Hometown: Alexandria, IN
BIO: Born and raised the son of a preacher man in rural Indiana, Matt grew up singing in the church. At age 5 he sang his first solo, “This Little Light Of Mine”, while rockin’ a lightning bug costume and he’s been singing ever since. In addition to singing in Stone Soul, his voice has also been featured on TV, Radio and Internet ads for Michelin, Heinz, Mastercard, Burger King, Kodak, Napster and more. Matt has also served as songwriter/singer for “Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie” and television’s “NCIS”.
Hometown: Arlington, VA
BIO: Having been fortunate to be mentored by the esteemed Danny Gatton, Mick’s guitar-playing style has landed him gigs with the Ink Spots, John Heartsman, I4NI and the Nelson Brothers to name a few. Mick’s infectious smile and sunny personality shine on stage and have also caught the attention of Hollywood casting agents, landing him film and television roles for “Sunny In Cleveland”, “Hung” and “Pirates of the Carribean”.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
BIO: Classically trained in piano since age 6, Clay’s band “Anthem” was signed to Mercury Records at age 20. Later, as Musical Director of the band “Lucrecia” he had two Top 5 singles in Mexico and opened for Alice Cooper’s North American Tour. Clay then served as producer/arranger/songwriter for the teen girl-group “Knockout”, which released 5 CD’s, all while composing scores for 4 motion pictures and numerous TV dramas and documentaries (USA Network, Discovery Channel, TLC), as well as Music Producer on Pax TV’s special “Children of Christmas with Desi Arnaz Jr.”. Clay has also produced singles and albums for a variety of Indie Rock, Pop and Hip-Hop artists.
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
BIO: Joe started playing electric bass at 12 years old and has played with Billy Preston, Little Anthony, Stephen Bishop, Rita Coolidge, members of Chicago, and the Doobie Brothers, among others. He also appeared in episodes of the ’70s television show “What’s Happening!” and is a published author of many music-related articles as well as co-author of the book “Chicago:Feeling Stronger Every Day.”
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
BIO: Raised in the Hawaiian Islands, Tom studied Polynesian rhythms as a child and played in bands throughout Hawaii before moving to Los Angeles and getting involved in various punk rock / hard rock bands (The Legendary Wrong People, Snapper, Kommunity FK, Sour), which took him on multiple regional and national tours. He’s also had his playing featured in jingles and in television shows in the U.S. and in Europe. Tom not only plays drums, he also builds custom drum kits as Owner/Operator of Curry Custom Drums.
Alto/Tenor Sax, Flute, Vocals
Hometown: Paramus, NJ
BIO: After winning the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in High School, Charles moved to LA and quickly made a name for himself in various Jazz, Swing and Big Bands. He has played, recorded and studied with such notable musicians as Cecil Taylor, Plas Johnson, Barbara Morrison, James Gadson, Michael Carvin, Bob Sheppard, Ralph Lalama, Ron McClure and John Gunther. In addition to playing in Stone Soul , Charles also stays busy as a sought-after arranger and producer.
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone
Hometown: Chicago, IL
BIO: Rex has been fortunate to have some amazing teachers such as Barbara Buehlman, Donald E. Casey, Neil Dunlap, Bruce Mack and Clint “Pops” McLaughlin. Rex has opened for and played with such notable artists as Maynard Ferguson, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Michael Drake, The World’s Most Dangerous Band (David Letterman), Buddy Miles, Stan Kenton, Steve Morse, Wayne Foster, Lou Rawls, Arturo Sandoval and the Ray Charles Band, to name a few. In addition to his exciting live performances, Rex has also been seen and heard in commercials for Datsun and Statewide Insurance and has been featured in the films “Sharkskin 6” and “Lights” as well as television’s “Ally McBeal” and Judy Tenuta’s HBO special. He is also leader of his own big band, “This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band”, whose debut CD has garnered international acclaim.
Hometown: Buena Park, CA
BIO: Danny is a composer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He made his debut in the Los Angeles music scene as a saxophonist with The J-Walkers and L.A. Ska pioneers The Untouchables. Other early musical collaborations that shaped him irreparably include CoCu, Osrama, Dave Wakeling/General Public, String Theory and The Happy Mediums to name just a few. He continued to explore his singing and songwriting in House Brew and The Guy Fluffner Memorial, which he co-founded with bandmates from CoCu. Nowadays, he spends much of his time scoring for film but can also be seen in and around L.A. singing and performing his original compositions with his own trio.