The biggest S.O.U.L. programming challenge is undertaken when a four-week tour of Africa is scheduled for May/June 2012. Three S.O.U.L. Alumni, each agree to host and coordinate programming in their respective home countries- Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
More than 23 U.S. States and four Canadian Provinces were covered during this aggressive tour. Another record set by S.O.U.L. 2011 was the number of Tour Manager who led the group at one point or another... THREE!
The most remote inhabited place on earth is represented in 2010 when Steve from Rapa Island, French Polynesia joins S.O.U.L. His unique geographical and cultural background more than compensate for his minimal English skills and his lack of music-reading ability. S.O.U.L. is affected directly when a tragic earthquake strikes Haiti on January 12 affecting S.O.U.L. singer Makly and his family and friends in his native Haiti. S.O.U.L. management begins to consider a second annual S.O.U.L. tour.
This sixth season of touring began 10 days late due to increasing complications of processing non-immigrant visas. But the team hit the ground running upon arrival and embarked on the most aggressive S.O.U.L. tour to date. Many hosting schools "re-hosted" S.O.U.L. for a second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth consecutive season!
S.O.U.L. Singers and Executive Director were featured clinicians at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. S.O.U.L. reverted to its original touring itinerary of January through June in favor of maximizing a full touring schedule. Dearborn, MI became the new homebase town for S.O.U.L. And S.O.U.L. toured for the first time to Canada!
The U.S. Government officially recognized S.O.U.L. as being the "sole" sponsor of the singers' rare Q-1 work visas. And S.O.U.L. Executive Director, Marcus LaPratt, broke the Guinness World RecordTM for "Longest Singing Marathon by an Individual" (75 hours) as a fundraiser for S.O.U.L.!
S.O.U.L. regretfully left its original homebase town of Albion, Michigan. But the 06/07 team proved to be the most successful yet making initial S.O.U.L. appearances in several states including LA, TN, and IN. S.O.U.L. hired its first Tour Manager!
The 3rd S.O.U.L. Team experienced three personnel changes in one tour. Felix- Nigeria was the first S.O.U.L. singer to be denied a U.S. visa. He was replaced by Serge- Ukraine two months into the tour. And with one month remaining in the tour the team said goodbye to Ting- Malaysia. Despite these changes, the team persevered and completed a successful third S.O.U.L. tour.
S.O.U.L. makes its first international appearance as guest keynote speakers at the National Choral Conference of Indonesia.
September- S.O.U.L. begins season #2. Memorable residencies include stops in Upstate NY, Southwest VA, and NYC.
January- S.O.U.L. navigates through its initial season with a few bumps along the way. But due to many positive reviews by numerous hosts, Singers Of United Lands commits to a longer and more aggressive second season.
S.O.U.L. postpones its innaugural season due to complexities of obtaining legal work visa permission for the selected singers.
The initial concept of Singers Of United Lands is created and developed. S.O.U.L. becomes incorporated in the State of Michigan and obtains federal tax-exempt non-profit status as a "501.c.3" organization.