countless talent competitions, church performances, and being heavily influenced by the R&B legends who provided the soundtrack of his childhood, Greene channeled living-room performances of “Thriller” into a lifelong musical career. Citing many of the greats, Greene states, “My earliest influences were Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Boyz 2 Men, Jodeci, Otis Redding, James, Brown, John P. Kee, and of course Michael Jackson and Donnie Hathaway.”
The group continues to sell out shows in their hometown of Austin, Texas, and has developed a strong national and international following through their innovative use of social media outlets such as Google+, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. The band embodies the soul of DIY musicianship in everything from graphic design to marketing to engineering their own recordings. Reviewers repeat, “Words cannot describe a Suite 709 performance experience.” Every show is like a party from beginning to end. Greene’s ability to connect with audiences combined with the band’s blend of R&B, Soul, and old school Rock-N-Roll creates a sound is reminiscent of Motown’s mega-pop group The Jackson 5 to modern day R&B superstar John Legend, with a touch of James Brown’s flare. Together, Greene (vocals), Dietrich Schmidt (keys), David Butler (guitar), Drew Walters (bass) & Zach Boston (drums) bring a new flavor of soul to music lovers, young and old.
Suite 709′s latest release “Night & Day” features 11 tracks of soulful lyrics matched with rhythmic beats that charms listeners into singing along on the first listen. Ranging from the upbeat, empowering anthem ”Life Won’t Let You Down” to the wishful, longing ode to love “Miss You The Most (True Love)”, the album tells a story of playful devotion and the desire dance away stress and be carefree. From the nostalgia of lost love in “She Don’t Even Know” to the opposites-attractive tale ”Apples and Oranges”, Suite 709′s chemistry is genuinely honest, resulting in exuberance akin to life in a simpler world.
Jirod Greene – Vocals
David Butler – Guitar / Synth
Dietrich Schmidt – Keyboards / Vocals
Zach Boston – Drums
Drew Walters – Bass
“She Don’t Even Know” – Single: March 2010
“Keys” (100% Fan Funded EP) – May 2011
“Night & Day” – February 2012