"... 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
Built upon the funky foundation of New Orleans, Soul Project FUAS bring their own voices to the mix of Funk, Blues, Gospel, Jazz. and Groove that the Crescent City continually produces. A new vehicle for Soul Project NOLA frontman Jon Cristian Duque, Guitar/Vocals, (Soul Project NOLA, Walter "Wolfman" Washington), the Soul Project FUAS are an ever changing cast of characters currently consisting of:
The Soul Project FUAS
Jon Cristian Duque
Born in Chuquicamata, Chile and raised on the Jersey Shore, Jon Cristian Duque has called New Orleans home since moving there on New Years Day 2000. A veteran of the Frenchmen St scene and protege of the legendary Walter "Wolfman" Washington, he has made it his mission to add to and continue the traditions learned from being a member of Walter's band, The Roadmasters, and through the many iterations of his own band The Soul Project.
Since arriving in town he has performed and/or shared stages with the likes of Leo Nocentelli, Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville, The Dirty Dozen, Mem Shannon, Deacon John, Jon Cleary, Russel Batiste, SeraBee, The Ricci Krown Trio, and Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz/Spin Doctors/Stevie VanZandt) among others.
New Orleans native and recent Grammy recipient, Wanda Joseph puts the true local roots in The Soul Project FUAS. Unlike most other children’s memories of their musical indoctrination, Joseph saw the real-deal New Orleans soul being created first hand as the daughter of drummer Vernell “Joe Gunn” Joseph.
She grew up watching her father play with and as royalty of New Orleans’ soul heyday—Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe and Tommy Ridgly, among others.
Her own inspirations came from “everything from the ‘70s,” she says, with ‘70s and ’80s funk becoming her top favorites.
Brothers and Sisters
Whitney Alouiscious is a vocalist and lyricist based in New Orleans. She has been a professional musician for the last 10 years and has performed at countless clubs all over New Orleans including Tipitina’s and Maple Leaf. Most often seen on Frenchmen Street with Gene’s Music Machine - who hosts the weekly New Orleans Super Jam and was featured on the Congo Square Stage during the 2019 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. She is the lead vocalist for band Colin Davis & The Night People, and has been a background vocalist for numerous bands and artists, both live and in the studio. She is also known to cut a mean rug - but only the mean ones 😉