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Stan Lassiter | Guitar   Stan Lassiter is a native of Nashville and a classical trained guitarist. Stan is considered by many to be the city's premier jazz guitarist. He is committed to the expression and expansion of music. He has performed with some of the best musicians of our time including the legendary saxophonist Sonny Stitt. He has opened for SpyroGyra, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and numerous others. Stan has his own radio station on iHeart Radio and his own DVD category on Mel Bay Productions.  "In the world of contemporary guitar, there's a small group of players whose extraordinary technique and musical vision make them hard to categorize and certainly impossible to imitate. Shawn Lane, Allan Holdsworth, Charlie Hunter, David Fiuczynski, and Philip deGruy come to mind—guitarists who've had to invent a unique sonic language to express themselves. Stan Lassiter is one of these rare guitarists. I've known Stan since the early '80s, and over the years I've watched him continue to discover new ways to navigate the fretboard and create amazing music. Who else can weave knuckle slide, Indian tabla rhythms, and warp-speed bebop lines into a solo guitar piece? Whether coaxing delicate harp harmonics from a nylon-string or raging on electric, shredding with a thumb pick or blending fingerstyle jazz with flamenco, Stan plays with a beautiful blend of passion and virtuosity. Totally original and captivating."  Andy Ellis Senior Editor, Premier Guitar

Stan Lassiter | Guitar

Stan Lassiter is a native of Nashville and a classical trained guitarist. Stan is considered by many to be the city's premier jazz guitarist. He is committed to the expression and expansion of music. He has performed with some of the best musicians of our time including the legendary saxophonist Sonny Stitt. He has opened for SpyroGyra, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and numerous others. Stan has his own radio station on iHeart Radio and his own DVD category on Mel Bay Productions.

"In the world of contemporary guitar, there's a small group of players whose extraordinary technique and musical vision make them hard to categorize and certainly impossible to imitate. Shawn Lane, Allan Holdsworth, Charlie Hunter, David Fiuczynski, and Philip deGruy come to mind—guitarists who've had to invent a unique sonic language to express themselves. Stan Lassiter is one of these rare guitarists. I've known Stan since the early '80s, and over the years I've watched him continue to discover new ways to navigate the fretboard and create amazing music. Who else can weave knuckle slide, Indian tabla rhythms, and warp-speed bebop lines into a solo guitar piece? Whether coaxing delicate harp harmonics from a nylon-string or raging on electric, shredding with a thumb pick or blending fingerstyle jazz with flamenco, Stan plays with a beautiful blend of passion and virtuosity. Totally original and captivating."

Andy Ellis
Senior Editor, Premier Guitar

Amy Frederick | Keys   Amy Frederick began studying the piano when she was six and her first recording experience was singing Beatles songs into a portable cassette player at age seven. “She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah!” While in high school, she accompanied the concert choir and served as field commander in the marching band. She started playing for musicals also, and began working as pianist and organist for many denominations of churches. After high school, she won the Birmingham Music Club competition which awarded her enough money to attend the Aspen Music Festival, a life-changing experience where she heard world-class musicians play concerts every day for nine weeks. Following graduation from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Music, she moved to Michigan and bought a keyboard.  Following a four-and-a-half month stint performing on a paddlewheel boat in Otsu, Japan, Ms. Frederick moved to Nashville. Since then, Ms. Frederick’s unique background of classical piano study combined with many years of playing keyboards and organ for rhythm and blues, country, pop, rock, gospel and symphonic music has served her well. She has performed multiple times every week with her band, Roxcel for 25 years, and has played concerts and shows with the Paducah Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky, Chaffin’s Barn and Nashville’s Sprocket Comedy Improv group. Ms. Frederick has played and sung on many studio projects for other artists as well as for her solo CD, “However We Like”. In 2012, she graduated from Belmont University with a Master of Music in piano performance.  She currently teaches a studio of twenty-five, up-and-coming musicians and hosts a bi-weekly podcast, “Confessions of a Keyboardist” where she interviews professional keyboard players.

Amy Frederick | Keys

Amy Frederick began studying the piano when she was six and her first recording experience was singing Beatles songs into a portable cassette player at age seven. “She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah!” While in high school, she accompanied the concert choir and served as field commander in the marching band. She started playing for musicals also, and began working as pianist and organist for many denominations of churches. After high school, she won the Birmingham Music Club competition which awarded her enough money to attend the Aspen Music Festival, a life-changing experience where she heard world-class musicians play concerts every day for nine weeks. Following graduation from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Music, she moved to Michigan and bought a keyboard.

Following a four-and-a-half month stint performing on a paddlewheel boat in Otsu, Japan, Ms. Frederick moved to Nashville. Since then, Ms. Frederick’s unique background of classical piano study combined with many years of playing keyboards and organ for rhythm and blues, country, pop, rock, gospel and symphonic music has served her well. She has performed multiple times every week with her band, Roxcel for 25 years, and has played concerts and shows with the Paducah Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky, Chaffin’s Barn and Nashville’s Sprocket Comedy Improv group. Ms. Frederick has played and sung on many studio projects for other artists as well as for her solo CD, “However We Like”. In 2012, she graduated from Belmont University with a Master of Music in piano performance.

She currently teaches a studio of twenty-five, up-and-coming musicians and hosts a bi-weekly podcast, “Confessions of a Keyboardist” where she interviews professional keyboard players.

Johnny Todd | Vocals & Casting Director   In 1984, Johnny started singing professionally at Six Flags over Georgia. From there he went to Knoxville where he performed nightly in piano bars in notable places like Chantilly’s and Regas restaurants. Then, in 1985, Johnny was hired by Musicana Enterprises which was based in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Through this company, he was booked at the Myrtle Beach Hilton and aboard the SS Constitution Cruise Ship in Hawaii. Johnny was the star singer in the Starlight Lounge and sang with a quartet in the Tropicana Showplace. Singing in these different venues provided Johnny with the experience of singing a wide repertoire of music, which included everything from Big Band standards to R&B and Country.  Since moving to Nashville in 1987, Johnny has performed with a variety of bands at numerous nightspots. He has performed at the Western Room in Printer’s Alley, City Limits, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, The Stockyard, Douglas Corner, The Nashville Palace, The Bluebird, and had a 3-year booking at the Nashville Nightlife. In 1991, Johnny was a finalist on TNN’s “Be A Star” which led him to a spot in the “Welcome Home Troops” show hosted by Ralph Emery. Johnny’s other television appearances include Ed McMahon’s “Star Search ’94,” and “Charlie Daniel’s Talent Roundup.”  Johnny has also appeared in numerous musicals in the Nashville area including Baby, Godspell, Falsetto’s, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Evita with the Tennessee Reparatory Theater.  Currently, Johnny performs with the Rory Partin Big Band – formerly the Bo Thorpe Orchestra. With this group, he has performed at two Presidential Inaugural Balls, and recently at Ray Steven’s CabaRay for the New Year’s Eve 2018-2019 celebration. Johnny also has a home studio where he has recorded hundreds of television and radio jingles that have aired worldwide.

Johnny Todd | Vocals & Casting Director

In 1984, Johnny started singing professionally at Six Flags over Georgia. From there he went to Knoxville where he performed nightly in piano bars in notable places like Chantilly’s and Regas restaurants. Then, in 1985, Johnny was hired by Musicana Enterprises which was based in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Through this company, he was booked at the Myrtle Beach Hilton and aboard the SS Constitution Cruise Ship in Hawaii. Johnny was the star singer in the Starlight Lounge and sang with a quartet in the Tropicana Showplace. Singing in these different venues provided Johnny with the experience of singing a wide repertoire of music, which included everything from Big Band standards to R&B and Country.

Since moving to Nashville in 1987, Johnny has performed with a variety of bands at numerous nightspots. He has performed at the Western Room in Printer’s Alley, City Limits, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, The Stockyard, Douglas Corner, The Nashville Palace, The Bluebird, and had a 3-year booking at the Nashville Nightlife. In 1991, Johnny was a finalist on TNN’s “Be A Star” which led him to a spot in the “Welcome Home Troops” show hosted by Ralph Emery. Johnny’s other television appearances include Ed McMahon’s “Star Search ’94,” and “Charlie Daniel’s Talent Roundup.”

Johnny has also appeared in numerous musicals in the Nashville area including Baby, Godspell, Falsetto’s, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Evita with the Tennessee Reparatory Theater.

Currently, Johnny performs with the Rory Partin Big Band – formerly the Bo Thorpe Orchestra. With this group, he has performed at two Presidential Inaugural Balls, and recently at Ray Steven’s CabaRay for the New Year’s Eve 2018-2019 celebration. Johnny also has a home studio where he has recorded hundreds of television and radio jingles that have aired worldwide.

 
Czar | Engineering   Czar was born in Nashville, but got his musical roots while being raised in Memphis. He worked for a few studios in Memphis as well as owning his own recording studio called the Kremlin. In 2000 Czar founded Throneholder Productions, a production company for hip-hop, R&B, pop, and dance music.  After years of producing independent artists, Czar later returned to Nashville to pursue a BA in audio production from the Art Institute of Tennessee Nashville, which he received with honors. During school he began to focus on engineering and mixing, which is where he finds most of his work since moving to Nashville. When he's not busy in a studio engineering or in the Kremlin mixing, Czar spends his spare time researching gear, blogging about audio, writing gear reviews, and posting helpful tutorial videos online to help others learn.

Czar | Engineering

Czar was born in Nashville, but got his musical roots while being raised in Memphis. He worked for a few studios in Memphis as well as owning his own recording studio called the Kremlin. In 2000 Czar founded Throneholder Productions, a production company for hip-hop, R&B, pop, and dance music.

After years of producing independent artists, Czar later returned to Nashville to pursue a BA in audio production from the Art Institute of Tennessee Nashville, which he received with honors. During school he began to focus on engineering and mixing, which is where he finds most of his work since moving to Nashville. When he's not busy in a studio engineering or in the Kremlin mixing, Czar spends his spare time researching gear, blogging about audio, writing gear reviews, and posting helpful tutorial videos online to help others learn.

Tosha Marie | Choreographer & Co-Director   Tosha was born and raised here in Nashville where she trained at the Bellevue Dance Center, but left after graduating from Hume-Fogg. She went to Oklahoma City University as a Dance Performance major, and while in Oklahoma, she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theater intensively, and was part of The American Spirit Dance Company, the hip hop and step team OCU Rhythms, and the OCU Theatre Department. She has also studied multiple styles of dance in New York, Chicago, and Nashville, and continues to go to conventions to not only continue to work on her craft as a dancer, but to continuously study how to be a better teacher.  Tosha has a passion for performance and has been dancing, singing, and acting since the age of 5 on stage and screen. She has been in numerous stage productions, industrials, commercials, TV shows, music videos, and films throughout her career. She has been blessed to be able to perform at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Rocketown, The End, Nashville Shores, Nissan Stadium, The Ryman Auditorium, The Grand Ole Opry, and many other great local theaters in Nashville and Oklahoma City. She just became a dancer for the Nashville Sounds baseball team!  Although she enjoys performing, Tosha feels called to be a dance teacher and choreographer. She started as an assistant teacher at The Bellevue Dance Center and has now been teaching dance for 12 years. You may have seen her critically acclaimed choreography for Pull-Tight Players, Gaslight Dinner Theatre, Larry Keeton Theatre, Circle Players Theatre, Street Theatre Company, and Murfreesboro Center for the Arts. She has taught at Belmont University, Vanderbilt University, Lipscomb University, Columbia State Community College, Centennial High School, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Father Ryan High School, Nolensville High School, Brentwood Academy and is the choreographer for the award-winning Ravenwood High School Musical Theatre Program.  She has recently stepped into the role of Director and has directed "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" for CoPlayers Theatre. Next on her directorial slate is A Chorus Line for Circle Players Theatre. She is currently teaching dance at Street Theatre Company! Check her out on  www.tmpchoreography.com

Tosha Marie | Choreographer & Co-Director

Tosha was born and raised here in Nashville where she trained at the Bellevue Dance Center, but left after graduating from Hume-Fogg. She went to Oklahoma City University as a Dance Performance major, and while in Oklahoma, she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theater intensively, and was part of The American Spirit Dance Company, the hip hop and step team OCU Rhythms, and the OCU Theatre Department. She has also studied multiple styles of dance in New York, Chicago, and Nashville, and continues to go to conventions to not only continue to work on her craft as a dancer, but to continuously study how to be a better teacher.

Tosha has a passion for performance and has been dancing, singing, and acting since the age of 5 on stage and screen. She has been in numerous stage productions, industrials, commercials, TV shows, music videos, and films throughout her career. She has been blessed to be able to perform at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Rocketown, The End, Nashville Shores, Nissan Stadium, The Ryman Auditorium, The Grand Ole Opry, and many other great local theaters in Nashville and Oklahoma City. She just became a dancer for the Nashville Sounds baseball team!

Although she enjoys performing, Tosha feels called to be a dance teacher and choreographer. She started as an assistant teacher at The Bellevue Dance Center and has now been teaching dance for 12 years. You may have seen her critically acclaimed choreography for Pull-Tight Players, Gaslight Dinner Theatre, Larry Keeton Theatre, Circle Players Theatre, Street Theatre Company, and Murfreesboro Center for the Arts. She has taught at Belmont University, Vanderbilt University, Lipscomb University, Columbia State Community College, Centennial High School, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Father Ryan High School, Nolensville High School, Brentwood Academy and is the choreographer for the award-winning Ravenwood High School Musical Theatre Program.

She has recently stepped into the role of Director and has directed "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" for CoPlayers Theatre. Next on her directorial slate is A Chorus Line for Circle Players Theatre. She is currently teaching dance at Street Theatre Company! Check her out on www.tmpchoreography.com

Robert Hickman | Lighting Designer   Robert Hickman is a 12-year veteran of the Entertainment Industry. Graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelors in Recording Industry Production and Technology and a minor in Entertainment Technology. He has designed musicals and straight plays for theatre and worked as an event and technical production manager for a theatre. During his time in the industry, he has also worked as an audio-visual technician for corporate, hotels and convention centers.  While touring on the road, he has held a combination of positions: stage manager, lighting designer and production manager with various artists and projects. Robert has also worked for a creative design firm 44 Designs in Nashville, TN, where he designed, programmed and managed numerous artists, events and projects ranging in size and scope. His skills range from creative design and stage layout to lighting and video programming using various industry standard software and technologies. He is excited to partner with The Fortune Few Rock Opera as the lighting designer and part of the creative team.

Robert Hickman | Lighting Designer

Robert Hickman is a 12-year veteran of the Entertainment Industry. Graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelors in Recording Industry Production and Technology and a minor in Entertainment Technology. He has designed musicals and straight plays for theatre and worked as an event and technical production manager for a theatre. During his time in the industry, he has also worked as an audio-visual technician for corporate, hotels and convention centers.

While touring on the road, he has held a combination of positions: stage manager, lighting designer and production manager with various artists and projects. Robert has also worked for a creative design firm 44 Designs in Nashville, TN, where he designed, programmed and managed numerous artists, events and projects ranging in size and scope. His skills range from creative design and stage layout to lighting and video programming using various industry standard software and technologies. He is excited to partner with The Fortune Few Rock Opera as the lighting designer and part of the creative team.

Kyle Edmonston | Drums   Kyle is from Atlanta, GA. He started playing drums at age 7. He grew up playing in school jazz bands and his own bands. In 2010, he went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He graduated in 2013 with a BA in Performance.   Since graduating, he has made his home in Nashville, TN. He has played countless artist/sessions/corporate gigs, as well as forming his own groups.   His favorite candy is Reese’s.  photo credit @jonuptonmusic

Kyle Edmonston | Drums

Kyle is from Atlanta, GA. He started playing drums at age 7. He grew up playing in school jazz bands and his own bands. In 2010, he went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He graduated in 2013 with a BA in Performance.

Since graduating, he has made his home in Nashville, TN. He has played countless artist/sessions/corporate gigs, as well as forming his own groups.

His favorite candy is Reese’s.

photo credit @jonuptonmusic

Parrish G. Monk  |  Visual Artist   Parrish Monk is a full-time visual artist, artisan, educational consultant and adult educator. Parrish teaches developmental math, finite math, entrepreneurship and business management courses to adult learners at various colleges in the region. After 11 years spent in the military Parrish finally graduated from college with his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at age 32. Although he struggled in college, he went on to acquire his Masters in Business Administration and his Doctorate in Education only to realize that he felt his most happiness when he was creating art. While Parrish is very passionate about his role as an adult educator he is equally as passionate about being an artist, artisan and a writer.  As the father of three boys (26, 25 and 13) Parrish lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife and youngest son Kadin who is on the Autism Spectrum. Outside of teaching and family most of Parrish’s time is spent creating and selling his artwork and writing his critical reading novels and leadership development curriculum. Since becoming a full-time artist on January 2014 Parrish has opened several art galleries and collaborative pop-up shops as well as displayed his work in multiple art galleries. Parrish is humbled at the fact that he has sold over 523 original pieces of art since first sharing his artwork publicly in November 2011. As a late blooming artist Parrish never imagined any modicum of success let alone that he would become a full-time artist by default.  After working as the Dean for the Business Management Program and General Education Department for over 6 years Parrish the college where Parrish was employed closed down forcing Parrish to take a risk and become a full-time artist on January 1, 2014. Parrish has been a successful artists ever since and is now working on a series of short but powerful illustrated critical reading novels (i.e., learning fables) and the accompanying curriculum with the intention of distributing these powerful stories and workbooks in K-16 settings across the nation starting in 2019.

Parrish G. Monk | Visual Artist

Parrish Monk is a full-time visual artist, artisan, educational consultant and adult educator. Parrish teaches developmental math, finite math, entrepreneurship and business management courses to adult learners at various colleges in the region. After 11 years spent in the military Parrish finally graduated from college with his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at age 32. Although he struggled in college, he went on to acquire his Masters in Business Administration and his Doctorate in Education only to realize that he felt his most happiness when he was creating art. While Parrish is very passionate about his role as an adult educator he is equally as passionate about being an artist, artisan and a writer.

As the father of three boys (26, 25 and 13) Parrish lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife and youngest son Kadin who is on the Autism Spectrum. Outside of teaching and family most of Parrish’s time is spent creating and selling his artwork and writing his critical reading novels and leadership development curriculum. Since becoming a full-time artist on January 2014 Parrish has opened several art galleries and collaborative pop-up shops as well as displayed his work in multiple art galleries. Parrish is humbled at the fact that he has sold over 523 original pieces of art since first sharing his artwork publicly in November 2011. As a late blooming artist Parrish never imagined any modicum of success let alone that he would become a full-time artist by default.

After working as the Dean for the Business Management Program and General Education Department for over 6 years Parrish the college where Parrish was employed closed down forcing Parrish to take a risk and become a full-time artist on January 1, 2014. Parrish has been a successful artists ever since and is now working on a series of short but powerful illustrated critical reading novels (i.e., learning fables) and the accompanying curriculum with the intention of distributing these powerful stories and workbooks in K-16 settings across the nation starting in 2019.

Bill Francis | Bass   Bill Francis, a PA native, first picked up the bass at 12 years old and 2 years later was playing out professionally with local rock bands. After graduating high school he spent a year touring through the United States and Central America with the internationally known company "Up With People". Following that, Bill began his formal music training at North Texas State University where he earned a degree in Jazz Performance. Since then Bill has played and toured in a multitude of bands. He has also participated at the Bass Collective in New York City and studied privately with John Patitucci. Bill's true music passion is jazz but he enjoys playing most all genres.

Bill Francis | Bass

Bill Francis, a PA native, first picked up the bass at 12 years old and 2 years later was playing out professionally with local rock bands. After graduating high school he spent a year touring through the United States and Central America with the internationally known company "Up With People". Following that, Bill began his formal music training at North Texas State University where he earned a degree in Jazz Performance. Since then Bill has played and toured in a multitude of bands. He has also participated at the Bass Collective in New York City and studied privately with John Patitucci. Bill's true music passion is jazz but he enjoys playing most all genres.