Infinite Soul Live
I Can't Tell You Why
"Naturally seasoned artist"
- Sha Jonz
Darla Doll is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan and is one of two members of the Infinite Soul Band, a neo rock-n-soul group that rocks a blend of old school funk and classic rock combined with new school hip hop and R&B. The band is also influenced by smooth jazz and neo soul.
Darla began her performing career (officially) in sixth grade when she sang Whitney Houston’s “You Give Good Love” in her school’s talent show. Before that she sang for her uncle and his friends who had a band in the 80s. She has been performing with bands since 2006.
Her primary music is soul and R&B but she likes all genres of music. “It wasn’t something I ever thought about. It just comes naturally to me,” Darla said. She grew up listening to everything from R&B to blues to hip hop and as a teenager she loved Guy, Bobby Brown, Shirley Brown, MC Hammer and many others.
Darla’s musical icon is Tina Turner but she’s been known to sing Mary J. Blige songs in the shower. She would love to perform with Tina sometime just to “feel the energy!” She describes her own music as “uplifting, heartfelt, soulful and real.” She writes her own songs on a variety of themes. “Music is medicine to my soul - whatever the mood, there is something for the occasion.”
Infinite Soul shows usually start with some classic R&B then a bit of funk followed by bluesy rock with a few slow jams and ballads thrown in. “We like to mix it up - give you a bit of every genre while mainly keeping it upbeat and slipping in a few slow songs,” Darla said.
Darla’s biggest break as a performer came when she took second place in a local singing contest. This performance led to her first big break when one of the judges contacted her after the contest to see if she would be interested in singing with local bands.
Her ultimate career goal is to have performing as her full-time career. “There’s nothing like loving your job!” Darla said. She sees herself selling and performing her own original music in the near future so that she can share her musical vision with the world. She is the mother of four children (three daughters and a son) and loves spending time with family and friends when she’s not performing.
“If I couldn’t perform I would be lost - it makes me feel totally alive and not too much of anything else matters right at that point and time,” Darla said.
- Sha Jonz
Timi FUNK is a native of Akron, Ohio and is co-founder of the Infinite Soul Band, a neo rock-n-soul group that rocks a blend of old school funk and classic rock combined with new school hip hop and R&B. The band is also influenced by smooth jazz and neo soul.
Timi has been performing since she was three and remembers singing in a beauty pageant when she was five or six. “I grew up listening to Michael Jackson and Madonna but my parents had house parties and played music from funk bands of the 70s and 80s and I was hooked!” she says. “As a teenager, I got into 90s grunge/pop, especially Nirvana, Beck, Blind Melon and No Doubt and threw in some Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, Lil’ Kim and Mary J. Blige.”
Infinite Soul shows usually start with some classic R&B then a bit of funk followed by bluesy rock with a few slow jams and ballads thrown in. The band name is the result of conversations between Timi and co-founder Darla Doll who met in 2007 in another local group and became friends. Timi said, “We liked providing a wide variety of music for our audiences and we were both inspired by so many genres - soul, blues, rock - we just wanted to give people what they wanted - a really inclusive experience!”
Timi describes the band’s sound as “authentic, mature, seductive, soulful and refreshing.” Infinite Soul can be just Timi and Darla or can expand to an additional eight musicians depending on the venue.
Timi’s musical icon is Chaka Khan. She likes to sing Shirley Murdock’s Go On Without You in the shower and picks “anything by Tamia” when she gets the urge to karaoke. If she had the opportunity to sing with anyone in the musical world she would choose Prince and George Clinton. “I would sing anything with them just to see how they would flip it!” (and make it funky)
She is the mother of two and when she’s not performing she is working in the beauty and fashion industries. Her ultimate career goal as a performer is to provide a better life for her family while inspiring people with her music. Timi writes her own songs mostly about life and love and her biggest break in the industry so far as been opening for Larry Graham of Graham Central Station and Sly and the Family Stone. She plans to be hearing her songs on the radio and touring the country or the world.
“Success is fulfilling your dreams while never giving up along the way,” Timi says. “Music is my best friend and without it I would be dead or insane!” “Performing makes me feel invincible!”