The Motet Announces New Band Members

Progressive funk collective The Motet welcome lead vocalist Lyle Divinsky and saxophonist Drew Sayers to the band.

Today, The Motet announced new lead vocalist Lyle Divinsky (Turkuaz) and saxophonist Drew Sayers (Garret's brother) as official members of the band. 
"As difficult as change can be, the addition of Lyle and Drew has felt like an incredibly natural progression for the band.  They are already brothers," says Motet keyboardist Joey Porter. "We are all feeling really inspired and are excited about the future."
Lyle Divinsky, a native of Portland, Maine, brings his powerful presence and love and light to The Motet. The unsuspecting soul man was awarded the Songwriter's Hall of Fame Abe Olman Scholarship (John Legend was the recipient in 2002), was hailed by Fuse TV's as an "Artist to Watch" and reached #4 on the UK Soul Chart's Top 40 earlier this year.
Powerhouse tenor saxophonist Drew Sayers, most recently of John Brown's Body, brings his huge sound and rich tone to The Motet.  Drew, who played and wrote horn arrangements on Beyonce's last two albums, has performed on late night TV, and produced the 2015 John Brown's Body release "Kings and Queens in Dub," also brings his writing and producing skills to the band.
The Motet in its new line up hits the road beginning today, February 18 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Over the coming months, the band has stops throughout the South and the Midwest, ramps up the festival season with plays at Euphoria Music Festival and during New Orleans Jazz Fest (for a Mixtape 1977 set), and much more. The complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is included below. 
The Motet are Garrett Sayers (bass), Joey Porter (keyboards), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Gabriel Mervine (trumpet), Dave Watts (drums), Drew Sayers (saxophone), Garrett Sayers (bass), Lyle Divinsky (vocals).
The complete list of The Motet's currently confirmed Winter Tour dates is as follows:


Greensboro, NC

The Blind Tiger


Asheville, NC

Explore Arena Opening for Umphrey's McGee


Asheville, NC

Asheville Music Hall Blue Ridge Rockway Afterparty


Chattanooga, TN

Revelry Room w/ Smooth Dialect


Huntsville, AL

Lowe Mill w/ Seeds


Nashville, TN

Basement East w/ The Heard


St. Louis, MO

Old Rock House w/ Dumpstaphunk


Lafayette, IN

Lafayette Theater w/ The Heard


Covington, KY

Madison Theatre w/ The Heard


Grand Rapids, MI

Founders Brewing Co. w/ The Heard


New Orleans, LA

NOLA Brewing Anniversary Party

3/17 - 3/18

Durango, CO

Animas City Theatre


El Prado, NM

Taos Mesa Brewing


Austin, TX

Euphoria Music Festival


Charlottesville, VA

The Jefferson Theater


Washington, DC

The Hamilton w/ The Nth Power


Philadelphia, PA

Theatre of the Living Arts w/ The Nth Power


New Orleans, LA

Howlin' Wolf performing Mixtape 1977 w/ Karl Denson's Tiny Universe performing Prince's "Dirty Mind"


New Orleans, LA

Tipitina's w/ Pimps of Joytime


Richmond, VA

Virginia Beach Funk Out


Martinsville, VA

Rooster Walk Festival

527- 5/29

Clarks Grove, MN
Chillicothe, IL

Revival Fest
Summer Camp Music Festival


Morrison, CO

Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Medeski, Martin & Wood and Vulfpeck


Thornville, OH

The Werk Out Music Festival


Scranton, PA

Peach Fest