Nothing speaks soul like the penetrating rhythm and blues of Billy Buchanan's music. His passion for music has taken him from the small town of St. Augustine to over 25 countries overseas. His music touches the hearts of his fans with real experiences. ”

— I Want A Buzz Magazine

Billy Buchanan Bio

Looking for a dynamic band for your event, shag or swing dance party, or wedding?! Look no further! The Ambassador of Rock 'n Soul, Billy Buchanan & his Rock 'n Soul Revue are at your service! This nonstop, no holds barred show is an authentic, jawdropping homage to The Pioneers. Buchanan channels soul greats like Ray Charles, The Drifters, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Stax icons, Motown superstars, and many more with ease. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, the city where DJ Alan Freed first coined the phrase "Rock and Roll", Billy Buchanan has a deep musical heritage. Digging into his father's LPs at a very young age, he became a disciple of all the soul, blues, and rock trailblazers. Not only does this gritty song and dance man belt out the classics like nobody’s business, he is an exceptional, award winning songwriter. In his original music, you can hear the backbeat rhythms and musical influences of all the artists he admires. His latest EP, “ShagShuffleShimmyShakeSwing Vol. 1”, was released in January 2018. He also performs popular artists such as Prince, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, and Pharrell Williams in his own unique, soul stirring style. And if all of this wasn't enough, Billy also does spot on impersonator tributes of Ray Charles, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, and other soul and early rock artists from the 50's and 60's (Go to Tributes for more info). Drawing people of all ages, races, and backgrounds straight to the middle of dance floor, his fans shag, swing, twist, lindy hop, stroll, mash potato, and watusi all night long. When rock and roll was still in its infancy, it was electrifying, unrestrained, and unapologetic. Billy Buchanan & his Rock ‘n Soul Revue exemplify all of those characteristics and is a true celebration of the music.

Sample Track ("Your Love Is So Deep")

Events

IKEA Grand Opening (Jacksonville, FL) 
One Daytona (Daytona Beach, FL)
Florida Theatre (Jacksonville, FL)  *Tower of Power, Rock the Decade Events, Rocky Horror Picture Show*
Blue Crab Festival (Palatka, FL)
SeaWalk Music Festival (Jacksonville, FL)
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) *The Minneapolis Sound - Prince Tribute, The New Orleans Suspects*
Rhythm and Ribs (St. Augustine, FL)
One Spark (Jacksonville, FL)
Isle of Eight Flags Seafood Festival (Fernandina Beach, FL)
Deland Original Music Festival (Deland, FL)
Music Midtown (Atlanta, GA)
Bayfest (Mobille, AL)
Prince Tribute at Hemming Park (Jacksonville, FL)
450th Celebration / Ray Charles Tribute (St. Augustine, FL) 
Music By The Sea Festival (St. Augustine, FL)

Billy performs 200 to 250 dates a year. 

Billy has opened for or shared the stage with Tower of Power, Betty LaVette, The Four Tops, Josh Turner, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Brothers Osborne, David Ryan Harris, Morris Day and The Time, Chaka Khan, Shawn Mullins, Sixpence None The Richer, JohnnySwim, The New Orleans Suspects, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Joy Williams (from The Civil Wars), Super Cat, G Love and Special Sauce, 24-7 Spyz, Switchfoot, Extreme, KC & The Sunshine Band, Funky Meters, P.O.D, N'Dea Davenport (from The Brand New Heavies), Skillet,  Alice In Chains, Rebecca St. James, Salt-n-Pepa, and Jennifer Nettles (from Sugarland), to name a few.

Press

"Buchanan has a soulful sound influenced by Otis Redding, Prince, Seal, John Mayer, and Stevie Wonder". - Florida Times Union
 
"The proof is in the pudding, and Buchanan's pudding is chock-full of various textures and ingredients accumulated from his myriad musical endeavors". - Ignition Music Magazine

"Billy Buchanan is a vibrant frontman who makes each track a statement of faith and hope". - Billboard Magazine

"It's been said "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life". If that's true, then musician (and educator) Billy Buchanan is the busiest unemployed man in St. Augustine." - St. Augustine Social 

Media

St. Augustine Tonight Show (St. Augustine, FL)
Just 4 Fun Radio (Conyers, GA)
Heartwood Soundstage (Gainesville, FL)
River City Live (Jacksonville, FL)
Bridges (Nashville, TN) 
The Joni Show (DayStar Network)
The Jim Bakker Show (Branson, MO)
Your Jax Music (Jacksonville, FL)
The Dove Awards (Nashville, TN)
Yamaha Music Showcase (Los Angeles, CA)
WFCF 88.5 - Weekly radio show, "The Soul of Jazz" (St. Augustine, FL) 
Hundreds of radio interviews on stations all over the country 

Awards and Nods

2017 and 2016 Couples Choice Award (Wedding Wire) 
Hero The Rock Opera (Dove Award nomination)
PGA Tour Songwriting Competition Finalist (Top 4)
Atlanta Local Music Award (Winner)
Battle For Florida (Winner)
Yamaha Music Showcase (2nd place)
Buzz Magazine "Musicians For Homelessness" songwriting competition (Finalist)
 

Photos

Red Velvet Photography

Red Velvet Photography

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Steve Parr Photography

Steve Parr Photography

Click pic below to find out more about Billy's impersonations and tribute shows! 

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Videos

Check out Billy's interview on Buzz TV! 

Contact

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