Soul music is at the core of the sound and style of Indianapolis, IN based 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 and acoustic 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 & Ronza have played in numerous venues throughout Michigan, North Carolina and now Indiana.
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.
In the fall of 2018, they released their first full album, Heart & Soul, which delivered powerful performances in great venues.
In July of 2019 Frederic & Ronza moved their base to Indianapolis and now features all new band members: John Pruitt on keyboards, Keith Strong on drums, and Kent Withrow on bass guitar. Also new to the group are seasoned backup singers : Kendra Seay, and Pamela Acherman. Performances have included venues such as IndyFringe, Arts for Lawrence Theater at the Fort, Feinstein's at the Hotel Carmichael, private events, and the H.J. Ricks Theatre for the Arts in Greenfield, IN. Upcoming performances include the GA5 theatre, and many more…