Band Members

H\E/R Band Members

Update: 8/10/2013 Brandon K. Brown played bass with Lance Tolbert on Keys for the CityWalk event and for her 2nd residency at the Cosmopolitan [Courtney is off with Philips, John has been gigging with Sara Bareilles and Shoshana Bean, Keith has been off doing his own projects]

Update: 11/16/2012 Jason Holt played  with Haley and John Notto during the Allen Stone concert.

Update: 8/23/2012 Lance Tolbert filled in for Keith Phelps on Keys.   LaRoi still on drums.

Update: 8/3/2012 Breezy played with Wax at Lollapalooza.  LaRoi Larkin was on drums.   No news as to whether this is a permanent change.

Update: 3/15/2012 Neara was only with the band for the first radio promo tour.

(added as seen)

Neara Russell (past member)

Keyboards

Neara was only with the band for the first radio promo tour.  Neara was replaced by Keith Phelps March 2012.

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Photo of Neara Russell

From her website bio:

Pop/rock singer/songwriter Neara Russell was raised by artistic parents in rural Wisconsin, where she was an award-winning pianist and vocalist by age 10. After writing her first song at age 12, she knew that composing was her passion and devoted her energy to original works, producing her own concerts and studio recordings while working as an accompanist, nature researcher, and cookie baker to fund her musical projects.

Following her performance on the National Public Radio show “From the Top,” Neara accepted a full-ride Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music, graduating with a degree in Composition and Piano/Voice Performance.

As an innovative pop songwriter, Neara has earned ASCAPLUS Awards and an invitation to the exclusive ASCAP Lester Sill Workshop for advanced songwriters. As a hired keyboardist/background vocalist, she has performed on X Factor, The View and Access Hollywood.

Neara is currently working in Los Angeles as an independent vocalist/keyboardist and songwriter. Her original studio recordings “Noise and Silence” (2011) and “Food for the Gods” (2006) can be found on Pandora Radio, iTunes, and CD Baby.

Her most recent prior gig was with  BC Jean.

“Hit the Ground Running” with Haley Houston TX March 9, 2012

Cover of Every Little Thing She Does by the Police

John Notto

Guitar

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Web site bio:

John Notto’s guitar playing can best be described as eclectic and that of a chameleon, maintaining a foot firmly planted in the roots of the blues-driven epic sounds of 70’s rock. from scorching epic rock solos, to playing smooth, warm, funky rhythm guitar, reminiscent of the tight rhythm sections of great bands like Tower of Power, James Brown, and Sly Stone, Johns playing includes it all.  John draws his inspiration from, namely, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Angus Young, and Eddie Van Halen, while evoking his love for R&B and jazz greats like Eddie “Spanky” Alford, Cornell Dupree, Wes Montgomery, and Grant Green. All of these influences are fused cohesively by his open and experimental approach to music and creativity.

Professionally, Notto has been a working session and touring guitarist throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. Getting his start in Portland, ME, he worked his way across New England, settling in both Boston and New York. John has toured the U.S. with various artists, including the Sam Kininger Band, Lettuce, Talib Kweli and Idol Warship, in addition to R&B singer Nigel Hall. in 2008, he recorded on Sam Kininger’s album “Anthem” which was released on BMG-Japan. While in Boston, john also held a residency gig for 3 years at the famed jazz club Wally’s Cafe, where he was able to perform with such session greats as Henry Butler (New Orleans pianist), Little Jon Roberts (Janet Jackson), Charles Haynes (Kanye West, Lady Gaga), and Louis Cato (Marcus Miller, Bilal).

“Hit The Ground Running” with Haley Dallas House Of Blues, March 8, 2012

Promo video

Star Spangled Banner, 4th of July

Courtney Leonard

Bass guitar and Musical Director

Twitter, MySpace Kort Hauss Website Photo of Courtney LeonardFrom his company website,

KHP has also worked with an expansive list of artists including New Kids On The Block, Haley Reinhart, Jordan Pruitt, Demi Lovato, David Archuletta, David Foster, Charice, Chris Brown, T-Pain, Mary J. Blige, Donnie McClurkin and Marvin Sapp to name a few.

and his MySpace

A passion for music and all of its facets was an evident trait that Courtney Leonard possessed at a young age. Born January 5, 1983, in Orlando, Florida, Courtney was seen as extremely talented with a natural knack for music. While in church Courtney started playing the drums at the age of 5, and unlike some, never lost his zeal for creating music. He quickly began learning multiple instruments such as the violin, guitar, trombone, tuba, and baritone…

During grade school Courtney joined his school’s band and was later invited to join the All-County and All-State Symphonic Bands. Later he became a member of his high school jazz band and led them to winning first place in the Walt Disney World Lynx Jazz Festival. In 2001 he was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award, the pinnacle of musical achievement honoring the top high school band student with superior musicianship and outstanding dedication. During these years Courtney continued playing multiple instruments; however, nothing penetrated his heart and held his interest like the bass guitar. His musical background paired with his love for the bass guitar inspired Courtney to expand his musical knowledge in all of its facets…

Courtney’s dedication and musicianship earned him a full scholarship to Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he worked toward his degree in Music Education. Courtney joined Bethune Cookman’s Jazz Combo and quickly emerged as a natural leader. He became the Jazz Combo Student Conductor under the tutelage of Dr. Hiram Powell, which sparked his interest in becoming a Musical Director.

Consequently he formed his own band outside of school which worked with the likes of Barbara Streisand, Patti LaBelle, Jaguar Wright, Vivian Green, The O’Jays, Najee, Sisaundra Lewis, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kim Burrell, and many other phenomenal artists…

During this time Courtney also began producing, first on Cheryl Leonard’s debut CD, and then with many other artists including The Central Florida Mass Choir, Phillip Martin, Leon Timbo, and Allen & Allen. He has also produced on projects such as The Gospel Music Workshop of America 2002 compilation CD and the Broadway Musical ‘Menopause’…

Upon completing college, Courtney decided to teach as a means of fulfilling his desire to nurture youth who were passionate about music. However, he quickly conquered all that Orlando had to offer musically, which spawned his relocation to Los Angeles, California… After relocating Courtney’s relentless ambition created working opportunities with artists such as New Kids On The Block, T-Pain, Chris Brown and Jordan Pruitt to name a few…

As a musical director and producer with a clear vision, Courtney’s “God given talent to adapt to any genre of music” is what pushes him daily toward his ultimate goal – to create timeless music that he hopes will be remembered long after he’s gone.

Random NAMM footage:  With Jordan Pruitt:

Breezy Lovejoy (past member?)

(Brandon Anderson)*, **

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Breezy Lovejoy

Bio from Sharemyplaylists

Breezy Lovejoy, a So-Cal native grew up in Ventura County in the shadow of the underground hip-hop beats of Madlib and Loot Pack. Immersed in his family’s love of soul and jazz artists Frankie Beverly, Curtis Mayfield and George Benson; Breezy was inspired towards musical expression. He was drumming, laying beats, and DJing by the time he hit high school.

In addition to lead vocals and drumming, he composes his own music laying the beat sequences and writing lyrics. Original and personal songs emerged out of the ashes of the past with an untiring loyalty to hope, rediscovery, inner renewal, and the bitter honesty of a journeyman seeking love.

Breezy, who first wrapped up his first national tour, is currently performing with his live band and recording his debut album. His projects are released and produced by indie label, Black Cheddar Records.

Keith Phelps

Keyboards

Twitter LinkedIn Tumblr also member of Hananeel Jazz Band.   Keith’s Haley Reinhart Sizzle Reel on youtube.

From LinkedIn:

KEITH PHELPS, of Orlando FL, is a producer in every sense of the word. A student at the 2009 GRAMMY Camp and featured in the Documentary ‘Happy On The Ground: 8 days at GRAMMY Camp presented at the GRAMMY Museum and at the 2011 Nashville Film Festival, Phelps is focused on bringing true musicality back to the music industry. Vocal arranging, Engineering, Film scoring, Phelps does it all. A professional pianist, drummer and organist are a few of the hats KEiTH PHELPS wears. Phelps has worked with Amber “Se7en” Streeter featured on Chris Brown’s new single “She Ain’t You” and 1/4 of the R&B group RICH GIRL and is currently working with incredible songwriters such as Lindsey Ray and Cameron Dean, a protege’ of James Fauntleroy. Pegged by many as a young Quincy Jones, there’s no limit to just how far KEiTH PHELPS will go.

LaRoi Larkin

Drums

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From MySpace:

LaRoi Larkin, originally from Detroit, began playing drums and gravitated towards music at an early age at home, and in church. It was during middle school where he began to take his musical gift more serious and began taking private lessons, and playing in his school’s various bands, choruses, and orchestras. This regiment continued through college. LaRoi graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with degrees in music education, and music technology. Through music, LaRoi has been afforded the pleasures of traveling all over the world and working with a number of established artists doing what he loves. Creating, performing, recording, teaching and directing music with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, David Foster, Najee, Phillip Martin, Marvin Sapp, and Jordan Pruitt to name a few, has been a great experience. LaRoi is currently touring with Charice Pempengco on her Infinity tour across Asia and the U.S. playing drums, percussion and singing backgrounds. LaRoi has various projects on the rise including developing a private music school, working with his production team at Roi L entertainment, and his band Roialty Project.

Lance Tolbert (special events)

Keyboards

Lance Tolbert filled in on keys 8/23/2012 and for the RealMusicLive recording (10/23).

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From MySpace:

Lance Tolbert has worked tirelessly in the music industry on every possible level. He is the bassist for superstar Mariah Carey and has performed before millions of viewers on some of the biggest television shows in the world. Lance has appeared with Mariah on Saturday Night Live, Oprah Winfrey, American Idol, Good Morning America, and various nationally televised events for MTV, BET, and Time Magazine.

Recently, he has added a number 1 song with Hong Kong pop artist Eric Suen to his writing credit. He has recorded keyboards and bass for R&B artist Charlie Wilson. He has toured in and out of the country with artists such as Van Hunt, Chante Moore, Kevon Edmonds, and After 7. Lance is also a gifted composer and has written string arrangements for artists including Mary J. Blige, pop sensation David Archuleta and actor/singer Chaz Shepherd. He plays multiple instruments with a wide range of artists, and he writes and produces music with some of the best.

Lance has been surrounded by music all of his life. Born into a musical family in Indiana, he is the fourth of six sons who are talented musicians, writers, and producers. At the tender age of eleven, he began to play the keyboard in church. His musical interests continued to expand, and within several years he became proficient on acoustic piano, keyboards, Hammond organ, and bass guitar. During his high school years, Lance gained early experience in the recording studio by arranging music and performing bass and drums on two records, one of which was a project with his family.

In the fall of 1998, Lance was accepted to Indiana University as a Biology major for Pre-Med. After being exposed to the dynamic jazz department of the IU School of Music headed by Professor David Baker, Lance decided to pursue music as a career. In his years at IU, Lance was influenced by exceptional educators and musicians including David Baker, Steve Houghton, Luke Gillespie, Michael Lucas, Brent Wallarab, Tyron Cooper, Michael Burton, Charleston Sanders, and Ansyn Banks. Lance completed his Master’s degree from the prestigious Indiana University School of Music in 2005. During his years of intense study at IU, Lance became a professional at multi-tasking and balancing the seemingly impossible.

While earning two degrees, Lance wrote two songs released nationally on EMI (“It’s Over There” Lamar Campbell, , Confessions of a Worshipper album; “Worship You this Day” Keith O’Neal, We Lift Your Name album). He was employed by Indiana University as Associate Instructor for the IU Soul Revue, a position that allowed him to teach a full rhythm section (keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, percussion) in soulful music from the 1960’s era to the present.

He served as musical director for Lamar Campbell and Spirit of Praise (EMI Gospel) and Light of the World Christian Church (Bishop T. Garrott Benjamin, Indianapolis, IN). In 2005, Lance produced, recorded, and co-wrote Waiting, the cd for WGCI’s Chicago Idol winner Stephani Parker. The cd displayed undeniable musicianship and featured studio and live tracks with the 10-piece band that Lance directed. Lance also began touring with R&B group After 7 as their bassist in 2004. He plays an integral part in the Unity Performing Arts Foundation as keyboardist, bassist, and programmer.

Despite all of his work in and out of the classroom, Lance still made time to work constantly at Airtime Studio (David Weber, Bloomington, IN) to sharpen his recording, mixing, and songwriting skills. Whether the job calls for performing, producing, writing, or arranging, Lance Tolbert proves to not only be competent, but creative, fresh, and versatile.

Jason Holt (special event)

Drummer

Jason, who drums for Allen Stone’s band, appeared with John Notto and Haley at Montreal show, November 16, 2012, where she opened for Allen.   No information on the Maine show November 17.

Bio: http://zildjian.com/Artists/H/Jason-Holt

 

Brandon K. Brown

Bass

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From http://www.gospelchops.com/?p=254

Brandon K. Brown, originally from Memphis, TN, has become one of Los Angeles’s most sought after bassists. He has toured with American Idol, Jessica Simpson, and is currently on the road with The Jacksons. Brandon’s Jamerson-like style is filled with thick pentatonic chops and soulful grooves.

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