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Soul music is at the core of the sound and style of Grand Rapids based duo Frederic and Ronza (Keith and Leslie Bean). Like the soul music of the past that was born out of a return to roots, honesty, emotion and expressiveness, Frederic and Ronza’s music was born from those same characteristics. Married in 2014, this soul duo writes and delivers music that is relatable, passionate and authentic, writing about the joys and sorrows of life. Powerful vocals and strong harmonies accompanied by electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drums are at the heart of the compelling musical arrangements.
The Music Journey
But, the journey to become singer songwriters has not been easy. Both Keith and Leslie enjoyed music at an early age, but neither really began the song writing journey until they met each other. On a whim, Keith posted an ad for a female vocalist to join him on his music journey and Leslie answered. She used an alias when they agreed to meet at TGIF in Kalamazoo, because she was afraid Keith might be a serial killer. (true story) But four hours after meeting, they both knew they wanted to work on music together.
Starting in open mics and small venues, Keith and Leslie began by singing covers. The duo performed with only an acoustic guitar and sometimes Leslie played the shaker. Within a few months, Keith had written 2 songs, one of which made the top 10 of a music writing competition.
Press, the band and more
Frederic and Ronza have played at numerous venues including the Wealthy Theater, Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, the Griswold Theater, Allegan, MI, The Box Factory for the Arts and John E.N. Howard Bandshell, St. Joseph, MI, New Holland Brewery, Grand Rapids, The Boykin Theater in North Carolina and many more.
They have received press coverage from WYCE Home @ the B.O.B., WWMT Kalamazoo, 104.9 Grand Rapids, The Herald Palladium in St. Joseph, MI and the Wilson Times in North Carolina.
The band features guitarist/vocalist Keith Bean, vocalist Leslie Bean, background vocalist Ann Senge, bassist Sam Avila Sr., keyboardist Grayson Barton and drummer Tim Ross.
In the fall of 2018 they released their first full album, Heart & Soul, which will deliver powerful performances in great venues.
“What a pleasure to have this team of Frederic and Ronza as stellar interviewees on The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin, the local West Michigan NPR affiliate. The passion this duo shares both in conversation and in musical talent is infectious and inspiring! So happy to share their story on the airwaves! ”
— Host/Producer The WGVU Morning Show Shelley Irwin