A fusion of souls from diverse cultural backgrounds bringing together their love of music to create an unprecedented music experience.


Madette Mendoza

LEAD VOCALS

Madette was born in the Philippines and raised in Toronto.  After years of soul-searching and pursuing a career in Film & TV production, she discovered her true calling -- Music.  Her sound is best described as "Rugged, Smooth & Organic" with the main influences of Michael Jackson, Sade and Lauryn Hill.  "My hope is to deliver positive messages, honest expressions and uplift spirits through music, just as the many artists who have uplifted me". Madette has graced the stages for weddings and charity events, as well as, the TD Jazz Festival, Scarborough Jazz Festival, and The Mystic Effect Fashion Show.


Kimya Hypolite

LEAD VOCALS

Performing since the age of 5, Kimya Hypolite is a triple-threat performing artist. She was born and raised in Toronto, Canada with Vincentian heritage. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the renowned Humber College, where she works with some of Canada’s and the world’s top musicians.  As a child she studied the art forms of Calypso and Soca at Pass the Torch, and later returned to the program as a teacher. Kimya studied vocal technique, song writing, and recording at the Ashley Ingram School of Language and Music (AISM), trained by world-renowned recording artist, songwriter and producer, Ashley Ingram. Kimya dances in the Caribbean Dance Theatre Company and teaches at the Roots & Branches Youth and Children’s Dance Program.

Kimya was a featured vocalist in Keeping the Dream Alive, the Toronto District School Board’s Martin Luther King Day celebration; Toronto-based Brazilian band, The Samba Squad; and the British Invasion Show at Canada’s Wonderland, Canada’s premier amusement park. As a dancer, Kimya has appeared in the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) Conference Members Showcase, and Dance Immersion’s Tribute. Theatre credits include a lead role in SummerWorks Theatre Festival’s Mexe. She is the reigning Miss Legacy Canada, and placed third at the Miss Legacy International Pageant 2016 in Jamaica – her first international competition.

Kimya performs frequently throughout the GTA at private and public events. Her diverse musical and dance background includes: Jazz, R&B, Pop, Gospel, Calypso, African, Latin, Classical, and Rock.


Dyalis Machado

PERCUSSION, VOCALS, VIBES

An exceptional Cuban female percussionist, Dyalis Machado Migueles has a Bachelor Degree in Classic and Latin Percussion. At her young age, she has a very successful music career, both in Cuba and abroad, at an international level. Her curriculum includes: 2008-2010 Tour to Japan with “Son de Cuba,” where she had the opportunity of sharing the stage with some renowned performers such as: Sheila E, Ken Morimura and Orquesta de La Luz. Dyalis has also toured all around Europe as a member of La “Sesión Cubana,” an All Stars Cuban band which backs up the famous Italian singer Zucchero. She is currently a member of the globally known “Tropicana Cuban Show.”

As a clinician, she has taught at a Tokyo Music College in Japan, the Conservatory Amadeo Roldán and other schools in Cuba. She has been part of many International Exchange Cultural Programs: Guadeloupe Island, Canada; featuring workshops, master class with prestigious percussionists such as Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández and José Luis Quintana “Changuito.”

Dyalis participated as percussionist on the recording of the PBS-DVD “Under the Sky” with the Canadian Tenors at the Caesar Palace, in Windsor, and concert at the Rose Theatre in Brampton. Dyalis is currently part of the teaching staff of the “Sistema on the School Program” as well as on the “SMCS Rumba Squad Program.”


William Lamoureux

VIOLIN AND VOCALS

William Lamoureux, from Gatineau, Québec, is a violin force to be reckoned with. He picked up the violin at three years old, then he added guitar, piano, drums, mandolin and voice. William is known for his remarkable stage presence, his charisma, his excellent technique on the violin and the variety of musical styles he plays. On stage, he leaves no one indifferent.

William studied classical violin for ten years at the Québec Music Conservatory under Christian Vachon and Alexandre Da Costa, before entering Humber College where he perfected his approach to many styles of popular music under Drew Jurecka (Violin), Alastair Kay & Pat LaBarbara (Improvisation) and Denzal Sinclaire (Voice). He has played in classical orchestras, as well as pop, rock, country, world music and jazz ensembles. He has opened for or shared the stage with artists like the Roddy Ellias Trio, The New York Voices, Isabelle Boulay, New Cities, Roch Voisine, Damien Robitaille, Offenbach, Loco Locas and les Colocs, among others. He has extensive studio experience having led or participated in the production of many albums. 

William has a one-man-band project where he covers well-known pop tunes arranged live on stage with vocals, violin, percussion and effects pedals. He is also the founder of the exciting rock group, Billy Love Band, and he's a member of the world music quartet So Long Seven. He is in high demand as a studio musician, as a sideman and as a performer in numerous private events.

 


Mark "Zooney" Daniels

CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER  |  Congas, percussion 

Mark “Zooney” Daniels grew up in Toronto and began playing drums at the age of thirteen. A diligent student, his teacher remarked that he was the next Buddy Rich. Mr. Daniels started playing with local cover bands in high schools and at social parties. After a long hiatus, he took up the drums again and continued his musical training with such esteemed master teachers as Richard Greenspoon, Joaquin Hidalgo and Altaf Vellani. Over the next eight years, Mr. Daniels played with a variety of different bands including Bread from Heaven, Tony Paglia and the Nomads, Big Sugar and Ascension. As a freelance musician, he has performed and recorded with such veteran musicians as Doug Wylde, David Woodhead, Neil Brathwaite, Rich Greenspoon, Waleed Abdulhamid, Anwar Kurshid, Eric Boucher and many others.

Along the way, Mr. Daniels met Joaquin Nuñez Hidalgo, a first-call Cuban Percussionist and Teacher. Friendship followed and Joaquin and Mark collaborated on a project to bring a large-scale music concert to Cuba, using the proceeds to help a Children’s Hospital. During this time, they developed not only an appreciation for each other’s musical talents, but also a deep friendship. In 2014, they formed an eclectic jazz ensemble influenced by rock, funk, Latin, and modern pop music and this became the original vision of what was later to be 7Sould. 

Mr. Daniels always tries to stay challenged and keep up his passion for music. His motto is ‘the harder you work, the luckier you get’!!!


Joaquin Nuñez Hidalgo

CO-FOUNDER AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR  |  DRUMS

Born Joaquin Nuñez Hidalgo in Cuba, Mr. Hidalgo was immersed in music at a very young age. His early inspiration was his musically gifted father Porfirio Nuñez, a former singer/guitarist with one of the oldest Cuban orchestras Brisas de Nipe. While living in Cuba, Mr. Hidalgo shared the stage with many of Cuba’s greatest musicians.

In 1999, he moved to Toronto and quickly became immersed in the local music scene performing as a drummer and percussionist with such acclaimed Canadian artists as Jane Bunnett, the Canadian Tenors, Bill King, Eddie Bullen, Hilario Durán, and Chucho Valdez’s 2012 Canadian Tour. He has performed in many Jazz Festivals across North America and internationally.

Mr. Hidalgo’s percussion work has earned him numerous awards and accolades, most notably in the 2008 Mirvish Production of the North American theatrical premiere of Dirty Dancing as well as performing on the official Dirty Dancing soundtrack. His performance with Hilario Durán Trio  on From the Heart also featuring Horacio El Negro Hernandez and Paquito D’Rivera, won a Grammy nomination and Juno Award for Best CD. 

His producing credits include collaboration with pianist Eddie Bullen on Havana Nights in 2010, and with Italian singer/songwriter Zucchero on La Sesión Cubana for the CD and subsequent World Tour in 2013. 

Mr. Hidalgo is an accomplished recording artist, songwriter, musician, exceptional teacher and facilitator. As an educator, he often tours Canada and the United States teaching and giving workshops for colleges and music schools.


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Ara Arakelyan

Saxophone, keyboards

Ara Arakelyan is a saxophonist and musician. In 24 short years, this musician has managed to complete two undergraduate degrees. He holds a master’s in classical music (specializing in saxophone). His musical background consists of a variety of different achievements including: a saxophonist of the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet; a representative of the Republic of Armenia at the VI Youth Delphic games (among CIS countries); and has 3 recorded DVD albums. With his drive and his love for music, you can be sure this is not the last you’ve heard of him. He is currently pursuing his second master’s degree in jazz composition at York University.


Darryl Joseph-Dennie

Piano and Keyboards

Born October 5th, 1989, Darryl showed interest in music at a very early age. By the time he was three years old, he had already taught himself how to play all of the demos on the family's keyboard at home and was attempting to teach other family members how to do so as well.

At 6 years of age, darryl embarked on 13 years studying classical, jazz and theory at the renowned Merriam School of Music, where he is now currently functioning as a music education specialist.

After attending Humber College for Jazz and Contemporary music in Toronto, Darryl then further pursued his musical development by joining the music ministry at his home church, Praise Cathedral Worship Centre. It was there that he learned how to fuse the precision of classical, the harmony of jazz and the functionality of gospel music to create his own unique voice on the piano.

In addition to serving as the music coordinator for Kingdom Covenant Centre, Darryl also operates as the music director and arranger for multiple groups within the GTA including Juno award winner, Carlos Morgan.

Darryl also leads his own group, TAP (the audition project) with JT Kim and Kairon Haynes, in which he produces and arranges the music for live shows and tours.


Gary Lee Hill

Guitars

Originally from Montreal, Gary Lee Hill has been a professional musician for over 20 years working as a guitarist & composer across a wide range of genres and has played for audiences across the globe.


George Murga-Martinez

Trumpet

George Murga, better known as "Triple Sí" is a stimulating commercial/lead trumpet player based out of Toronto, ON. He quickly established himself from a young age and can be seen performing frequently throughout Canada and the United States. He has been a part of many elite industry ensembles such as Big Bands, Funk and R&B projects, Latin ensembles, Rock outfits, Gospel bands and many more. He is a current student at Humber College where he is pursuing his bachelor's degree in music performance. He is the lead trumpet player with Colin Barrett's Groove Merchants and in the Mark Promane Big Band. George considers himself very blessed to have been mentored by distinguished lead trumpet players Jason Logue, Dave Dunlop and Roland Garceau. Read more about George on his website, htttp://www.georgemurga.ca 


Jasper Gahunia

DJ, keyboards

Jasper Gahunia is a DJ, producer, songwriter, musician, and teacher. He began his ground-breaking musical career as a specialized DJ (turntablist), competing in Toronto-area DMC competitions in the mid-1990s, winning the Toronto DMC DJ competition title three times, and becoming the Canadian DMC Champion in 1998. During this competitive run, he also shared the International Turntablist Federation (ITF) Western Hemisphere Team title with his crew, Turnstylez, and became ITF World Beat Juggling Champ a year later. Jaz has graced stages worldwide as a DJ with Nelly Furtado and DJ/keyboardist for k-os.  He is collaborates closely as a composer for Montreal based, RubberbanDance Group, and can be found in a classroom in the GTA teaching DJing and recording arts.


JT Kim

Bass

Born in Incheon, South Korea, and raised in Seoul, JT started singing in classical choirs at the age of 6 under the direction of Hak Won Yoon at Young Nak Church.

He moved to Toronto with his family in 2003 at the age of 16 and he graduated from Humber College with a Bachelor of Music in 2012, as a vocal major.  While studying at Humber, JT discovered his love for the bass guitar.  Since then, playing the bass has become his passion.

JT is heavily involved in Toronto's gospel scene.  He has been performing with the Juno Award winning Toronto Mass Choir for the last 3 years.  With them, he has toured across North America and performed at notable venues and festivals all around Toronto, including the Air Canada Centre, Dundas Square, and TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

JT is known throughout Toronto for his versatility as a bass player.  He is a skilled jazz bassist and he is a member of Toronto rock and roll band, Rookie, performing regularly with Aaron MacKenzie, former cast member of the Toronto and Las Vegas casts of Jersey Boys.

JT has been blessed to perform with or open for many prominent artists in his career, including Grammy Award winner Tasha Cobbs, Robi Botos, Larnell Lewis, The Barberettes, and Trooper.  He has also recorded extensively with several well known K-pop artists, including Jubora, Paul Kim, Sti, and 1sagain.

On top of his bass responsibilities, JT is excited to be working as a songwriter, arranger, and assistant music director in 7Sould.