Soul music is at the core of the sound and style of Indianapolis, IN based Frederic and Ronza (Keith and Leslie Bean). Like the soul music of the past that was born out of a return to roots, honesty, emotion and expressiveness, Frederic and Ronza’s music was born from those same characteristics. Married in 2014, this soul duo writes and delivers music that is relatable, passionate and authentic, writing about the joys and sorrows of life. Powerful vocals and strong harmonies accompanied by electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drums are at the heart of the compelling musical arrangements.
The Music Journey
Starting in open mics and small venues, Keith and Leslie began by singing covers. The duo performed with only an acoustic guitar and sometimes Leslie played the shaker. Within a few months, Keith had written 2 songs, one of which made the top 10 of a music writing competition. Over the past 9 years, they have written and arranged over 30 songs, produced an album and are performing and supporting the community through music.
Community Involvement/Community Impact
In September 2022, Frederic & Ronza started a community choir. In addition, their Motown show involved community members as singers, dancers, and volunteers. These performances were a huge success with participants and attendees reporting they felt inspired, welcomed, fun and joyful.
Additional performances that involve and build community are in the works for 2023 and beyond.
Press, the band and more
Frederic & Ronza have played in numerous venues throughout Michigan, North Carolina and now Indiana.
They have received press coverage from WYCE Home @ the B.O.B., WWMT Kalamazoo, 104.9 Grand Rapids, The Herald Palladium in St. Joseph, MI and the Wilson Times in North Carolina.
In the fall of 2018, they released their first full album, Heart & Soul, which delivered powerful performances in great venues.
In July of 2019 Frederic & Ronza moved their base to Indianapolis and now features all new band members: John Pruitt on keyboards, Keith Strong on drums, and Kent Withrow on bass guitar. Also new to the group are seasoned backup singers : Kendra Seay, and Pamela Ackerman. Performances have included venues such as IndyFringe, Arts for Lawrence Theater at the Fort, Feinstein's at the Hotel Carmichael, private events, and the H.J. Ricks Theatre for the Arts in Greenfield, IN. Upcoming performances in Danville and Muncie Indiana are scheduled for the Fall.