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Seattle’s Radio Raheem formed in 2011 out of the ashes of several local bands, and not by chance.  Founding members, bass player Paul Chistofferson, and guitar player Bryan Cohen were set on having fun this time around.  They both immediately thought, from fashion to film to music, what’s more fun than the 1980’s?  They began writing catchy upbeat rock, new wave and dance songs.  Soon after saxophonist/keyboard player Trevor Rasmussen and knock out vocalist Josie (Josephine Howell) joined the band.  Howell, mostly known for her blues recordings, and her role in the Seattle based Total Experience Gospel Choir brought her soulful vocals to the Radio Raheem’s songs; it was time to record!  The band recorded their first album “Down For The Get Down” at Seattle’s London Bridge studios with producer Jonathan Plum.  The lead single “Push the Party” featuring  Shock G of Digital Underground charted and peaked at #12 on college and indie radio stations across the country. 

To round out the band, Radio Raheem  recruited former Mayfield Four drummer Zia Uddin.  They quickly hit the live circuit, playing local venues, and garnering spots on festivals like Folk Life, Oktoberfest and the 2013 Rock and Roll Marathon.  Radio Raheem’s shows are high energy, with lots of chanting and dancing. People always walk away sweaty, tired and happy.

While excited about the accolades they received from the debut album, but not completely content with the outcome, the band entered the studio again to record a new 7 track EP titled “Raheem Rising”.  For the new EP, they collaborated with producer Martin Feveyear.  From the drop the goal of the new record was to streamline the sound, and write songs that pushed Josie’s voice front and center. Each track on the new EP builds on Radio Raheem’s blend of driving beats, catchy choruses and soulful vocals.  Standout tracks like “Calling the World”, “Heart in 2”, and “Dance Dance Dance” prove that Radio Raheem’s brand of infectious 80’s pop will not disappoint people wanting to have a good time.

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Devon Manier
devon@sportnlife.net