Groundation’s Building An Ark with Bassist Ryan Newman… Groundation is a roots reggae band that blends elements of jazz, funk, salsa and dub. Their genre-bending sounds provide the perfect platform for the fiery, conscious lyrics of lead singer and primary writer Harrison Stafford.
Groundation formed in 1998 when Stafford (guitar/lead vocals), Marcus Urani (organ/keys/piano) and Ryan Newman (bass) met in the jazz program of California’s Sonoma State University. Over the years, the band grew to 9-pieces including a jazz horn section, percussionists and background singers. Groundation has released nine albums independently – collaborating with reggae legends including Don Carlos and The Congos – and developed an international following. They tour extensively and will support “Building An Ark” with live shows in the US this fall and a music video for the focus track “Humility”
GROUNDATION Merry-go-round – Building An Ark Tour 2012