|Houston’s award-winning 10-piece ensemble that has redefined the sound of Gulf Coast Soul. Established in 2011, The Suffers’ lineup was curated by bassist Adam Castañeda and vocalist/keyboardist Pat Kelly, who brought on trumpet player Jon Durbin, trombonist Michael Razo, guitarist Kevin Bernier, percussionist Jose “Chapy” Luna, and drummer/vocalist Nick Zamora. Jazz saxophonist Cory Wilson and guitarist/vocalist Alex Zamora filled out the rhythm section, while frontwoman Kam Franklin topped off the group with soaring vocals.
The band rose to new heights in 2015 as they played 150+ shows across North America, visited NPR for a Tiny Desk Concert and played on The Late Show with David Letterman. This year, the band officially released their much anticipated self-titled album. The Suffers have quickly progressed from packing Houston venues to accepting invitations for featured performances at notable festivals and events, while remaining a local Houston favorite, accepting 20 Houston Press Music Awards in the last three years.