Joslyn & The Sweet Compression
After growing up singing in the church choir, and honing her dynamic voice and showmanship in stage plays, Joslyn Hampton teamed with her stepfather, Marty Charters (a touring musician and songwriter who has shared the stage with legends such as Junior Wells and Van Morrison), to compose a captivating set of tunes and assemble an ace band.
Joslyn’s gift is one she discovered early: “There are pictures of me at three years old with a mic in my hand. When I was in kindergarten, and they asked what I wanted to be, I said ‘A singer!’” Calling to mind legends like Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston, Joslyn is her own woman and brings the power. Commanding the stage, her timeless voice glides through silky soul and funk grit, on a set of tasty and thoughtful original music. The band is on a classic trip filtered through a vivacious, modern lens: “Real musicians playing real songs, with real instruments- that’s our vibe.”
Joslyn & The Sweet Compression (including Steve Holloman - keyboards, Smith Donaldson - bass, Rashawn Fleming - drums, Trevin Little - saxophone, and Chase Fleming - trombone and trumpet) combine to deliver a hook-filled mix of funk and soul on their self-titled debut album, released in 2019. A headlining favorite at regional clubs and music festivals, they are poised to engage fans across the country with widespread touring in 2021.
"Magical...gives everybody the joy." — Billboard Magazine
"A refreshing take on the neo-soul / funk sound, unbound by modern cliches." — Glide Magazine
"A marvel...an instant classic!” — Soul Tracks
"I've never seen a band come up more quickly...with more immediate skill and swagger than Joslyn & the Sweet Compression. Joslyn's vocal command and stage presence is special, and her band is brick-sh**house tight." — Travis Young, Moonshiner's Ball
“The music Joslyn Hampton conjures onstage is rich with the funk, soul, and rock ’n’ roll inspirations of multiple generations, and at the heart of the brassy attack of her band, The Sweet Compression, and in the clear and confident command of her singing, sits a core element: Groove.” — Walter Tunis, Lexington Herald-Leader