about the nlr experience

Inspired by bands such as N.E.R.D, The Roots, and Bob Marley & the Wailers, The NLR Experience provides high energy, live musical experiences that fuse hip-hop music with jazz and rock to provide positive vibes, elevate social consciousness, and set souls on fire. NLR is not only an acronym for “Nique Love Rhodes,” but also “Next Level Revolution” - the idea of inward positive transformation that manifests in positive outward, social transformation. The NLR Experience was birthed in 2013 after meeting at various Detroit open mics by Nique Love Rhodes (vocals), Carlton White (drums), Rod Gaston (bass), Trey Priest (guitar), and Barry Chambliss II (piano/keyboard).  The band has performed at numerous venues throughout Detroit, as well as major festivals and venues including the North by Northeast Music Festival (Toronto), African World Fest (Detroit), the Nuyorican Poets Café (New York City), and the South by Southwest Music Festival (Texas). The band most recently released their debut album The NLR Experience which is currently available on all platforms globally.

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A Detroit native, Carlton has 20 years of experience playing drums. He has developed to become one of the most versatile drummers in Detroit. Carlton is also a member in the indie rock-pop band Two Cheers. Carlton provides the NLR Experience with the hip-hop music foundation of the boom and the bap to keep heads and bodies rocking during live shows.


rod gaston - bass

Born and raised in Detroit, Rod has been playing bass for 12+ years. Rod is known as one of the most talented and sought after bassists in Detroit. He is also a member of Detroit based future-soul band ONEFREQ. His talents have led him to open for artists like Erykah Badu and Wale. Rod brings the soulful groove to the NLR Experience.


barry 'keez' chambliss- keyboards

Born and raised in Atlanta, Barry fell in love with music at a young age. When he moved to Detroit as a teen, he began developing his artistry as a musician. Barry plays multiple instruments including piano, drums, and guitar, and is also a phenomenal producer. Barry brings beautiful, jazzy melody as well as edgy, electronic synths to The NLR Experience.


trey priest - guitar

Heavily influenced by artists such as Prince and Jimi Hendrix, Trey taught himself how to play guitar several years ago. A native Detroiter, Trey has grown to be one of the most dynamic guitarists, singer-songwriters, and producer in Detroit. Trey’s talent has landed him gigs opening up for talents such as Hiatus Kiyote and Gregory Porter. He is also a member of Detroit based future-soul band ONEFREQ. Trey brings the rock and funk element to the NLR Experience.