The musicians on Turning Point
Stewart Myers, bass
Stewart started his professional music career as an RCA recording artist in the Richmond, VA-based band Agents of Good Roots. Since that time he has become an in-demand producer/engineer/mixer/multi-instrumentalist. As a bass player he has recorded with many artists across genres including Lifehouse, Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin, Rachael Yamagata, Liz Phair and Mandy Moore. In addition to his production work he has engineered tracks for Gomez, Mraz, Josh Kelley, Slaid Cleaves, Yamagata, Parachute and many many more. He has also mixed several major label releases for artists including Jason Mraz and Parachute.
For more information visit www.whitestarsound.com.
John O’Reilly Jr., drums
John has performed and/or recorded with talent from all genres of music—rock, pop, jazz, and classical—including Fun., The Format, Reubens Accomplice, Jimmy Eat World, Schuyler Fisk, Mandy Moore, Rachel Yamagata, Chris Stills, Ben Lee, Sing Orpheus, Wayne Krantz, Percy Jones, Kenny Werner, Tony Malaby, Sam Pilafian, The Boston Brass, Steve Kimmock, and Matt Maher. He also currently performs on the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusen, The Martha Stewart Show, The View, and Live with Regis and Kelly.
He prides himself on his studio work, where he's collaborated with Paul Ebersold (3 Doors Down, Sister Hazel, Spacehog), Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, The Pixies), Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World), Steve McDonald (Redd Kross), Clark Rigsby (Tower of Power), Chris Fudurich (Nada Surf, Britney Spears), Chris Keup (Jason Mraz), and John Alagia (John Mayer, Rachel Yamagata, Dave Matthews Band) to name a few. Some recordings he's particularly proud of include Fun.'s Aim and Ignite, The Format's Dog Problems, Schuyler Fisk's Blue Ribbon Winner, and Reubens Accomplice's Sons of Men.
John also runs an online drum recording service, Boom Crash Drum Tracks, from his studio in Warminster, PA. Here he records drums for people all over the world via the Internet. He lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and continues to record, teach, and perform locally and abroad. He is endorsed by Vic Firth drumsticks, Evans drumheads, and Istanbul Agop cymbals.
For more information visit www.jordrum.com and www.boomcrashdrumtracks.com.
Ben Zecker, keys
(piano, Rhodes piano, Hammond organ)
Ben works professionally as a session/live multi-keyboardist, producer, orchestrator/arranger and film composer. Though currently based in Boston, his talents have taken him around the US, Canada, Asia, Europe, and most recently Africa.
For the last 12 years Ben has become a invaluable player in the Boston scene and also performed in Japan, Canada, Africa, Europe and the US, while working hard at perfecting his craft. Ben works with many of Boston’s top musicians artists and also national Pop/Rock/Fusion talents like the John Blackwell Project (Prince, P. Diddy, Justin Timberlake) Jordan Knight (NKOTB) and Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen), Will Lee (CBS Orchestra). Constantly playing such a variety of gigs and musical styles, Ben has learned an extensive repertoire and an extremely varied palate of keyboard techniques, always staying true to the finer points of mechanics learned by his great piano teachers.
Ben has developed a fan base in Japan for his compositions and arrangements written for the band Boston Horns (P-Vine Records), particularly the tune “Pink Polyester” which has been featured on many Japanese compilations, has been downloaded thousands of times and played on many radio stations/television commercials since its release in 2006.
Additionally Ben is one of Boston’s top session keyboards players and string arrangers with a continually widening discography. He is also a film composer, writing/programming orchestral and hybrid scores for local independent films, soundtrack production libraries (NY/Boston) and also pitching for major corporate advertising agencies, TV shows and Hollywood films on the writing/production team Firstseed Productions based in Los Angeles. He recently started Full Spectrum Scoring a production company providing custom cinematic music and sound design.
For more information visit www.benzecker.com.
Trey Pollard, guitars
(rhythm, lead, electric, acoustic, pedal steel, slide)
Trey is a guitarist, arranger, composer, producer and pedal steelist based in Richmond, Virginia. He owns Songwire Studios in Richmond, and his discography includes 16 albums.
In 2013 Trey is touring in Europe with Matthew E. White, an American songwriter, producer, and arranger and the founder of Spacebomb Records. The tour includes dates in France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, the UK and Spain.
For more information visit www.treypollard.com, www.songwirestudios.com and the Bandcamp page for the Ghosts album by Old New Things featuring Trey on guitar.
John D’Earth, trumpet
John D’earth has performed and recorded internationally, appearing on well over fifty CDs, and has worked with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, Bruce Hornsby, Emily Remler, Bennie Wallace, Eddie Gomez, The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, The Great American Music Ensemble, Bob Moses, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Robert Jospe, Dave Matthews Band, Anthony Wilson, Alan Dawson, Cyrus Chestnut, Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker, Ray Anderson, Marc Johnson, Cecil Bridgewater, Claudio Roditi, Tom Harrell, Bob Berg, Dawn Thompson, David Valentin, Mel Torme and many others.
He has composed and arranged music for the Kronos String Quartet, The Kandinsky Trio, The Charlottesville Chamber Festival, Bruce Hornsby, The Dave Matthews Band, The University of Virginia Jazz Ensemble, The Great American Music Ensemble, The Charlottesville-Albemarle Youth Orchestra, and The San Diego, Atlanta, Richmond, and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras. Among his original works are the five-movement Natural Bridge, commissioned by the Kandinsky Trio; the four-movement Suite Rakalam for string septet, trumpet, and drum set, commissioned by the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival; and the two-hour score for five instruments performed live with Mernau’s 1926 silent film masterpiece, Faustus.
D’earth has recorded as a leader for Vanguard Records, ENJA Records, DoubleTime Jazz, and his own Cosmology label. Currently residing in Charlottesville, Virginia, he is a co-founder of the Free Bridge Quintet; is the music director for the Thompson D’earth Band with his wife, vocalist and composer Dawn Thompson; and leads the Charlottesville Swing Orchestra, the jazz/poetry project, and his own quartet/quintet. As the Director of Jazz Performance at the University of Virginia, he teaches improvisation, jazz trumpet, and directs the UVA Jazz Ensemble.
For more information visit www.thompsondearth.com.
J.C. Kuhl, saxophone
J.C. Kuhl is an adjunct professor of jazz saxophone at VCU. He has performed and/or shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, John Scofield Uberjam Band and Quartet, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Bruce Hornsby, Blues Traveler, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Neville Brothers, The Temptations, Soulive, Pat McGee Band, Moe, and G Love and Special Sauce. He toured as part of the H.O.R.D.E. tour for two years with artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Rusted Root, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, King Crimson, Ben Harper, and Blues Traveler, and he continues to perform extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada.
In August 2001 J.C. joined forces with Modern Groove Syndicate. He lives in Richmond, Virginia, where he plays regularly with the Devil’s Workshop Big Band, the experimental trio Jones, Kuhl, McCavitt, Boots of Leather (interpretations of the Velvet Underground), the Brian Jones/J.C. Kuhl Duo, and singer/songwriter Regan.
For more information visit www.moderngroovesyndicate.com.
Samantha Hewlett, background vocals
Samantha is a vocalist for Beast Wellington, a band with an infectious sound that can only be described as Beastfunk meets Rhythm and Bruise, and it's guaranteed to make you shake your momma gave ya!
Their sound reclaims the soulful excitement of your favorite horn bands from back in the day. Think Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago, Tower of Power and Steely Dan. The band features sassy vocals backed by a fierce power trio and funky horn lines provided by the Femme Fatale Horns—that's right, a female horn section that is in fact quite deadly. Founded in 2009 by Virginia-based trumpet player, Mark Ingraham, Beast Wellington is composed of some of the most talented musicians in the Richmond, Virginia, area.
For more information visit their ReverbNation page.
Regan, background vocals
Regan (pronounced "ray-gun") started her musical career at the age of 14 as the lead singer of a popular Virginia band based out of Richmond. As her musical talents evolved, she began reaching thousands of people with her own intoxicating original music. Even though she has been compared to the likes of Sheryl Crow, Edie Brickell, Rickie Lee Jones, and even Bjork, her acclaimed unique voice and incredible blend of rock, pop, and acoustic groove along with clever, and sometimes heart-wrenching lyrics, easily make her stand out on her own.
Regan caught the attention of David Lowery (frontman for Cracker) which prompted him to fly in the rest of Cracker to record a demo of some of her earlier songs. Lowery was instrumental in opening many doors for Regan. She has also worked with Doug Derryberry and John Alagia (producer/engineer: Jason Mraz, Vertical Horizon, Everything, Edwin McCain Band, Dave Matthews Band, Ben Folds Five, moe, Agents of Good Roots, Keller Williams, and many more), Jeff Juliano (engineer; Vertical Horizon, Bruce Hornsby, DMB), members of Agents Of Good Roots, Fighting Gravity, Carbon Leaf, and Bruce Hornsby's Band, among other established artists.
For more information visit Regan's CDBaby page.
Nate Leath, fiddle
Nate is a remarkable talent. Leath has thoroughly absorbed the roots of traditional bluegrass fiddling and has won numerous contests including first place in bluegrass fiddle and best all-around musician at the famed Galax Fiddlers Convention when he was just 11. He commands an adventurous musical appetite that often slides into a jazz influenced terrain (he also studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and is listed in Berklee's String Department Hall of Fame).
He has played with countless musicians including David Grisman, Tim O Brien, Danny Knicely, and has his blazing fiddle has graced the work of Old School Freight Train and the Boston Boys.
For more information, visit Nate's CDBaby page.
Terrell Bowers, vocals and guitars
(rhythm, lead, electric, acoustic, slide)
Terrell Bowers released his debut album, Turning Point, on March 1, 2013. Turning Point was inspired by the music and vibes of the 1960’s and 70’s, and even tips a colorful nod to their album art. Inspired by the past but composed for the present, each song represents a musical chapter of his life experiences during the Financial Crisis years.
Terrell is a guitar player and singer/songwriter who was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia; he lived in Richmond, Virginia, for 25 years and now resides outside of Charleston, South Carolina. His Southern roots are evident throughout, but this record is neither Southern rock nor country in the traditional sense. Bowers creates earthy jamming rock with strong veins of blues, country, and funk. He shows a knack for evoking stories that strike that delicate balance of being light-hearted, serious, and uplifting at the same time.
Read Terrell's full bio.