The Band

Adrienne Uchenna

Adrienne Uchenna

Adrienne is the beautiful and talented lead vocalist of The Shaded Soul Band.  Adrienne writes and creates her own music.  This rising talent is a well-known performer in her hometown of Hartford, CT.  Adrienne was gifted with a special talent to sing.  She started singing at a very early age in her church choir.  Adrienne graduated from Hartford Public High School where she was involved in the School Choir and Musical Theater.  She’s done volunteer work for the School of Performing Arts.  She graduated from John Casablanca Modeling Agency.  She also graduated from the Soap Set Acting School. 

Adrienne has been featured in the international movie “Enormity”, with stars Van Vicker and Sana Kanu. She has achieved a Master’s of Management Degree and an Information Technology certification from Cambridge College.  She also has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Joseph’s University.

Adrienne has performed with such performers as Jerry Butler, The Platters and Shirley Murdock.  She’s opened up for Gladys Knight at the Oakdale Theater, The Stylistics,The Shy-lites, Delfonics, Main Ingredient, and Cuba Gooding, Sr. at the Palace Theater and Jagged Edge at Bushnell Park.

Adrienne has toured and performed in Africa as well as several European countries such as England, Germany, Holland and Switzerland.She also enjoys doing voiceovers where she’s had the opportunity to have her voice displayed by Hasbro for the game “Trouble” which was named game of the year in 2005.  She’s currently featured on a television commercial for CEA (Connecticut Education Association). Adrienne landed a writer’s deal for Ashro Records.  Adrienne has performed for Community Auditions at Foxwoods and played the role of Nell Carter in “Ain’t Misbehavin’ in The Fats Waller Musical. She has released a cd titled “Transitions”, and a Gospel cd titled “It’s Time to Pray”. Adrienne truly loves performing it’s an integral part of her inner soul and spirit.

Brian Meyers

Brian Meyers

Brian has been performing for about 40 plus years. Brian has been in bands that have opened up for Millie Jackson, Shai, Slave, just to name a few. Brian's music inspirations are Prince; Michael Jackson; Morris Day & The Time; Earth, Wind, & Fire; and Heatwave just to name a few. When Brian is performing with Shaded Soul you'll find him with a microphone in his hand out in the audience getting the crowd going!

Christina Billings

Christina Billings

Born into a family of musicians, Christina Billings began her musical studies at the age of three, taking Suzuki violin and piano lessons.  All throughout her school years, Christina participated in all types of band and choral groups. Since graduating from Hartford Conservatory of Music, Christina starred in and directed numerous community musical theater productions, had a private teaching practice and performed with many famous musicians such as Barry Manilow. 
Christina Billings has sung all her life and is very happy to be singing with the Shaded Soul Band.

Tom Perrone

Tom Perrone

Tom started playing the guitar at 12 years old.  He studied music at Hartt School of music and Central CT State College.  Tom was taught by the premier jazz guitarist Jim Hall.  Tom has had the honor of being one of the highly ranked professionals to teach at The National Guitar Workshop Clinics.  During his career Tom has been with bands that have opened for The SOS Band and The Gap Band. 

Renee Prescott

Renee Prescott

Renee Prescott is the Leader and Founder of The Shaded Soul Band.  Renee started playing the keyboards at the age of 8.  During high school she learned to play the trumpet.  Renee continued her journey of music playing with the Charter Oak Conference Orchestra where she found great pleasure in working with various talented musicians.   Renee attended The University of Connecticut where she continued studying music and worked on her songwriting skills.  

Renee established the Shaded Soul Band in 1985.  The band has opened up for such groups as “The Four Tops”, “Sister Sledge”, Three Dog Night", “Alicia Bridges”, and “Mario”.  They also opened up for comedians “Howie Mandel”, “Karen Williamson” and “Susan Westenhoffer”.  Renee’s professionalism and experience continues to gain great recognition for the Shaded Soul Band.  They have been voted #1 Wedding Band in CT by Hartford Magazine Reader’s Choice, Reverie Galleries most coveted professionals Readers Choice Awards and The Best of the Knot, Wedding Wires Couple’s Choice Award. 

Renee has a love for Oldies but Goodies.  She loves helping and teaching others how to get started in music.  You can also find Renee mixing and turning the tables as a “DJ” during a gig or private party.  Renee tailors to everyone needs and is sure to give you exactly what you need.

McAuthor Jackson

McAuthor Jackson

McAuthor has been playing the electric bass for over 20 years.   McAuthor’s musical background is deeply rooted in the church and you can often see him performing at Sunday service or accompanying one of the choirs. 

McAuthor has performed for the McDonalds Gospel Fest and has had the honor of performing with Cissy Houston (Whitney’s Mother) and many more.  When McAuthor is not performing with Shaded Soul Band you will find him with a set of headphones on recording and producing music in his recording studio (Jaxsn Music). 

Anthony Masi

Anthony Masi

Anthony started play at 8 years old. Started playing in clubs at 14 years old. Anthony studied as a CW Post College undergrad, as well as Manhattan Ville as a post grad. He went on to study Jazz Improv with Jazz Master Sal Mosca. Anthony has played with many well know acts. The latest The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Four Seasons and The Marshall Tucker Band to name a few. Anthony has done studio work for numerous acts and commercials. He has been an active voting member of The Grammy's since 1988.  To add further to his resume, he has been teaching privately for over 30 years and teaching for the Port Chester High School Band and Jazz Band for 24 years.  Anthony is in the studio recording a CD of original material with the band Off The Grid (OTG).

Anthony is presently playing with The Shaded Soul Band.

Peter Plenninger

Peter Plenninger

Peter was influenced by his cousin who was a drummer so he started playing at 7 years old.  Peter played drums in High School with the Leslie High School Band and then went on with his studies to graduate from Berkley School of Music.  Peter has had the opportunity to tour Asia, Africa and Europe while performing on The Princess Cruise Lines.  Peter toured North America with The Room Full of Blues Alumni Greg Pickelow and took lessons with Joe Morello the drummer from the Dave Brubeck Band.  Peter has also been in bands that have opened up for Brian Setzer and the Temptations.

Bill Rood

Bill Rood

Bill has been performing professionally throughout the New England area since the age of sixteen. He is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music where he studied saxophone and earned a degree in Music Education.  While teaching music in the public schools for the past eighteen years, Bill has devoted his life to musical and creative pursuits and continues to perform at events all around CT.