Soulman O’Gaia comes via Jamaica and England to life in Australia.
A towering 6 foot 5 inches tall, he is a fluent raconteur spreading feel-good vibes in the high energy performances that are his trademark.
Beginning in the depths of London’s Underground Subways, he honed his skills in the volatile world of workingmen’s pubs, clubs and bars across Europe, England and Australia. O’Gaia has become a one-of-a-kind singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, and a classic tunesmith. His latest release is the uplifting and diverse “Freedom Songs” CD.
His dynamic groove-laden rhythms on guitar, didgeridoo, mouth-harp, slide and assorted percussion move from toe tapping country-funk and blues, to road-ready rock’n’roll and journey on through folksy balladeering to Caribbean style reggae all in the service of the most positive and inspiring songs played back to back…anywhere.
Soul has a big voice that reaches out with great range and clarity. It’s his most powerful calling card. When he sings you see intensity of emotion shift to a smile welcoming the presence of soul gospel jazz and blues…his musical ancestry.
He drew capacity crowds at each of his 5 Woodford performances, was a triumph at Bluesfest and has held the stage with Archie Roach, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Pete Murray and other iconic Australian artists.
He opened for The Commitments on the Brisbane leg of their recent Australian tour.
Soulman O’Gaia …the name says it all… A fantastic singer and performer…”
Mick O’Regan Radio National
“Colourful, energetic, exotic and talented, Soulman has warmed the hearts of many with his high voltage smile, incorrigible presence and mesmerizing performances….”
Mandy Nolan Seven Entertainment Guide