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u4ria the band

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 
 
 

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Based out of Baton Rouge, U4RIA is a premier cover band that provides a customized experience to each party or event. U4RIA's catalog is very expansive and covers almost every genre and decade of music. 

 

Vocals / Jinyoung Park
Guitar / Sean Griffin

Keyboard / Clifford Ray Wilbert
Bass / Rani "Tha Hip Hop Doc" Whitfield
Drums / Merrel Porche, Jr.

 

 

u4ria biographies

SEAN GRIFFIN

Sean is an incredibly talented guitarist that has had a love affair with music since he can remember. He was exposed to various types of music at a young age, thanks to his mother who loved all genres of music. He taught himself how to play many instruments, including his beloved guitar. His talent does not end there. He writes and produces his own music, and also writes and performs poetry that is set to original music. Sean has also produced music for numerous plays and commercial spots.

A man of many talents, Sean is also an excellent photographer and has worked with many nationally and locally known celebrities, and he works in the petro-chemical industry.

As the guitarist of U4ria, Sean adds flavor to the band’s sound with his harmonic strings. He also helps arrange the music for U4ria. Sean’s musical inclination is influenced by mostly 70s/80s music, jazz, R&B, rock, and blues.

Jinyoung Park 

Jinyoung is a powerfully soulful singer and songwriter in New Orleans. Originally classically trained on the violin and the piano, she truly fell in love with music when she was introduced to contemporary R&B in her early teens. Originally from South Korea, Jinyoung attended secondary school in Cambodia, where she met James Housego, a music teacher who always encouraged her to perform on stage. And that’s exactly what she did. After four years in a high school rock band “Novice,” she went onto college, where she studied linguistics but sang in the Chorus, the prestigious Collegium Musicum, and a funk band called Funkubus.

Jinyoung is a higher ed professional in New Orleans and is completing her MBA. Prior to being with U4ria, she sang in the local band Gravy Flavored Kisses and her vocals can be found on the band's recent EP, The Mail. She brings not only her vocals to U4ria, but also her skills on the keys and the guitar.

Merrel Porche, Jr.

Merrel has always been a fan of music and grew up dreaming of playing the drums. His career as a percussionist began at the early age of seven; he started performing locally just three years later and has since continued performing with various bands. He developed his playing style over the years with mentor and teacher, Troy Davis, a professional jazz drummer. Merrel has also studied various drummers such as Stewart Copeland, Larry Blackman, Shelia E., John Blackwell, and Art Blakey. He has performed with many artists, including Roland Guerin.

Another passion of Merrel’s is architecture, and he is a proud alumnus of Southern University and the University of Texas, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Structural Engineering respectively. Today, Merrel is the founder and owner of the MAP Group, Inc., a civil engineering, residential, and commercial design firm in Baton Rouge.

Merrel’s style is one of cool Funk, Jazz, and Reggae, which fits in well with U4ria’s wide range of music.

Rani "Tha Hip Hop Doc" Whitfield

Rani is a passionate board-certified Family Practice and Sports Medicine Physician who uses Hip Hop to communicate with the youth about health. He is involved in various local and national task forces and councils to tackle health and fitness issues, and is also a regular contributor to All Hip Hop, Ebony/Jet.com, EUR Web, and other online and print media. His collaboration with Hip Hop Artist Dee-1 includes a record full of inspirational songs for today’s youth, entitled State of Emergency.

Rani’s passion for music drove him to teach himself the bass, with some instruction from friends Eric Johnson, Harry Anderson, and fellow band member, Sean Griffin. Not only does Rani hold down the band with his bass, he also gives the crowd a taste of his singing and rapping. Rani has been on the music scene for many years and has played with bands such as Code Blue, Full Circle, and Black Ice.

Clifford Ray Wilbert

Ray has been exposed to music through family and linked to various musical instruments starting at a young age. He began with the drums in the fifth grade and followed with the saxophone in the sixth grade. It was in learning the sax that Ray discovered his passion for music. That passion followed him into high school, where he started to play the piano.

Ray went on to major in music at Southern University and continued his love affair with the piano. When asked why he chose the piano, he said the piano is so expressive; the harmonies that can be made can make you laugh and cry at the same time. It’s like the soul of the band!

When Ray is not playing music with U4ria, he is a rail coordinator at Exel Logistics and he also plays music for two churches, Mount Calvary Baptist and New Prospect Missionary Baptist.

Repertoire

BLUES
Down Home Blues - Z.Z. Hill
I Just Wanna Make Love To You - Etta James
I Wanna Know What Love Is – Foreigner /
Leela James
Is This Love - Corinne Bailey Rae
Last 2 Dollars - Johnny Taylor
Mississippi Boy - Charles Wilson
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
Tonight Is The Night - Betty Wright
Who is He - Me'Shell Ndegéocello /
Bill Withers 

GO GO
Bustin' Loose - Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers
The Butt - E.U.

JAZZ
Breezin' - George Benson
Mister Magic - Grover Washington 

LINE DANCE
Cha Cha Slide - DJ Casper
Cupid Shuffle - Cupid
Electric Slide - Marcia Griffiths
Step In the Name of Love - R. Kelly 

R&B/NEO SOUL
Adorn - Miguel
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
All Nite Long - Mary Jane Girls /
Mary J. Blige
Bag Lady - Erykah Badu
Be Without You - Mary J. Blige
Black Cat - Janet Jackson
Boogie Nights / All Night Long - Erykah Badu
Candy - Cameo
Closer - Corinne Bailey Rae
Dance Tonight - Lucy Pearl
Danger - Erykah Badu
Epiphany - Chrisette Michele
Fallin' - Alicia Keys
Far Away - Marsha Ambrosius
For Real - Amiel Lareaux
Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys
Going Down - Mary J. Blige
Good Love - Mary J. Blige
He Is The Truth - India Arie
He Loves Me - Jill Scott
Heard It All Before - Sunshine Anderson
I Feel For You - Chaka Khan
I Want Her - Keith Sweat
I Wish I Didn’t Miss Ya - Angie Stone
Just Fine - Mary J. Blige
Killing Me Softly - The Fugees
Lost Without You - Robin Thicke
Motivation - Kelly Rowland
Oh La La La - The Fugees
On & On - Erykah Badu
Other Side of the Game - Erykah Badu
Real Love - Mary J. Blige
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Single Life - Cameo
Situation #9 - Club Nouveau
Sweet Thing - Chaka Khan
Tell Me Something Good - Chaka Khan
The One  - Mary J. Blige
The Worst - Jhene Aiko
This is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart - Alicia Keys
Tyrone - Erykah Badu
Unbreakable - Alicia Keys
Unthinkable (I'm Ready) - Alicia Keys
Video - India Arie
Who Can I Run To - Xscape
Word Up - Cameo
You Don’t Know My Name - Alicia Keys
You Got Me - Erykah Badu/Roots
You're All I Need (feat. Method Man) - Mary J. Blige 

OLD SCHOOL/STANDARDS 70'S & 80'S
777-9311 - The Time
All I Do - Stevie Wonder
Before I Let Go - Maze
Boogie Shoes - KC and The Sunshine Band
Brick House - The Commodores
Burn Rubber On Me - Gap Band

Car Wash - Rose Royce
Celebration - Kool and The Gang
Cool - The Time
Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) - Zapp
Everyday People - Arrested Development /
Sly and the Family Stone
Fire - Pointer Sisters
Get Down On It - Kool and The Gang
Get Down Tonight - KC and The Sunshine Band
Groove Me - King Floyd
Hey Mr. DJ - Zhane
I Can't Go for That - Hall and Oates
I Like - Guy
I'll Take You There - Staple Singers

I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
Jungle Love - The Time
Just Be Good to Me - S.O.S. Band
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Maneater - Hall and Oates
Must Be The Music - Secret Weapon
Night & Day - Al B Sure
No Parking (On the Dance Floor) - Midnight Star
Outstanding - Gap Band
Poison  - Bell Biv DeVoe
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Square Biz - Teena Marie
Super Freak - Rick James
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
The Bird - The Time

Tricky - Run DMC
We Are Family - Pointer Sisters
Whip It - Dazz Band
Wild and Loose - The Time
Wild Thing / Funky Cold Medina - Tone-Loc 

POP
1999 - Prince
Airplanes - B.o.B.
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Billionaire - Travie McCoy & Bruno Mars
Blame It - Jamie Foxx
Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
Can't Believe It - T-Pain
Controversy - Prince
Crazy In Love - Beyonce

Dark Horse - Katy Perry
Drunk in Love - Beyonce
Ego - Beyonce
Erotic City - Prince
Fancy - Iggy Azalea
Firework - Katy Perry
F-You - Celo
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Get Me Bodied - Beyonce
Gorilla - Bruno Mars
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Hotel California - The Eagles
How Come You Don’t Call Me - Prince
I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
If I Was Your Girlfriend - Prince
Irresistable Bitch - Prince
Just Dance - Lady Gaga
Kiss - Prince
Knock You Down - Keri Hilson
Little Red Corvette - Prince
Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Love on Top - Beyonce
Love the Way You Lie - Eminem
Moment 4 Life - Nicki Minaj & Drake
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
Nothin' on You - B.o.B.
Obsessed - Mariah Carey
P.Y.T. - Michael Jackson
Pop Life - Prince
Purple Rain - Prince
Raise Your Glass - Pink
Raspberry Beret - Prince
Rolling In The Deep - Adele

Royals - Lorde
Rude Boy - Rihanna
Run This Town - Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West
Shake It Off - Mariah Carey
Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) - Michael Jackson
Shhh - Prince
Single Ladies - Beyonce
Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
Sweetest Taboo - Sade
Talk That Talk  - Rihanna & Jay-Z
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Turnin Me On - Keri Hilson
Umbrella - Rihanna
Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
What's My Name - Rihanna & Drake
When Doves Cry - Prince
Wide Awake - Katy Perry
You Make Me Feel - Cobra Starship
You Ought to Know - Alanis Morissette 
You're So Beautiful - Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz

HIP HOP/RAP
All I Do Is Win - DJ Khaled
Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
Empire State of Mind - Alicia Keys & Jay-Z
Friends - Whodini
Gin and Juice - Snoop Dog
Headlines - Drake
Heartless - Kanye West
Hold On, We're Going Home - Drake
Hot in Here - Nelly
How to Love - Lil Wayne
It Takes Two - Rob Base
It's Bigger Than Hip Hop - Dead Prez
Juicy Fruit / Juicy - Mtume / The Notorious B.I.G.
Let Me Clear My Throat - DJ Kool
Let's Go - Trick Daddy
Live Your Live - T.I. feat. Rihana
Me, Myself and I - Da La Soul
Mrs. Officer - Lil Wayne
My Mind Playing Tricks On Me - Ghetto Boys
Over - Drake
Paul Revere - Beastie Boys
Push It - Salt-n-Pepa
Rapper's Delight - Sugar Hill Gang
Rebirth of Slick - Digable Planets
Tech Me How to Dougie - Cali Swag District
The Choice is Yours - Black Sheep
Turn My Swag On - Soulja Boy
Vivrant Thing - Q - Tip
Wild Thing/ Funky Cold Medina - Tone - Loc
Wipe Me Down - Lil Boosie/Foxx
Wobble - V.I.C. 

ROCK/CLASSIC ROCK
American Woman - Lenny Kravitz
Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones
Bennie and Jets - Elton John
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
Don’t Stop Believin' - Journey
Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix
Hurt So Good - John Cougar Mellencamp
I Can't Get No Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
I Don’t Want to Be - Gavin DeGraw
I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett
In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
Jesse's Girl - Rick Springfield
Jump - Van Halen
Maria Maria - Santana
More Than Words - Extreme
Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Rock'n Me - Steve Milller Band
Shake Your Booty - KC and The Sunshine Band
Shout - Otis Day and The Knights
Soul Man - Sam and Dave
Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
Takin' Care of Business - BTO
Twist & Shout - Isley Brothers /
Beatles
Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chilli Pepper
Vegas - Sara Bareilles
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC 

REGGAE
I Shot the Sheriff - Bob Marley
Jammin' - Bob Marley
Redemption Song - Bob Marley
Steppin' Out - Steel Pulse
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley 

COUNTRY
All My Ex's Live in Texas - George Strait
Here for the Party - Gretchen Wilson
I Got Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts
Man! I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain
Mine - Taylor Swift
Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson
Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
Undo It - Carrie Underwood 

NEW ORLEANS/Louisiana
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Going Back To New Orleans - Dr. John
Hey Pocky Way - The Meters
Iko Iko - Dr. John
It Ain't my Fault - Treme Brass Band
Second Line - Professor Longhair
Treme Second Line (Blow da Whistle) - Treme Brass Band
Treme Song - Treme Brass Band

Walking to New Orleans - Fats Domino
Zydeco Honky Tonk (Instrumental) - Buckwheat Zydeco 

ZYDECO
Casanova - Keith Frank
Haters - Keith Frank
Zydeco Dance - Jackie Neal