SoulQuest

Joe Toth

 

 

JT provides vocals for SoulQuest, however, his talents go well beyond singing.  He has played rhythm guitar, bass and drums for a host of bands in the Detroit area throughout his 23 year career including Speed Limit (later known as Strangers), Double Play (a duo), The Casuals, Dialtones, the Soulkrackers, Emerging Soul, Encore, Double Play, The Shin Dig, Street Corner, Street Heart. He was part of a Beatles Tribute band, sang for a year with the Detroit concert choir and has played in 50s & 60s, doo-wop, and Motown/Soul bands. In addition to working with SoulQuest, you’ll find JT singing leads for 70’s Classic Rock band, BlackJack.  He’s sung at all the Detroit casinos, the Motor City Bowl and the famous Hamtramck Festival.

 Claim to Fame:

JT appeared on TV singing for the Cruising Idol contest on WXYZ Channel 7 and the following morning sang on Dick Purtin’s radio show.

 Musical Heroes:

The Beatles, from the time he saw them on the Ed Sullivan show, they have been his greatest influence. Then after seeing Bruce Springsteen live, it changed his whole approach to performing onstage.

 Home Town:

JT is a native of Detroit, MI and now lives in Lathrup Village.

 “There is something classy about singing in front of a horn band. It opens the doors to a whole genre of music.  I love having such beautiful female voices behind me when I sing lead, and it is so much fun to back the girls up as well. I love harmony and blend, and SoulQuest vocals are a trip to heaven every song we do!”

Therese Marie Smith

Therese has sung for as long as she can remember, but she first performed professionally at age 14 when she was hired to perform at a wedding ceremony. Her band history began in 1985 with a group called Speakeasy, a one-nighter band from ‘the eastside’ that primarily performed at wedding receptions. From the late 80’s to 2000, she provided lead vocals and was ‘front-man’ for the group Sound Impression, a band that provided entertainment at some of the Southeast Michigan’s most prestigious country clubs, yacht clubs and resorts for both private and corporate parties. Currently, Therese is a Mass cantor at St. Regis Catholic Church in Bloomfield Hills.

Claim to Fame:

Therese appeared on the Jumbotron at Comerica Park singing Jimmy Mack with Paws during the 7th Inning Stretch of a Tigers’ game back in 2002.

Musical Heroes:

Joni Mitchell, Patsy Cline, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Carly Simon were her early idols. Later influences were Annie Lennox, kd Lang and Sting.

Home Town:

Therese grew up in Ferndale, MI and now lives in Waterford.

 “It’s awesome to be with a group of truly accomplished musicians who just want to have fun playing music that makes people wanna get up and dance! And the real bonus is that I get to sing with my ‘sister’ and musical mentor, Colleen.” 

Colleen Beaton

Colleen Beaton's live performances include singing with a metro Detroit band called Riot in the late 70's. In 1980, she sang background vocals with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band on the nationwide "Against the Wind' tour and appears on the 'Nine Tonight' live album. Between 1984 and 2002, Colleen was a studio singer featured in more than 500 national & local advertising television & radio jingles. Currently, she is proud to be a Mass cantor at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Clawson.

Claims to Fame:

Colleen’s very first show with the band Riot, was the warm-up act for Isaac Hayes at Cobo Hall, and she was the featured singer on the first "Say Yes! to Michigan" campaign in the early 80’s.

Musical Heroes:

Chaka Khan, is her biggest influence (“I always wanted to be able to hit those notes!”), as well as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and The O'Jays.

Home Town:

Colleen grew up in Warren, MI and now lives in Clawson.

“SoulQuest takes me back to my youth and the thing I love best - singing. The band members are family, and I especially love singing with my 'sister' Therese! The other great part about SoulQuest though, and the reason I originally joined, was our ability to raise funds for wounded veterans through Jam for Vets.”