ValiantAdam
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SEEKING

Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Vocalist - Alto.

ABOUT

* Currently seeking a band, trio or duet for fun and profit. Music is my second career, so I'm definitely looking for a regular paying gig. Weekend band work (with limited travel - prefer greater Houston area) performing with accomplished musicians is fine.

Part time this year I have been performing with Rex Robards, associated with his renewed career as a Christian Country artist and with the Texas Music Christian Association.

I am available part time for band gigs on keys or as bassist, with backup vocals and optionally also accordion. Also available for professional singing jobs as a bass - excellent reader, pro experience, a cappella a specialty.

* Currently seeking a skilled tenor vocalist in order to put my a cappella quartet back on stage. Also need an alternate soprano vocalist (or take over the position if your schedule permits). Must be able to read and memorize parts and learn by ear from recordings. Christmas show requires memorization of 50 songs exactly as performed - a very satisfying and usually lucrative seasonal gig! Potential for year-round work.

I am also an experienced contemporary Christian worship director with a lifetime of experience, including over 20 years as a paid professional with long-standing positions at two congregations. (Currently taking a break for a time of rest from this weekly occupation; to everything there is a season.)

I used to be at the heart of the entertainment industry in Orlando, and now I'm working on building my network in the Houston area.

My preference is a PM/Weekend regular part-time gig as a keyboard player or bassist, and I offer excellent backup vocals. I use a Roland AX-Edge keytar and rack-mounted synths to emulate any kind of bass. I am also playing piano and keys in bands and praise teams, have led both, have arranged and directed, and I sing with excellent pitch as a backup in any range (up to mid-tenor), or as a baritone/bass soloist, or bass in quartet/choral work. I do multi-track and live recording, mix-downs and CD mastering, and I can publish music and lead sheets. I read lead sheets/chord charts better than manuscript for band work, but I read vocal manuscript very well. I have worked steadily for years in a couple of very successful bands playing both country line dance and classic rock/pop, I have sung professionally for years, and I have performed as an opener for, or as backup with national acts.

My work on the accordion is coming along - lots of fun! Currently developing a solo act, but I have played parts with a band. I have 3 different accordions for different sounds, all with pickups for PA (see Equipment list).

Note about Bass = I use a strap-on keyboard; I do not yet play a bass guitar on stage (but working on it and hoping to get there soon!). I can be up to speed almost immediately on a whole show of bass music - it's faster and easier for me than the more complex keyboard parts, but I do keyboards professionally, too, and can give you all the sounds you need to fill out your music, including sampled sounds.

Screen name:
ValiantAdam
Member since:
Mar 21 2005
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
35
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Classic rock and disco, alternative rock, contemporary Christian, folk and Americana, progressive metal, classical music, country - pretty much any kind of good music, except I'm light on the jazz thing.

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Expert
Vocalist - Bass:
Expert
Vocalist - Baritone:
Expert
Background Singer:
Expert
Keyboard:
Advanced
Piano:
Advanced
Bass Guitar:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

Acoustic piano, Roland RD-700NX, Roland RD-64, Roland VR-730 combo, Roland AX-Edge keytar and Roland Fantom G7 synth keyboards, rack full of synths, including Roland XV-5080 + expanded, Alesis Nano-bass and many others. Two complete Bose systems: L1 model 2 with B2 bass (and/or B1 basses) and T1 ToneMatch. Multiple Mackie mixers, multiple Behringer mixers, QSC K8 powered speakers, Behringer 210D powered speaker (as monitor), Mackie C300 PA speakers, Crown XLS 1500 class D amp, Harbinger 18" subwoofer + bass drum mic, Crown PowerBase Two amp, other amps, Roland KC-500 and KC-350 key/bass combo amps, Harbinger 12" 2-way powered speakers/monitors, Harbinger 18" sub woofer + Shure bass drum mic, rack effects-EQs-compressors, 100' 24x8 snake, mics, stands, full range of cables and cases, and a Ford Transit Connect van for transportation.

Accordions: Petosa AM 1000 Leggera (Euro musette), Brandoni (mellow musette), and a Hohner Concerto III N (classic German sound from the 1980s).

I also have a complex, computer-based home studio that can record 8 digital tracks at once to hard disk, with a virtually unlimited total track capability. It's fully integrated with analog audio and also MIDI. In addition, I have a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 AI, (2) Presonus audio interfaces (44VSL and 1818VSL) for PC or laptop recording, and a Tascam 2-at-once digital (SD card) recorder with 8-track playback/mixdown. I typically use Cakewalk/Sonar (X-versions and older) for recording and mix-down/mastering, and sometimes the latest Band-In-A-Box for background track generation.

MUSIC