The Joey Bowen Experience - Resume
Joey and his lady Carol - what a wonderful couple, may you have many more years together! Check out Joey on Facebook!
Big city soul singer Joey Bowen, front man - was the creative force for several acclaimed Detroit bands, including DC Drive, who received national attention under the Capitol/EMI label. He later toured with General Cluster Funk, winner of Michigans Best Band, whose lineup included Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
Joey then moved to San Diego and transformed a local band, Hot Chicken Stew, from a respected cover band to a genuine soul-funk-blues experience earning Joey Bowen the title of the San Diego's most real, up and coming artist. Hot Chicken Stew went on to earn the title of Southern Californias Best Unsigned Band through Disk Makers Artists World Series.
Now back in the Midwest, Joey Bowen joins forces with Kickstand, a local acoustic band, with Issac Pellerin and Adam Cox, and with South Side Sound, his rockin' blues, funk "on fire" band that brings down the house!
Bowens talents as both a singer/songwriter and a performer are best described as a creative whirlwind. Bowen approaches his projects with a clear vision and understanding of the whole as his songs brim with soulful singing, raw energy, amazing musical phrasing and chock-full of clear and thought provoking lyrics.
Bowen stands up strongly on his own, playing every instrument, writing
and composing his own songs, singing lead vocals as well his ability
to produce. From the soul-infused sweeping ballads to the grooving
funk based rockers, Joey Bowen will WOW you with unwavering raw untamed
energy. A show not to be missed!
Check Joey out on the Bowen & Van Doorn Facebook Page
Here are some samples of Joey's various styles and abilities:
Soul Has No Color - written and performed by Joey Bowen
I Wanne Be Your Lover Baby - written and performed by Joey Bowen
Shopping Cart - written and performed by Joey Bowen
Waters of Love - written and sung by Joey Bowen
Still Waitin Here - written and sung by Joey Bowen
When Love Comes Callin - written and sung by Joey Bowen
Take My Heart - written and sung by Joey Bowen
My Hearts In An Awful Way - written and sung by Joey Bowen
Forever True - written by Jeff Pryor and sung by Joey Bowen
I have been in the entertainment business as a lead vocalist and musician for 20+ years, and 15 years as a producer, engineer and composer of CD's, commercials and advertisements. I am a dynamic performer, singer, songwriter with multi-instrumentalist capabilities and highly proficient in the areas of composing and producing. In addition I have also written, composed and produced jingles used in national advertising campaigns. I am also skilled in FOH and monitors for live performances.
I am highly skilled in computer technology PC and MAC, including Photoshop and Protools. Throughout my career I have contributed to 22 professional CD Projects. I can play keyboard, drums, bass, guitar, harmonica with proficiency and I have taught guitar, keyboards and vocals. I can delegate responsibility as well as take direction as well. I also have very innovative and creative ideas and provide input when I can. I have had the wonderful honor and opportunity to work with some of the top musicians, songwriters and producers of our time. I am very easy to get along with and a team player in the studio.
In the earlier years of my career I was seriously involved in the Detroit music scene. At this time of my career I was the lead vocalist working with the well known Detroit band called DC Drive. This provided me the opportunity to work such greats as Steve Wonder, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Peter Wolf/J Geils Band, and Cholly "Pops" Atkins, choreographer for many famous Motown groups.
This is my early work as lead singer in the 90's - with DC Drive in Detroit/Motown
DC Drive Band with Joey Bowen Lead Singer
Joey Bowen with DC Drive Peter Wolfe DC Drive with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Two Joey Bowen CD's
1995 - Moved to southern California, Los Angeles/San Diego area, to continue to pursue my career in the music industry. You can also see a performance video of me on YouTube.com
I recently moved back to the midwest to be with family and I have preformed in numerous local venues, solo or with the band Kickstand (guitar, keyboard, harmonica, vocals). In the past and present, I have done performances for public, private and corporate functions as well.
2008 - Lead singer - South Side Sound - blues/funk house band - Muncie
2008 - Composed Music for a commercial advertisment for The Jar Community Church
2007 - 08 - Band Member: The Jarheads - The Jar Community Church - worship band.
2007 - 08 - Band Member: Kickstand - vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboard
2006-07 - Piere's Entertainment Center - Ft Wayne, IN - Ran Monitors and FOH
2007 - Machine Shop Concert with General Clusterfunk Reunion Concert- Flint Michigan
Michigan Band Review - 2007:
" Joey Bowen is back in town and has re-formed General Clusterfunk (watch out Flophouse and Funkillinium!). I checked it out and sure enough the veteran funksters were spotted at The Machine Shop on June 16th and are currently hawking a re-release of their CD "Starin' Straight At The Sun" which includes 3 "bonus" tracks: "Bud Green", "God Only Knows" and "Rain on Me. They will also be releasing a compilation DVD of GC performances, recording and rehearsal footage and more!
2006 - 08 Owosso Audio Company - worked for and ran monitors for national acts
2005 - Composed - contracted by Ocean Beach, California Merchant Association to produce a Theme Song for their website - available to hear at their website.
2003 - Composed/ Lead Singer for Jeff Pryor Band CD "Loverland"
"Vocalist Joey Bowen's biggest influences are Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye and Otis Reading. Bowen who sings lead on 12 of the tunes on Loverland, has two solo CD's of his own - Begin to Begin and In This World. (the latter was named "Best Pop album of the Year" at the SanDiego Music Awards. Bowen started with Detroit-based rock band DC Drive, whose self-titled CD was on Capitol/EMI. Bowen's second rock band, General Clusterfunk included Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums and released the CD, Starin' Straight at the Sun. Bowen has also preformed on stage with Stevie Wonder, Peter Wolf and The Temptations, jammed with Rare Earth and san on the Keith Washington's album."
William Ruhlmann from All Music Guide:
1997 Disc-Makers Artist's World Series Award - Joey Bowen Band - California's Best Unsigned Band - World Series out of 1100 bands competing.
1995 - Recording and Touring with General Cluster Funk, winner
of "Michigan's Best Band" Contest, whose lineup included
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
1994 Commercial Advertisements - Composed & Performed - GMC Truck Commercial for national distribution.
1994 Commercial Advertisements - Composed & Performed the music for "Organ Procurement Program" of Michigan video. The video entitled "Gift of Life" was distributed to every hospital in Michigan - personal appearance in video.
1995 - Recorded - "Hot Chicken Stew" - CD
1993 Performed - Opened for Ted Nugent at the "Whiplash Bash" concert
1993 Michigan's Best Unsigned Band Award - Detroit with General
1991 Performed - "A Room Full of Soul Tribute Concert" - for Eddie Kendrix (the velvet throat) who died of throat cancer. Joey Bowen performed with several known Detroit R&B/Soul singers
1991 Performed with the Temptations - "Just My Imagination"
1990 Signed Contract - Capital/EMI - Band: DC Drive - for
1989 Performed: Detroit Grand Prix - my first gig with an
established rock band
Other Noted Performances:
Joey Bowen has played live, opened for, or recorded with the following musicians during my established career:
Hiring Joey to play for Public, Private and Corporate engagements or guitar lessons, voice coaching and band mentoring contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joey and Joe
South Side Sound