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About Preachermann and the Revival


Preachermann and The Revival is a ten member New York based band that blends rock, gospel and funk to create an original and engaging sound that Preachermann has dubbed ATOMIC SOUL.  The band has enjoyed a flurry of performances over the past two years, including two residencies at Shrine World Music Venue, Williamsburg Music Center, The Cutting Room, The Greene Space and Tammany Hall in New York City.  Most recently, the band earned a spot representing Manhattan in the semi-finals for the annual Battle of The Boroughs at The Greene Space.

• Ed Holley “Preachermann “ (Lead vocals)

• Ari Kessler "Joe Team Leader" (Keyboard)

• Benita Charles "Motown Mama" (Background vocals)

• Joe Paldino "Clean Papa Joe" (Guitar)

• Karl Watson "The Rock" (Saxophone, Violin)

• Manny Montanez "Music Making Manny" (Percussion)

• Nick Paldino "Mr. Soulfly" (Rhythm Guitar)

• Pauly Paldino "Clean Baby Funk" (Bass)

• Tom Pope "The Pope of Brooklyn" (Drums)

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What They're Saying about Preachermann and The Revival

The 10-member group from Harlem, fronted by Preachermann Ed Holley, took us to church with their infectious blend of gospel, funk and rock. “That right there you can only get in New York; you can only get that from Harlem,” judge Wes Jackson, executive director of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, said after their performance.

“…impassioned yet wickedly subtle, politically conscious oldschool-style soul crooner Preachermann & the Revival - best known for his 2007 album Negroes Stay Crunchy in Milk – at Shrine. Sort of the missing link between late-period Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott-Heron.” --

Preachermann & The Revival To Perform Soul-stirring Set At Emergenza Festival

“NEW YORK (Top40 Charts/ Emergenza Festival PR) - Preachermann & The Revival have been in the Emergenza Festival (Northeast Region) since the end of January. The band is now in semi-finals scheduled at Crash Mansion on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 10:00 p.m. Come see one of the hottest bands in the New York City tri-state area at this legendary venue.”

60 Second Review:  Preachermann - Negroes Stay Crunchy In Milk

“To follow the path of one's elders in bloodline is generally the natural order of man. Preachermann is no different when it comes to this tradition as there are a number of ministers in his family, realizing this he chose to follow suit but in a very unorthodox way compared to those that came before him. To preach means to teach, something that this administer of soul does throughout his EP entitled 'Negroes Stay Crunchy In Milk'. With a voice that reminds you of Curtis Mayfield with a bit of Al Green during his chain rockin shirtless period, Preachermann channels the energy of many soul singers of the past but still his unique energy and life's experience shine through to reveal pieces of this man as he brings us to the present moment. Apparent in his interaction with audiences at live shows and even out in the jungle of concrete plateaus, you can see that its not all about him, its about the betterment of the hearts of his ever growing congregation, being anointed with the words and sounds he conjures and transmits for his heavenly guide.” --

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At a time when the art of the live performance is losing ground to homemade internet videos, and neophyte music groups are being awarded record deals without ever having wooed a single live audience, New York City’s Preachermann testifies to the tried and true formulas for achieving lasting success in a ‘here today gone tomorrow’ culture: hard-work, talent, perseverance, charisma, and humility. His voice, lyrics and stage performance stand on soul-shoulders as varied as the Isley Brothers, Lenny Kravitz, Ritchie Havens, Bob Dylan, Al Greene, and James Brown, and yet all of these influences bow to his own remarkably deep and refined endowments. 

What sets him apart from his peers is that his sultry brand of neo-soul is not only fresh, it is fearless; not merely sensuous, but conscious. And unlike so many modern soul artists whose work is weighed down with clichés, he has an uncanny knack for clever wordplay that bridges the serious side of life with the levity that makes it livable. The title track to his 2006 LP, Negroes Stay Crunchy in Milk, is but one shining example of Preacher’s capacity to skillfully and seamlessly blend prophetic lore with ironic metaphor to make timeless music that crosses broad boundaries without selling itself out. 

Among those in the know, Preacher’s live performances – the sheer spiritual splendor of them – are among the few must-see underground gems in New York City. In addition to earning artist-in-residence status at the venerated downtown staple, the Bowery Poetry Club, Preachermann has thrown down in legendary venues like CBGB, The Knitting Factory and Joe's Pub, and in avant-garde art scenes such as the Kitchen, all to critical acclaim and ever-widening popular appeal.


Preachermann’s roots run deep within Harlem. Three generations of his family have made Harlem their home since the early 1940’s and Preachermann resides in that same neighborhood.

His maternal great grandmother and her flock of nine “Grant” children came to Harlem from Ormond Beach Florida. The Grant family set up residence from 145th to 153rd Streets and Broadway and St. Nicholas Avenue. They raised families, worked downtown, partied at the “Savoy”, sent the “chaps” to the Apollo on Saturdays for all day entertainment and shopped on 125th Street.

Preachermann is the “spitting image” of his great grandmother, who was the glue that held the family together and instilled the values of hard work and family first; being there for each other with an “all for one and one for all mentality”. To this day, all remaining relatives have continued this tradition with regular reunions and “phone trees” for any family member in distress.

His grandmother worked as an “operator” at the Rose Meta House of Beauty, a hair salon owned by Rose Morgan, wife of the great Joe Louis. These hairdressers were the pioneers of specialized hair care salons throughout New York City. They formed a social club called the “Tomadachis”, meaning “friends” in Japanese, and attended social events including the Beaux Arts Ball, Joe Louis fights and Harlem Renaissance soirees. This was a time when Harlem rocked as a cultural mecca and center of the Black American universe.

Preachermann and the Revival celebrates that heritage and takes it to the next level. There have been seven Baptist ministers and numerous missionaries and evangelists in the Grant family and his great aunt predicted that Preachermann would be the next preacher in the family. Prophesy fulfilled.

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