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Very Promising

Staton is a ‘very promising’ (Thomas Spiekerman 2011, Live XS Magazine) emerging Dutch SoulFunkRock fusion band that has been taking the Netherlands by storm. With their charming redhaired frontwoman Lara Mol, easy stage presence and soulful sounds Statons’ performances are filled with energy. Lara’s voice and sense of humor on stage add a special dynamic to their performance. Staton’ s shows are known for their live energy, as this young group of musicians play every gig with 200% passion. ‘We try to connect with the audience to involve them so they can feel what our music is about (Leadsinger Lara Mol 2011 in Interview for Radio Jazz Jong)’

(In) formation

The five-pieced band Staton is named after Candi Staton the American soul and gospel singer. The band was founded by Lara Mol, the lead singer/songwriter in June 2010 who was soon joined by bassist Luc Pustjens, drummer Niels Nuiver, gitarist Michiel Claessen and keyboardist Leon den Engelsen. The result: the formation of a band of talented and inspired young musicians and of dedicated youngsters, that have since proven ‘to have a lot of potential’ (Michella Kuijkhoven, 3voor12 Den Haag).

The Staton Sound

Staton’s sound is an appealing melting pot of soul, funk, rock that also incorporates other musical styles like pop and jazz. Staton fuses all these genres into their own catchy Staton sound. For these young musicians music has no boundaries although you can clearly hear their magnetism towards funk and soul. Their inspiration comes from artists from labels like Motown and Stax. Think of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Candi Staton,. Other influences on Statons sound are The Doors, Steve Winwood, Lenny Kravitz but also Amy Winehouse, Jessie-J, Selah Sue, Ryan Shaw and John Legend.

Hit the ground running

Within four months after the band was founded, and after sending Ryan Shaw a demotape of the bands recordings, Shaw asked Staton to support him on his tour in The Netherlands. During 5 concerts Staton opened for Shaw, who was so enthusiastic about the young band that he added a duet with Staton leadsinger Lara to his live set. They performed the song People Get Ready together at 3 of 5 shows in the Netherlands. Supporting Shaw was just the beginning: In 2011 Staton was the support act of funklegends Tower of Power (US), Waylon (NL) , Schradinova (NL) and Mama’s Gun (UK). A great and running start of their first year as a band.


In May 2011 the band released their debut-album named Indecisive. The twelve tracks are all ‘easy on the ears’ (Thomas Spiekerman 2011, Live XS Magazine) and ‘very fitting for a sweltery summer night’ (Suzanne Jekel 2011, Plug Out). Lara co-wrote all songs together with the band and in cooperation with several established songwriters like Martijn Konijnenburg,Orfeo Bouman, Marc Bien, Llewy is Sell ,Bart Possemis en Delivio Reavon.The debut-album is available on I-Tunes, Spotify and through Go! Entertainment/Rough Trade (Benelux). Staton presented the album in a packed concert hall at Amsterdam’s Pop Temple Paradiso. Since they’ve started touring Holland in 2010 Staton has already played over 70 gig’s (www.statonmusic.nl/agenda) in less then a year and simultaneously the band is working on new material for a second album.

Some quotes

“Staton was awesome, super this mixture of rock & funk!” (Visitor to Ryan Shaw concert in Tivoli)

“Holy Shit!” (Giel Beelen after live performance of “Glitter ain’t Gold “ on radio 3FM)

“The Dutch Joss Stone” (Giel Beelen in his blog)

“Sturdy nu-soul with rock, funk and motown!” (GPD)

“Impressive and funky” (Rene Vink, 3voor12 Overijssel)

List singles

Glitter ain’t Gold (October 2010)

Prove my Love (May 2011)

Mr Alibi (Januari 2012)


Indecisive (May 2011)


Their second single “Prove my love” entered several playlists at Dutch radio and the video was on medium rotation at TMF for several weeks. In addition to that the video is selected by The First Class Broadcasting Corporation in the USA for airplay on the Internet music video station they are about to launch.

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