Kristin Kay Band
Kristin Kay, recognized as the Hope Diamond of the Denver area music scene for her rare gift, started performing at age nine. Always "wowing" her fans on stage, she has been singing professionally for over 2 decades. Her talent has taken her abroad to entertain the troops, where she was inspired to write the songs on her album, "Woman On A Mission". She has done shows all across the United States, both east and west of the Mississippi, ultimately fulfilling a childhood dream of performing on the Tootsies stage in Nashville, TN. Today, Kristin is the driving force behind her own band, Kristin Kay Band. Her smoky, often sultry voice gives her music an edge that audiences quickly appreciate for its raw emotion and her love of entertaining is hard to resist!
Mark has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old. He was first exposed to music by his mother, a classically trained musician. Mark - like so many of his generation - cites a certain Sunday night in 1964 seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Growing up in Southern California, Mark joined his first band at twelve, and was playing clubs 6 nights a week when in high school. College brought more opportunities and soon there were more bands and session work. In 1999, with the decline of session work and live gigs, Mark moved to Colorado, not really knowing what kind of music scene to expect. It wasn't long before Mark was picking up live work all over town. Considered a world-class musician, when Mark shows up, he comes to play.
Recognized as one of the best bass guitar players on the Denver music scene, Mike has performed with many touring and local bands, to include Eddie Turner, Eef and the Blues Express, and many others. As a member of Dan Treanor and the Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown, Mike finished 3rd in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Mike's passion for music comes through not only on bass guitar but as a vocalist.
Carleton studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston Mass. and worked in the Boston area with Patty Larkin, John Curtis and John Troy, from the Pousette-Dart Band, and Richard Gates and Sheldon Mirowitz, both of whom are now teachers at Berklee. Now living in the Denver, CO area, he has worked with local legends Erik Boa and Randall Dubis, among many others.
Carleton started playing "drums" with his sister's marching band drum sticks, using them on coffee cans with plastic tops. He graduated to playing along with 45's on a coffee table, which convinced his mom to to buy a drum set. Many years later, Carleton now has three drum kits and a calendar full of gigs. God Bless Mom and Montgomery Ward!
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