Detroit native, Beth Stalker, started her professional music career at the age of four. Known as “Little Liz” she recorded and released her first full-length album entitled Jesus Loves Me.
Within a year, Beth was touring and singing on local television shows while Jesus Loves me was playing on radio stations across the United States. Beth even performed on stage with Country Music legends Roy Acuff and Porter Wagoner at the “Gospel Country USA” Music Festival in Opryland, TN.
As a child, Beth performed regularly as a “Shirley Temple” and “Annie” impersonator at Mr. F’s in Clawson, Michigan. Other acts included Elvis Presley, Diana Ross, Kenny Rogers, and Neil Diamond.
Although music was always a major staple in her life, Beth stepped out of the spotlight to focus on school and growing up. At the age of 20 she was back at it and in 2005 debuted her second album, Here With You. Recorded at Big Sky in Ann Arbor and produced by David Mosher, the project was praised at the Detroit Music Awards.
With a clean sweep, Beth won every award in her category, as well as the “GreatStuff Reader’s Choice Award” for Favorite Artist, and “Outstanding Music Video/Limited Budget”, which was produced by Emmy Award Winner, Brad Ayres. Beth left that evening with a total of 6 Detroit Music Awards for her Here With You album. She currently has a total of 7 DMA’s .
Shortly after, Beth’s song “Hold Me” (co-written with Allen Goetz), won the Grand Prize in “Peavey’s 40th Anniversary Song Contest”. A year later, Beth recorded Hallelujah I Love Him So, an album of Jazz/Blues standards with the Cliff Monear Trio.
In 2008, Beth auditioned with over 100,000 peers for American Idol and in a nation wide television spot earned her “Golden Ticket” to Hollywood. Even though the competition was intense, she successfully moved forward into the finals before saying goodbye to the mayhem of “reality” TV.
Beth Stalker’s A Reason To Smile was released in 2012. This EP includes 2 originals from songwriter/guitar player, Jim Rawlings, and was produced by Emmy Award Winning Ben West at Aashrum Studio.
Bobby Streng is a saxophonist, composer, and arranger of all genres of music.
When not leading or co-leading his own jazz fusion groups such as Liquid Street, the House Big Band, Saxomble, or the Bobby Streng Group, he can be heard as a member of Walter White and Small Medium at Large, the Paul Keller Orchestra, and as a freelance musician around Detroit and the Midwest. Since 2007, Bobby has enjoyed the privilege of traveling nationally and internationally with the Harry James Orchestra led by trumpeter Fred Radke. This has included multiple tours of the US and Canada, a trip to South America, two consecutive performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival (2009 and 2010), and two double bill tours with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In addition to his work with HJO, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra featured Bobby in the lead alto role of Jimmy Dorsey on a 31 concert tour across the US in 2009. He has also performed with Motown legends like The Temptations, The Four Tops, and The O’Jays.
In the classical music realm, Bobby recorded under Maestro Lenard Slatkin on William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Exerience which earned the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording. He is a former member of the Larry Teal Saxophone Quartet, was a concerto competition winner at the University of Michigan, and performs with Taiwanese marimba virtuoso Isabelle Huang in the Jazoe Duo. This past year, Bobby performed a concerto grosso with the San Louis Potosi Symphony Orchestra (Mexico) with the Toledo based quartet Sax Fourth Avenue and gave a series of master classes at Universities in Taiwan.
Bobby holds a bachelors degree from the University of Dayton and a masters from the University of Michigan where he studied with the renowned saxophonist Donald Sinta.
Bobby proudly endorses and performs exclusively on Selmer Saxophones.
Dale Grisa is a Pianist, Music Director and Orchestrator based in Detroit who works with a variety of clients on live events, recording projects, musical theatre and can even be seen playing the occasional club date. Live performance credits include, Jill Jack, Alexander Zonjic, Dave McMurray, Peter White, Ken Navarro, The Bacon Brothers, Stewart Franke, Evanescence, IL Divo, numerous national tours of musical theatre including, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Memphis, and several others.
A product of the Wayne State University Jazz department, Dale studied piano and arranging with Matt Michaels and composition with Jim Hartway.
In recent years Dale’s playing, arranging and leadership abilities have lead to numerous projects including:
The 2008 North American International Auto Show. Dale was hired by Cadillac to compose 10 pieces of music to reveal the 2009 product line. This was performed live by a 14 voice choral group.
The 2013 North American International Auto Show. Dale was hired by Chevrolet to music direct a piece of electronic music composed by Paul Guzzone. The piece was written to announce the release of the Chevy Cruze and was performed live by 12 musicians on Ipads and Iphones.
Produced and played piano on Jill Jack’s 2017 release “Pure Imagination” which won the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Recording.
Written and produced numerous television and radio commercials with clients that include, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Sea Doo, La Z Boy, Medical Weight Loss, about a million different car dealerships and other local and regional businesses..
Bonhoeffer the Musical: Dale is Music Director/Orchestrator for this new musical based on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This show was recently chosen by Ken Davenport (Andrew Lloyd Weber’s North American Producer, Kinky Boots, Alter Boys) as one of his top 10 to watch for in 2019!
Dale is currently the music director for Bobby Murray’s “Love Letters to Etta” project. Bobby Murray was Etta James’ guitarist for over 20 years and this project pays tribute to the great singer with a 13 piece ensemble comprised of some of Detroit’s finest players and vocalists. This group is currently in the studio and will have it’s first release available by the end of 2019.
Based in Detroit, Michigan, Canadian-born bassist John Barron has performed and recorded with numerous artists in a variety of musical genres. Highlights include Bettye Lavette, Motown legends The Contours and Martha Reeves, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Odessa Harris, Jill Jack, Dennis Coffey and Latin jazz groups Tumbao Bravo and Aguanko. He is the founder of the progressive jazz group Trio Reenactment. His latest solo release is called Trio Fantastic.
“From Detroit the bassist comes and the strings are dripping with an appropriate amount of funk” (Midwest Record)
Detroit drummer from the 70’s through today. Best known for playing with Was (Not Was), Marshall Crenshaw and Matthew Sweet. After playing mostly R&B and Rock, is now doing more jazz and singer-songwriter gigs. He is also involved in contemporary Christian music, playing drums, guitar, and piano.
With somber lyrics like “I think I’ll lie in this burning room a while”, Ally Evenson sheds a light on the world of self-deprecating lyrics while touching on themes of loss, hatred of oneself, and ironic happiness. Starting out as a wide-eyed theatre nerd, Evenson has taken the jazz hands and fake smiles to a new world of honesty and deeply vulnerable music. She plays around in the world of ambient folk music and takes the title of “singer-songwriter” and “americana” to a dreamy place where a girl with an acoustic guitar doesn’t exist. After leaving the world of theatre, Evenson started to take her own music very seriously. Growing up an hour north of Detroit, MI in a small town called Port Huron, Ally was eager to get out and head to a big city. After attending two summer camps at Berklee College of Music, she decided to peruse a career in music. She attended Columbia College Chicago for one year, before transferring to DIME Detroit. She is finishing up her last semester and will graduate in May with a Bachelor in Arts. She’s releasing an EP titled “Not So Pretty” in the upcoming months and is absolutely ecstatic about sharing her music with the world.