RICK STEVENS, former Tower of Power lead singer, is back on the streets again and this time, with his own band, LOVE POWER! The name of the group was inspired by the scripture from 1 John 4:8, “God is Love.” The name, “Power” derives from the group’s name.
Rick joined the group Tower of Power in 1969, which was the beginning of his impressive musical career with the band that continues to entertain audiences to this day. From the first album, EAST BAY GREASE that was recorded on the Fillmore/San Francisco record label, Mr. Stevens sang the diamond hit, “Sparkling in the Sand”. The next song to hit the charts was from the Warner Bros label on the BUMP CITY album which featured his signature song, “You’re Still a Young Man”. The album remains today to be a fan favorite and crowd pleaser featuring other hits, such as, “Down to the Night Club” and “You Got to Funkafize”.
Rick helped record the final album entitled, TOWER OF POWER, which featured several hits such as, “What is Hip”, “Soul Vaccination”, and “Get Your Feet Back on the Ground”, not forgetting, “So Very Hard to Go” eventually sang by the great, Lenny Williams whom Rick befriended and introduced to the Tower, which eventually joined the band. Rick’s latest endeavor is a CD entitled, RICK STEVENS BACK ON THE STREETS AGAIN Vol. 1, is available at his shows and at his special guest appearances throughout the bay area. Vol. 2 will be recorded in the near future, so stay tuned, it promises to be a gem!
RICK STEVENS & LOVE POWER is a Bay Area 10-piece “R&B, SOUL, and FUNK” band that consists of splendid guitarist, Ian Lamson, and Gabriel Del Rosario. The group’s drummer, Amado Tuazon and keyboardist Ace Olfré, contribute to the dynamic sounds of this remarkable rhythm section. The brass section consists of trumpet players Ken Landreth and Daniel Owens, with Victor Castro, trombonist, who share their sophistication and style with the band’s reeds, the saxophone ensemble, Tony Abena, and Manny Melchor.
The combination of talent and soul within LOVE POWER, enhance the band’s unwavering dedication and aptitude that have helped to define the landscape for RICK STEVENS & LOVE POWER. The band has built its reputation around “souled-out” shows that connects the power of vocals, rhythm, and horns in a funky party-like atmosphere. Brace yourselves folks, these musicians have solidified themselves amongst the proud distinguished “soul” band elite.