Steve Johnson is a Musician and Business Man. The DMV native who grew up in Seat Pleasant, MD started playing drums in church at the age of 5. By the age of 14 he became one of the most requested musicians in the DMV area playing behind Artist such as Top5, Raheem Devaughn, Kevin Ross, Angie Stone, Faith Evans, Letoya Luckett, Lil Mo, Chrissette Michele, Dave Hollister, Restine Jackson, 7 sons of soul, Terrence Cunningham and more. He is also the CEO of The Pad Apparel. A musical apparel and merchandise brand that is starting to gain recognition all over the world. Offering a wide selection of apparel for everyone he strives for people all over the world to be able to express themselves through fashion and music.
Zee Johnson is a drummer, singer/songwriter and Praise and Worship Leader who was inspired at an early age to play drums after watching Sheila E.'s performance in the movie, "Purple Rain." It wasn’t long before the Houston-based drummer took over the drum chair at her church full-time. After graduating college, Zee began sharing clips of her playing on Instagram. Her dazzling pocket and crisp chops soon attracted much attention. The attention from social media also brought an awareness of few female drummers' presence online. Zee has shifted her focus from playing to educating and inspiring as many drummers as possible. Zee's penchant for practice, hard work, and social awareness is what sets her a part. She currently teaches locally in The Woodlands and Spring Texas areas, while balancing her roles as Praise and Worship Leader and studio musician.
Demetrick June is a professional drummer who exudes a spirit of integrity, skill and leadership. Always looking for a teachable moment, DJ as he is affectionately called has been playing drums for over 20 years, and has worked in an active playing and teaching capacity. Raised in Manning, SC, DJ started playing drums in his home church Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church. It is there that DJ was able to learn, focus and grow as a drummer. After graduating from high school, DJ studied and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Musical Performance from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, FL. J is a versatile drummer playing all types of musical genres, with the ability to read music and play by ear. However it is his passion for playing that has led him to follow his dreams and use his GOD-given gift to play with different musical artists and bands across the country and to create #TeamJune, his company and platform that exhibits professionalism and hard-work while living out his goals as a professional musician and businessman. DJ has finished his fourth international tour with Carnival Cruise Lines, with the band Easy Breezy. Internationally he taught his clinic In Nassau BA, while also performing in Half-moon Cay, BA, Ensenada Mexico, Cozumel, Mexico, San Juan, PR, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Marrten, Montego Bay Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Belize City Belize, and Roatan Honduras. When he is not touring, DJ is educating aspiring and current musicians on the music business and professionalism through his clinics "The Successful Mindset of a Musician" and "Beyond The One Dimensional Mindset."
Dante Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA is a drummer, artist, writer, producer, designer, entrepreneur and currently the music director at the Versace Hotel in Dubai representing the legendary Quincy Jones. Finding interest in drums at the age of 3 in a family of musicians, singers, and writers, Dante's drumming was cultivated by his father Howard Kennedy, the original drummer for the legendary "Wilmington Chester Mass Choir". Beginning music theory lessons at the age of 6 with Mr. Garfield Williams, Dante learned how to read music, Also teaching music theory now to kids, ages 4 & up). Growing up Dante studied all genres of music, even from the likes of Jazz from his cousin, and drummer, Harvey Mason, Sr. Later, Dante would be called to play drums for artists such as Keke Wyatt, No Question, and many others when they would come into the city of Philadelphia needing a band. Dante spent much of his youth around great musicianship, being mentored with the likes of Tye Tribbett and G.A., as a dancer from 2000 to 2005. Dante's career accomplishments include, but are not limited to:
With Dante's history in the music industry, he has now stepped into his humanitarian efforts as a member with The Global Sustainability Network (GSN) with the mission of helping to end modern day slavery, human trafficking and focusing on job creation. Follow Dante Kennedy via social media for information on his latest music , releases, and shows.
CJ Knowles is a 21-year-old prodigy who was raised on the Southside of Chicago as the baby of 2 boys on his mother’s side (Demetra Hinton Knowles). At the age of 1, he fell in love with drums as he played a blue drum set in the kitchen of his then home with his mom, grandmother, and older brother. His older brother Desmond gifted him with this gift as he saw his little brother had a huge passion for music. Not only had the passion grow from playing drums, but he also had the influence of his stepfather James Knowles who groomed him into being a diverse genre drummer. With this grooming CJ has played for multiple artists such as; Joanna Connor, Honey Dew, Theo Huff, up and coming artist Cash and Maverick, and many others. At the age of 14 James Knowles passed away to a great battle to Cancer and pushed CJ to work harder in honor of his step father’s legacy. Soon after his father passed the young drummer completed a 5-week program at Berklee College of Music who also seen his potential to be great and offered him multiple scholarships to attend their university. Although he did not attend the university he decided to pursue his music career soon after graduation in 2016. Working tirelessly he soon achieved his dream of opening up for Why Don't We and Lizzo with a band called Round2Crew and going on tour in November of 2019 with the raising stars Cash and Maverick. Although he has achieved multiple goals the drummer knows he still has a lot of time in his career to do amazing things and won’t stop until he made a name for himself just like the late great James Knowles.
Wendell was born and raised in Chicago, IL where he discovered his talent. Wendell’s parents recognized his love for drumming at the very early age of 2-years old where he’d bang on pots and pans with spoons and forks. Eventually, his father bought him his first drum set, in which Wendell used to play his first eight-song concert at the age of 3. As he grew, so did his passion for music and his love for drums. Like any other Gospel musician, Wendell began playing around Chicago with his father professional Pianist/Organist, Wendell H. Lowe Sr., where he than began to get recognition. Later on, Wendell attended Thornton Fractional High school in Lansing, IL where he then began to learn music notation and also music theory. Soon after, with teachings from school music director, Mike Madonia, Wendell was placed in the marching, jazz, concert, and symphonic bands further honing his technical music abilities. With practice and progression, Wendell began picking up local jazz gigs around Illinois. In late 2015, Wendell auditioned for a new, up and coming soul band called “The Alex Legrand Band.” Within three years of gigging with the band, Wendell strenthened his ability with pocket and feel. Soon after, he was recognized by two progressive rock bands in the city of Chicago: “The Gabriel Construct” and “Pavlov3” where he was given the opportunity to play a different genre of music from what he was accustomed to. Currently, Wendell backs up and coming pop artist, LYRX. Having a heavy gospel background and experience playing progressive rock, Wendell has managed to become one of the youngest and most versatile drummers from Chicago. Wendell’s main influences include: Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, Mike Mitchell, Ronald Bruner Jr., Calvin Rodgers, Clemons Poindexter, Dwayne Bradford, Dana Thompson, Tavarius “Varo” Johnson to name a few. Wendell has also had the privilege to perform with artists such as: Pastor Smokie Norful, Dorinda Clark Cole, Phillip Patterson, The Alex Legrand Band, The Gabriel Construct, Pavlov3, Pastor Tim Bailey and Judah Camp, Donald Buster Woods and G3 and many more!
Solomon Marshall Jr., aka Sam, was born in Baltimore City and developed a love for music early on in his life from his family. He began playing drums at the young age of 4. As a kid attending his grandmother’s church, Sam’s gift...
Terry McCluney, born into tradition of professional musicians, performers, and vocalists. The Shelby, North Carolina native began playing the drums at the age of 2 years old. He literally grew up with no drums in the house to practice on because his parents wouldn’t allow it. He started beating on anything that made noise. Due to “no drums allowed at home”, He would go to his church and literally practice for hours and hours at a time, almost every day. He was also afforded the opportunity of great talented cousins that played drums as well and taught him different techniques. This opened the door to share the stage with a national quartet group at the age of 16. His mother also a pianist influenced him to stretch his musical talents where he began to play the trombone for his high school jazz band and proceeded to take piano lessons. The time had come to leave home and attend N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. While attending school the opportunity occurred to audition for a drummer position at Calvary East Church. He was blessed to be able to qualify for the position, where he played along with other professional musicians. While there he learned many genres of music and began to really move towards a different style of playing and creativity. He was also introduced through co-musicians to the long time jazz band “The Posse” out of Eden, NC. This is where he really began to listen and thoroughly play all types of jazz music. He started playing with the band in 2006 and is still currently a member. Terry has a burning passion for music and wants to touch the hearts of people through playing. “I want people to feel what I feel when I play, or else I’m just banging drums.” Some of his influences are to name a few, Dave Weckl, Calvin C-Rod Rogers, George “Spanky” Mccurdy, Dennis Chambers, Robert “Sput” Seawright, Larone “Skeeter” Mcmillian, and Buddy Rich. These drummers inspire him and give him “life”. “I want to use the gift God gave me and make people feel great inside and most of all, have fun.” Terry is known for his diverse skills in many genres of music, his quick learning ability, and awareness in music. As of recent, Terry is playing with national country artist and the winner of 2018 Carolina’s Entertainer of the year award, Ryan Trotti, based out of Charlotte NC. This opportunity has afforded him to travel across the US to articulate his craft in some of the best venues, festivals across the US. Terry also shared the stage with some of the greatest country performers around and has been apart of the Carolina Country Music Festival, Myrtle Beach, SC. Terry also had the pleasure of accompanying signed country artist Jesse G at the Carolina Country Music Awards. “ I will always have a passion for music and the people that help make music what it is today.”
Christopher O’Neal was born February 3, 1983 in Roanoke, Virginia. His parents, the late Elder Dock O’Neal and Elder Della O’Neal, raised he and his siblings in the church. Both of his parents sang in the choir. Chris began playing the drums at the young age of 3. His first showcase was at Grandin Court Elementary which amazed not only his school, but his family as well. In his pre-teen years he became the drummer for the J.C. English Ensemble in his home church, Emmanuel Tabernacle Baptist Church Apostolic Faith. Chris attended William Fleming High School where he played in the marching and jazz bands. He was also captain of the drumline for 2 years. After graduation, he later returned to his alma mater where he served as Assistant Drumline instructor. Chris has been blessed to share the stage with many gospel artists such as LeAndria Johnson, Duranice Pace, Joshua Rodgers, and Kefia Rollerson. He also had the opportunity to play drums on the gospel track entitled, A Chosen Vessel, featured on the album by Ricardo D. Gill & The Shekinah Project. Gifted and anointed by God to play the drums, Chris is known in the Roanoke Valley and abroad for his drumming talent and abilities. He grew up studying Maurice Mitchell, Samuel English Jr. and John Mitchell, but also influenced by drummers/musicians/songwriters such as Calvin Rodgers, Brent Easton, and George “Spanky” McCurdy. Chris currently plays for New Harvest Family Worship Center, Spirit of Life International, Domino Band, Melissa and The Growlers, Nicholson Brothers, and UBU Band. Chris currently resides in Roanoke Valley with his wife and number one supporter, Linetty. Close
Greg Owens was born on May 14, 1993 and began his musical career as a drummer at the age of 2. Greg has played for many churches, schools and bands/ensembles. Greg is versatile in many genres such as gospel, jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B and rock. He’s played drums on studio albums including Matthew Kiernan & G-Bop “First Fruits”, Sheri Wise-Chaffin “You Make Me Smile” and Deric Anderson’s “Shifting”. Some his accomplishments includes serving drummer for the inspirational stage play “Transition” starring the legendary Shirley Murdock. He served as a drummer for One Night Columbus, a 3000+ Christian gathering in which he also performed as a rapper. Owens is an accomplished music producer, recording artist, song writer and engineer. He has recorded and produced for many artists in Columbus, OH and Midwest region since the age of 13. In 2011, he released his first music video “Popular” which has garnered over 23,000 YouTube views. Owens has been featured on the both Columbus’ urban radio stations 106.7 The Beat and Power 107.5 as well as Power 92.3 in Chicago IL. His recent album “Eclectic Soul” was released on September 2017 with critical acclaim.
Dante’ Pope is a soul drummer-vocalist and a native of Chicago, Illinois. He blends his gospel roots with a soulful swing that has been showcased all around the world. This year he released his debut soul project, 'After Five Music,' and collaborated on a Grammy nominated album called, 'Black Cowboys,' a collaborative project with Grammy Award-winning artist , Dom Flemons and Smithsonian Folkways. His passion for arts in education has connected him with organizations such as, The Musicianship, DC Public Schools, The Mayor's Youth Employment Program and Levine School of Music as a percussion instructor. Most recently, Dante’ released his debut soul project, 'After Five Music,' while participating in the Strathmore Artist in Residence program in the class of 2019. He toured with Kenny Wesley and the Soulful Nerd Band to Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Madagascar, Gabon, and Rwanda through the State Department's, American Music Abroad Program. He served as Music Director for Grammy nominated soul artist Raheem Devaughn and the Crossrhodes, toured the country with Grammy Award-winning artists Dom Flemons, Old Crow Medicine Show and has collaborated with a host of many other artists based in various genres from jazz to afrobeat. His versatility as a percussionist is indicative of his outlook on life. Whether teaching or performing, Dante’s smile and happiness is palpable to all around him. READ MORE>>