Cindy melds her powerful and unique voice with contemporary
issue-driven lyrics to create music that is at once fresh and new and yet
reminiscent of the best classic rock, R&B, and blues. An award-winning
songwriter, Cindy writes like she sings: straight from the heart and no
bullshit. "I write about what's important to me, about what moves me.
I just do what I do. If
you like it, great. If not -cool."
Born into a musical
family with a guitar in hand, Tony's early influences included the Beatles,
Cream, and Jimi Hendrix. A serious student of the guitar, Tony studied guitar
and composition with Portland composer Bryan Johanson, and classical guitar with
masters Christopher Parkening and Michael Lorimer. But rock and electric blues
are his first love, "I like it loud and soulful. Music to me is all about the
feeling. If I can make someone feel what I feel when I'm playing, then I've done
my job and I'm happy."
Veteran club and
session player Kevin Venables brings a rock solid bag of big-bass licks to the
rhythm section. He has worked in a variety of mediums: radio, theater, dance,
and musical groups. After getting a degree in business communications from
Portland State University, he worked on the air at several Portland radio
stations. Kevin has worked with such local performers as Jim Mesi, Mel Solomon,
Ralph Black, and Jon Newton, also performing as a vocalist with the Oregon
Symphony Pops and the Seattle Symphony Pops. Kevin performed in a variety of
musical groups such as the Jomatics and PDX.
Jerry "Jake" Jacques
Jake comes from
Longview, Washington, a mill town known for its smell of pulp and fresh-cut
trees. Growing up in a musical family with a father who played jazz piano and
organ, Jerry couldn't help but to be influenced by all of the musical styles
that continually surrounded him. Realizing that Longview had a limited music
scene, he made the move (at 21 years old) to the Portland area where he worked
in various R&B and cover bands before joining the Cindy Young Band. Working
with the Cindy Young Band is a drummer's dream, "All live, great musicianship,
and a wide playing boundary to experiment in - what more can I say?!"