Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the outstanding music cities of America. Southern Avenue runs from East Memphis due west, where it turns into E. McClemore Avenue, home of Soulsville, better known as Stax Records. This young Memphis group named themselves and their self-titled debut release, Southern Avenue, in a deliberate undertaking to continue and expand upon the soul, blues, and gospel tradition associated with this fabled city.
Fronted by the vivacious and vigorous vocalist Tierinni Jackson, the band has the recognizable throwback sound of Stax, but also adds a distinctive contemporary essence, giving them a razor sharp modern identity. Originally started by guitarist Ori Naftaly as a blues band, they morphed into their current lineup with the addition of Tierinni’s sister Tikyra Jackson on drums, Daniel McKee on bass, and keyboardist Jeremy Powell. The Jackson sisters sang and played in the local churches, tuning them into the inherent qualities required to perform soul music in Memphis; the other members proving just as proficient in their capabilities.