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OCC People: Satterfield's Music Speaks to 'Strength & Power' of R&B
By Chrisalyn Santos
For Kevin Satterfield, an Administrative Assistant in the Communications Division, the love of music and singing came at an early age and was nurtured by the influences of well-known rhythm and blues artists, such as the O’Jays, James Ingram, and Teddy Pendergrass, to name just a few. Over time, Satterfield honed his singing abilities and now stars as one of the vocalists in an R & B funk band called Strength & Power.
Satterfield (fifth from the left) poses with current and former OCC employees following a performance. The current OCC employees pictured above include Dan Gibbard, Sandy Tarpinian, Kim Ware, Roshawn Duff, Denise Bannister, and Natalie Love-Hawkins.
Altogether, there are eight musicians in the band. Satterfield says that the best part about being in a music band is “being around a bunch of guys who have the same vision as you – the same drive and the same goal of making people smile.”
Strength & Power emerged in 2011 after four members of a previous band called Sudden M Pac decided to form the new group. The band plays “old school R &B funk” music from the 1980s, 1990s, and the early 2000s – music that represents some of the best in the genre, according to Satterfield. “The music from the ’80s and the ’90s is a lost art,” he says. “Artists knew how to paint a beautiful picture of love and pain.”
Satterfield proudly says that Strength & Power is all about “keeping it funky” or, in other words, keeping the audience excited and on the floor. “We keep you partying; we keep you sweating,” says Satterfield. “We just like to keep it live and keep it active on that stage.”
The band has been featured at various private events in the Washington, D.C., area, and OCC employees have had the opportunity to witness Satterfield and his band in action. Natalie Love-Hawkins, an Assistant Designer in Communications , has enjoyed watching the band perform on three occasions. “They’re funky, and they have a lot of rhythm,” Love-Hawkins says. “In some groups, you have a singer or two that try to outperform the rest of the group. But Strength & Power is all on one accord.”
Dan Gibbard, a Senior Writer-Editor in Communications, also saw Strength & Power perform last fall. “It was cool seeing your coworker up on stage singing for the first time; he was really belting it out,” Gibbard says while noting Satterfield’s usual mild-mannered demeanor at work. “The band was fun and played with a lot of energy.”
In addition to playing at private events, Strength & Power has also lent its talents to worthwhile causes and community events, such as the Peter Bug Day Parade and Festival on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This was the second year that Strength & Power was welcomed to perform at the annual event, which celebrates community leader Peter Bug who started a shoe academy to give young people in the community employment opportunities and a useful skill. Typically, each band booked for the festival is given a few minutes to perform, and last year Strength & Power was the first musical act to take the stage. Satterfield said that the large crowd responded enthusiastically to the band’s R & B soul. It was truly exhilarating for Satterfield that well after their time was up, the festival’s stage manager signaled for the group to keep on playing.
Satterfield says that the band would like to create a collaborative CD of original songs. Satterfield could lend his songwriting experience to the project since he has already put together a five-song CD called My Asia. For now, Satterfield and Strength & Power will continue singing and giving the crowds the energetic performances that they always have. “I am music. That’s what makes up Kevin, “he says. “Everything has to be right. It has to reach my soul.”
Last Updated: 03/19/2014