In the words of South Florida rapper T-Ro, "your dream doesn't always match up with your calling. [My] dream was to be a professional athlete. My calling is music." And so this top football prospect has followed his calling in the footsteps of his late uncle, renowned rapper Ran Rover.
T-Ro has made quick work of establishing his music career. Working with the likes of Nick Fury and Snatch and Grab Productions, T-Ro is currently riding the success of his debut mixtape, Draft Day. In 2013, now sponsored by Rasool's Menswear and Dope X Gold, T-Ro is preparing to release his follow-up mixtape Monsters Under My Bed, produced by 100 Da Beat Monster.
A native Texan, JR Taylor was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. His professional music experience began in high school and continued through his years studying music at the University of Texas at Austin.
As a studio engineer/producer, he has a wide range of credits from children’s records with Walt Disney Records to progressive rock legends such as Styx, Alan Holdsworth, and Terry Bozzio. As an artist, in addition to his own progressive, instrumental and worship projects, he has accompanied Dove award-winning CCM artist, Geoff Moore. He has written & recorded music with Styx members, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman (Modern Drummer's 2009 #1 Rock Drummer), that was pitched for a Hollywood film soundtrack.
His love for theology naturally led to his involvement in worship ministry. JR served for seven years as the music & worship arts leader at an emerging megachurch in Austin that implemented self-produced video, drama, art and dance. In 2009, his song, "Restore Us," was featured in Worship Leader Magazine's SongDISCovery. In 2011, he transitioned out of his full-time church staff role to focus on his growing music business and currently serves in a Sunday morning leadership role at a medium-large bible church. He is actively involved with a city-wide worship leader network group and a creative mentorship group of fellow artists within the vibrant creative community in Austin.
JR Taylor's newest album Soli Deo Gloria was released in July 2013. This is a record fostering the integration of classic hymns into the modern church context.
Linda Taylor (aka LT) was born and raised in Southern California. She started playing the guitar at age four and, though she had several teachers early on and participated in the typical school programs, she is primarily self-taught. After years of performing locally, mostly on the R&B circuit, LT began touring heavily with jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum. Highlights include a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival with special guests Monty Alexander and Wallace Roney. World tour credits include Tracy Chapman's "Smoke and Ashes" tour which spanned several years in the mid ‘90s. LT has also toured with a variety of R&B singers, including Thelma Houston, Vesta Williams, Chante Moore and Jesse Powell, performing with Jesse and Chante at the Image Awards in 1999. In 1997 and 1999 LT also toured with Japanese superstar Namie Amuro, in a band that included Carlos Rios and Sheila E.
As a sideman, LT's guitar work can be heard on releases from Kiki Ebsen, Kevyn Lettau, Glenys Rogers, jazz keyboardist Al Daniels, Chante Moore, Maia Sharp, and on theme music from "The Roseanne Show." Her work with artists Chante Moore, Tracy Chapman and Namie Amuro includes several live and recorded videos. LT is also a veteran of the talk-show circuit, having appeared on Letterman, Leno, Rosie O'Donnell, Conan O'Brian and "The Roseanne Show," as well as VH1's "Crossroads." She recently released her debut CD, "Pulse," on her own Rubicon Music label.
(Bio courtesy WCHStv.com)
Musician and songwriter, JR Taylor (Amid the Crash, Water and Rust), is the Worship Leader at Austin Christian Fellowship in Austin, TX. He writes and performs with Jerry Wise and Amid the Crash and leads worship for events, retreats and camps. From the other side of the microphone, JR has engineered for some of the world’s greatest musicians with his company Taylor Audio. He is married to Niki and they have two sons.
Jerry grew up in Texas surrounded by a family of musicians and singers. At the age of 13, his family moved to Nashville, TN where he became even more involved in music. As a singer, Jerry has worked on various studio projects including two Dove nominated children's albums. Jerry got his degree in Music Management at University of Evansville, Indiana and released his first solo album, Grain of Sand in 2004. After spending a few years touring with this record, Jerry returned to his Texas roots and now calls Austin his home. He served as a worship leader at Austin Christian Fellowship where he met and began collaborating with JR Taylor. Jerry currently leads worship at Austin Baptist Church.
Owen Temple is a singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas. Owen won the B. W. Stevenson Songwriting Competition sponsored by Poor David’s Club in Dallas and became a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk competition in 2007. He’s known throughout Texas, the Midwest, and the Eastern US as a first-class songwriter, compelling performer and fine singer. Three of his previous albums, General Store, Passing Through, and Two Thousand Miles, were produced by Lloyd Maines and became regional best sellers.
Terracotta is among the handful of acoustic soul pop artists to emerge following the late-'90s success of artists like Jason Mraz and India Arie. The band's singer, Valentine, is a from-the-heart singer/songwriter rooted in the R&B, soul, Motown, and blues, yet grounded in the post-hip-hop urban world of today. Their debut album, Acoustic Soul is rich with textured songs, hooks, and impressively mature lyrics. The band members met at a restaurant surrounded by a romantic lake called "C2" just outside of Bangkok, Thailand. They played music together there for almost 2 years while chemically absorbed between each other through music and life. Before the restaurant shut down they sent a single to local radio, “40 Kilometres Per Hour.” It went to #1 on almost every radio chart in Thailand. 40 Km/Hr became the name of their follow-up album, released in March 2011.
Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars spent a month of Sundays at the Pony Bar in Pony, Montana. Bryan Paugh fiddle, Mike Singer banjo, Kenny Williams Doghouse Bass, and Tessy Lou Williams sweet vocals and guitar born to sing the songs that tell the story of life lived in a west. "C'mon Boys!" was the rallying cry as the band worked it's magic for all that were lucky enough to be part of real yahoo time in a by God Montana bar.
The story behind the artist formerly known as Mik3y-Savag3 is definitely one everyone can relate to…
Michael Anthony Warren II (aka Testify-Music), was born in Montgomery and raised in the city of Prattville, Alabama. He started getting into music at a young age, and listened to various musicians growing up. He didn't have a rough childhood and was blessed enough to be raised by both his parents, but sympathized with the many people who came from broken homes. But as he got older he developed an anger problem which followed him all the way to middle school. He would get into fights and make trouble wherever he happened to be.
One day his mother was rushed to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with diabetes which put her in a critical state for almost two weeks. This only progressed his anger addiction, and caused him to doubt the existence of Jesus and even made him despise the church for a while. The only thing that seemed to keep him from turning to a life of violence was his passion for music, and the thought of losing himself to anger. Through his music he was able to express himself and channel his anger into lyrics. Eventually his love for music led him to join the Prattville High School Marching Band, where he learned to play the clarinet, the drums, and other various instruments. After a few years of band and making various connections to others, he learned to control his anger and stopped getting angry every time something went wrong in his life.
During his time in High School a couple of his friends invited him to a youth service at Destiny Christian Center. At first he was skeptical about going to church, because of what happen to his mom and what transpired afterwards, but he decided to give it a chance and went. That night something inside of him clicked, and Mike continued to attend youth service so he could get in touch with Christ more, and to figure out why God created him. After talking the with the youth pastor, the other leaders and attending more services, he eventually made a connection with Jesus and became more and more excited about spreading the word of Christ to others. On February 12, 2011, Mike decided to join the unashamed family and gave his life to the Lord, and was baptized in the everlasting water at his home church. From then on he became the man you see today. A dedicated soldier of God who truly loves Christ and would do ANYTHING to connect people to the man who set his sinful soul free!
He used his newly found passion for God and music, to spread the word of Christ in a way that children and teens can understand and apply it to their everyday lives. In June of 2011 his close friend DeAndre introduced him to a producer known as TheoryFormed. He was a full time producer and recording artist, who sought to inspire and teach people through music. The two began to formed a friendship, and began working on his debut single. Finally on July 22, 2011, Mike debuted his song "Fallen From Grace". It told the story of how he fell from God’s grace and how he struggled to change his sinful ways, and become complete. A few months later he released another song entitled "Give It My All" which served as the lead single for his upcoming album. Again the song was a huge success and was even featured in Extreme Rock Magazine. The single featured HookStarz' frontman Marka and Christian Hip-Hop artist Alex Gorey.
On January 12, 2012 he released his debut album Retribution, which gave us a look into his journey towards Christ and tells the stories of what most people face at some point in their life. After the release of his highly anticipated album, Mike faced a few hardships. He was rejected by a few recording labels, his friends stopped supporting him, and his drive to minster to kids faded into the background. This put a strain on his relationship with Christ and he began to doubt his purpose in life. Maybe he wasn't called to minster to people though music after all. He then decided to change his musical style and tried to become a Mainstream artist and pursued a life of fame and fortune; however, this "temporary fix" did nothing but cause his fans to split and his writing style to suffer.
After his failed attempt to make it as a superstar, Mike decided to take a step away from music in order to fix his relationship with Christ. He began praying and listening to the teachings of his pastor, hoping to find his true-self once again. After many months of service to the church and advice from his mentors he was able to fix his relationship with Christ. He realized that he shouldn't use his gift for music to glorify himself, but to glorify the almighty king of kings! So as he picked up the mic once again he decided that it was time for change.
He decided to change his name to “Testify” symbolizing a new artist with a better message, and started taking his role as a leader more seriously. Now, as he begins a new chapter in his life, he is sure to face hardships once again. But with the Lord by his side, and his newly recharged faith, he has nothing to fear! Mike was once a lost and misguided soul full of anger and bitterness, now he's an artist with a purpose and a plan to change lives, by connecting kids / teens to God through music / leadership! He may be young, but he will continue to flourish in the Lord's light, and will continue to minister to kids until the day he is called home...
Texas Tycoons are an all-star band of the most in-demand Texas musicians performing a wide variety of Lone Star classics. Whether it's rock and roll, country, top 40, or blues Texas musicians have made a giant musical impact over the last 50 years. To celebrate their great musical heritage, the Texas Tycoons have built a repertoire as vast and varied as the great state itself. From Archie Bell to ZZ Top, Willie Nelson to T-Bone Walker, Doug Sahm to Buddy Holly, if it's Texas music, the Tycoons have got it covered.
Formed in Vancouver, Canada in 2003, Thunderbird play original songs that recall the classic hard rock sound of the late 1970s and early '80s.Inspiration came from the entire spectrum of hard rock styles of that era. So much was going on at the time - everything from blues-rock to boogie, metal and punk. A major influence for Thunderbird has been 'Oz Rock', the raw and powerful sound developed by bands gigging in Australian pubs in the Seventies. Thunderbird's debut album, 'What's The Word?' was released in 2006. The first single 'No Prisoners' was Number One for several weeks on online music site Boost Independent Music, and also charted in the Top 10 in Mike Cameo's Indie Rock out of Cincinnati, Ohio. A decade later the band - now scattered across the globe from Canada to Australia, the UK and Costa Rica! - have reunited for a follow up album and to have fun rocking out once more. The new album 'Heavyweight' bangs out sixteen tracks aiming to evoke the swagger and groove of the glory days of classic rock.
Marc LaFrance (vocals) tours with Bachman & Turner and has sung on albums by Motley Crue, David Lee Roth, The Cult & many more.
Rod Coogan (guitar) has played in progressive rock bands in Australia & Japan.
Rob Becker (bass) records and tours internationally with many artists
Tim Rath (bass) is a multi-instrumentalist who now lives and performs in Costa Rica
and Kelly Stodola, one of Vancouver's in-demand session musicians, on drums!
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Guitarist Jeff Tobin and bassist Geoff Wilcox comprise a delightful acoustic duo out of Columbus, Ohio. Their articulate, witty lyrics flow humorously over upbeat, folk-infused songwriting. Genre-wise, Tobin-Wilcox approximates a two-headed Jonathan Coulton, without such a focus on technology. With songs like "My Job Sucks (But Others Suck More)," Tobin-Wilcox sing songs that we can all relate to, without crossing the line of being ridiculous for ridiculousness' sake. Think, Randy Newman minus the Pixar, Monty Python stuffed into Simon and Garfunkel, and They Might Be Giants set against a coffeehouse stage. Tobin-Wilcox will venture into the studio later in 2013, in hopes of capturing their delights on an EP to be released in late '13 or early '14.
For over twenty years, The Lazy Cowgirls were the undisputed kings of Los Angeles underground Rock 'n' Roll, releasing countless singles and albums for labels such as Sympathy For the Record Industry, Crypt, Bomp!, and Gearhead. Wayne Coyne, of The Flaming Lips, called them an "American Institution." The Cowgirls may be no more, but their founder, vocalist and songwriter, Pat Todd, has released his third full length album with The Rankoutsiders entitled 14th & Nowhere…. Produced and engineered by former Sparks guitarist, Earle Mankey (The Cramps, Concrete Blonde, The Beach Boys, Possum Dixon), the album reflects the diversity of American Rock 'n' Roll, from the opening track “Carryin’ A Torch” to heartfelt laments like "The Ambulance is Here"; love, hope, sex, death, betrayal, renewal- it’s all here. Pat Todd’s songwriting is an road map that leads back to the self- an existential longing to reside in the aesthetics of self-creation. Some call it art, others the blues, soul, country, rock ‘n’ roll- Keith and Mick live there; so do Ronnie, Johnny, Gram, and Hank. These are songs of the road less traveled, so you don’t have to…
Travadey is a rapper out of Elizabeth, New Jersery whose career is just beginning to blow up. Only 18-years-old now, Travadey started rapping at age 13. Currently, he's mounting an underground promotional campaign for his debut EP "Humble Soul Rich Dreams," though it's on the verge of becoming too well known to maintain the "underground" distinction. Travadey has posted two songs to his Soundcloud profile. "FBS SHXT" and his latest single, "Chino" have earned hundreds of listens. YouTube seems to be bringing even more attention Travadey's way, with "Love Me" and "FBS SHXT" gaining thousands of views. Stay tuned to Travadey on YouTube, Soundcloud, and Twitter—his crew is hard at work and about to drop the types of bombs that will make Travadey's popularity explode.
Treetop Sailors is a band rooted in a refreshing and modern blend of traditional southern blues rock and melodically driven pop music. The Sailors are known best for their high energy live show, featuring a mix of powerful driving blues rock and soul, filled with expressive improvisation and refreshing grooves. Born in Boston, MA in the fall of 08’ by Guitarist Jonathan (Jelly) Ellington (Asheville, NC), Vocalist Jacob Mecham (Idaho Falls, ID), Bassist Nick Casillo (Portland, CT), and Drummer Chris (C Fade) Fadely (Atlanta, GA). The Sailors saw their first action in the studio in Raleigh, NC in January 2011 where they recorded their debut self-titled full length album, which they are proud to have recently released at treetopsailors.com. Be sure to look out for upcoming tour dates as the Sailors anchor in a city near you!
Tu Michael began to emulate Michael Jackson's dancing at age 11, while in the 6th grade. Three years later, he performed for the first time at his school's English Festival. Then, while attending the Institute of International Relations, he formed a group called Moondancers, who began performing frequently at clubs, parties, and corporate promotional events.
Today, Tu Michael is somewhat of an internet sensation on several websites that offer his services for as little at $5. He was also the teacher of an 12-year-old dancer who, in 2011, won the television show/competition Vietnam's Got Talent.
Bleak, belligerent, apocalyptic death/thrash from the harsh and hostile lowlands of South Austin Texas. This is a 5-song solo project from the tortured brain of SPLarsen, mastermind behind Sentinel and the killer Texas thrash documentary Circus Of Fools. In February 2012, TMU Records released T.U.S.H.'s debut, a 100-copy cassette pressing of The Ultimate Self Hatred.