Russell Kenji Shores hails from New York and has a Bachelors in Music Degree from Central University of New York, N.Y.
Nicknamed “Thor” and “Thunder Baby” by his peers for his thunderous bass grooves, he began playing bass guitar at the age of twelve.
During his professional career, Russell has shared the stage with an impressive number of artists including Diana Ross, Julian Lennon, Kevin Fowler, Lucid Dream, The Steve O’Neil Band, The Major Burkes Band, The ACC Jazz Band, The Blues Specialist which features Mel Davis, cousin of the legendary T Bone Walker, Elliott Fikes and Soul Serenade (as musical director), Austin Alibi, Wesley United Methodist Church The First Baptist Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church and The Freedom Home Baptist Church Mass Choir under the leadership of Pastor O.B Howard Jr. Russell plays and has the endorsement of M.T.D Basses, U S Master Guitar Fretless Bass, MTD Strings, Visual Sound Pedals, Genz Benz Amplifiers and AccuGroove Speaker Cabinets.
In 2009, Russell released his first instrumental solo album entitled LS 5. Russell has taught bass lessons privately since 1994 and has been the primary bass instructor at Pfluger-Rock School of Music since it opened in 2000.
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