Reneé Austin (born c. 1966) is an American rhythm and blues and soul blues singer, guitarist and songwriter. She had a five octave range, and has opened for Lonnie Brooks, Robert Cray, Delbert McClinton, Los Lobos, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and more She released three albums during her career, and supplied backing vocals to the Lamont Cranston Band's 1997 album, Roll with Me, and on Tommy Castro's 2005 album, Soul Shaker. Austin was also part of a group of women who performed in Morgan Freeman's Blues Divas, as well as singing for a live WWE season premier, whose television audience was six million. Her singing voice was compared by critics to those of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner and Gladys Knight.
The Philadelphia Inquirer commented that she "embraces a deliciously wide range of roots styles: She belts the blues with sass, swings nimbly on R&B, and fires off some rousing gospel. For good measure, she also shows she can take it uptown with a sultry, soulful ballad.
It was announced in January 2006 that her career was finished. Following thyroid surgery, she was left with a paralyzed vocal nerve that seemingly made further singing impossible. However, after years of inaction, her voice has miraculously returned and Austin is once again performing.
Mark Arneson - Guitar/Sax
Los Angeles born, Minneapolis resident Mark Arneson, is a highly respected Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Mixing Engineer and Multi-Instrumentalist of many genres. Here a just a few highlights of his resume....
~ Casting Consultant for" America’s Got Talent”, NBC TV
~ "Great Guitar Player" - Jeff Skunk Baxter/ Steely Dan/ Doobie Brothers
~ "Very Talented.. “ - Skip Taylor/ Dreamworks/ President/ Los Angeles -
~ "Instrumental Ace" - Jon Bream/ Minneapolis Star Tribune/ Music Critic -
CD’s for Best Buy / Target; such as; A sax tribute to Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, the Isley Brothers, Michael Jackson and guitar tributes to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Dashboard Confessional.
Jim Ryberg - Piano/B3
Jim has been fortunate to play in many great Minneapolis based groups:
~ Billy McLaughlin Band
~ Kathleen Johnson and Best Kept Secret
~ Sara Renner and the Elements.
~ Jimi Behringer
~ Peder Eide
~ Big Walter Smith
~ The R-factor
~ Heart of the City Worship Band.
Jim is involved with contemporary church music at many churches around the Twin Cities. In addition to live playing and touring, Jim has operated a recording studio in Minneapolis for over 25 years.
Trenon Graham - Drums/Vocals:
Trenon started his drumming career at the ripe old age of 4, beating on pots and pans in the middle of the living room. His formal experience started at age 6 at Sabathani Missionary Baptist Church (now Greater Friendship MBC) playing for the choir. After years of playing for churches, productions, community events, and taking lessons from McPhail School of Music, Trenon landed a job in 1986 with the world renowned Sounds of Blackness. With Sounds of Blackness, he played to audiences in venues nationally and internationally. His long list of accomplishments include:
+ Grammy Awards
+ Emmy Award Nomination
+ Soul Train Award
+ Appeared on Jay Leno, The Today Show and more.
Trenon is a private and group drum and percussion instructor who is endorsed by Pro-Mark Drum Corporation. Not only is he an avid drummer, but also an out of this world vocalist.
Matt “Dr.” Fink - Bass - Prince & The Revolution
Gary Reynor Bass - Prairie Home Companion
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