Band Bio

"... these cats are cutting their own groove, shaking the walls and earning their place among the torchbearers of New Orleans funk."   Marc Stone - 90.7 WWOZ & Offbeat 

With soulful grooves and impeccable musicianship, The Soul Project  brings the vibrant spirit of New Orleans everywhere they go.  Crowds can't help but let loose to their energetic and original mix of Funk, Jazz, Soul, Blues, and Gospel. 

Building on the success of their debut release, “Music For Movers and Shakers” (nominated for Offbeat Magazine “Best of the Beat” Award for Best R&B/Funk Album) the band is on the road promoting their second album, The Long Hustle.  

“They’ve mixed elements of jazz, funk, soul, blues, reggae and gospel to create an album with many facets under a cohesive groove.” 
-Stacey Leigh Bridewell, Offbeat.

The album demonstrates a maturing sound that is quickly attracting the attention of serious music fans and pays tribute to the dedication and persistence of the New Orleans working musician determined to set the stage on fire night after night. 

“Though they proclaim themselves to be funksters, and they are definitely funky, old school New Orleans R&B runs through their music like blood runs through veins.”- Jay Mazza, The Vinyl District  

Finding inspiration in the music of Walter “Wolfman” Washington, the Meters, the Neville Brothers, Galactic and Dr. John, the band's members - Jon Cristian Duque (guitar/vocals), Jake Gold (organ/keys/), Wayne Maureau(drums) and Wanda Joseph (bass) and Whitney Alouisious (Vocals) - are right at home being rooted in the rich tradition of New Orleans Funk and R&B, while their distinctive sound leans forward combining the best of the old schools with the new.

   “It’s good to hear a band whose sound hearkens to back in the day but also has a modern         touch......makes this band a level higher than most of the other funk bands in New Orleans and across the U.S.” 

- David Kunian, Offbeat

Some Highlights 

Self Produced Album "The Long Hustle" Released on the Soul Universal Productions label. 

First S.U.P. release, "Blue Snail", Chosen as one of the five top singles of the year by Derrick Freeman, Host of WWOZ's Wednesday Edition of "The New Orleans Music Show " 

Christened the newest Funky Tucks Mardi Gras Float, "The Funky Uncle Lounge" at Mardi Gras 2018 

Debut Album “Music For Movers & Shakers” Nominated For “Best R&B/Funk Album” of 2013 at Offbeat Magazine’s Best Of The Beat Awards 

Members of the Soul Project NOLA have appeared with or shared a stage with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the Roadmasters, John Papa Gros, Eric Lindell, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Galactic, Bonerama, Nick Etwell (The Filthy Six),  Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds/Matador Soul Sounds), Henry Butler,  Mumford & Sons, and Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz/Stevie Van Zandt) among others. 

Multiple tours of the United States including performances at: 

 o French Quarter Festival 

o Tipitina’s (NOLA) 


o The Blue Nile (NOLA) 

o The Maple Leaf (NOLA)

The Boom Boom Room (SF) 

o Nectars (Burlington, VT) 

o The Rockwood Music Hall (NYC)

o Bembe (Brooklyn, NY) 

o World Cafe (Philadelphia, PA) 

o Universal Studios (Orlando, FL) 

o The Saint (Asbury Park, NJ)