After a decade-long musical journey that's seen them through various lineup changes and musical styles, the Houston-based band Phuz has quite literally found it's groove in a plush, ambient sound laced with influences of Rock, R&B, and pop that coalesce into a powerful organic sound. The band's hybrid sound is deceptively simple, yet unfolds like the long hallway of some castle, each doorway opening to a new sound, a new experience. A loose collective of musicians, Phuz was founded by brothers Casapaos and Sarmiento. Players came and went, but the band's sound became anchored by a funk/R&B dance groove, with some jam-band affectations. Dea joined in 1995 as a backup vocalist, then Ruggiero in 1999. The following year, Phuz overhauled it's lineup and musical direction, appropriately beginning a new era with the new millennium. In addition to frequent Houston shows, Phuz toured nationally, playing shows with Sade, India.Arie, Tony Bennett and K.D. Lang. Having also shared evenings with Sting, Blue Man Group, Alanis Morissette, Natalie Merchant, and Alicia Keys, Phuz continues to prove their wide demographic appeal. They've been guests on KPFT 90.1 FM radio's nationally known eclectic 'Soular Grooves' show. Phuz was also featured in The Houston Press and garnered two nominations in the newspaper's 2001 Music Awards, including Best New Act and Best Funk/R&B. They eventually won the 'Critic's Pick' nod in the latter category. Phuz attracted critics and fans at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion earning 'Best Songwriting, Best Appearance, and Best Overall Performance' in 2003. Nonetheless, Phuz captivated viewers in their national debut on Stir TV PEPSI Challenge on the International Channel, Houston's PBS Show 'The Connection' and a performance on the'Texas Live Show.' Their debut CD Water, released in early 2002. Phuz's latest 2007 EP album, Forgiveness, is currently available.
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