The Aberdeen Project
The Aberdeen Project plays a variety of music, ranging from old school and new school R&B and the blues to jazz, rock, and whatever else comes to mind. Some of the band's musical influences include Parliament, Chaka Khan, Sade, Earth, Wind & Fire, Commodores, Ohio Players and many others.
The Aberdeen Project is currently a 9-piece band that formed in October 2003 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Founded by Jeff (drums) and Leslie Randolph (lead vocals), the band plays a variety of music, especially tunes with a funk/R&B flavor to it. The Aberdeen Project started out performing as a seven-member unit, but added two new additions: Keith Clanton on guitar and Lewis Gray on vocals. They both add that extra funk and blues element to the group, which is a definite plus, and right in step with what The Aberdeen Project has already established. Two of the original vocalists, Leslie Turner and Damon Jenkins, left the group to pursue other interests, and now Aberdeen has two new vocalists, Dave Simmons and Merlana "Sissy" Keller.The Aberdeen Project started performing at various venues around the Indianapolis area in January 2004, and has been going strong ever since, despite a few member changes. While the band may be fairly new, they have been blessed with many opportunities to present their show to the general public. The future looks very bright for The Aberdeen Project, as they plan to take their show as far as they can beyond the Indianapolis area, as well as work on an album of original material later on this year.
Meet The Band Members
Jeff Randolph--Jeff is the drummer and band leader of The Aberdeen Project, as well as a vocalist. He has become one of the hottest drummers on the Indianapolis music scene, and has been playing since his early childhood years. Jeff has played with various local bands over the years including Billy Ball and the Upsetters, James Bell, and Chubby and the All Stars.
Leslie Randolph--Leslie R. is one of the lead vocalists and co-leader of The Aberdeen Project, as well as the vocal coach. She has been singing and songwriting since early childhood. She has been in various plays, variety shows, contests, and other musical projects. Leslie is also an IU Soul Revue alumnus (1993-1996), and has also been in various local bands such as True Vision (2001-2002), Trinia and the Gypsies (2002), and Big Fun Reggae (2002-2004).
Lewis Gray--Lewis is one of the vocalists in The Aberdeen Project. He is definitely the blues man of the group and a consummate entertainer. Affectionately called "Bang Bang" by the group, he has been performing since 1960. He has been in several groups such as Shady Side of Grey, Soul Enterprize, K-Connection, and Chubby and the All Stars.
David "Dave" Simmons--Dave, also known as "Snoop" by the band and the fans, is one of the lead male vocalists for The Aberdeen Project. He started off playing the drums at age 7, but decided to stop playing and become a singer instead. He has sung in churches, talent contest, and variety shows over the years. He has also been in a number of male vocal groups and bands, including The Magnificents, Renaissance, Bad Boys, and Neva II Much.
Merlana "Sissy" Keller--Sissy is the other female vocalist in The Aberdeen Project, and is new to the band scene. She used to play the piano and organ in church as a child, and she has been singing in church since childhood, singing solos and with the choir. Sissy has been involved with 2 gospel recordings, and she has also been in concerts and piano recitals. She has also sung with gospel recording artist Stanley Daniels.
Keith Clanton--Keith is the other lead guitarist in The Aberdeen Project, and he is a songwriter as well. He adds the funk to the group and has been renamed "P-funk" by his bandmates. He has been involved with a number of musical projects and performed with local bands including YII Stacks, Universal Sound, and Next Level.
Warren Morphis--Warren is the bassman for The Aberdeen Project and has been playing since he was 15 years of age. He has played in various groups such as the Indiana Wonders,which he was a member of for 33 years, and Chubby and the All Stars for 6 years.
Dave Toombs--Dave is the keyboardist for the Aberdeen Project, and currently the newest member. "Dave on Keys" (as he is called) has played with many bands, including Double Eagle and Dan Jahnke. He is also a songwriter, and has solo projects in the works as well as musical ventures with the Aberdeen Project and other bands. Dave played with the Aberdeen Project briefly in the early spring of 2005, and returned to the band in May 2006 in after a year-long hiatus.
4327 Aberdeen Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46226