Singer/Songwriter Sarah Cardenas moved from Florida to Los Angeles at 19 without knowing a soul. This kind of grit got her jobs singing for NBC’s daytime television shows, doing voice overs, artist demos, corporate parties, and weddings. Her true love, country music, was being put on hold while she struggled to make ends meet.
Then a dream came true. Sarah won a contest that gave her the opportunity to share the stage with her longtime idol Reba McEntire at the KZLA Country Bash in Irvine, California (Link to YouTube video). Warming up a crowd of 16,000, Reba and Sarah sang the famous duet “Does He Love You.” After meeting the numerous artists performing that night, like headliner Rascal Flatts, Lee Ann Womack, SheDaisy, and Bret Michaels, Sarah found herself immersed in the Nashville music scene.
Soon after, writing sessions began to take up most of her time collaborating with the likes of Paul Craft, Steve Diamond, Kim Carnes, Greg Becker, and Tammi Kidd. She got her first album cut with the song, “Clarity” that she co-wrote with Ellis Paul and Reggie Ashley for Paul’s album, “American Jukebox Fables.” She’s also been involved in numerous projects over the last few years including a duet called Sister South, produced by the legendary Jimmy Bowen. The duet opened up for Craig Morgan and Travis Tritt at ‘The Big Spring Jam’ in Huntsville, Alabama. You can also hear Sarah’s voice singing a country version of the Spandau Ballet song, “True” in the movie “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector”.
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jon Gus was headlining national venues across the east coast, including the renown Toad’s Place, and performing for radio shows when he took a chance and moved to California. His first Los Angeles effort, fronting the Americana/blues trio Gus Company, became a frequent fixture at clubs on the Sunset Strip such as The House of Blues, The Roxy, and The Viper Room. The band released a self-titled EP in 2007. He’s also lent his abilities as a session singer, a session guitar player and a sideman to various independent artists in the studio and on national tours. He composes and records music for television, film and commercials, and has recently been featured on an episode of H2’s “The Human Calculator.”
Drummer, percussionist, and vocalist Bryon Holley is a versatile and well-crafted stage and studio musician with multiple credits covering genres from world music to folk and singer/songwriter. He has recorded at the legendary Capital Records Studios and Paramount Studios, and has worked with producers such as Marti Fredricksen, John Baxter, Bob Esty, Michael Reid, and Stephen Hart. He’s also performed and recorded in Nashville with various country artists including hit songwriter/producer Shane McAnally. He has toured across the U.S., Spain, Scotland, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Germany. His international television broadcasts include “BBC- Live from Glascow, Scotland,” “The Celtic Connections Music Festival,” and “Zintzarria- Live from Zagarramurdi, Spain.”
The “SeoulTrain,” Al Kim is known for his funky rock style. Upon graduating from UCLA, Al Kim found himself in the critically acclaimed band Sketches of Ellis. This was the first of his six bands that landed in Music Connection Magazine’s Top 100 band list. Al developed a style that fit all types of diverse music. He has toured with Dawn Robinson, formerly of the chart topping R&B group En Vogue. Since then, Al continues a busy gigging schedule with a diverse group of artists and bands. Al has performed thousands of shows all over the country and over 3 continents, continuing his preaching of the pocket.
After the dissolution of BOY HOWDY, Cary has toured and recorded with some of the great artists of our time: Bruce Hornsby, Randy Meisner, Rick Roberts, Jim Messina, Kenny Loggins, Joanna Wang (Sony BMG), Mitch Musso, Paulina Rubio, Carlene Carter, Olivia Newton-John, Poco, Deanna Carter (guitar on “Strawberry Wine” and “We Danced Anyway”), LeAnn Rimes, Phil Lesh, Tyler Hilton, Kevin Sharp, Lynn Anderson, Maxine Nightingale, Joey Molland of Badfinger, Christina Romano Carlson, Al Wilson, Jerry Fuller, Johnny Tillotson, David Carradine, Maria Muldaur, and David Somerville. He’s also composed for film and television: composer for Animal Planet “American Stuffers,” music for HBO, composed and performed soundtrack for “Cowboy’s Funeral” (2008), performed the song “Kitty Kitty” for the Dean Cain movie “Hole In One” (2008). His guitar talent is also featured on the Incredible Hulk roller coaster at Universal Studios Theme Park in Orlando, Florida.
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