Tim Welch-Lead Vocals, Songwriter, Keyboards
Gregory M. Jones- Bass, Harmony Vocals
Lora McFarlane-Harmony Vocals, Featured Soloist
Maplewood New Jersey's House Of Essex. Individually they have arms lengths of cred that reads like a colloquium of conservatory alumni, collectively they bring it all together for some exceptional original takes on a Rock and Roll, Soul, Jazz fusion. Their new EP released on iTunes features six songs that seem to be gathered from the elusive sounds of the folds between decades where the influences of the last weave into the next but are only briefly glimpsed.
Here is an excellent in depth interview on Technorati
Tim Welch-Songwriter, Lead Singer, Keyboards.
Tim is a versatile songwriter, performer and musician who has worked professionally as an opera singer, musical theater performer and a piano bar player. Tim received his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois and in addition to his own performing runs a thriving private voice studio of over 40 regular clients each week in Maplewood New Jersey. In addition to this project, Tim is currently writing for other musical projects including a Musical Theatre Cabaret he will perform with his wife Elizabeth Welch a member of the Broadway Company of The Phantom of the Opera.
Gregory Jones-Bass, Vocals
Gregory M. Jones has been playing acoustic and electric bass professionally in the New York City area since 1988.
He has toured with Ray Anderson, Marc Ribot, Jon Lucien, Chico Hamilton, Ben E. King, Andy Narell, Astrud Gilberto, Savion Glover, Ute Lemper, Eileen Ivers, and many others. Adept in Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, jazz, pop, and funk. He studied at New England Conservatory of Music with Miroslav Vitous, Bob Moses, and Jaki Byard. He was on the faculty of the Bass Collective from 1997-2001.
From CBGB’s to Carnegie Hall, David has over 35 years of professional drumming experience.
He’s toured internationally with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Juke, Ben E. King and Phoebe Snow. He’s worked with Bruce Springsteen, The Shirelles, and countless R&B groups. David is a member of La Bamba and the Hubcaps featuring the horn players from the Conan O’Brien Show. He has appeared Off-Broadway with the Tony award-winning “Red Clay Ramblers.” www.DavidLongworthdrums.com
Courtney Sappington is a highly versatile guitarist, who can be found in bands, accompanying singers, playing for Broadway orchestras, and playing solo guitar. He has done extensive touring both in the U.S and internationally with several artists including Bobby Womack, Alphonse Mouzon, Garland Jeffries, Ben. E. King. His Broadway work includes “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”, “Footloose”, “Swing”, "Saturday Night Fever”, “Good Vibrations”, and "Hairspray”. Courtney’s guitar playing can be heard on recordings, theme songs and TV commercials.
Lora Mcfarlane- Harmony vocals and featured soloist.
Lora’s expressive and passionate vocal style is deeply influenced by R&B, jazz, gospel, reggae, and classical music. In 1982 Lora recorded "Till the Morning Comes," a reggae version of a Roberta Flack tune for Aqua Gem Records; an independent Caribbean label.
She has made a debut appearance with VP Records this year singing a soulful and sultry reggae version of Adele’s, "Make You Feel My Love," on track #16 on Covers for Reggae Lovers, Volume 3. Covers for Reggae Lovers features 16 reggae versions of classic and new romantic songs from top American Billboard hits sung by reputable reggae artists in the field.