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DAVE ORTEGA (drums) is a drummer, singer, and percussionist with 45 years of experience. He has played in several successful bands in the club scene, including a stint with The Knickerbockers, and he is currently playing with The Surfing Safaris. Dave also has spent 38 years as a successful hair stylist/salon owner. www.thesurfingsafaris.com/live-band.html
ERIC MAYRON (keyboards) is a mult-faceted artist, producer, composer, and multi- instumentalist. His work can be heard in TV and Film including the theme song for the Emmy- award winning Home Made Simple. As a keyboardist, he was an integral part of the house band at LA's legendary Club Makeup and the immensely popular solo band of Timbiriche front man Diego Schoening, in addition to fronting his own critically lauded band, Brutal DLX. He has worked with some of the most iconic artists of all time including Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Dre Marilyn Manson, and Beck.
GEORGE FRIEDENTHAL (Keyboards) was originally trained as a classical pianistat the Julliard School in New York, as well as private instruction with pianist/conductor Jens Nygaard. He found more of a musical home in the worlds of jazz, blues, rhythm and blues and other forms of contemporary and popular music. He has worked with such artists as Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, Alan Parsons and many others. He has performed at many venues including internationa music and jazz festivals, as well as TV and radio appearances. George can also be heard in a number of groups include the Rosemary Buter Band, Monday Madness Jazz Big Band and a variety of others.
HENRY ARIAS (percussion) Henry Arias has been a Percussion player for over 45 years. He studied with Joe Porcaro and has performed with Vince Neil, De Barge and Sweetwater. He is well versed in the styles of rock, jazz, Latin and standards.
JIM NELSON (Master of Ceremonies 2016) Jim Nelson started his radio career in 1980, and since 2010 he’s been on the air at 88.5 FM KCSN, as a show host. He’s also worked at KLOS and KTWV The Wave in LA, and KCAL-FM in San Bernardino. In the ’80s and ’90s he produced and wrote nationally syndicated radio shows PowerCuts and In the Studio, in addition to being the technical director on Rockline. Jim has also spent more than a quarter-century as a music writer with bylines in Paste, Performing Songwriter, RIP, and Request magazines, and he spent a decade and a half as an editor and writer at radio publications The Album Network, Radio & Records and Triplearadio.com.
JOHN DAY CROSSEN (vocals) is a musician and songwriter who has been a member of many bands, including Pacific, The Box Tops, Daybreak, Midnight Train, and Bunky Day. His original songs can be heard on the recent Pacific CD.
KING WASHINGTON was born in the late 2000’s by a then teenage Tyson Kelly, the son of an artist and a songwriter. Raised in a world of music and creativity, he teamed up with George Krikes, whose guitar skills and voice wowed his professors at USC and bassist/vocalist Billy Lee. Saturated in beautiful harmonies and rousing chord progressions, their music can be described as a throwback to when rock ‘n roll was a songwriter's game, but at the same time the band is praised for its modern sensibility and innovation. Compared to Grizzly Bear, REM, Bon Iver, The Talking Heads, Radiohead, Mott The Hoople, Kings of Leon, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Fleet Foxes, Muse, and The Beatles, King Washington’s music has been lauded by critics as “perfectly crafted”, “effortless”, and “unafraid”. Some critics have gone as far imploring their readership to “buy this (King Washington’s albums) at once”. www.kingwashingtonmusic.com
LOIS BLAISCH (vocal) is a three time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter. She is best known for writing "Could've Been", a #1 hit for Tiffany, which was also Carrie Underwood's choice for her American Idol debut! Lois' vocals have been featured on many TV shows, feature films, platinum albums and radio commercials. www.loisblaisch.com
MAIA SHARP has had her songs recorded by the Dixie Chicks, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Trisha Yearwood, Art Garfunkel, Keb’ Mo’, Edwin McCain, Lizz Wright, Paul Carrack, Lisa Loeb, and more. She also produced Edwin McCain’s last album, Mercy Bound, and most recently two songs for Art Garfunkel’s retrospective double album, The Singer. Maia has recorded six solo albums and one collaborative project with Garfunkel and Buddy Mondlock that have all been enthusiastically embraced by press and radio. Her latest album, The Dash Between the Dates, was co-produced by Maia and Linda Taylor (Whose Line is it Anyway?) and is available on Amazon and iTunes. Maia will be joined by Linda on guitar. www.maiasharp.com
MAITLAND WARD (sound/guitar) performed/Toured/Recorded with: Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Sheena Easton, Jeffrey Osborne, Madonna, Alan Parsons, Rosemary Butler and many others. He also scores and does music production for syndicated broadcasts and films.
MARLON HOFFMAN (Vocals) Marlon Hoffman is a singer/songwriter poet as well as lifetime rocker and artist. Marlon enjoys living in SoCal with his family and band.www.marlonhoffman.com
MARTY FERA (drums/percussion) born and raised in Los Angeles, Marty's professional credits include Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Joe Cocker, Vince Gill, The Malibooz and The Rhythm Arts Project.
NICK GUZMAN (vocals) has shared a stage with Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Neil Young, Susan Cowsill, John Wicks, and Vicki Peterson of The Bangles, among others. A singer/songwriter from the San Francisco Bay area, Nick recently relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his passion. With his love and natural ability to harmonize, Nick is performing around the LA area and working on his first EP. www.nguzman.com
OLIVER ROMAN (guitar)
PAM LOE (vocals)
PETER WAGONHURST (vocals, guitar) picked up a guitar at the age of six and started his first band when he was eleven. Over the years he has played and recorded with various artists and bands from LA to London. He has participated in several Get Together Foundation events. Pete is currently a member of Pacific on their endless But This Time We Really Mean It “farewell tour.”
PHIL PARLAPIANO (accordion) Phil has lead a varied musical career, starting with his own band, The Brothers Figaro to performing and recording with such luminaries as Rod Stewart, John Prine, Lucinda Williams, Grant Lee Buffalo and Liza Minelli. He was also featured in the "Titanic" as the accordion player.
ROBBIE RIST (Master of Ceremonies 2015) has been a multi-hyphenate since childhood. With one foot in acting one in music and another in radio he has been a cast member of very successful tv shows The Brady Bunch, Mary Tyler Moore, Doc McStuffins), movies (iron Eagle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1-3, Sharknado) as well as doing soundtrack work for the aforementioned Sharknado films, producing coiunless bands as well as releasing indie records of his band Wonderboy as well as The Andersons. His new music project, Ballzy Tomorrow is getting ready to release a batch of songs in the coming months. Rist is a proud native born Los Angeleno who cant help but wonder that, in a city of people who have emigrated, why is it the natives who get called out for crappy driving.
TOM HENDERSON (vocals) started singing to Elvis at age four, but he really recalls first singing to the Batman TV theme song. He pursued singing right out of high school and joined the ’50s group Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries, where he met Jay Cohen and Kevin Wachs, and together they formed the ’60s surf band Pacific, which has been together for over 40 years. Tom was also co-founder and singer for Toy Tiger, White House Staff, and Cats in a Blender. One of his career highlights was recording Pacific’s Greatest Hits 1974-2014 at Abbey Road Studios in London. Tom has enjoyed performing at several Get Together Foundation events.
ADAM DANIEL (vocals/guitar/keyboards) is a recording artist, producer, songwriter, and session guitarist who’s been heard in the Oscar-winning film The Descendants, the hit TV shows Felicity and Ultimate Fighting Championship, the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, and more. A mainstay on the Power Pop scene, his debut album Blue Pop was named "...among the best guitar-pop albums of the '90's..." by All Music Guide. Currently, A professional creative in multiple mediums, Adam splits his time between musical projects and a side career in web/graphic design. www.adamdaniel.com
AL. KEITH (percussion) found inner peace through music at a young age while growing up on the streets of Cleveland. After relocating he began playing percussion, singing and recording with Southern California-based bands and musicians including International Reggae All Stars, Wozani, Native Sun and more. He’s toured with Dave Wakeling of General Public, Michael Rose of Black Uhuru, The Bonedaddys, Victor Essiet in Nigeria, the Doug Means Project and Sugar Ray. Al.’s own project, Al.’s Peace, was aptly named after his continuing quest to be as close as possible to the type of peace that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King embraced. Al. has performed on MTV’s Motel California, National Geographic’s 30th Anniversary Special, the Oxygen Channel’s Trackers and HBO’s True Blood.
BILL CINQUE (bass/vocals) is a bassist, singer, guitarist, and author with an impressive résumé. Cinque has been Neil Diamond’s bassist since 2014, performing around the world. He’s played and/or recorded with Diamond, Graham Nash, Stevie Nicks, Steve Martin, Badfinger, The Band Perry, The Bay City Rollers, Boz Scaggs, Chad & Jeremy, Denny Laine of Wings, The Moody Blues, Edie Brickell, The Fray, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Herman’s Hermits, Lyle Lovett, Mark Lindsay, Patrick Monahan of Train, Peter & Gordon, the Queen Latifah Show, and Zooey Deschanel. Bill authored the book, The Amazing Adventures of a Marginally Successful Musician. He wrote and produced 400+ songs for TV and film, including All My Children, Laverne and Shirley, One Life to Live, Melrose Place, and The Young and the Restless. Cinque executive produced The Concert Channel Sessions (2013, 2014) and was Musical Director and bassist for the British Invasion 50th Anniversary Tour in 2014.
CARLY SMITHSON (vocals) Carly Smithson is a soul/pop rock singer, songwriter, and actress originally from Dublin, Ireland, who was a finalist on the seventh season of American Idol in 2007. The 2003 winner of the Meteor Ireland Music Award for Best Irish Female Singer released an album for MCA Records called Ultimate High and she spent 2010-2012 as a lead singer in the Las Vegas production of Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis. Carly, who now lives in Southern California, is currently the lead singer for rock band We Are the Fallen, with whom she had a hit CD (Tear the World Down) and single (“Bury Me Alive”), and played sold-out arenas in America and most of the rock festivals in Europe opening for AC/DC, Muse, and 30 Seconds to Mars. www.wearethefallen.com
CHAD WATSON (bass, trombone) is not only a renowned bassist, having toured with Janis Ian and Charlie Rich, but he is great fun to watch. Chad has been playing bass, guitar, mandolin, and trombone with groups since 1963, and a few additional highlights of his touring and recording career include Freddy Fender, The Seeds, David Arkenstone, and a decade with Delaney Bramlett. Chad also has his own band, featuring his talented wife Pam Loe, called The Chad Watson Band that performs all around Southern California. www.chadwatson.us
CHRIS PRICE (vocals) has released one solo album to date, the critically acclaimed Homesick in 2012. Recorded entirely on an iPhone 4 with no artificial instruments or manipulation, the album served as a calling card for Price's ingenuity and creativity in the recording studio, and as a showcase for his wry, cutting songwriting in the vein of classic tunesmiths like Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Ray Davies of The Kinks. In the wake of that release, Price went on to produce “comeback” albums for a few ’70s cult figures, including the first album in 44 years for psych folk artist Linda Perhacs, 2014’s The Soul of All Natural Things; and 2016’s critically acclaimed Rainbow Ends by power pop icon Emitt Rhodes, his first album since 1973. Price is currently in the process of completing his follow-up to Homesick, as well as writing and performing in the new group Bebopalula. www.thisischrisprice.com
DANN GILLEN (drums) Dann Gillen is a Los Angeles based session and touring drummer that is best known for his work with Annie Lennox and the band Venice. He is a fourth generation drummer who has recorded and/or performed with the likes of Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Richard Page, Billy Idol, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Heart, the Supremes, and many, many more. He is also a producer, songwriter, session singer, husband and father of two. Dann is endorsed by DW Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Latin Percussion and Cinepaq In-Ear Monitors. www.danngillen.com
DAVE PEARLMAN (pedal steel, lap steel, guitar) has been playing pedal steel and guitar since 1968, performing with such notable artists as Dan Fogelberg, Phil Everly, Bill Medley, Hoyt Axton, REO Speedwagon, Bobby Womack, Pat Boone, Michelle Shocked, Joe Walsh, Billy Vera, and many others; he’s also been recorded on many movie and television soundtracks, and commercials. Dave ran a successful recording studio for many years, and he was given an award for engineering on a Grammy-winning album. Dave now owns and operates Pearlman Microphones where he hand builds custom microphones for some of the top studios in the world. www.pearlmanmicrophones.com
FREEBO (vocals, guitar, bass, tuba) is a world-renowned bassist who has worked with Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Mayall, Maria Muldaur, and Ringo Starr, and an award-winning singer/songwriter whose music will touch your heart with songs of life, love, dogs, and the human condition. He is well regarded for his high level of musicality coupled with his thoughtful and powerful use of words in song lyrics and prose. Here’s what critics are saying about him: “Freebo is more than one of LA’s best players, he’s also a richly gifted and distinctive songwriter, as expressive in his writing as on a bass,” says Paul Zollo of Songwriters on Songwriting; “Freebo’s intimate and go-down-easy personable vocals tie in light-hearted fare, social commentary and spiritual quest with love-sweet-love, and make it sound seamless,” says Janet Goodman of Music News Nashville; and “Listening to Freebo is like riding on a cumulus cloud of peaceful awareness, a cosmic blend of folk/country/rock/soul ear-pleasing genre-defying music,” says Walt Falconer of the Cool Album Of The Day website. www.freebomusic.com
GARY STOCKDALE (vocals) is a touring singer/songwriter, and a two-time Emmy-nominated composer of TV, film, and commercial music. He has composed music for such shows as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; To Tell the Truth; The Aristocrats movie; and Showtime’s Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Gary was an original member of The Brian Setzer Orchestra, and he sang a featured solo in the cult classic musical TV series Cop Rock. As a veteran studio singer he has lent his voice to major films (Avatar, Star Trek Beyond, The Prince of Egypt) and TV shows (The Simpsons, Family Guy), as well as backing up Adele on the 2013 Oscars. Gary is a frequent performer in SoCal folk and acoustic venues and comedy clubs, and CBS TV named him one of the “best singer-songwriters in Los Angeles” in 2014. His latest project, BUMPERSTICKER — The Musical, just played the Hollywood Fringe Festival to rave reviews. www.garystockdale.com
IRENE LOCONTO (stage manager) has been around the music industry for most of her adult life. Originally from Boston, she worked her way into the business as an assistant for a local concert promoter and booking agency. Eventually she did retail marketing for the Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Corp in Boston, New York City, and Miami. In the late ’90s she landed a job in radio promotion at Reprise Records in Los Angeles, and later, she started working for the management of Jackson Browne and Crosby, Stills, & Nash as a manager/tour coordinator. Currently she freelances as a coordinator for benefit shows. During the day you will either catch her in ballet class, teaching her clients to pull in their “powerhouse” during a Pilates session, or rescuing guinea pigs.
JAYNEE THORNE (vocals) Born into a musical family, Jaynee is the granddaughter of a pop songwriter and an opera singer on both sides of her family. At the age of seven she performed in a musical duo for her second-grade class. Singing became her need to survive. Jaynee is a performing singer/songwriter, background vocalist for Severin Browne, and is currently working on a solo album scheduled for release in 2018. Her music inspires and encourages … our world of constant challenge and change.
JESSICA CHILDRESS (vocals) Jessica Childress is one part Donna Summer and one part Alice Smith. She is reminiscent of the golden age of classic soul, with an enormous voice that combines traditional R&B with a rock n' roll energy. Following her national music debut on Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice, the Los Angeles Disco Soul songstress released a self-written and produced EP called "Don't Forget My Name." She's working on her debut album with producer/drummer Alex Elena (Alice Smith, Citizen Cope) and producer/guitarist Topher Mohr (Mayer Hawthorne). Jessica has headlined stages, supporting national acts including Gavin DeGraw and Fitz and the Tantrums. She’s performed at SXSW, Sunset Strip Music Festival and BottleRock, and has shared the stage with Allen Stone, Richie Sambora, Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum and OAR. www.jessicachildressmusic.com
JOHN McNEELY (vocals) A.K.A. MC Neely is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from New Orleans. He moved to Los Angeles in the ’90s with his original rock band, SX, where he formed the band One More than Two and performed in clubs on the Sunset Strip, including The Roxy and Whiskey a Go Go. In 2014 John released Girl in the City, his first solo record, under the name McNeely; Girl in the City is available at his website and on iTunes. www.mcneelymusic.com
JULES GALLI (vocals) Since arriving to Los Angeles in 2014, 23-year-old French singer/songwriter Jules Galli has already turned heads and arrested hearts. Influenced by such legends as Queen, Michael Jackson and Bob Marley, Jules’ unique brand of original pop music blends the best elements of funk, soul, Reggae, and R&B into one utterly memorable package. Driven by the motto that “life is meant to be lived, be loved, and be free,” the Jules Galli live experience is a riveting, high-energy, larger-than-life stage performance that never loses sight of the fact that music’s primary purpose is to move people and bring them together. Jules has opened for Macy Gray on top of the US Bank Tower, won two TopTune songwriting competitions, and plays the hottest clubs in Los Angeles. His single “Without Your Love” was recently featured in a Hanz De Fuko video starring Marinao de Viao. A full debut album and international tour are in the works for 2017. www.julesgalli.com
KIKI EBSEN (vocals) is a dynamic musician who brings a fresh perspective and style to beloved songs that span seven decades of jazz, pop, classical, and rock. She is a respected songwriter whose compositions are included on albums by Boney James, Eric Marienthal, Jessy J, and others. Kiki has toured with Christopher Cross, Boz Scaggs, Belinda Carlisle, Tracy Chapman, Al Jarreau, and James Ingram, and she is currently touring her new solo show, To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen, a jazzy musical multimedia show honoring the life and career of her famous dad. This year she also launched a Joni Mitchell tribute band called Trouble Child as an outgrowth of the popularity of her inaugural peace.harmony concert series. When time permits Ebsen teaches with her herd of rescued horses on her nonprofit organization, The Healing Equine Ranch. www.kikiebsen.com
MJ ULTRA (vocals) is an LA based alternative-R&B artist promoting his debut independent album, "Ocean Drive." His music has been featured in multiple feature films and television shows such Justin Timberlake's "Friends with Benefits", Kevin James' "Here Comes the Boom", and twice on Dancing With the Stars and America's Got Talent. His latest feature collaboration, "Black & White" for Barcelona-based DJ duo, Boxinlion, has amassed more than 9 million YouTube views in less than 4 weeks and is still presently trending. www.ultralovemusic.com
ROB BONFIGLIO (guitar, vocals) is a guitarist, songwriter, producer, and musical director for the multi-platinum pop group Wilson Phillips. He produced their most recent album, Dedicated. In addition to session work and touring, Rob is a solo indie pop rock singer/songwriter with a soulful bend reflecting his Philly roots; he has four albums to date: Freeway (2014), Mea Culpa (2013), Bring on the Happy (2009), and Shine (under the name The Skies Of America) (2006). Rob was also guitarist and co-founder of the former RCA power pop band Wanderlust. www.RobBonfiglio.com
ROSEMARY BUTLER (vocals) gained popularity in the late 1970s and early ’80s as a back-up singer alongside Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, and many other A-listers. She was the contractor and co-conductor of the 100 Voice Choir featured on Neil Young’s Living With War album and movie, and the Super Bowl, President Clinton’s Inauguration, and The Grammys have all been graced by her voice. She won a Telly Award for a video retrospective look at her fascinating career. Blessed with a four-octave mezzo-soprano range, her vocal expertise is a technical marvel. She began her career playing bass and singing in an all-girl Orange County-based band called The Ladybirds that appeared on several LA-area TV shows and opened for The Rolling Stones. She formed the all-female hard rock band Birtha that released two early-’70s albums for ABC-Dunhill Records. Rosemary’s latest solo album, the critically acclaimed You Just Watch Me, was released in 2013 with the help of her friends Kenny Loggins and Jackson Browne. www.RosemaryButler.com
SCOTTY MITCHELL (saxophone, flute) has been playing woodwinds for over 40 years, having worked with numerous recording artists including Jim Fuller of The Surfaris. He has taught at Cassell’s Music in San Fernando for over 15 years, and his students have gone on to universities in the UC, Cal State, and AZ systems. He has worked with the Ventura Jazz Orchestra, Angel City Jazz Band, and the Pacific Pearl Symphony in Thousand Oaks. Scotty is a member of Pacific and he also plays with The British Beat, Latin Soul Dance Band, and Lil’ Elmo and the Cosmos.
STEVEN GODDARD (vocals) is a prolific writer who uses his songs as a vehicle to tell stories in a creative way. His songs weave memorable melodies with provocative and captivating lyrics about love, life, and everything in between. In addition to being a gifted singer/songwriter, Steven is an accomplished guitarist and also proficient on violin, viola, and bass. He has worked extensively on the other side of the glass as a talented recording engineer and producer with such notable acts as Aerosmith, Jonathan Richmond, Weather Report, and Little Feat. Most notably, Steven’s band performed a charity concert in Las Vegas with ex-Eagles’ guitarist Don Felder, where they collectively raised over $1.2 million for the City of Hope. They continue to play gigs around LA. www.stevengoddardmusic.com
STEVE POSTELL (guitar, vocals) is a producer, guitarist, singer/songwriter and composer. He won two Hollywood Music in Media awards for Best Song in the Americana/Roots and Blues categories. His latest CD on Immergent Records features guests David Crosby, John Oates, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, and Jennifer Warnes. Steve was project coordinator for the Shout Factory anniversary release of the Jennifer Warnes/Leonard Cohen project Famous Blue Raincoat. He composed the music for the recently released film Dying to Know, a documentary about Timothy Leary and Ram Dass narrated by Robert Redford. He produced or co-produced CDs for Dan Navarro and Danny Kortchmar and is working on his next solo project. Steve is the creator of the Night Train Music Club, a rotating collaboration featuring some of the industry’s finest session and touring musicians. He's played with or produced David Crosby, Pure Prairie League, Jennifer Warnes, Albert Lee, John Oates, Paul Barrere and more. www.stevepostell.com
TOM JACOB (vocals, keyboards, voice of god) started playing local stages (drums then organ) at the age of 5. His family act, The Jet Set, toured Vietnam for 4 months entertaining the US Troops. After a name change to Saratoga there were gigs with the likes of Chuck Berry, Wilbert Harrison, Albert Collins, “Big” Joe Turner, Buffalo Springfield, Iron Butterfly, 3 Dog Night, The Steve Miller Band, and George Carlin. Tom became a regular session player for Sing Sing Recording Studios in Los Angeles for two legendary Motown songwriters. He then met his writing partner, made two top charting records with the band Hey Stevie in which Al Jardine added his vocals to “Sail On Sailor.” Tom cut the single "California Energy Blues" with Al and has been touring with Al's "Endless Summer Band" for over 15 years. He recorded a live album with Al Jardine and the Wilsons at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Tom has also worked with Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Carnie and Wendy Wilson, David Marks of The Beach Boys, and many more.www.justincasemusic.com
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KEVIN WACHS (Executive Producer, drums, vocals) Kevin Wachs is a longtime San Fernando Valley resident and founding member of the band Pacific. Kevin, his wife Mare, and their family are the principals of The Get Together Foundation, the nonprofit organization bringing you this show tonight. In addition to playing drums, Kevin is the publisher of Rock Cellar Magazine, an online music/popular culture magazine that has featured many A-list subjects/interviews including Ringo Starr, Jimmy Page, and Graham Nash. Kevin was also the Executive Producer of Rosemary Butler’s solo album, You Just Watch Me, and the Abbey Road-recorded Pacific’s Greatest Hits 1974-2014. www.RockCellarMagazine.com, www.gettogetherfoundation.com
JAY COHEN (bass, production team) Jay Cohen has nearly 45 years of experience playing bass, which has kept him a happy man. A prominent attorney by day, Jay’s real passion—music—has allowed him to perform everywhere from concert halls to dive bars. A founding member of Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries, Pacific, and Radio Club, Jay is also a regular participant in The Get Together Foundation’s events and the annual Hope for Firefighters fundraiser in DTLA. Kevin Wachs and Jay have been driving the rhythm bus on Pacific’s “farewell tour” of Los Angeles for decades.
MICHAEL STERN (guitar, production team) Michael Stern is a musician, record producer, and engineer who has worked with some of the best talent in the industry. Michael was lead guitarist in the Hollywood stage production of The Who’s ‘Tommy: the Musical’. He co-produced Rosemary Butler’s latest album, “You Just Watch Me”, which features Kenny Loggins and Jackson Browne. Michael has written music and played guitar for numerous film scores; he has recorded and mixed over 200 film scores, including: the #1 ‘Dumb and Dumber To’, ‘Iron Man 2’, ‘Sex and the City (1,2)’, ‘The Notebook’, and ‘August: Osage County’. He has recently mixed trailers for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, and his current film score projects include ‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ (his 14th film score for Tyler Perry). Michael has a green-friendly, solar-powered, 5.1 Surround Sound recording studio and mix room.
LAURI REIMER (vocals, production coordinator, promotion,) Lauri Reimer is a singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist with a degree in Music Therapy and a passion for live music. Originally from New York and born to a music teacher, she made her home in Los Angeles where she holds down two careers: as a fitness educator and in music, as a writer and performer, and as a producer and promoter of live music events. Writing has helped her gain perspective on herself and taught her to look at life’s meaning in a deeper way. Lauri also does PR for several well-known artists around town including The Tribe. www.musicmagique.com
JOHN PRATT (vocals, production team) is a prolific and thought-provoking songwriter whose music is insightful, powerful, and meaningful. His career has spanned several decades beginning in the late ’70s as a lead singer in San Francisco’s live music scene. After moving to Los Angeles he spent over 10 years fronting bands that featured his powerful vocals and sold out every major club in Southern California. John released three albums under the Firefly band name in Europe and Asia, and in 2013 he released his critically acclaimed solo album Turn the Page. John also maintains an illustrious career scoring and producing countless compositions for movies and major television networks including MTV, National Geographic, GXN, ESPN, and more. He composed the music for film trailers such as The Aviator, Cold Mountain, and The Alamo, and songs for some of the most successful telefilms. Currently, John composes music for, and sings on, a number of CBS TV shows, including Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, and Rachael Ray, while he writes for his next solo album. Catch him playing with his band around Los Angeles. www.johnprattmusic.com
GARY GRIFFIN (2015, 2017) (keyboards, vocals) Gary Griffin is best known for performing as a keyboardist and vocalist with The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Jan & Dean and The Surf City Allstars. As an actor, he appeared as a regular on TV shows General Hospital and as a member of Jesse and the Rippers, the fictitious band on Full House; in 2016 he was in the premiere episode of the Netflix series Fuller House, the sequel to Full House. His longtime association with Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys landed him roles in the mini-series The Beach Boys: An American Family (for which he also served as music director with his friend John Stamos) and he can be seen in the 2015 Brian Wilson biopic Love and Mercy. Gary has produced Micky Dolenz of The Monkees and Harry Shearer, and engineered Petula Clark, Jimmy Webb, Christopher Cross, Al Kooper, Rod McKuen & Mark Lindsay. He continues to work with various members of The Beach Boys, most recently on their 50th anniversary tour and CD, That’s Why God Made the Radio, and in 2016 Gary is singing and playing keyboards and vibes for Brian Wilson on the Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour.
JEFF ALAN ROSS (2016, 2017) (keyboards, guitar, vocals) In the 1980s, Jeff became a member of the legendary Apple band Badfinger, singing such classics as “No Matter What,” “Day After Day,” and “Baby Blue.” Notably Jeff has toured with Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones), Gerry Marsden (Gerry & The Pacemakers), Denny Laine (The Moody Blues, Wings), Terry Sylvester (The Hollies), and guitar legend Albert Lee. In 2006, Jeff became musical director for the reunion of ’60s British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon, and he remains Peter Asher’s musical director and co-producer for the show Peter Asher: A Memoir of the ’60s and Beyond. He recently was a part of the Buddy Holly tribute album and television special, Listen to Me, where he performed with Stevie Nicks, Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Graham Nash, Shawn Colvin, Cobra Starship, Patrick Stump, and Paul Anka. Jeff’s recording credits include the 40th anniversary remakes for Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and the new Steve Martin & Edie Brickell album, So Familiar. www.jeffalanross.com
GARY PICKUS (2018) (keyboards, vocals) is a native New Yorker who relocated to Los Angeles in the early 80’s and quickly rose through the ranks in the LA songwriter scene. In addition to receiving a gold record for a song on El Debarge's most successful album, Gary became a sought-after collaborator, demo producer, musical director/arranger (Alan Thicke), and an in-demand entertainer. His credits include Grand Prizes for the American and Yamaha International Song Festivals, 3 staff songwriting deals, an artist contract with World Disc Music, 15 CDs, 2 network TV themes, a children’s educational series, and a musical. A dynamic performer, Gary has been combining his superior piano skills, vocal ability and engaging stage personality to entertain audiences of all ages at all-request dueling piano shows all over the U.S. since 2000. 2018 marks the launch of his live interactive show featuring contemporary originals with a fair measure of topical twists. www.entagency.com/pickus
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MARC MANN(guitar, vocals, arrangements) Marc Mann is a Los Angeles-based musician, arranger, and conductor who creates music for records, TV, and film, performs, and writes arrangements and orchestrations. Marc is a part of Danny Elfman’s music team and played keyboards for Oingo Boingo’s live shows, and he does synths, orchestration, and choir conducting for film scores. He has credits on 54 albums, and more than 60 films, including the Men in Black series, the Spider-Man series, and the Alice in Wonderland films. Marc performed and recorded as part of the Electric Light Orchestra with Jeff Lynne, and he is featured alongside Lynne, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, and Paul McCartney in the Concert for George (Harrison). He also shared guitar solos with Prince at George Harrison’s 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, performing “While my Guitar Gently Weeps” with Tom Petty, Lynne, Jim Capaldi, and Steve Winwood.
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ALBERT LEE (guitar) Albert Lee is an English guitarist known for his fingerstyle and hybrid picking technique. Lee has worked, both in the studio and on tour, with many famous musicians from a wide range of genres including ERIC CLAPTON, THE EVERLY BROTHERS, BILL WYMAN, EMMYLOU HARRIS AND ROSANN CASH. He has also maintained a solo career and is a noted composer and musical director. http://albertlee.co.uk/
BURLEIGH DRUMMOND (vocals, drums) is an American drummer, percussionist, producer, songwriter, and singer. He is a founding member and the only drummer/percussionist for the five-time Grammy Award-nominated band Ambrosia.
JOE PUERTA (vocals, bass) is a founding member, bassist, and co-lead vocalist of Ambrosia, as well as a former member and Grammy Award-winning musician with Bruce Hornsby and the Range. Joe co-wrote the hit single “Holdin’ On to Yesterday” with former member David Pack, and he has the honor of being a co-lyricist with American author Kurt Vonnegut on the song “Nice, Nice, Very Nice.” Joe’s songs have also been featured in several films and he is co-writer with Burt Bacharach on the song “Poor Rich Boy,” which was featured in Dudley Moore’s Arthur soundtrack. Ambrosia is continuing to tour and record, and Joe’s composition “Hopes and Dreams” was the single from the soundtrack to the 2015 movie The Sparrows: Nesting.
KEN STACEY (vocals) currently fronts five-time Grammy-nominated progressive pop rock group Ambrosia. Ken can also be seen in the record-breaking music documentary Michael Jackson’s This Is It as a backing vocalist/band member, and he also toured and recorded as a member of Elton John’s band. Ken is a vocal coach and vocal producer/arranger, and he was a first-line judge, vocal coach, and vocal arranger/producer on American Idol seasons 10 and 11. www.kenstacey.com
BERTON AVERRE (guitar) is best known as the lead guitarist and co-writer of the rock group The Knack. Their 1979 debut album "Get The Knack was the fastest album to go gold since the Monkees and topped the US charts for 5 weeks. The hit single, "My Sharona" written by Berton and lead singer Doug Feiger, was Billboard's 1979 Song of the Year. Berton now spends his time composing musicals.
BOB COWSILL (vocals) as a member of the family band The Cowsills, Bob has had his share of hit records including, "The Rain, The Park and Other Things", "Indian Lake" and "Hair", all million-selling hits in the late 60's. He sang the theme song for the TV show "Love American Style", made countless appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Tonight Show" and "The Johnny Cash Show". Bob sang for 28 years all around Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, and he continues to sing and tour.
CARL VERHEYEN (guitar/vocals) In his 50-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl Verheyen has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with thirteen CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction, he has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 35 years. Carl has played on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows and won numerous polls and musical awards all over the world. As a member of the British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. He tours every year with the Carl Verheyen Band playing theaters and blues, jazz, rock and guitar festivals all over the world. Go to www.CarlVerheyen.com to see what everyone from John Fogarty to Brad Paisley have to say about Carl.
CARNIE WILSON (vocals) Carnie Wilson is an American singer and television host, best known as a member of the power-pop music group Wilson Phillips. She is the daughter of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson and his first wife Marilyn, who was a member of girl group The Honeys. Carnie co-founded Wilson Phillips with her sister Wendy and childhood friend, Chynna Phillips, and together they released two early-’90s albums before splitting up. Carnie and Wendy released a Christmas album in 1993, and a 1997 album with their father called The Wilsons. In 2004, Wendy and Carnie reunited with Phillips for a third Wilson Phillips album, California, and 2012’s Dedicated, which comprised covers of songs by The Beach Boys and The Mamas & The Papas. Carnie released an album of lullabies in 2006, called A Mother’s Gift: Lullabies from the Heart, after the birth of her daughter Lola. She released her second solo effort in 2007, a Christmas album entitled Christmas with Carnie, which featured a song written by her husband, Rob Bonfiglio. Her TV appearances include her own talk show (Carnie); That ’70s Show; Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; co-host on The Talk; and numerous reality TV programs and commercials and the new Celebrity Apprentice on NBC in 2017!
COCO DOLENZ (vocals) Gemma 'Coco' Dolenz, younger sister of Micky Dolenz, spent much of 2016 contributing her background vocals to the 50th Anniversary Monkee Tour concerts and studio tracks from the group’s critically acclaimed album, “Good Times”. Her voice can be heard on many of their recordings dating back to the 60’s. After touring with Micky and David Jones in the late 70’s, she moved to NorCal., started a family, produced 3 CDs, created a one-woman-show and sang for motivational speakers Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Mark Victor Hanson, and “Bucky’ Buckminster Fuller. In 2000, she joined her brother on his solo show giving Michael Nesmith’s ‘Different Drum’ new life and delivered an awe-inspiring version of “White Rabbit". Returning to Los Angeles she teamed up with ‘Spanky’ McFarlane, opened a show for Denny Laine (Paul McCartney & Wings), and was part of a successful charity show at McCabe’s for Chad Stewart’s (Chad & Jeremy) stepson. She's performed her one-woman show, “Songs on My Music Stand” to sold-out audiences and continues to tour with her brother, being grateful for life one day at a time.
DAVE HENDERSON (drums) from Atlanta Georgia, has recorded with the following artists: Snoop Dogg, Wu Tang Clan, Cee Lo Green, The Delphonics, Unkle, Frank Black, The Flys,
The Knack, Ben Lee, Shelby Lynn, The Twiight Singers, Goon Moon, Josh Homme, Ian Ashbury and performed with countless others ranging from Max Roach to Kendrick Lamar.
DEBBI PETERSON (vocals) Debbi Peterson is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and the drummer of the female pop rock band THE BANGLES. She sang lead vocals on two of the band's released singles, "Going Down to Liverpool" (1984) and "Be with You" (1989). Debbi established her first band in high school and started a solo career after the separation of The Bangles in 1989. In 1992, she formed the short-lived duo Kindred Spirit with Siobhan Maher, formerly of River City People. Most recently, Debbi is collaborating on a duo project with singer-songwriter John Wicks named Broken Sky. www.thebangles.com and www.facebook.com/OfficialDebbiPeterson.
DON PEAKE(presenter) is an award-winning musician who started out as lead guitarist with the Everly Brothers at age 21. He played for many legendary performers under Phil Spector, including The Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Loving Feeling", Ike & Tina Turner’s " River Deep Mountain High", Mahalia Jackson, Billy Preston, Cannonball Adderly, Marvin Gaye, and Diana Ross. Peake was the first white guitarist to play with the Ray Charles Orchestra. As one of LA's premiere session guitarists, Don recorded with Jan & Dean, The Mamas & the Papas, Sonny & Cher, The Beach Boys, and was part of an elite group of musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew". He played lead guitar for Marvin Gaye’s “Let's Get It On” and on The Jackson Five's original hits “ABC” and “I Want You Back". Don was a staff guitarist for Motown Records and played on recordings for the Commodores, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Temptations as well as on John Lennon's records that Phil Spector produced, and on all Barry White's hit records (some of which he arranged). Don Peake was inducted Into the Musician's Hall of Fame in Nashville, in 2007 as a member of The Wrecking Crew. www.donpeakemusic.com
DON RANDI (keyboards) is an American keyboard player, bandleader, songwriter, composer, arranger, record producer and a lon-standing fixture in the LA music scene. Don is best known as the proprietor of the World Famous Baked Potato in Studio City. He is the leader of the popular jazz fusion/crossover group, QUEST. Raised in the Catskill Mountains of New York, Don Randi has been a studio musician, appearing and writing on countless motion pictures and television soundtracks, commercials and pop albums and was also a member of an elite group of musicians led by drummer Hal Blaine known as "The Wrecking Crew". Don Randi has thrilled music lovers for years, even if they weren't aware of it. He played on over a thousand popular recordings including Nancy Sinatra, The Beach Boys, The Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Neil Diamond and Linda Ronstadt. In 2015, Don released his book, "You've Heard These Hands: From the Wall of Sound to the Wrecking Crew and Other Incredible Stories". www.donrandi.com/home3_v4.html
DOUG PETTIBONE (guitar) In the last few years, Doug Pettibone has played live and/or recorded with some of the most influential artists of our times, among them Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Steve Earle, Elvis Costello, Joan Baez, Mark Knopfler, Draco Rosa, Sting, Michelle Shocked, Vic Chesnutt, Kevin Montgomery, amongst others. In 2012 he went on tour with Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley. In 2013 Pettibone went on tour with Lucinda Williams with just both of them on stage.
FLORENCE LARUE (vocals) Intelligent, beautiful, and talented are frequently used words when describing Florence LaRue, the original female member of The 5th Dimension. Whether on stage performing, lecturing or serving as a celebrity judge for the Miss Universe Pageant, Miss LaRue juggles her roles as actress, entertainer, and humanitarian with the same electric perfection that she devotes to ballads like “One Less Bell’ which bears The 5th Dimension trademark. She is a six-time Grammy winning star who has worked in theatre and has also appeared on several television shows including The Dale Evans Show,” “The Today Show,” and “The Carol Lawrence Show.” In 1986, Florence LaRue was named Woman of the Year by The City of Hope and received their prestigious Spirit of Life Award, resulting in a research fellowship for extensive study and treatment of gynecological cancer. Florence is in the process of writing a book and recording a solo CD. www.florencelarue.com
THE HONEYS (Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford and Ginger Blake) (vocals) The Honeys were formed in 1961 by siblings Marilyn and Diane Rovell, and their cousin, Ginger Blake. They were introduced to Brian Wilson, who agreed to produce the group. They reeled off a series of outstanding singles including “Shoot the Curl,” “Pray for Surf,” and the Phil Spector homage “The One You Can’t Have,” as well as 1964’s superb “He’s a Doll.” Brian and Marilyn were soon married and had two daughters, Carnie and Wendy. Ginger later went on to become a successful backup/session singer. Throughout the years The Honeys (named after the surfing term for girlfriends of surfers) have continued to perform together, and an anthology CD, Capitol Collection Series: The Honeys, was released on Capitol Records in 1992.
JACK TEMPCHIN (vocals/songwriter) is perhaps best known for his five multi-platinum Eagles songs, which include, "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Already Gone" (co-written with Rob Strandlund). Jack co-wrote radio hits for Glenn Frey's solo career including "Smuggler's Blues" & "You Belong to The City" from the Miami Vice TV soundtrack. Other Tempchin tunes have been covered by George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits, Glen Campbell, Chris Hillman, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Randy Meisner, Tom Rush, Kate Wolf, Richie Havens, Dave Edmunds, Vince Gill, My Morning Jacket, and a Top Ten hit with rocker Johnny Rivers: “Slow Dancing Swayin’ To The Music”, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of its release. With support from the label Blue Elan Records, Jack is on track to put out his 4th release in 24 months. “Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Songs of Jack Tempchin” will pay tribute to partner and pal Glenn Frey with Tempchin’s own version of a dozen popular tracks. Plus, it will feature special guest vocalists Rita Coolidge, Janiva Magness, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen. The new CD/LP will be available in August 2017 on Blue Elan Records. www.PeacefulEasyFeeling.com
JOHN "JT" THOMAS (keyboards) is an incredibly talented keyboardist, organist, composer and producer. JT has an extensive list of recording credits, musical collaborations and road tours including Bruce Hornsby, Don Henley, Rita Coolidge, Sparks, Tracy Chapman, Emmylou Harris, Captain Beefheart, and Albert Lee.
JOHN WICKS (vocals) John Wicks is a British singer-songwriter, musician and record producer who has worked with numerous artists in the United States and the United Kingdom. Wicks is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the UK rock and power pop band The Records, who formed in London from the ashes of The Kursaal Flyers, during the 1977 punk rock movement. Also known as one of the nicest guys in rock ’n’ roll, John plays shows with a new Records' line up, and is also working alongside Bangle member, Debbi Peterson in their side project, Broken Sky. Currently battling illness, John still takes time out to perform - wherever, and whenever he can - both solo, with The Records, and also with Broken Sky. www.johnwicksandtherecords.com
KELLY OSBOURNE (Master of Ceremonies 2017) Kelly Osbourne is a British singer-songwriter, actress, television presenter and fashion designer. The daughter of heavy-metal musician Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon Osbourne, Kelly came to fame in the early 2000s with the MTV reality show about her family, The Osbournes, for which they won a 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program. Kelly has since parlayed the program's success into a career that has put her in the recording studio, ignited a fashion design career and created additional television opportunities such as E!'s Fashion Police, where she was a presenter from 2010 to 2015. She has also appeared on Dancing with the Stars in which she and her professional dance partner Louis van Amstel took third place. She is the voice of Hildy Gloom in the Disney XD animated series The 7D. She is also a judge on both Australia’s Got Talent and Project Runaway Junior.
LAMONT DOZIER, JR. (vocals) Lamont's musical influences range from gospel to soul with jazz roots. Hailing from Detroit, MI, he began honing his musical talent first in church and then in television, radio, musicals, and live entertainment venues. Lamont holds strong roots to the Motown legacy, as his father, Lamont Dozier, Sr. is one third of the world-renowned songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, who wrote countless hit songs for the label. Lamont shared the stage with many music industry notables including The Temptations, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Ollie Woodson, Rick Braun and Gregg Karukas, Greg Manning, and Dave Koz on his certified Gold CD, ”Dave Koz: Collaborations 25 Anniversary Collection”. He has worked on show productions featuring Jennifer Hudson and Jay Leno. Lamont was featured in “Bumpersticker: The Musical”, which garnered critical acclaim in the Hollywood Fringe Festival and is also a featured vocalist on ”Bandzilla Rises”, arranged and produced by Dr. Richard Niles. Lamont is working with legendary guitarist/arranger Don Peake (Ray Charles, The Wrecking Crew), on “Generations of Soul”, a project featuring Don’s musical legacy and the HDH catalogue from Motown.
MARCELLA DETROIT (vocals) aka Marcy Levy, is an accomplished artist, musician & singer/songwriter with several solo albums. Based in Los Angeles, she has worked with much of rock’s royalty & co-wrote one of Eric Clapton’s biggest hits, LAY DOWN SALLY as well as the critically acclaimed album track, THE CORE. Marcy began her music career in her hometown of Detroit with her first big break, singing with Bob Seger. She sang & toured with Leon Russell & did two world tours with Eric Clapton spanning 5 years. She appeared with Eric at the Live Aid concert in 1985. Marcy was also half of the dynamic duo, Shakespear’s Sister, based in the UK, and her vocals were featured on their award-winning hit Stay. She has recorded & toured with many other music icons including Aretha Franklin, Elton John, George Duke. Stanley Clarke, Bob Seger, Leon Russell & Robin Gibb. She has written songs for Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Charlotte Church, Rita Coolidge & Belinda Carlisle. Marcy’s 1994 album, Jewel, on London Records, includes a duet of the Motown Classic, Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing with Elton John. In 2013 she self produced an album called The Vehicle with all original songs released by a UK company called Right Recordings (distributed by Nova/Universal). Marcy’s latest project is a new album that contains the single, ENGLAND CALLING. http://www.marcella-detroit.com/
MARK LENNON (vocals) is the lead singer of the famed band, Venice. He has performed alongside or recorded with many legendary greats including Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Elton John, Heart, Phil Collins, Sting, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Stevie Nicks, Billy Idol, Michael McDonald, Chris Isaak, Kenny Loggins, The Doobie Brothers, Styx, Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Bon Jovi, and Warren Zevon. www.venicetheband.com
MARY WILSON (vocals) Mary Wilson still performs with the same passion as she did when she sang with The Supremes, but the world-renowned celebrity is now using her fame to promote humanitarian efforts to end hunger, raise AIDS awareness, and to encourage world peace. A founding member of the world’s most famous female trio — they recorded 12 #1 hits from 1964 to 1969 — Ms. Wilson accepted the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of The Supremes when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She went on to be a best-selling author, motivational speaker, businesswoman, a US Cultural Ambassador, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. In 2007, Ms. Wilson was named international spokeswoman for the Humpty Dumpty Institute, a platform she uses to condemn the death and destruction caused by hidden landmines and unexploded ordinances in less-developed countries. Her “Dare to Dream” lecture, which she gives to young people, emphasizes the need for personal perseverance to achieve their goals despite obstacles and adversities, a topic that is the foundation of her best-selling autobiography, Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme. She is currently working on a fourth book, which will feature the gowns, history, and legacy of The Supremes. www.marywilson.com
MICKY DOLENZ (vocals) is best known as the lead singer of the hugely successful rock ‘n’ roll band, The Monkees, which originated from the classic sixties TV show of the same name. The Monkees sold over 65 million records and has toured the U.S. (and much of the world) many times over. Micky has also starred in musicals on Broadway, the West End, and in national tours including Disney’s AIDA (Broadway), Pippin, Hairspray (West End), Grease, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Tom Sawyer, and more. Micky has recorded two solo albums (Remember and King for a Day) and recently appeared in the world premiere of the new play Comedy Is Hard (Ivoryton Playhouse) by four time Emmy winner Mike Reiss (The Simpsons). Together with Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, Dolenz released Good Times last year; the first new Monkees album in 25 years. www.mickydolenz.com
PETER ASHER (vocals) 1964, one half of Peter & Gordon, who amassed nine Top 20 records. 1968, Head of A&R for The Beatles’ record company, Apple Records, where he found, signed and produced James Taylor. 1971, founded Peter Asher Management, representing James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Randy Newman, and more for several decades. As a producer, Mr. Asher has worked with such diverse artists as James Taylor, 10,000 Maniacs, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr, Linda Ronstadt, Hans Zimmer, Ed Sheeran, Miguel, and Cher, among many others. He has produced 13 Grammy-winning recordings, and in 1977 and 1989 he won the Grammy for Producer of the Year. Recent projects include the production of So Familiar the 2015 follow-up album to the Grammy-winning) Love Has Come for You (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell), which has also generated a PBS special and a stage musical, Bright Star, for which Peter is the music supervisor. Bright Star, directed by Walter Bobbie, opened on Broadway in March of 2016 and the Broadway Cast Album (produced by Peter) was released in May. In the New Year’s Honours list for 2015, Asher was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on February 24th.
ROB MORROW (vocals) is a multi-Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor, writer, and director with an established career in television, film, and theater spanning over three decades. Rob shot to stardom with his portrayal of New York doctor gone‐to Alaska, Joel Fleischman, on the hit television series, Northern Exposure, garnering him three Golden Globe and two Emmy Award nominations. He played the iconic role of Don Eppes on the hit CBS drama, Numb3rs, which ran for six seasons. Morrow's film credits include starring in Robert Redford's Oscar-nominated film Quiz Show, Albert Brooks' comedy Mother, Bruce Beresford's Last Dance opposite Sharon Stone, and Into My Heart. Rob can be seen on ABC’s hit show Designated Survivor. He was on the critically acclaimed FX mini-series, The People Vs. OJ Simpson, portraying defense attorney Barry Scheck, and on Showtime's new series Billions, playing Counselor to the Attorney General, Adam Degiulio. He’ll be seen opposite Queen Latifah, Betsy Brandt and Marin Ireland in the Lifetime TV movie, Flint. Rob is an accomplished singer and guitarist. He plays all around Los Angeles with his band featuring his musical collaborator Carlos Calvo. They have also toured New York, Maine, and Nevada. www.robmorrow.com
SHARLOTTE GIBSON (vocals) has performed & recorded with Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson. She's shared stages with legends Neil Young, Steven Tyler, Sting, Elton John and Jeff Beck. A career highlight featured her with Trent Reznor & Lisa Fischer joining the Nine Inch Nails Tension Tour. Sharlotte spent six seasons singing with the American Idol band, supporting idols like Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks and Nick Fradiani. She’s been featured on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel, and notable performances with Rita Ora (Oscars), John Legend & John Mayer (Grammys), and Weird Al Yankovich (Emmys). Sharlotte has sung on hundreds of records, and has worked with some of the top music producers including Quincy Jones, Glen Ballard, David Foster, Babyface, Jack Douglas, Randy Jackson, Josh Homme, Rodney Jerkins & Jermaine Dupri. She also co-authored and performed the original theme song for The Ellen Show.
STEPHEN JOHN KALINICH (poet) is an American poet mostly known for his collaborations with The Beach Boys. He is also known for his 1969 album A World of Peace Must Come, a collaboration with Beach Boy bandleader Brian Wilson. Kalinich co-wrote several songs released by The Beach Boys including “All I Want to Do,” “Be Still,” “Little Bird,” and “A Time to Live in Dreams.” Other artists he has collaborated with are P.F. Sloan, Art Munson, Kenny Hirsch, Randy Crawford, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Odyssey, and Clifton Davis. www.stephenjohnkalinich.co.uk
STEVE FERRONE (drums) Steve Ferrone has been the drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers since 1994. He is also a former member of the Average White Band, and he has recorded and/or performed with Eric Clapton, Duran Duran, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Slash, Chaka Khan, The Bee Gees, Johnny Cash, Brian May, George Benson, Bryan Ferry, Peter Frampton, Whitney Houston, Steve Winwood, Paul Simon, Bernie Worrell, and Jaco Pastorius — just to name a few. Ferrone was the drummer for Brian Auger's Oblivion Express before joining the Average White Band, with whom he played for eight years until their break-up in 1982, and since appearing on Chaka Khan's 1978 debut album he played on most of her albums of the ’80s. He also spent 1985/86 as the drummer in the Saturday Night Live house band, and he toured and recorded with Eric Clapton from 1986 to 1992.
STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK is a psychedelic rock band formed in Los Angeles, best known for their 1967 #1 hit single “Incense and Peppermints.” They charted four other songs including the Top-25 “Tomorrow” in 1968. The Strawberry Alarm Clock appeared on American Bandstand, Happening ’68, The Steve Allen Show, and the first episode of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In; they also performed as themselves in the 1968 Jack Nicholson movie Psych-Out and in 1970’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. In 2012, SAC released Wake Up Where You Are, their fifth studio album and first since 1969. www.strawberryalarmclock.com
WALTER EGAN (vocals) Best loved for his million-selling chart-topper “Magnet and Steel”, singer/songwriter and producer, Walter Egan has worked with some of the best music icons including Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks and has had his songs recorded by Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, and more. Walter has released 11 solo CDs and still performs live with his band The Malibooz.
WENDY WILSON (vocals) is an American singer and member/co-founder of power pop singing group Wilson Phillips along with sister Carnie Wilson and childhood friend, Chynna Phillips. She is the daughter of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson and his first wife Marilyn (The Honeys).
WILLIE CHAMBERS (presenter) is a guitarist, lead singer and founding member of ‘60s rock soul music group, The Chambers Brothers, best known for their hits such as “Time Has Come Today”, “In the Midnight Hour”, “I Can’t Turn You Loose”, and more. The group was part of the wave of new music that integrated American blues and gospel traditions with modern psychedelic and rock elements. Based on their Southern roots, the brothers brought a raw authenticity to their recordings and live performances that was missing from many other acts of that era. Their music has been kept alive through heavy use in film soundtracks.