Spamalot which then lead onto other performances such as Camelot, Wicked, ChicagoDrowsy Chaperone (starring Geoffrey Rush), Next to Normal and Mary Poppins in Melbourne's famous theatres.

Lukether Batterbury

Soul ChÌc | Lukether Batterbury Over the past 14 years Luke has had a diverse occupation of studio & live playing. A highly talented individual he plays a range of instruments including Keyboards, drums, percussion & vocals including arranging musical parts.

Luke has a strong ear for music, and has a strong knack for bringing amazing grooves within any band he works with and bring life and passion to a live gig.

Studios that Luke has worked at include Black Pearl, Sing Sing, Woodstock, Salt lock up Studios (Geelong).

Starting off in the Melbourne Scene as a multi instrumentalist session player, he soon found work in an array of live gigs and corporate functions. In conjunction with this, programming, recording & live gigs with some of Australia’s most renown artists such as Pete Murray, Taxiride, Darryl Braithwaite, Teramase, Jason Sing, Gail Ryder (Boom crash Opera), Phil Cebrano, & Tim Watson.

Driven by Motown and 90s influenced rhythms and also heavily influenced by drummers such as Steve Gadd, Jeff Pecaro, & Billy Cobham, Lukether is easy to work with, passionate about sounds and always striving to bring studio production to the stage. Luke has a passion for pop music and song writing and regularly collaborates with a range of artists in the studio.

Song List

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Testimonials & Reviews

Recently we secured Soul Chic to play at a corporate dinner at our venue, located within Victoria University. As we were working on behalf our client, it was very important that the band lived up to expectations. There was no doubt at all from the very beginning. The repertoire they played was highly suited to this type of audience and it was really evident the players were loving what they do. Georga, heading up the band was a delight to work with. We would definitely refer them to any client hosting a business or social event with us.

Peter Williams
Events Coordinator
Victoria University Convention Centres

INTRODUCING: SOUL CHIC: TAKE A BOW RIGHT NOW.

I've found something special. A talented octet that makes and bakes the Jazz/Soul cake at cuisine level. I commend cover bands. I'd rather hear good covers well covered than bad originals straight from or for death row.

Soul Chic have adapted their chosen songs and added their own musically intelligent touch. The blend or sound mix is just perfect and the sound engineers/recording studio are to be applauded and exampled. My radars rarely get treated to this high standard. Delicious, pitch perfect harmonies are delivered with clarity.

I can't distinguish the two female vocalists, so matched and tight are the pitch perfect harmonics.

The band here has an ideal approach to backing the vocals and not overwhelming them. Vital to this context. They work nicely as a team and that drum level is steady and just right.

Lovely, interludes from the keys. I have to single out the guy on brass as one of the best saxophonists I have ever encountered. Weaving, circling, rolling like a wave and maintaining a dreamy tone, here is potent talent in its own right.

Reviewer: Michele Rose Boylan

I want to say a BIG thank you to Soul Chic for the super fun and enjoyable night we had at our wedding reception. We received so many compliments about "the band" during the night. Even until now (almost 1.5 months later), people still commenting on how great "the band" was and ask us how we knew "the band".

Having a cocktail reception, Kieran and I agreed that music would be a pivotal element of the night. Soul Chic definitely didn't dissapoint us. Georga always assured us that the night was going to be great. She was wrong. The night was perfect!!

Looking forward to seeing you in your future gigs.

xo
Sintia & Kieran

We engaged Soul Chic to play at both our wedding ceremony and reception and it was the best decision we made! They were professional and accommodating from the start and it was clear that their only concern for the night was to make sure that we were happy. We had a guitar, cello and vocalists at the ceremony and the music was magical. At the reception the full band engaged well with an audience and knew how to work a crowd. At one point in the night I looked back over the venue and it looked empty – everyone was on the dance floor! The music was outstanding, a lot of guests commented that we had raised the bar when it came to wedding receptions. The atmosphere of the whole night was relaxed, fun and full of the right kind of energy and we attribute a lot of this to the great music selection which was put together by both us and Soul Chic. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a band to play at their party - they really made our day special.

Daniel and Anne-Marie Booth

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