ALENA RAE | VOCALS
Singer. Songwriter. Actress. Equestrian. Philanthropist. All of these words describe Alena Rae, but nothing comes close to capturing the full range of talent, heart and soul of Nashville’s hottest rising star.
Just don’t call her a diva. Alena’s what other divas wish they could be if they had enough guts and thick skin. She and her band ground it out in smoky clubs and dive bars for years before catching on with radio stations and fans. They built their following the hard way; one listener at a time, one spin at a time, one interview at a time with any station that would have them on. Along the way, they were kicked around, lied to and cheated, but they kept going, because they believed in the music and they believed in the fans.
Originally hailing from Seattle, Washington, Alena grew up on the back of a horse, showing under her mother’s tutelage at events around the country. The strong connection with animals inspired her connection with music as a way to communicate emotionally, instinctively and with complete honesty. You can hear it in her songs- at times heart-breaking as an orphaned foal, at others joyful as a proud stallion. But every time, straight from the heart.
Even with all the current success, Alena still finds time to run a professional show horse facility in the Nashville area, where she also writes and rehearses with the band. It’s a world she’s built through her own grit and determination; a world full of love, life, and best of all, music.
But her passions don’t stop there. She’s also committed to the fight against cancer. Alena frequently donates her time, talent and money to several organizations who are working to find the cure. Like so many of us, her life has been affected by friends and families suffering from this disease and she’s committed to making cancer a thing of the past.
Yet another passion is one with direct and personal relevance–helping those suffering from spousal abuse. From her own personal struggle with this issue, Alena knows how important it is to get help, and how hard help is to find sometimes. She devotes her craft to several important organizations for spousal abuse victims. Her own struggle is reflected in her single, “Fool Me Twice”.
So with all this going on, who has time for anything else? Alena, of course. She also has a steady schedule of acting gigs, appearing in everything from Dodge Ram commercials to Kid Rock videos to independent films.
Multi-talented. Multi-faceted. Singularly focused on life and love. That’s our Alena. Keeping it all real for the rest of us.
Can we get a woot?
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MARK GEMINI THWAITE | GUITARS
“Mark Gemini Thwaite is a man who should need no introduction, given the breadth of artists and musical styles he’s made his indelible mark in. Lending his skills as a composer and guitarist to the likes of goth/rockers like The Mission and Peter Murphy, classic rock & rollers like Thin Lizzy’s Ricky Warwick and The Who’s Roger Daltrey, and well known in industrial circles for his collaborations in Primitive Race, Revolting Cocks, and Gary Numan” -REGEN magazine
Mark Gemini Thwaite (aka MGT) is a Brittish rock musician who has played guitar for many industry luminaries. His extensive and impressive list of bands that he’s been involved with reads as a virtual “Who’s Who” of Hard Rock.
Born in Birmingham, England, currently residing in Los Angeles, MGT has a vast list of various live and recorded appearances with industry icons such as Gary Numan, Tricky, Peter Murphy, Al Jourgensen of Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Roger Daltrey, P.J. Harvey, Alanis Morissette, Combichrist, Primitive Race, Black Star Riders, Ginger of The Wildhearts, Stan Lee of Marvel Comics, Franz Treichler of The Young Gods, Ville Valo of Finnish band HIM and many more.
His talents have literally rocked across many genres over the past three decades with precision and ease, embracing industrial, alternative and hard rock, just to name a few.
Mark Thwaite is proud to endorse:
Seymour Duncan pickups & pedals,
BOSS FX (USA)
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DAVID LEE RICKARD | DRUMS
David Lee has been a touring professional drummer, vocalist and writer for over 40 yrs. Growing up in the beautiful, quaint city of Silverton, Oregon he developed a passion for drums at just 9yrs old and took his first paying professional gig at the age of 15.
He first made his mark not as a drummer, but as a singer. After moving to Portland he took a lead singer position for Sunship, a touring band that served as the opener for Tower of Power.
After several years with Sunship, Dave was offered the drummer position for the amazing Meredith Brooks, who was famous for the hit song, B-tch. Touring with Meredith, David Lee shared the stage with many other greats, including Eddie Money.
Then Fate came along, wearing gorgeous blond locks and stiletto heels. Indie artist Alena Rae was already making a name for herself with her soulful, country flavored pop but needed a drummer partner to help bring the music to life. David’s multi-faceted talent plus his experience working with a strong female artist made him the perfect candidate. A partnership was struck, and for the last 15 years, they have recorded, toured and collaborated together with amazing success.
Now coming together with legendary producer Bill McDermott, David and Alena are the core of an exciting new blend of music that will be totally unlike any other, yet completely their own.