Undercover Rasta is a Tampa based band with a wildly entertaining and energetic show blending Funk, Rock, Pop and Soul that is mostly rooted in Reggae to get your heart pumping and your feet moving.
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Paul Young - Lead Vocals, guitar
Brett Sharbaugh - Bass
Howard Ingram - Lead guitar, vocals
Ric Sochor - Drums, vocals
Doug Hassel - Harmonica
Taino - Percussions
Undercover Rasta was formed in 2016 by Paul Young and is based out of Palm Harbor, Florida. Initially, the band was a trio made up of Paul, Marc "Rum cake" Welling and Ismael Delgado. But it quickly grew to a 9-piece when Paul recruited Doug and his twin sons (James and Will), Howard Ingram and Juan Herrara. Taino later joined in 2017. The first two years saw many changes but the band stabilized and found its sound when Brett joined in 2018. Ric also joined the band in late 2018. The band released its first album in early 2021with 13 tracks. Since then the band has written enough material for three more albums are working on the 2nd album currently. Paul has served as the band leader since inception and initially was the only songwriter. Eventually, Howard and Brett started contributing and the trio have now formed a powerful songwriting and arrangement team.
The band is made up of primarily "islanders". Paul is from Jamaica. Taino is from Cuba. Brett is from the US Virgin Islands. Howard is from California. Doug is from Michigan (but recognizes Jamaica as his other home) and Ric is from South Carolina.
Undercover Rasta composes and performs a rich mixture of soul, funk, pop and rock that is mostly rooted in Reggae that sometimes have the sensibility of Lovers Rock; the edgy rawness of Punk; the smooth feel of Latin Jazz; the joy and happiness of Funk; and the thoughtfulness of Roots & Culture.
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