Detroit’s Own Cye Pie & Ya Homies Performs Live at WDET Studios

The local band talks the Detroit music scene and the feeling they’re trying to capture with their sound

Cye Pie & Ya Homies is one of the latest exports from Detroit with a sound that is equal parts R&B, funk and soul. During a recent stop at the WDET studios, the band gave an interview to CultureShift’s Ryan Patrick Hooper and performed their track “Same Thing.”

“Funk is more than a genre,” says Cye Pie, lead vocalist and synth player for her namesake group. “It’s a feeling. It’s a state of being.”

Photo via WDET

When asked where the group fits within the lexicon of Detroit’s local music scene today, saxophone player Kelly “Lady Sax-o-Soul” Holt says the group blends in while managing to do their own thing.

“We blend in,” says Holt. “You sit down and what feels good is what you play and what you sing.”

“At some point, you just have to do what you do and let it go where it wants to go,” says Cye Pie & Ya Homies bass player Randy Streicher.

Cye Pie & Ya Homies will be performing during this year’s Noel Night in Midtown scheduled for Saturday, December 2.

Click on the audio player above for the full conversation. 

PICTURED ABOVE (left to right): Cye Pie & Ya Homies with Charla Davis (background vocals); Jeremy Singer (drums); Cye Pie (lead vocalist, synth); Randy Streicher (bass); Kelly “Lady Sax-o-Soul” Holt (saxophone).


  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.