Bio was taken from the website http://funkaliciousband.com/about.php: " Funkalicious is the New Generation of Funk. Grammy award-winning Fred “Freddy Sweet” Iiams, Jamal "Lamaj Smaii" Iiams, Jerry "Chacalat Q" Daniels and Jesse"TeddyBear" James are the nucleus of the group and have been performing together for over three decades. They will take you back to the fun times of the ’70s & 80’s while also delivering their original songs of dance and funk. They have a spirit of genuine funk and classic soul. Funkalicious draws from the musical influences of Parliament-Funkadelic, Earth, Wind & Fire, The BarKays, The Commodores, Cameo, Rick James, Zapp, Teena Marie, James Brown, George Duke, Rose Royce, Heat Wave, War, and many other legendary funk bands.
Funkalicious is composed of talented musicians who have performed with some of the best award-winning recording artists in the music industry. These artists include Philip Bailey, Coolio, En Vogue, Shalamar, Vesta, Rose Royce, Freda Payne, Bobby Brown, and Ralph Tresvant, Miki Howard, Al Green, Little Anthony, Ike Turner, just to name a few. This eclectic mix of skilled musicians continues to mesmerize audiences where ever they perform with their colorful alter-egos and showmanship combined with an upbeat show to keep fans dancing and smiling.
With 30,000 CDs sold and an enthusiastic fan base of more than 20,000, it’s easy to see how Funkalicious fans have filled popular venues such as Morongo Casino Club Vibe, Club Nokia, Hollywood Live, Hollywood Park Casino, Universal City Walk Summer Concert, KJLH Taste of Soul Concert, Sacramento CalExpo State Fair, Santa Barbara’s Earl Warner Fair, to name a few. Funkalicious brings a righteous balance of nostalgia and new world funk. Once they hit the stage, they unleash high energy, funky and soulful sounds exhilarating crowds onto their feet. A Funkalicious performance is an unforgettable journey into the legendary past and undeniable future of funk. The world and the universe are in for a “soul-awakening” of pure fun, so embrace the gift that God gave to the world "Funkalicious" it's time for The Future of FUNK."
Tell me a little bit about your background. Where are you from and how did you get started in music?
I was born in Los Angeles and started playing the guitar and singing around age 12. My grandparents bought me my first guitar.
What would you say is positive about being in a band? I love the comradery of the group and love seeing people enjoying themselves smiling and dancing.
what are some of the challenges you face being a part of a band?
There are many challenges, but the most challenging is finding musicians who want to be a part of a regular band. Being in a Band is a commitment of time and also talent.