Guitarist, arranger, and songwriter Khari Green emerges from the trenches of Washington, D.C. Inspired by his father, a prolific drummer who worked and toured with Grammy-Award winning Saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and legendary poet and musician Gil-Scott Heron, Green appears to be a natural heir apparent to the jazz-influenced heavy soul and funk sound.
Khari began playing drums when he was just three years old. By age five he had already been exposed to the music of Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Bob Marley and Nina Simone. When his parents separated shortly thereafter, Green's interests progressed toward keyboards and eventually, guitar. “My mother showed me my first guitar chords and taught me how to play a simple version of 'Manhã de Carnaval' from the 1959 film Black Orpheus. Green's love for music became serious just as Washington, D.C. was still recovering from its darkest years due to the crack cocaine and crime epidemic.
"I was going through a lot of personal changes, and challenges. Music became what I held onto for mental or emotional sanity. A way to beautify the ugliness...to heal, to dream."
Khari Green continued working as a session guitarist for UMG Recordings, Inc. and as a sideman in a multitude of studios and venues in Washington D.C, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles with his gift taking him as far as Iceland. Green has lended talents to Sheryl Crow, Queen Latifah, Mad Lion, and Salt & Pepa and shared stages with Mos Def, Cody ChesnuTT, and Anne Nesby (Sounds of Blackness). However, his desire to achieve his own distinct sound lead to the formation of the rock trio Sakrid, and his self-released Heavy Soul Music in 2007.
By 2009, Sakrid disbanded, with Green eventually settling in Atlanta, GA. It was while working in the Atlanta music scene that Khari Green was introduced to mutli-instrumentalist and producer Joseph Daniels a.k.a. “Joe Dirty.” Their alliance lead to the formation of new ideas and concepts.
Green defies current trends of extensive digital sound processing, and sampling in recordings and performances. "This is a guy who has what it takes to be recognized among the best in the music industry” says Warren Harper of the famed Blues Alley and Howard Theater venues in Washington, D.C. "He can stand onstage with some of the worldʼs greatest artists and leave them all thinking ....why is this guy not famous?”
The Heavy Soul Experience will be released in the fall of 2018.