The Band members
Gary Laub - lead vocals
I started singing at school and even made a record. I bunked off school to appear on Ready Steady Go, along with the Rolling Stones, resulting in a severe telling off from my headmaster. After touring with The Who and The Spencer Davis Group, I was asked to audition for a new musical – Hair, and I spent 5 happy years in a lead part, alongside Elaine Paige and Paul Nicholas. After appearing in Jesus Christ Superstar, I decided to retire and join the real world, but never lost my love of music, so when the opportunity to join The Soul Agents came up, I jumped at the chance to sing the music of my youth, with a great bunch of like minded people. Age to me is merely a number, so when I’m singing, the years just seem to disappear, along with the grey hair.
Lena Mortimer - lead vocals
As a young girl, I was the one who always sang a song at a family gatherings or a party, and my teenage years were influenced by the great female solo singers and girl groups of the time, such as Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin and The Ronettes.
I continued to sing in various disciplines, but never in a rock and roll band until 10 years ago, when the boys heard me singing in Panto, and asked me to join The Soul Agents. I was thrilled at the chance to sing with the band and have enjoyed it ever since.
My day job as a specialist teacher is rather structured, so I really love the singing and dancing as a chance to let my hair down!
Richard Posner - guitar & vocals
I have now reached the stage in my life where I can concentrate on my main three passions … The Three Gs – grandchildren, golf and guitars. I am reliably informed that I make a very good grandfather, and as for the other two Gs, I always try my best to emulate my heroes, Eric Clapton and Jack Nicklaus. Unfortunately, I play golf like Eric Clapton, and ….
David Barnett - percussion & vocals
As a child of the 60s, I loved the music of the era and have continued with recreating the swinging 60s sound. I started as a drummer/vocalist, and still manage to do both! I've been in bands since the age of 15 and have toured with various groups all over the UK, Europe and the USA. The venues range from someone's lounge to halls and arenas, culminating in performing as Ringo in The Bootleg Beatles, at The Royal Albert Hall.
Tony Abrahams - bass
I started playing the guitar when I was 13 and formed my first band, Group 66, the same year. I felt an affinity to the bass guitar as it seemed to me that the bass player was usually the mean, moody and magnificent one at the back in most bands, and formed with the drummer, the solid basis of any band. Swept up in the music of the 60s, especially The Beatles, I was in a four piece group, and offered a contract by RCA in 1972 - which we turned down! The Soul Agents have allowed me to continue my passion with good friends and listen to the same old wonderful songs we played when they were first written.
Paul Stone - guitar & keyboardS
I began playing the guitar at the age of nine and in my teens I taught myself piano. I like to think that I’m still learning both instruments – you never really stop. I started playing music with friends while still at school and soon became aware of the thrill and beauty of a musical performance shared with other musicians and singers, which is a wonderful thing. Playing with my friends in The Soul Agents has given me the opportunity to revisit some of the great music I grew up with in the 60s, with the added bonus of seeing it in a different light from a musician’s perspective.
GERRY HUNT - SAXOPHONE
I’ve been playing with The Soul Agents for a few years now, and provide the fruity sounds - allegedly sax solos - in some of the tunes. One of these days I’ll play in the right key and remember some of the riffs. It’s always fun to honk along with the band and none of them has yet complained about the noise. In addition, my exotic dancing is getting better and I’m working on a few James Brown moves at the moment.