Vox Vidorra is an indie/soul quartet from Grand Rapids, MI.
Lead by vocal phenom Molly Bouwsma Schultz, the band combines rich, Motown worthy vocals with an underbelly of indie rock, soul, and jazz provided by multi-instrumentalists Scott Schultz, Ryan K Wilson, and Theo Ndawillie II.
The songs are reminiscent of days-gone-by but are rooted in now, exploring inequality, race, and religion, all with a melodic sheen that allows access to the depth of the recordings. The instrumentation is deliberate and often times sparse, highlighting Bouwsma Schultz’s electric mezzo-soprano, but is also complex, utilizing Ndawillie’s composing skills to employ lush string arrangements, propelling the songs over a familiar backbone that hints at Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin.
Written in a collaborative process, each member is essential to the band’s songwriting. With influences like Harry Nilsson, Patrick Watson, Radiohead, and Ella Fitzgerald, the band isn’t held to one sound, but is held together by Bouwsma Schultz’s voice, three-part harmony, and a strong commitment to melody.
In playing almost 200 gigs in two years (and leaning on Wilson’s dozen plus years of experience in the local scene) the band has honed a stage show that will make anyone look up from their phone.
“[Bouwsma Schultz] unceasingly stalks the stage – swaying, bending, stooping, kneeling and, inevitably, even writhing on the floor in an ever-passionate vocal display. “ remarked West Michigan legend writer John Sinkevics.
The remaining members switch instruments seamlessly, suiting their talents to the song at hand, and provide a steady current for Bouwsma Schultz to swim in. The band’s restraint allows for a dynamic and engaging performance that can harness a crowded bar or command hushed attention from a theater.
Established in early 2014, Vox Vidorra hasn’t been around long but is making waves in Michigan. Goon Lagoon Studio’s Tommy Schichtel (who co-produced/engineered the debut album “Promise Land”) asserts the band has the potential to be “one of the biggest things to come out of Grand Rapids in many years.”
With attention from NPR/Michigan Radio, Valslist.com and West Michigan’s Local Spins, more and more seem to be coming to the same conclusion.
“…Collaborative and masterful song crafting… Vox Vidorra stands ready to conquer massive chunks of musical territory in Michigan and beyond.” –localspins.com
Time will tell, but the band’s focus is squarely on creation and community. Scott Schultz said it best stating, “these songs are simply the result of the greatest conversations we’ve had with each other,” a sentiment that mixed with serious musical chops finds Vox Vidorra on a uniquely firm foundation.