JT HARKER – Vocals/Guitar
“Country-Soul-Rock-n-Roll… that’s what I call it,” says JT Harker when asked what kind of music he makes. “I’m just trying to stay true to myself, and write music that makes me feel good. That’s all I can do… everything else is out of my hands.”
Raised on a horse ranch in the hills of San Jose, California, Harker certainly grew up with an understanding of the country life-style. However, when it came to music, his sensibilities stretched far beyond the confines of the country music of his youth. “My dad’s cassette and CD collection is what started my love of music… I remember he had a four-cassette collection of The Beach Boys… those were the first albums I ever listened to. I couldn’t get enough of them. After that, it was Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles… whatever I could find in my parents’ collection, I would listen to.”
As a kid, the “genres” of the music JT(born Jonathan Thomas Harker) was listening to never occurred to him. Rock-n-Roll, Country, R&B, Blues etc… It didn’t matter, “if I liked it, I listened to it… Sam Cooke… Patsy Cline… CCR… I loved it all, and I like to think it shows in the music I make.”
Singing for southern-California cover-band Southern Caliber, Harker met guitarist/producer Joe Devenney, “Joe and I hit it off right away as friends, and quickly felt that we could do something really special musically. I couldn’t be happier with how this project is turning out.”
The yet untitled EP is slated for a 2015, mid-summer release, and, of course, will feature plenty of the sounds that cultivated this budding artist. “There’s some heavy-driving rock, some 12-bar blues, r&b/soul, even some gospel influence… all wrapped up in a country sound… and I’m very excited for everybody to hear it.”
JOE DEVENNEY – Guitar
Joe picked up the electric guitar at age 12 and learned to play the instrument through his personal study, and admiration of, Progressive Rock guitar icons of the 1980s and 90s. Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Joe attended Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) after high school. It was at Berklee where Joe’s musical talents expanded, as he branched out into advanced music theory studies, and classical composition coursework.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2011, Joe has become an active composer, producer, songwriter, and music director. As a composer, Joe has had some success in the world of trailer music placing tracks for a number of films (Machete kills 2013, Kidnapping Freddy Heineken 2015) and TV Shows (Breaking Amish, Catfish). The skills that he developed as an arranger are translated to his experience as a Music Director for Honky Tonk Boombox and other various projects.
ALEX SELLER – Guitar
Alex is originally from North Carolina, playing live shows since he was 14 years old. He wrote the theme song for the ABC network show Whittaker Bay at the age of 18. Since moving to Los Angeles at 21, he has been playing guitar for guests from The Voice such as Pip Arnold and Nathan Parrett. He has also played for artists Rumer Willis, and Disney’s Laura Marano. He has also played guitar and Associate Music Directed LA musicals Spring Awakening, Bare: A rock musical, and Green Day’s American Idiot.
JOE CONNER – Drums
Joe Conner, Jr., is a multi-talented musician hailing from Philadelphia, PA. A drummer and auxiliary percussionist, trained in the classical and Latin genre, Joe began playing drums at his father’s church at the early age of seven. With success coming early on, by the age of 12, Joe began sharing his skills by giving lessons to beginner students as well as some of his peers. His formal study began at the Settlement Music School with Philadelphia Orchestra Percussionist, Susan Jones. He subsequently continued his training under the tutelage of great veteran drummers such as Craig McIver, Skip Hadden, Bertram Lehman and Casey Scheuerell. Through his vigorous training and study, he has become an extremely skilled musician on Timpani, Congas, Bongos, Cajon, Vibes and Marimba. He has also been hand selected to attend Master Classes with world-renowned musicians Peter Nero, Odean Pope and Branford Marsalis. Though his roots are in gospel music, his exposure to many different genres at the Girard Academic Music Program (High School) in Philly, allowed him to develop his own style and feel for rock, classical, Latin, hip-hop, jazz, caribbean/junkanoo, neo-soul and rhythm and blues. When asked of some influences, Joe acknowledges being heavily influenced by many hometown drummers like fellow Berklee College of Music alumni “lil John” Roberts, Philly “Joe” Jones, George “Spanky” McCurdy, Andrew Tingle, Eric Tribbett, and Eric “Booty” Green. Joe, has already compiled an impeccable resume as he has served the Church of God in Christ Inc. (COGIC) as drummer in their jurisdictional and district meetings, drum instructor for the Mt Sinai Christian Academy, manager of Musically Inclined Productions (M.I.P.) in Boston, and one of the musical directors at his father’s church. Joe Conner was rewarded a scholarship to attend The Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a degree in Music Business & Management but not before managing backing bands he played in as well as for others that have worked with a long list of esteemed artist that include American Idol Finalist John Stevens, Jordin Sparks, Noel Gordin, Bobby McFerrin , Jessie J, Mickey Factz, Bilal, Jordan Knight, Meshell Ndegeocello, Walter Beasley, Kid Cudi, Diggy Simmons, Rhythm Monks, JoJo and. Sammy Adams who he’s toured extensively with.