Superstar Beyonce Completes Search for 10-Piece All-Female Band

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Jun 22, 2006, 01:00 ET from Music World Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records

    NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Pop culture superstar Beyonce has
 completed her search for an all-female band and selected ten (plus two
 alternate) musicians to become her touring ensemble in support of her
 second solo album, "B'Day," slated for stateside release on Tuesday,
 September 5.
     Some 1,000 aspiring musicians showed up for open-call auditions held
 earlier this month in New York, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
 30 finalists were flown by Beyonce from their localities around the country
 into New York City to meet up with ten New York area finalists for an
 intense set of decisive auditions at the Sony Music Studios. Beyonce made
 her final band choices last Sunday.
     Beyonce will perform live at the 2006 BET Awards Ceremony on Tuesday,
 June 27 at 8pm (Eastern/Pacific)/7pm (Central). (Check your local
 television listings.)
     While an all-female band is rarity enough in the worlds of R&B and pop,
 Beyonce has doubled the funk by including two drummers and a percussionist
 in her groundbreaking new ensemble.
     With a look as hot as their sound, the members of Beyonce's new band
 represent a diverse range of cultures and ethnicities. The names of
 Beyonce's new bandmates will be revealed soon. The personnel was drawn from
 the following locations.
     The Band:
     Horn section -- Tenor Sax (from New York City); Trumpet (from Summit, New
     Jersey); Alto Sax (from Denver, Colorado)
     Drums (from Los Angeles, California and Fredericksburg, Virginia)
     Percussion (from Houston, Texas)
     Keyboards -- 1st keyboards (from Saga, Japan); 2nd keyboards (from
     Houston, Texas)
     Bass (from Atlanta, Georgia)
     Guitar (from Denver, Colorado)
     In addition, Beyonce has chosen an alternate bassist from Tel Aviv,
 Israel and an alternative keyboardist from New York City.
     Music World Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records will release
 "B'Day," the much-anticipated new solo album from Beyonce, on Tuesday,
 September 5.
     "B'Day" will be released worldwide on September 4, Beyonce's 25th
     The pop music superstar's sophomore studio album premieres all new
 music produced, written and arranged by Beyonce. "Deja Vu," the album's
 first single, features guest artist Jay-Z with production by Rodney
 Jerkins. Beyonce's producers on B'Day include Rich Harrison, Sean Garrett,
 The Neptunes, and Swizz Beatz. B'Day is executive produced by Beyonce and
 Mathew Knowles.
     Beyonce's new album is the artist's first full-length solo work since
 her #1 multi-platinum 2003 solo debut, "Dangerously In Love," which earned
 her five 2004 Grammy Awards including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best
 R&B Song ("Crazy In Love"). With her five-in-one-year Grammy win, Beyonce
 tied the record for the most Grammys to be won in a single year by a female
 artist. "Dangerously In Love" and "Crazy In Love" made chart history when
 both album and single simultaneously hit #1 in the U.S. and the UK (which
 hadn't happened since 1983). Beyonce toured for the first time as a solo
 artist in 2003 in support of "Dangerously In Love," which has sold more
 than 11 million records worldwide.
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