Soul Heaven came about from a conversation International resident & Master At Work Louie Vega had with original owner Oli White discussing the idea of taking Soulful house music to large-scale audiences & events around the world. Ministry of Sound seemed like the obvious choice as a world-class venue to launch this concept so Oli contacted Gareth Cooke and Simon Patterson who were running Rulin at MOS on Saturdays. It was decided that Bobby and Steve would be London Residents alongside Jeremy Newall, Phil Asher and Chrissy T & the first date was fixed. The name came about after Simon & Oli heard the Pastaboys mix Soul Heaven in the box at Ministry & a perfect name was chosen for a perfect night!
Bobby & Steve parted company along with Jeremy & Chrissy in 2003 but by this time the team was already established with Phil Asher, Andy Ward, Aaron Ross & Neil Pierce, soon to be joined by present owner Fleur Woolford in 2004 alongside an international roster which firmly placed Soul Heaven at the forefront of soulful house events around the world. Soul Heaven parties (House Music touched by Soul) always create a great buzz of excitement whether it’s a sell out season in Ibiza with Louie Vega, a classy pool party in Miami for WMC or capacity road block event for Masters At Work at MOS. Soul Heaven has had a long standing residence at Ministry of Sound in London & has hosted parties in America, Australia, South Africa, China, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia & closer to home in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland, Portugal & Switzerland. Soul Heaven has played host to some of the biggest names in House Music from International residents; LITTLE LOUIE VEGA and partner KENNY DOPE (plus of course MAW) to, TONY HUMPHRIES, FRANKIE KNUCKLES,JOCELYN BROWN, LIL LOUIS, BARBARA TUCKER, ANANE, JAZZY JEFF, DJ SPEN, OSUNLADE, JOE CLAUSSELL, RON CARROLL, KERRI CHANDLER, DENNIS FERRER, BLAZE, TERRY HUNTER, KARIZMA, MR. V & all who have contributed either at their live events or have mixed for their now established series of compilation CDs. As Soul Heaven enters its tenth year it continues to keep the soulful sound alive playing out the freshest sounds & most cutting edge tunes around to an audience around the world.
Comments from the Soul Heaven family: – TEN YEARS OF SOUL HEAVEN
“Soul Heaven – What can I say one of the lasting parties dedicated to soulful house music today! Whereas a lot of people’s parties and clubs have moved on to other sounds Soul Heaven continues in 2010 with their label & parties to put out great soulful house music & events.”
“Ten Years of Soul Heaven!! My goodness! It has been that long and what a life!! I have had the privilege to perform at both Ibiza and London for the Soul Heaven celebrations!! It makes such a difference when you know that the music has not been lost and is still being respected by the DJs that brought house and dance music to the forefront!! Thank you Soul Heaven for still pressing on and keeping the true soul dance music alive. I am humbled to have been a part of this life journey! Much Respect.”
“WOW, IT’S BEEN A GOOD JOURNEY THUS FAR. CHANGES FOR THE BETTER, GROWTH FOR THE BETTER, AND A LOT OF FAITH FOR THE VISION OF THE SOUL HEAVEN COMPANY! IT’S BEEN A PLEASURE AND A JOY TO BE A PART OF THE SOUL HEAVEN FAMILY IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. SURELY I HAVE BEEN BLESSED BEING INCLUDED IN THE MANY EVENTS… MY PRAYER, AND HOPE IS THAT THE COMPANY EXPANDS, MULTIPLIES, AND IS BLESSED WITH NEW NETWORKS AND NEW DOORS OF PROSPERITY AND GREAT MUSIC! BLESS YOU FLEUR AND THE SOUL HEAVEN FAMILY…STAY STRONG!”
MS. BARBARA TUCKER-FUGATE…25 YRS AND GOING……..”THE QUEEN”
“In these days of Trance, Tech and other harder more popular aggressive styles of house music, Soul Heaven and its dedication to soul music, has stood the test of time. This organization through its events and releases has advanced the soulful house sound around the world. I believe that one day this company will be mentioned along with other legendary house music brands like: Strictly Rhythm, Nervous and Trax Records. Congratulations to Fleur and all the Soul Heaven DJs! “
Kevin Hedge (Blaze)
“For the past 10 years, as the world has unfortunately embraced so many less then soulful directions in music, Soul Heaven has been a consistent soul haven, supplying that much needed shot of soul in our musical diets.”
“Soul Heaven – one of the best record labels & DJ agencies for the music we call SOUL…. I’ve experienced some of the best tours with Soul Heaven as a DJ & I also signed one on my biggest songs Terry Hunter Feat. Terisa Griffin ‘”Wonderful” to Soul Heaven Records… so thanks to Fleur for believing in soul music when a lot of people didn’t.”
“For me to have a great friend and visionary, like Louie Vega is a blessing, and any of the nights at the Soul Heaven parties are Mind Blowing! I can’t believe it’s been ten years, where the hell did all this time go? I guess time flies when you’re having fun. I have so many great memories with every party we have done with you guys (Dennis and I) or even when I have just been at hanging out listening and dancing around, and I never dance! It’s always about the best of the best. There really is a Soul Heaven, Congrats, and let’s go on for Eternity! “ Kerri Kaoz Chandler
“It’s a great thing for me as a DJ/producer to see Soul Heaven turn ten years old. Both during and after my time at Basement Boys productions, Soul Heaven and the people involved with the imprint have always been supportive of great artists, DJs, and music. I sincerely thank Fleur and the entire Soul Heaven family for their outstanding contribution to the music we love! House Music Lives!!!”
“Soul Heaven has been a staple of the club and music scene. It’s name synonymous with quality. The music: classic. The parties: legendary. The company: professional. I look forward to what Soul Heaven brings to this ever-changing music world. Congrats on Ten Great Years!”