The Band: Urban Seeds
Based in Seattle, Urban Seeds is an innovative and unique R&B/Soul/Hip Hop group that consists of four talented artists very capable of working independently but drawn together by nothing more than fate! Their paths and journeys have all been nothing less than blood, sweat, and tears. The band is mostly known for its strong reggae influence, conscience lyrics, and live instrumentation.
Urban Seeds is composed of B.U.D. (MC, singer, songwriter), Joe Reyes (lead guitar, singer, songwriter), Andrew Stauffer (keys, bass, harmonies, songwriter), and Justin Hills (Drums, songwriter).
The hip hop group made their first appearance in early 2010. Shortly after, it began performing at all the upscale venues in Washington, earning themselves a respectable and fast growing fan base.
Fred Bennett Jr. aka B.U.D (MC/singer)
Born and raised in Seattle, B.U.D. is a rapper/singer/songwriter that released his Chronic Illness solo LP in April 2010. The release was featured on the cover of Royalty Magazine and received Rave reviews from fans at all his performances. B.U.D.’s broad experience in the music industry for the last 15 years has led him now to release his first group project, Urban Seeds! B.U.D. also attended the Recording Workshop in Ohio, where he became certified as a studio engineer/music producer. His music has already reached over 240, 000 downloads! Fred Bennett Jr. aka B.U.D. has also collaborated with artists such as Californian rapper C-Bo, and AP9 of Mobb Figgaz. He’s also been fortunate to have met other artists such as Mary J Blige, Keith Sweat, and MC Hammer. His lyrics, delivery, and songwriting can be compared with the best of the best!
Joe Reyes (Guitar/singer)
Born and raised in Seattle, Joe Reyes is also a singer/songwriter that sings lead on various songs while also performing backup effortlessly! He plays drums, bass, keyboards, and guitar as well! In addition to that, Joe Reyes also possesses 15 years of experience in the music industry. During these years he has been able to perform for different bands and collaborate with several independent artists as a studio musician for Ramos Records and Emerald City Records. He’s not from Jamaica but his family is from the Islands where reggae rules the air waves! He and B.U.D. always write amazing hooks together.
Andrew Stauffer (Bass/keyboards)
Born in Philadelphia, Andrew Stauffer is an amazing talent that can’t be replaced! He plays the bass with his left hand on one keyboard, while playing keys on another! -He also plays bass the 4 string bass during our unplugged sets. Andrew Stauffer attended the New England Conservatory of Music for over four years. He’s been able to perform in Africa, the U.K., France, and other countries as a musician for hire. To him, reggae is a very important element in his style of songwriting. Andrew Stauffer also co-engineers Urban Seeds’ recorded sessions.
Justin Hills (Drummer/audio engineer)
Born in Seattle, Justin Hills is a world class drummer. He also plays the role of the band’s official studio engineer! Justin Hills studied under Steve Smith for over 5yrs who later opened the Seattle Drum School. He was able to study every style of music from latin, rock, jazz, R&B/Soul, hip hop, reggae, among others. Justin Hills now possesses 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry and is very fluent in latin and reggae beats. He plays his full drum set during their normal performances and the hand drums during their unplugged set! Like any of the other members of Urban Seeds, Mr. Hills cannot be replaced!
Urban seeds possess numerous styles that are mixed in their music. The competition is currently much lower in the alternative hip hop genre than the strict hip hop. Each member in the band does more than one thing very well!
Their debut album Grow will be released independently and distributed locally.
The album includes no samples and was recorded live at their personal studios giving it that extra touch! Their HOT singles: Shady people, We can get it on, and others are already on demand and growing in several college markets! Several fans at the shows have even classified their music as Ska-ish which is ironic, as Sublime is one of their favorite bands!
With Urban Seeds’ outstanding performances and rapidly growing local fan base you should be hearing about these guys a lot real soon! People from ages 9-60 have danced their butts off to their music at their shows!