"Best Soul Album of the year" Creative Loafing
"A summery fusion of soul, bossa nova and jazz" Pete Lewis BLUES + SOUL
Khari Simmons is a pioneer of Atlanta's eclectic underground Soul scene. In the mid 90's he co-founded the Atlanta collective Earthseed, along with friends India Arie,, Sirius B, Anasa Troutman and Donnie
Shortly after the disbanding of Earthseed Khari began to play with then Naked Music recording artist Gaelle, and remained an in demand bassist playing alongside the likes of Donnie, Roy Ayers, Gaelle, Russel Gunn and eventually signing on as India Arie's bassist in early 2000. When India.Aire was offered the opening act for Sade’s Lover’s Rock tour, she didn’t hesitate to invite Khari to join her on the road and after the three month tour, Khari was asked to become a full-time member of her band.
As a recording artist Khari has garnered a reputation for crafting Brazilian-influenced soul sounds via his band Jiva and now in his solo career. Khari's collaborations on his many musical projects have included work with Monday Michiru, Bluey of Incognito, Cecelia Stalin of Koop, Chantae Cann, Brenda Nicole Moorer , Grant Green Junior and Sabrina Malheiros.
His latest EP "Soul Bossa" Khari continues this exploration into his unique style of soul bossa paying homage to cats like Burt Bacharach, Sergio Mendes and Quincy Jones.