FE (Fundamental Elements) mix a fresh blend of soul and pop/rock, with catchy song writing and remarkable musicianship to create songs that are making people take notice. Their tight, high-energy live performances have them being praised as one of the most promising and talented bands to come out of St. Louis.
This Moment is the much-anticipated follow-up to the widely acclaimed The Cycle We’re Living In LP. A culmination of hard work and a partnership with producer Stephen Leiweke, the new album represents a definite maturation of the band. More energetic sonically and thought-provoking lyrically, the new record is a bold statement of the band’s interpretation of the world around them. Jorge Casas, a long-time bass player, producer, and arranger with Gloria Estefan and other renowned artists, makes an appearance co-producing three of the 6 tracks on the EP.
The incredibly tight rhythm section comprised of brothers Luke and Mark DeJaynes, together with the keyboards of Dustin Burggraaf, all make-up the foundation of Fundamental Elements. But it’s the sweet, soulful voice of lead singer Russ Mohr, coupled with his tasteful trumpet lines, that truly communicates their soulful music.
Having maintained up to 125 gigs per year since the band’s inception in 2004, Fundamental Elements keeps the roads burning up with gigs nationwide, playing clubs, colleges, events and festivals, including Cornerstone, Ichthus, Red Gorilla and Agape, which attract thousands of music lovers each year.
FE has shared the stage with many well-known artists, including Rihanna, Matisyahu, Ozomatli, Bob Schneider, Murphy Lee, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Three 6 Mafia, The John Popper Project, The Spin Doctors, tobyMac, Dave Barnes, and Matt Wertz.
In January, 2010 frontman Russ Mohr was invited by gospel music veteran Michael W. Smith to participate in a recording of his song, “Come Together Now,” where he joined a long list of renown Nashville stars including Wynnona Judd, The Oak Ridge Boys, dcTalk, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Matt Maher, and American Idol stars Mandisa, Paul Stacey and Chris Sligh to raise funds for disaster relief in Haiti.
FE is an official artist for Mocha Club, an online community focused on funding relief and development projects in Africa in five project areas: Clean Water, Education, Child Mothers + Women At Risk, Orphan Care + Vulnerable Children, and HIV/AIDS + Healthcare. In December 2009 they were also featured on Mocha Club’s A Very Mocha Christmas compilation album. FE has a continually growing team of fans joining their efforts with Mocha Club.
FE regularly participates in other charities and benefit events and have helped raise awareness and funds for many causes nationwide in areas of health/medicine, disaster relief, foreign missions, hunger/poverty, social justice/peace and education.
• Dustin Burggraaf, keys, programming,
• Joe McGill, guitar,
• Mark DeJaynes, bass,
• Russ Mohr, lead vocals, trumpet,
• Luke DeJaynes, drums.
Official Website: http://www.fundamentalelements.net/
MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/fundamentalsmusic#