About Us

The versatile and entertaining Caribbean musical sensation.

This marvelous group provides an amazingly energy pumping musical and theatrical treat.
Universal Xpression uplifts and captivates its audiences with Caribbean rhythms such as
Reggae, soca, zouk, and dance hall music, with an undertone of African, Latin and American
Rhythms. Consequently, this rhythmic implementation has created a hypnotic groove and a beautiful sound, with a universal appeal, thus making this group the choice show band.

This awesome four-member group features the talents and creativity of prolific songwriter, arranger and energetic showman Richard ‘Richie B’ Parris on keyboards, lead and background vocals. . Keeping the pulse is the natural and flamboyant Noel Parris on drums. The Genius Oliver (Pluto) Mensah solidifies the foundation with his remarkable feel on the bass and lead vocals. Complimenting the rhythm section, is the amazing Avi Kayne with his nifty strums and leads. 

. Universal Xpression is synonymous with quality, variety and originality, and has established a style that is most envied. It is absolutely amazing to hear different styles of music done so well by one group. ‘Beautiful’ says Minister Louis Farrakhan, and ‘Amazing’ says Calypso Rose. The group has amassed a loyal following and numerous accolades in its’ 10 years. ‘Best Live Music’ for nine consecutive years in the Detroit Carnival Parade. ‘Best Live Music’ Mecca Parade, San Francisco. Universal Xpression has released twelve excellent albums of original music. In 1997 Universal Xpression had the number 1 and 2 Best Sellers in the Virgin Islands and Album of the Week on WAVS radio in Miami, Florida. From the Christmas on the Beach album, ‘Santa Baby’ was also Number 1 in 1997. In 1999, the single ‘Meow’ was number 1, and was featured for four weeks on BBC Radio in England and ‘Cest’ si bon’ was number 2 in the Virgin Islands. Besides appearing in numerous commercials, Universal Xpression has shared the stage with such great Caribbean international performers as Percy Sledge, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Luciano, Calypso Rose, Mighty Sparrow, Arrow, Burning Spear, The Manhattans, Maxi Priest and Wayne Wonder.

Universal Xpression has thrilled thousands all over America, Canada and the Caribbean at numerous venues: High schools, colleges, universities, clubs, festivals, weddings, parades, corporate parties, and parks. In twelve great years the group has built a tremendous fan base which continues to grow with every performance. Seeing Universal Xpression live is an awesome experience, strong and beautiful vocals, sweet harmony, solid and tight groovy music topped off with wonderful showmanship. You are embraced and involved in the mental, physical, educational and emotional awe. Universal Xpression is ultimately satisfying.

Richard Parris
19145 Tracey st,Detroit,MI,48235
313-272-3798 Phone / Fax
313-378-4173 Cell Phone
Email: uxpression@gmail.com
It is so amazing hearing the variety with such authenticity”

— Louis Farrakhan