Electronic Press Kit
"They are known for their soulful swagger, moody vocals and timeless songwriting with a bit of an edge."
-Chandra Gore, medium
"If art is a reflection of current attitudes and issues, then Herbal Tea serves as a wonderful reminder of how to prioritize self-care in an increasingly connected world. Bubbly and jazzy, it puts forward a very necessary mantra: just sip tea and let it be."
-Piper Anderson, Sounds So Beautiful
"The trumpets into the vocal cuts? Yo, that's fire. Wow."
-Ivan Jackson, Brasstracks
Neo-Soul / R&B
Hiatus Kaiyote, Moonchild, Knower
Nashville future-soul group Oracle Blue blends elements of Neo-Soul, electro-pop and Black American Music to create a newfangled soundscape with a sullen danceability. The band is fronted by producers Liz Kelley (guitar, vocals) and Zach Douglas (trumpet, playback engineer), and is rounded out with a rotating cast in the rhythm section. Influences range from Hiatus Kaiyote to Sylvan Esso, while creating a sonic culture that is uniquely their own.
The group began as a student jazz combo that received a DownBeat Student Music Award, performed at Montreux, Umbria and Vienne jazz festivals in Europe, and shared the university stage with artists such as Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin & Steve Bailey. Occasions of note since entering the professional sphere include an opening set for Nate Smith, an opening set for Makaya McCraven, multiple opening performances for Lalah Hathaway, endorsements from Traveler Guitar and Aston Microphones, a performance at NAMM, a European tour, and a recent listing on DownBeat's "What to Stream This Week".
Between independently touring, producing, managing, and even a bit of merchandise manufacturing, Kelley and Douglas’ fingerprints can be seen on each thoughtful step of their creative process. Oracle Blue’s releases include their first single “Laundry”, their debut album Gilded Kingdoms (2018), and recent single “Herbal Tea” which features bassist MonoNeon (Prince, Mac Miller, Ne-Yo). The band will spend the summer of 2022 touring from LA to NYC then Nantucket to Key West, and will ring in the fall by putting the final touches on their sophomore album.