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Touring Band

Josh Willaert

Josh Willaert has been drumming for most of his life and plays without his shoes to really FEEL the music. Originally from Minnesota, Josh has been drumming professionally for over 10 years on stage and in the studio. He’s toured throughout the Midwest and played every genre from heavy metal to folk-rock to hip hop. In 2016 he moved to Seattle and has now found his a home playing a new sound with Megs.

Ilya Ignatov

Ilya Ignatov is a lead guitarist born in Abakan, Russia. At age 8, he moved to the US with his family. Growing up around working musicians resulted in exposure to all kinds of styles ranging from rock music to classical; which helped lay the groundwork for a career in recording, performing, instructing, and producing music. His varied background and abilities provide the perfect combination to lead this new musical direction.

 

Studio Band

Ben Smith

Drummer, “Heart”

Ben Smith is a prolific and accomplished drummer based in Seattle, Washington, who has performed live and in the studio with Heart since 1994. Highlights include playing on most network and cable talk shows, (Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Ellen, Good Morning America, Today, etc); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Performance 2013; concert tours every year across the US,

Canada, and internationally; studio recordings for Heart and Lovemongers, (Whirlygig, Lovemongers’ Christmas, Jupiter’s Darling, Red Velvet Car, Fanatic); also for Ann Wilson’s solo project “Hope and Glory”, featuring Sir Elton John, Shawn Colvin, KD Lang, and others.You can hear Ben’s drumming on the film “Almost Famous”, with Nancy Wilson composing and performing. These sessions, featuring Peter Frampton and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, included songs by the band “Stillwater”, and the film won the Grammy award for Best Soundtrack in 2001.Ben also performed with Nancy Wilson and Mike McCready for the Cameron Crowe film “Vanilla Sky”, starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, including the song, “I Fall Apart”, sung by Cameron Diaz; and in the film “Elizabethtown” with Nancy Wilson; as well as working for many composers, producers, and artists on other recordings, on television, and in films.

Brad Smith

Bassist

Getting his initial big break as the bassist with ’90s rockers Blind Melon, Brad Smith branched out after the band’s 1995 dissolution as a solo artist — proving he was not just your average sideman. Born in West Point, MS, on September 29, 1968, Smith discovered music via playing the baritone sax and snare drum for his junior-high band. He also taught himself how to play guitar, and began playing with

another local burgeoning guitarist, Rogers Stevens, jamming away to ’80s heavy metal as well as classic rock. After Smith graduated from high school and decided that college life wasn’t for him, he and Stevens relocated to Los Angeles, CA, looking to form a band. Hooking up with singer Shannon Hoon, second guitarist Christopher Thorn, and drummer Glenn Graham, Blind Melon was born in 1990.

Amber Sweeney

Back-up Vocals

Amber Sweeney is an accomplished soul/rock singer, songwriter, and recording artist who recently signed with Seattle based record label, London Tone Music, to release a single as part of their 5252: A Year In Your Ear project. Her single “Lone Sailor,” produced by Geoff Ott, was released September 1, 2014 and reached #4 on the iTunes Blues charts upon its release. Amber’s voice, musical talent, and songwriting have also been

featured in two CW television series: *One Tree Hill* and *Life Unexpected* (Flying Machine, Girl In The Moon, Quicksand, Maybe, Stars, Feel This written by Jonathan Jackson of Enation) while one half of the duo known as Everly. Her voice has also been featured in Stephen King’s film adaptation of *Riding The Bullet*, while bass player and back up singer for the rock band Enation. She can also be heard on another northwest band’s album, *The Alleged Album* by One From Many (Tears We Cry Alone and Shape Of Your Heart).

Geoff Ott

Producer/Mixer/Co-Owner of London Bridge Studio

2013-2015 GRAMMY Chapter President

Producer and CO-Founder of London Tone Music

Credit Highlights:Engineering: Megs Mclean, Alice in Chains, Mark Lanegan, Murder City Devils, Unwritten Law, 3 Doors Down, NickelBack, Candle Box, John Rodderick, Jonathan Coulton.

Mixing: Mary Lambert, Melissa Etheridge, Brandi Carlile, Cat Power, Queens of the Stone Age, Paul Rogers.