Originally assembled in 2012 for a one-time performance; by overwhelming demand, revamped and reintroduced as a viable, formidable unit in 2015, the Band Of Roses quickly and continues to establish themselves as one of the DMV's most reputable, sought after all-female Jazz, Soul, Funk and R&B bands, and are rapidly gaining recognition locally and abroad. The band boasts beauty as well as excellent musicianship, an explosive stage presence, and a lively, dynamic stage show.
The Band Of Roses are highly trained professionals with diversified musical backgrounds ranging from orchestral and musical theater to Gospel, Jazz, Rock, Funk and R&B. The band and it's members have performed locally, toured nationally and internationally with legendary and highly acclaimed musical talent to include: Patti LaBelle, Musiq Soulchild, Parliament Funkadelic’s Original "Sir Nose" and Grady Thomas, and Carolyn Malachi to name a few. The full line-up consist of the band's Music Director Deanna Hawkins on keys, Rashida “Reo-Soul” Olley, Carmen Craven, and Lauren White on vocals, Erica “Ediddy” Waters on drums, Sharon Thomas on Sax, Mary "M-Law" on trumpet, “Genny Jam” on guitar and Candra Rutledge on bass.
Band of Roses is not only a musician collective, but a skilled group of women that are constantly paving the way for up -and-coming artists and musicians today, and generations to come. As we individually share our talents and experiences as teachers and mentors in our communities, churches and schools, mentoring as a whole has become a common goal.
Band Of Roses continues to be an inspiration to females that are aspiring to become AMAZING musicians, artists or just successful in the music business. We will continue to strive and show our youth that All Things Are Possible!