JT Bowen & The Mighty Kings of Soul w/ Arlan Feiles at The Loft

City Winery, December 27 

December 27, 2018


Tickets will be $18 Day of Show

In 1960, Bowen got his start singing with a local band, The Rockets in Maryland where he had gone by the name of Little Johnny Redding, the moniker arising from his emulation of Otis Redding’s style. His adoption of this nickname was also due to him being the youngest member of the band, with all of the other members being at least ten years his senior. He stayed with The Rockets until he moved to Lakewood Township, New Jersey in 1965. It was during his tenure with The Rockets that he met Clarence Clemons, who was attending Maryland State College and was moonlighting with the band The Vibratones. Bowen and Clemons would frequent  each others bands early on which helped foster a 50 year musical relationship. After moving to Lakewood, NJ, Bowen was drafted into the US Army in December, 1966 and served on the Korean Demilitarized Zone until 1968, where he had reached the rank of SP-4.

Upon Bowen’s honorable discharge in 1968, he had started singing as lead vocalist of Soul Flame, a local Asbury Park, New Jersey West Side R&B and Soul band, from 1968 to 1970. Then, after leaving Soul Flame, Bowen became the lead vocalist of the Chosen Few, another Asbury Park West Side R&B band from 1970 to 1976. Around the period 1970-71, Clarence Clemons also played with the Chosen Few before moving on to work with Bruce Springsteen. After his time singing with the Chosen Few, Bowen joined the band Surrender in 1976 as lead vocalist until 1981.

In 1980, Bowen had been invited by Scarlet Rivera to sing vocals for the first time on a record album for the song “Lift Away”, which was on Rivera’s Jerry Wexler-produced second album: Scarlet Fever. Then, upon Clemons’ opening Big Man’s West, a nightclub in Red Bank, New Jersey, Bowen started working as the doorman. Around this time in 1981, Clemons had asked Bowen to join him as lead vocalist for the Red Bank Rockers, where he would sing lead on their debut album Rescue, which featured “Woman’s Got the Power” and a Bruce Springsteen composition, “Savin’ Up”.[1]

The Red Bank Rockers would tour extensively between 1981–84, including  an appearance on the Alan Thicke‘s late night TV show Thicke of the Night. Also during this period, Bowen lent his vocals to Little Steven & the Disciples of Souls album Men Without Women, the Bruce Springsteen-produced Gary U.S. Bonds album On the Line and the Garry Tallent of the E Street Band-produced album We’ve Got the Love.[2]

One of the highlights of Bruce Springsteen’s 1985 Born in the USA multi-night Meadowland’s engagement at Giants Stadium was JT’s appearance singing “Woman’s Got the Power” alongside Springsteen .[3] Bowen had fronted many bands as well during this period: notably The Shore Patrol with Asbury Jukes Saxophone player Ed Manion and former E Street drummer Ernest Carter. In the early 90’s, he also had toured Japan with the band Joey Leone’s Chop Shop.

Today JT tours regionally with his fantastic Mighty Kings of Soul…a fantastic group of Asbury Jukes, Blues Bros.,BS&T’s and Jon Bon Jovi Band players. His 2016 release of OUT OF THE SHADOWS his first solo record is getting him the renewed attention he so richly deserves. Produced and written  by Mark Ribler { MD of the Darlene Love and Little Steven Bands, as well as JT } SHADOWS contains heart – rendering testimony to JT’s trials in life dealing with near stardom and then its loss.

OUT OF THE SHADOWS is available on i-tunes.

Learn more here. 

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