The Soul Essentials

A vocal-led duo or trio, performing relaxed soul and pop music for any event

Soul | Pop | Jazz | Vocal-led | Background Music

Down for the Count's vocal-led soul band, The Soul Essentials, performs relaxed soulful music for wedding ceremonies, drinks receptions and parties.

The band’s repertoire features mellow classics from the 60s and 70s such as Natural Woman and Feeling Good, as well as contemporary chart songs including Ordinary People and Havana. The band can learn virtually any request if made in advance - so get in touch with your ideas and we can start building a personalised playlist for your wedding ceremony.

The standard line-up of female vocals and piano is the perfect accompaniment for drinks receptions and garden parties, and provides a sublime atmosphere as after-dinner or late-night entertainment. You can also add extra musicians to the band, such as a saxophonist or a bassist.

You can also book this small band as a "warm-up act" before one of Down for the Count's party bands such as The Get Downs take to the stage - get in touch to find out more about our great value all-day music packages!

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The Soul Essentials is available in two line-ups:

  • Duo: female vocals and piano
  • Trio: female vocals, piano and saxophone

If you want to dance to our soul and pop music, check out our larger party bands - especially The Get Downs Lite.


"Not only is the music wonderful but the customer service was the best of any of our wedding suppliers."

Vanessa & Joe

Wedding reception, Stanlake Park, Berkshire


"You guys were such an essential part to the day and helped make it so wonderful!"

Hannah Rouch

Wedding Reception, Claridges Hotel, London


"They have a slick presence, flawless sound and impeccable communication. They made our night truly magical"

Hannah & George

Wedding Reception, Café de Paris, London


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This is a selection of The Soul Essentials repertoire list - get in touch if you have any requests!

Something Beautiful (Jacob Banks)
Ordinary People (John Legend)
Havana (Camilla Cabello)
Golden (Jill Scott)
Valerie (Amy Winehouse)
Love is a Losing Game (Amy Winehouse)
You Know I’m No Good (Amy Winehouse)
Mercy (Duffy)
Warwick Avenue (Duffy)
Only Love Can Hurt Like This (Paloma Faith)
What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye)
I’d Rather Go Blind (Etta James)
Let’s Stay Together (Al Green)
Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
Stand By Me (Otis Redding)
You’re All I Need To Get By (Aretha Franklin)


This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) (Natalie Cole)
Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson)
At Last (Etta James)
Midnight Train to Georgia (Gladys Knight and the Pips)
Say A Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin)
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out (Bessie Smith)
I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free (Nina Simone)
A Sunday Kind of Love (Etta James)
Feeling Good (Nina Simone)
You Send Me (Aretha Franklin)
As (Stevie Wonder)
Until You Come Back To Me (Aretha Franklin)
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin)
I Feel The Earth Move (Carole King)
All Night Long (Lionel Richie)
We Can Work It Out (Stevie Wonder)

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More great bands from Down for the Count

Down for the Count are not an agency - we're a collective of 30 professional musicians who perform together in a range of different line-ups. 

If The Soul Essentials aren't quite the right band for you, there's a good chance one of our other bands will be perfect:

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