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True musicianship has become an anomaly.
Because of this, TYGHTSHIP was formed.
Since its Beginnings in 1998, their founder, Marvin"SweetBass"Banks,
has made TYGHTSHIP's mission to not only to perform great Shows,
but to leave their Audience Completely Entertained.
The 5-piece group combines "Old School Funk", Smooth Contemporary Jazz,80’s & 90's R&B, to “New School" dance.
Music that transforms into an epic Musical experience with each performance.
The group is based out of Los Angeles, and has been performing locally and nationwide for over 20 years!
TYGHTSHIP has had sellout shows combining professional musicianship, dance choreography,
and in many cases, 5-part harmony vocals (given that all members of the band are vocalists as well).
Members of the band have Toured. And shared the stage with a variety of well-known recording artists such as:
The Gap Band, The Delfonics, Lakeside, Jeffrey Osborne, L.T.D., O'Bryan, Arsenio Hall,
Lenny Kravitz, Andre Crouch, Kirk Franklin, The Whispers, Ohio Players, DeBarge, Peter White, Cameo,
Evelyn "Champagne" King, Cheryl Underwood, and Prince.
The list goes on and on!
SweetBass: "The Musical Description I've been given", Has been working this Bass Thang Professionally
for over 35 years. Originally from CHICAGO, Landing in Los Angeles while Touring back in 1982.
He has performed, & recorded around the world with many Artist and local Stars including:
The Gap Band, Patrice Rushen, Solid Gold (TV Show), Chucky Booker, Bobby Brown, Kristal Gale, Rose Royce,
The Whispers, Andre Crouch, Kirk Franklin, Kool & The Gang, Micky Howard, Brenda Russell,
Kenny Lattimore, Howard Hewett,Eric Benet. Recently with Keith Washington, The Mary Jane Girls, Lakeside,
LTD, Peter White, Brenton Wood, Brenda Holloway, Jovonnie, Ronnie Laws & Hubert Laws, Jon B,
Lenny Williams, Howard Hewett, Al Jarreau, Vesta Williams & J.D Hall & The Barry White Symphony Orchestra.
I have consistently worked as the Music Director for many artist with My Band "TYGHTSHIP”
Keeping GOD FIRST Playing and/or Performing Gospel whenever Possible!
Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Her musical influences range from
Teena Marie and Whitney Houston to Mariah Carey and Yolanda Adams.
Her vocal prowess represents the true rhythm & blues singer, with a raw talent well rooted
with rich and soulful gospel undertones.
She has made numerous local appearances, and traveled to the far east establishing a track record of performances. Returning to the states she became lead vocalist for Mercury Records' group 'Female'. During her five year stint with 'Female', they showcased and appeared on MTV’s “The Real World,” they performed a song that featured the highly acclaimed saxophonist, Dave Koz, that was written and produced by Derek Bramble of renowned Heatwave fame. 'Female' was also featured on Mario Van Peeble’s “PANTHER”. The gold status movie soundtrack for their soulful rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman”. Her studio experience includes working with world renowned recording artists D'wayne Wiggins, Rose Royce, Kiddo, Shanice Wilson, Prince, Markie D and Too $hort, to name a few.
Vitto is from Italy. He has 33 years of professional experience. He has collaborated, worked and played with James Taylor, Dan Aykoyd, Spandau Ballet, Mika, Mike Mainieri, Peter Herskine, Jimmy Earl,
Victor Bailey, Frank Gambale, Herbie Goins, Harold Bradley, D.D. Jakson. Lucio Dalla,
Francesco De Gregori, Fiorella Mannoia, and many others.
"I am honored to have directed the greatest Italian voice actors for lots Italian commenrcial spots, like: Pino Locchi, Cesare Barbetti, Roberto Chevalier, Roberto Pedicini, Alessandro Rossi, Marco Mete, Teo Bellia, Carlo Valli, Roberta Greganti, Cinzia De Carolis . I've played in the most exclusive theatres and Clubs: La fenice Opera house in Venice, Jackie O ', Open Gate, Gilda, Piper in Rome, Covo of north-east in Portofino, Sopravento in Porto Cervo, Magazzini Generali in Milan, La vee lee, Baked Potato in Los Angeles".
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, John showed interest in music at the
very tender age of twelve, his mother and uncles were Jazz musicians.
John played in the Jazz Band and Marching Band at Locke High School. In marching band,
He was one of the first sideline electric guitar players under the direction of Frank Harris for the Locke High School Saints Marching Band. John also played in the Locke High Jazz band, and lastly, he was effective with assisting Mr. Frank Harris in helping him with the 100 Black Men L.A. Chapter for musical entertainment.
He has worked with such greats as: Jill Scott, Shanice Wilson, Paris Escovedo, Barry White, etc.
He performed at the Official People's Inauguration Ball for the Election of
President Barack Obama in Los Angeles, CA.
And has received Honors from the Head of State of Liberia, Africa when he was on tour with LaToya Jackson.
Born in Buffalo, New York. Being inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Norman Whitfield.
DNA trained in Buffalo at the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, DNA honed his style and developed techniques that allowed him to move forward in his career. In the early days, DNA took the stage solo, opening for chart topping artists like Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat. DNA spent years developing his rich and unique sound. This sound reached many, and as he performed background vocals touring with R&B mainstays Jon B, K-C and Jo-Jo, he went on to appear on the “Tonight Show” with Angie Stone. He’s had the opportunity to record with nine time Grammy Award winning artist Andre Crouch on two different projects: DNA also united with multi-platinum recording artist Keisha Cole, where he co-wrote and co-produced. DNA’s percussion skills afforded him the opportunity to perform as a drummer with some impressive artists,
DNA credits include R&B singer Joe, Tank, Lionel Richie and gospel artist Fred Hammond.
TYGHTSHIP is available for weddings, Corporate events, Clubs, private parties,
or any Venue where professional entertainment is appreciated
We are available as a full band or as a trio/quartet.
Book TYGHTSHIP for your next event and let us take you on a musical voyage.
You will not be disappointed !!