The rhythm and blues powerhouse, R&B Conspiracy, is a mix of funk, soul, and traditional blues with an edge. This dynamic seven-piece band features three hot female vocalists and plays all of your favourite songs from the ’60s to today, guaranteed to keep you grooving all night. R&B – with a twist!
Michael Toth (Guitar)
Michael Toth played in two professional local bands, the Handley Page Group and Steelback before embarking on a career as a high school music teacher at Sentinel Secondary in West Vancouver. In his 6th year as music teacher, Michael decided to develop an R&B band class, wherein students could study and learn to play in the style of ’60’s Motown music. It was through this class that Michael connected with Deborah Carter, Samantha Godin, and Shannon Soper, and the idea of forming an R&B band with three vocalists emerged. Michael loves every chance to play with the R&B Conspiracy and to work with such fine musicians.
Paul Iverson (Bass)
After playing rock in the ’80s with Bryan Adams and earning a gold record as part of Strange Advance (Capitol Records), Paul felt compelled to return to one of his early loves: Rhythm & Blues. “Hooking up with these musicians and singers has been a long and wonderful ride – we’re like family.” Paul is also known as one of Western Canada’s premier luthier/guitar technicians, having worked with the likes of Aerosmith and Sarah McLaughlin.
Michael has been drumming since he first heard the song Wipe Out on the school bus when he was 5 years old. Not only did that infect him with the love of music and tight dance grooves, but that of surfing and riding the waves, however the latter he could certainly use more practice at! Michael is adept in various musical forms, but is particularly drawn to edgy funk and soul where his search for the ultimate groove keeps his approach fresh and current. Michael has been active in both the Toronto and Vancouver music scenes for the past 25 years, most notably with the Juno-nominated band One, whom he toured and recorded with in the 90’s.
Al Davidson (Keys)
In 1978, Al was a founding member and keyboard player for the Vancouver band The R&B Allstars, which performed classic R&B songs in signature tuxedos. The Allstars played clubs, concerts and TV for many years and recorded original and cover songs including the Live at No. Five album on the Orange record label. Al also currently plays in WAGER a classic rock band comprised of the city’s most experienced dance band musicians. Being the newest member of the well-established R&B Conspiracy, Al plays Hammond B3-style grooves and licks to support a tight rhythm and vocal section.
Shannon Soper (Vocals)
Similar to her R&B Conspiracy bandmate, Michael Toth, shaping young minds is elementary school teacher Shannon Soper’s passion. Though when she lets her hair down and hits the stage… think Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher”! Yes, Shannon’s second calling is singing with the R&B Conspiracy. Her sexy tone, care-free attitude, and comfort on-stage will entice you to shake your tailfeathers every time you see the R&B Conspiracy perform. Listen for Shannon singing background vocals on the albums of various local artists, as well as the voice of a number of radio commercial jingles. Shannon’s vocal versatility, enthusiasm, and her love for her bandmates is part of what makes the R&B Conspiracy amaze, night after night.
Samantha Godin (Vocals)
When Samantha Godin isn’t managing the business world, she lights up the stage with the R&B Conspiracy. She loves to entice and engage an audience and lives for the magic and chemistry created with her bandmates on-stage. Samantha has recorded vocals on radio hits on Canadian country star Jessie Farrell’s breakout album, Nothing Fancy, as well as with local talent the Adam Woodall Band’s debut album Silver Ring. Samantha brings to the stage a sultry blend of all genres, highlighted by passion, experience, professionalism, playfulness, and of course, killer pipes.
Deborah Carter (Vocals)
Deborah’s love of voice, singing, and language is expressed in her speech-therapist-by-day and diva-rockstar-by-night persona. Since joining the R&B Conspiracy before she could legally visit bars, Deb has grown into a vocalist who can belt it out with the best of them. Soulful ballads like “Midnight Train To Georgia” and high-energy get-up-and-dance tunes like Aretha’s “Think” showcase Deb’s wide vocal range. Deb was recently asked to sing with The Epics and the Bill Gibson Project though the R&B Conspiracy will always remain her first love. Someday Deb hopes to get singing lessons from her idols, Gladys Knight and Annie Lennox. In the meantime, Deborah plans to keep giving her all to the band, and the audiences that love listening and dancing to the sweet sounds of the R&B Conspiracy.