The Soul Dogs featuring Lifford Shillingford

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Last Show: Wednesday 22 nd November 2023

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Fronted by UK soul heavyweight, Lifford Shillingford of Artful Dodger & BGT fame, the Soul Dogs fuse intelligent, classic songwriting with baad ass funky grooves and some of the capital's top session talent. The project is the brainchild of musician, producer & writer Tim Shoben who has created here a unique British blend of modern blues, soul and Motown. An evening with the Soul Dogs is one of singing, dancing & all-round good vibes. Come and be entertained!  Check out their debut album, The Soul Dogs Vol.1.  

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“No UK singer could better this show-stopping vocal.”

Music Republic Magazine

Fronted by UK soul heavyweight, Lifford Shillingford of Artful Dodger & BGT fame, the Soul Dogs fuse intelligent, classic songwriting with baad ass funky grooves and some of the capital's top session talent. The project is the brainchild of musician, producer & writer Tim Shoben who has created here a unique British blend of modern blues, soul and Motown. Songs interweave compelling, contemporary narratives on subjects as diverse as knife-crime (Karma), climate change (Get Ready for the Storm) and lost love (Still You Babe), fortified by rich powerful vocals and rousing riffs.   Check out their debut album, The Soul Dogs Vol.1!

Lifford’s career began in the 1990s supporting Gabrielle and East 17 as part of boy band Public Demand, at venues all over the UK, including Wembley Arena. During his time with the band, he continued to write and tutor a number of up-and-coming artists including a group called Sugababes (the original lineup) who were signed to London Records.

A collaboration with Garage act Artful Dodger on the hit single ‘Please Don’t Turn Me On’ catapulted Lifford into the limelight on a higher level, doing radio shows up and down the UK and Europe, TV performances on shows including Later with Jools Holland, Best of Jools Holland, Children in Need, Live and Kicking, London Evening News, T.F.I. Friday, Top of the pops, M.T.V. and M.T.V base with Trevor Nelson, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and C.D.U.K. The track was also a smash for International clubland, where it was PA’d in Ibiza, Palma, Copenhagen, New York, Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany.

Other successful singing collaborations include Disclosure, Joey Negro, Incognito, Grooverider, Conducta, DJ Cameo, Matt Jam Lamont, Wipe The Needle, and Rhemi. 

Band Line Up

Tim Shoben (guitar)

Lifford Shillingford (vox)

Neresa Smith (BVs)

Julie Payne (BVs)

John Sam (drums)

Mo Pleasure (bass)