Jess Steffan is a bassist, singer, and song writer based out of Santa Clara, CA. She has been playing music since 1999 and currently plays in a groove metal band called Chase the Monster.
Jason Gearhart is a guitarist and songwriter who was born and raised in San Jose, CA.
He started playing guitar in High School and was an instant fan of the metal/shred genre at a
time when Grunge and Alternative were becoming the new norm. His style is heavily influenced
by Thrashmetal, Progressive Rock/Metal, Blues, Classical, and Jazz Fusion. Jason has worked
his way up to becoming one of the South Bay’s best known guitar players and has played in
several cover bands in the bay area, and eventually landed a gig with modern day heavy blues-
rock legend Tuco Ramirez (from 2016 to 2018), before lading his current role in the JUST
Project. Jason has also written and self-produced some of his own instrumental music available
on iTunes, Google Play, CDbaby and Spotify.
Over the past four decades Russel Blake has established himself as a professional Bassist/concert soloist/author and domestic violence awareness advocate.
He carries on the musical legacy of his Father Latin musical great Alex Blake, and his Brother world renowned jazz bassist Alex Blake II.
To date, he has shared his talents in 75 countries on five continents, held the title of Adjunct Professor of Electrical Bass Studies at five universities across where he shared his creation “The Universal Language Music History & Cultural Program” with a variety of audiences from Elementary through High School, Colleges & Universities, Senior Centers, Prison, Hospitals and Military installations about the history of music.
Russel Blake currently holds 439 pieces of music in his repertoire encompassing Classical, Spanish Classical, Traditional Jazz, Brazilian, Opera, Latin & Blues musical idioms. He performs works fro Beethoven, Mozart, Segovia, Albeniz, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Monk, Jobim, Stevie Wonder & Elton John.
Mr. Blake has earned the opportunity to tour and record with multiple music giants such as Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Hugh Masakela, Cybil Shepherd, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, El Gran Combo, Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mary Mary, Dreamgirls/The Lion King/Motown The Musical on Broadway NYC, Angie Stone, Brenda Russell to name a few.
At the age of 23 Neal had a late start as a musician compared to many of his peers. Playing around the Phoenix Arizona music scene with such groups as REDRUM, Contact High and Black Mariah throughout the mid 80s and 90s gave him a solid foundation as a bassist. Neal also released an E.P. with a group called The Investigators in the mid 90s featuring hall of fame drummer Hal Blaine. After a 7-year hiatus he returned to the stage with the group Lock 44. During this time Neal also started an acoustic group called “Dream Chemistry”. Dream Chemistry released two full-length studio albums world wide with moderate success. Currently Neal is playing with “Empire of Dezire” where he has had the privilege of sharing the stage with such groups as Saxon, Armored Saint, UFO, Geoff Tate and Gram Bonnet just to name a few. His influences include: Greg Chaisson (Badlands), Kenny Chaisson (Keel), Todd Chaisson (Tuff), Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), Tony Levin (King Crimson) and Chris Squiar (Yes) among many others. Neal plays Fender and Jackson Basses and Ashdown amplification.
Bully Thakidd is a producer, musician and YouTube influencer working in the Tulsa/ Oklahoma City area. A multi-instrumentalist, Bully has served both live and in the studio as a bassist, electric guitarist, Drummer and vocalist over the course of his career. He’s played for Zydeco acts such as Chris Ardoin, and J Paul Jones as well as Gospel acts Shirley Ceasar, Fred Hammond, and Yolanda Adams.
Bully now performs mostly on the Tulsa Area and spends significant time working on various studio projects as both a Vocalist and Producer and Musician.
Bully Thakidd is best known for running the successful Bully Thakidd Youtube Channel, on which he provides top-notch reviews of guitar and bass equipment, and influences a broad range of musicians through his video releases.
“I have used MJC Ironworks strings both live and in the studio, and have found these strings to be highly reliable, versatile, and most importantly – long-lasting. MJC makes an outstanding product! I recommend them to any and everyone I can. Definitely check them out.”- Bully Thakidd
The Black Donnellys is a highly-regarded and Guinness World Record-breaking band from Dublin. Currently based in Las Vegas, The Black Donnellys are resident musicians at Rí Rá Irish Pub at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, located on the infamous Las Vegas Strip. The band consists of award-winning singer/songwriter Dave Rooney, and Guinness World Record-breaking guitarist Dave Browne.
Since arriving in America just under five years ago, The Black Donnellys have established a great fan base throughout the United States with their energetic live performances.
Last year, they embarked on a quest to set a Guinness World Record playing 60 shows in ALL 50 states in just 40 days! Racing against the clock, they examine the pursuit of the American Dream from an immigrant’s perspective and how music connects us all.
This trip is the subject of a new movie: An Irish Story: This Is My Home.
The Black Donnellys use MJC Ironworks strings exclusively.
Daniel Childs is a producer, musician and YouTube influencer working in the Tampa Bay Area. A multi-instrumentalist, Childs has served both live and in the studio as a bassist, electric guitarist, acoustic guitarist and vocalist over the course of his career.
Having toured the breadth of the US in concert, Childs now performs mostly on the Florida Gulf Coast and spends significant time working on various studio projects.
Daniel is best known for running the successful Rumblin Man Youtube Channel, on which he provides top-notch reviews of guitar and bass equipment, and influences a broad range of musicians through his video releases.
“I have used MJC Ironworks strings both live and in the studio, and have found these strings to be highly reliable, versatile, aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly – long-lasting. This company makes an excellent product, and I very much recommend checking them out.”