MEET THE BAND

Johnny Morrone
Johnny Morrone
Although he studied classical piano from the age of eight, Johnny found his niche as a lead singer not long after playing his first gig at age twelve. After thirteen years of fronting and complimenting various bands in the Philadelphia area, Johnny also left music for a while to concentrate on other life needs. ​ In 2010 he heard once again from his long time friend and musical partner Sam Primavera and the two teamed up to begin what is turning out to be one of the hottest "do it all" entertainment sensations, Philly Heart and Soul. John brings the vocal talents of Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, Frankie Valli, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Lenny Williams, and many more to life with a broad vocal talent and range.
Sam Primavera
Sam Primavera
Sam first formed Philly Heart and Soul in 2010 after several years away from music. As Lead Guitarist, Sam brings a wide range of influences to the band, such as; Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix , Carlos Santana, Wes Montgomery, also influenced by Larry Carlton, Larry Coryell, Jack Zucker and Robert Conti. After first picking up a guitar at age 12, Sam played in various bands in and around Philadelphia for many years and brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the group. Sam has owned many different guitars over the years but he keeps coming back to his Custom Shop Nash Stratocaster, occasionally playing the 2008 Fender American Standard, both guitars will give that classic R&B vibe that Philly Heart and Soul is known for.
Phyllis Love
Phyllis Love
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA --From a musically inclined family, Phyllis has graced the stage since the age of 16. Her theater debut was a gospel play entitled "Why Me Lord?" held at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Later, she was cast as the late Dr. Martin Luther King’s daughter in a musical entitled “A Man with So Much Love” and later landed lead role in “99 ½ Won’t Do” by Tifflon Productions. She has performed with some of the hottest horn bands in the Philadelphia, and tri-state area.
Allie D
Allie D

Also known as “Little girl, big voice” Allie D is an educator, mother and wife by day, but when the sun goes down and the mic is plugged in the music comes alive. Allie is a veteran to the music scene having played with many bands in the tristate area for the past decade. 

 Before singing in with Philly Heart and Soul, Allie has played with The Jersey Girls, Back At It, Twisted Charm and Shorty Long And The Jersey Horns.

Allie attended Montclair State University obtaining a bachelors degree in Theater and Dance and Early Childhood Education. She has a masters degree in Teaching and an Administrator certification from Arkansas State University. She has amazing family support for her music and her husband Dave and baby girl Dahlia are her biggest fans. This Jersey girl at heart is proud to be a part of this musical journey as a member of Philly Heart and Soul.

Derrick Love
Derrick Love
Derrick started playing bass in his teens, was influenced by his cousin Barry who was playing guitar in Church, Derrick found that he had a knack for playing the bass, some would call him a natural. Derrick played with a number of Philadelphia bands through the years including the Taney Street Crew, As One, Apex, Time Out and Big Shout Out to Flight Crew Band.
Rick Meale
Rick Meale
Rick Meale is a seasoned musician who has been playing since he was a teen. From New Jersey, he started playing in high school rock bands, took a few years off for college, started a career, then jumped right back into the thick of it co-founding the South Jersey band “The Blitz”.  With The Blitz he played all over NJ and PA including Delaware Avenue, Long Beach Island, Ocean City NJ, Sea Isle City and Wildwood.  Even got a chance to be the house band for the First Union Center for awhile, playing concerts, Sixers and Flyers games.

Eventually, learning a few Stevie Wonder songs, he became obsessed with old-time funk, R&B, and the blues.  This led to larger bands, funkier music, and 3 piece horn sections!  Though still loving the Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, Santana, and Springsteen, he can’t imagine doing a gig without that super funky beat, an electric piano (Wurlitzer or Rhodes of course), and those classic Hammond B3 sounds.  He loves Yamaha, Roland and Korg synths, though lately he’s been using Keyscape and Blue3 VST’s running off an ASUS laptop.    

To Rick, it’s all about the music and the camaraderie with the great people in this band.  And the fun of seeing everyone have fun with the Philly Heart & Soul band is just icing on the cake!

Dom Durbano
Dom Durbano
Dom joined Philly Heart & Soul in 2016. A veteran of the Philly music scene, Dom provides a solid foundation for the Philly Heart & Soul rhythm section and helps drive the band through the wide variety of musical styles they play. Dom also enjoys contributing background vocals on many of the band's tight harmonies. Drawing inspiration from scores of rock, funk, and jazz drummers as diverse as Ringo to Zigaboo to Buddy Rich and just too many to mention; Dom considers them all influences to his playing today.
Dwayne Williams
Dwanye Williams
The youngest member of the band,Dwayne began playing clarinet at the age of fourteen but switched to saxophone at age sixteen. It was at this time that he began his formal education, enrolling at the Clef Club, and being tutored by the areas best saxophonists. By the age of seventeen, Dwayne started to gig regularly. His main influences are Tower of Power, Gerry Mulligan and Michael Brecker. Dwayne has already established himself as one of the youngest top up and coming players in the Philadelphia area. Philly Heart and Soul are just so excited to have such a young and talented individual as part of the band.
Mark Edmonds
Mark Edmonds
Mark Edmonds began playing the trumpet professionally at the age of 17 when in 1975 he joined the WildFire band based in Philadelphia. As a member of WildFire, Mark got the opportunity to be on shows with such acts as Sister Sledge, the Trammps, B.T. Express, and Fat Larry's Band, to name a few. Since then he has played with some of Philly's top bands, including Don't Call Me Francis, Midnight Hour, and Big Ric and the Rollers. He has also played trumpet for the Drifters, the Blue Notes, and the Delphonics. In addition, Mark has played with some of Philly's best wedding bands, including the Contagious Party Band. A true veteran of the Delaware Valley's music scene, Mark is noted for his beautiful tone and clean, crisp style and is still going strong after forty-plus years in the music business
Frank Taggart
Frank Taggart
Frank started playing the trombone at the age of thirteen when he enrolled at the esteemed Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. By the time he entered high school, Frank was playing first chair in the Overbrook Music Magnet program. After two years in Temple University's music program, Frank embarked on a world wide tour with Phillys own Stylistics. Upon completing a four year stint with the Stylistics, Frank returned to the Philadelphia area to spend more time with his family. Since then, he has played with some of Phillys top party bands including Contagious,Corner Boys, Company and Rheel Menn just to name a few. Frank has been influenced by Jimmy Pankow of Chicago, Al Grey, JJ Johnson and Fred Wesley formerly with James Brown. Franks big sound adds to supply the bottom for the powerful Philly Heart and Soul horn section.

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