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The individuals that make up the Soul Sensations are all established professionals in their respected fields who have come together to join talents, skills and hearts to bring you the best of the Golden Age of Rhythm and Blues music that America has given the world. In addition, our musicians are consummate professionals. Having traveled the world, been conservatory trained and/or played along with some of the biggest names in the music business, they would bring to your event a professional deportment on and off stage, along with being individuals of respectable character.
LaTraia Savage is a vocalist well known for covering a wide variety of genres including jazz, r&b, country, big band, dance, Motown and more. She’s opened shows for several national acts including ALICIA KEYS, CHRIS BROWN, SOS BAND, FRANKIE BEVERLY & MAZE, BRIAN CULBERTSON and others.
She has toured with the legend GLENN LEONARD (former lead singer of The Temptations), BERTIE HIGGINS (song writer & producer of Key Largo) and R&B heart throb CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS. LaTraia is well versed in theater and has graced the stage of at BUSCH GARDEN’S theme park in the theatrical play KATONGA for 1 ½ years. LaTraia (also known as “THE VOICE”) did a two year stint acting and singing in the off Broadway play “THEME NOBODY KNOWS. During that time she also performed in two SPRITE COMMERCIALS. For three years she burned the roof off of the dining YACHT STAR SHIP cruise nightly with her band.
Currently she is spreading her fire from Florida to Texas with her DIVAS OF SOUL Impersonation/ Tribute show. She perform hits from TINA TURNER, WHITNEY HOUSTON, DONNA SUMMER, BEYONCE, DIANA ROSS and several others. LaTraia has headlined tours entertaining Military Troops in several venues in Europe, to name a few, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Rome, and Sicily. Her most recent international tour landed her in China where she’s due to return at the end of the year.
“The goddess of music and entertainment” was the featured artist in the February 2012 issue of MAYHEM MAGAZINE. In 2009 she sang the National Anthem at a New York Yankees game. She also recently (2014) performed this legendary tradition for the Rowdies Soccer game. Let’s not forget about her charity appearances which include singing the National Anthem to kick off annual Breast Cancer Walk-a-thons and has worked on a fundraiser event for Tay-Sachs disease.
LaTraia is definitely ON FIRE, which is the title of the single from her first album. She is currently working on her sophomore original project. She’s also well known for her voice over work, vocal training and studio session work.
Explosive, alluring, electrifying, sultry and sassy are all words used to describe “Tampa Bay’s Diva of the music and entertainment biz”.
“It’s my honor to entertain you.” – Latraia Savage
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RANDALL MORGAN is a tenor-baritone who has been singing publicly since the age of 11. A native of Gary, IN, he began his music career with the clarinet and later added the alto sax. He was a lead vocalist for “Raven,” a popular band in Gary, IN and the Chicago area for almost 30 years. That band opened for many celebrities including Jerry Butler, Dee Clark, Billy Eckstein, the Dells, the Impressions, the Spaniels and the Ohio Players. For the past 12 years, he has sung with the Gulf Coast Community Choir in Sarasota and overseas in Spain and Italy. Randall founded the Soul Sensations in 2007. He created and adapted the 2014 sold-out show From Doo-Wop to Hip Hop.
LEON S. PITTS II is a founding member of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. He has performed in a number of its productions, including Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul, Soul Man, The Wiz (Tin Man), Hot Mikado, Soul Crooners, Love Sung in the Key of Aretha and The Fabulous 5.
Leon has danced and choreographed many local shows and concerts, and spent the summer of 2005 in Tucson, Ariz., and Coral Springs, Fla., where he appeared in Five Guys Named Moe (No Moe).
He has been performing with the Soul Sensations for the past four years.
Singer, artist, dancer, educator. Born Dana Rochelle Merriwether on November 6, 1971 in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, and daughter of renowned local jazz celebrity, Katt Hefner, Dana began singing gospel at the young age of 6. While participating in her school chorus, her chorus teacher discovered that she had a talent and entered Dana in the school talent show where she won first place, receiving a standing ovation and hasn’t stopped since. Growing up in Ford City, Pennsylvania during her adolescent and teenage years, she was a member of the junior/senior high school chorus, a soloist and competitor in the district and regional chorus competitions. A soprano vocalist with a four-octave range and harmonious melodic strengths, Dana has been a member of the Soul Sensations for the past 3 years; she also has been a member of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. Prior to moving to Tampa, Dana was the Choir Director for her hometown church, Second Baptist Church of Ford City, Pennsylvania and was part of a duo singing act with friend, Eric Hawthorne in the greater Pittsburgh area performing for charities, foundations, and private events. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State University and is currently pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in Interior Design at The Art Institute of Tampa where she is employed as The Academic Advisor for the private design college.
“I couldn’t imagine my life without music in it. It’s a part of my soul and singing fulfills that part of me that seeks to express what I can’t say in words”. With music, I am free.”
- Dana Merriwether
Latonya Oliver is a singer and entertainer who is a permanent fixture in the world of music entertainment. Latonya has performed at some of Florida's most prestigious venues.
Syreeta S. Banks is an accomplished singer/actress from Sarasota, Florida who developed her love for singing and acting as a small child singing in her great-grandparent's church choir and watching her mother sing and act in many local theatre productions. Her mezzo-soprano voice is influenced by the genres of gospel, pop/rock and jazz and has been described as "Aretha Franklin-esque", powerful and soulful. Although she earned a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Florida A&M University, Syreeta chose to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer/actress. Syreeta has performed in many theatrical productions at Venice Theatre, Manatee Performing Arts Center, Theatre Winter Haven and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and has aspirations of performing on Broadway, in film and television.