JONATHAN ADAMS (ELECTRIC GUITAR)
If you're wondering who's deep and sexy voice you hear speaking in your head as you read this, it is me, Jonathan Adams… guilty as charged. I'll be your tour guide through some of the torrid and controversial history of our band members.
A little bit about myself... I first picked up the guitar at the tender age of 15. I've never been quite the same since. I grew my hair long, played in lots of garage bands, learned to play the Black Album and pretty much covered all the bases of being a guitar addict. At the age of 20, I moved from Nova Scotia to Toronto looking to expand my musical horizons. Here I joined a band called One Rich Fool. Ironically we were five poverty-stricken idiots, but I was lucky enough to take that sacred journey into musical adulthood… by which I mean traveling the country from coast to coast all the while either struggling not to sleep at the wheel, or sleeping on a cold pile of gear at the back of the van.
After One Rich Fool had worn out its welcome/went the way of the dodo bird, I did a solo project which I'm actually quite proud of. So proud of in fact that I'm going to let you download it HERE. During my time with One Rich Fool I had met a couple of cool cats from another band called Capstone that traveled in the same circles by the names of Joel Wilson and Brad Toews. Both of them were extremely talented and had something very special about their musicality. I had them play on my solo project and now, if you look below, you can see they are playing with me for Jimi Jive 5. Voilà, the perfect segue.
JOEL WILSON (DRUMS)
Jonathan here again, to give you the low down on Joel Wilson. Listen, I'll be honest with you; this guys totally weird. I think it must have something to do with his Northern Ontario upbringing. I mean if you hire us, seriously avoid this guy.
Anyway, he's just about the best drummer I've ever run into so it's worth it I guess. I first met him when he was playing in a band called Capstone. At first I was totally weirded out by how weird the guy was, but I couldn't ignore how great he sounded and when both of us found ourselves between musical projects we ended up working together. He did his time at Humber Music College, where he met Brad Toews and formed Capstone. Another perfect segue, I'm on some kind of a role here.
fine print: joel may not actually be a weirdo, and this may be my bizarre attempt at humor.
BRAD TOEWS (PIANO)
As I mentioned above, Brad attended Humber Music College. This is what brought him to Toronto from his Alberta upbringing. What can I say, the guy really knows how to play the piano! I constantly hear from other musicians that have worked with him what a special musician he is. If that many people feel that way it must be true. Like Joel Wilson, he seems to possess more than extreme proficiency on the instrument but a wonderful sensibility and emotional approach to the instrument.
Interesting side note, Brad’s rather intense and ‘totally lost in the music’ stage presence has often been compared to that of Schroeder of Charlie brown’s peanuts. Who wouldn't want that guy playing at their event!?
SERGIO SANTOS (UPRIGHT BASS)
Sergio has been playing for 39 years now! You might not know what to look at him but he's now 64 years old and semiretired. Well, not really but he sounds like he's been playing for 39 years!
Sergio also attended Humber music college where he learned to plunk that Bassic Newtin of his. Since Humber he has been involved with various rock, pop and latin projects within the Portuguese community. He has even recorded with the Canadian Tenors and worked with Guns & Roses Appetite for destruction Mixer Steve Thomson.
Now that he's working with Jimi Jive 5, he keeps us thumping and always has a smile on his face. He's so dedicated to Jimi Jive 5 that he recently shaved off his dreadlocks to play the part of the band member fresh off his army stint. That's dedication!
CICEAL LEVY (BACKING VOCALS)
(Pssst...she's on the right)
I first saw Ciceal and Amoy (sisters) performing with Kelita at her annual event, Heavenly Night. I was so astounded the rich smooth and soulful backing vocals that my mind immediately started working on incorporating them into Jimi Jive 5. Ciceal is a proud mom and one half of the amazing backing vocals you hear on our demo.
AMOY LEVY (BACKING VOCALS)
(Pssst...she's on the left)
… the other half of that amazing duo . Amoy is Talented, Edgy and Focused. At the young age of six, she discovered her vocal gift singing within Toronto’s local gospel community. Since then, her voice has carried her throughout Canada and the United states, where she has performed with several Grammy Award winning artists including Kirk Franklin, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Canada’s own Celine Dion and Tom Cochrane. Her voice is like no other and though she has been compared to artists like Tina Turner and Whitney Houston, Amoy has a new and exciting voice for the millennium sure to leave you with a lasting impression.
NATHAN SCOTT (LEAD VOCALS)
Nathan had actually met our talented backing vocals duo Ceceal and Amoy when he was a kid in the Gospel music community. The guy has been singing along time for all kinds of things. He seems to have the soul of a much older man. Anyway... need I say more? I mean, listen to the demo, that guy is fantastic!!! I also feel it's necessary to say that that vocal performance is the real deal. No studio wizardry making him sound better than he really is.