SOUTHERN AVENUE, named for a Memphis street that runs from the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records, is a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. “If Memphis is a genre, this is it!” proclaims AMERICAN BLUES SCENE and Rock 103 FM calls Southern Avenue “the most talked about band in Memphis.”
SOUTHERN AVENUE includes Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax's legendary music academy.
The band was founded by Naftaly, who first came to Memphis from Israel to complete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. Inspired, he moved to the city and began touring with his own band before meeting the Jackson sisters and starting over with Southern Avenue. Not waiting for a record deal, they struck out on their own, touring nationally and internationally, finally winning a record contract with Stax Records.
"I've waited all my life to be in a band like this, and it's amazing to me that I get to play with these people every night,” said Naftaly. “Our goal is to keep doing this for a long time and leave our mark. We're trying to build a legacy."