Once her band, The Groove Council, established a local name for itself, singer Kathleen Murray wanted to start a side project with a stronger emphasis on the blues. She hand-picked a remarkable group of musicians and started THE KATHLEEN MURRAY BAND. The new band features Kathleen's high-energy delivery but with a little different sound and a completely different playlist. It's rockin' blues with soul featuring selections you won't hear from other bands. Her powerful soulful voice and stage presence has made her a Detroit Music Award Nominee for Outstanding R&B/Blues Vocalist in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. With Kathleen out front, the Groove Council won for Outstanding R&B Group in 2011. On stage, her genuine passion and excitement creates an atmosphere that draws in the audience and keeps them coming back. As part of the GROOVE COUNCIL she had the honor of opening for Motown Legends THE TEMPTATIONS. As the featured vocalist for Alto Reed's Motor City All-Stars, she's not only had the pleasure of performing with rock legend Alto Reed (Silver Bullet Band), but also with his special guests, Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk), Dave Mason (Traffic), Otis Day (Animal House), Mitch Ryder, Peter Rivera ( former lead singer of Rare Earth) , Rick Derringer, and Gary U.S. Bonds. She has also shared the stage with Detroit Royalty Thornetta Davis , Jill Jack and Bobby Murray. She continues to perform with both the GROOVE COUNCIL and her duo , the SOUL COMMISSION.
Standing next to her in the Kathleen Murray Band, is veteran guitarist MIKE FERENCZ. Mike's impressive musical resume - too extensive to cover here - had him performing in classic venues like the Michigan Palace, the Red Carpet, and Harpo's, sharing the stage with renowned artists that include Dallas Hodge (later of Canned Heat), the Chevelles, Jamie Coe, and the Corporation w/Royce Jovan. When Mike isn't playing with Kathleen, you might catch him in Random Play or Sound Alternative.
Center stage in the back row is drummer BOB BOWMAN . Bob's style and versatility made him Kathleen's first call for the new band. Bob's enthusiasm for the project encouraged Kathleen to approach the other players. Probably the band's best kept secret, Bob's had a long run in the bands Random Play (nine years) and Fade To Gray (twelve years). He continues to play in both bands when he's not performing with the Kathleen Murray Band.
Bassist CRAIG SCOTT'S playing and vocal abilities have made him one of the most sought after, and respected bass players around. Craig was a pivotal member of Detroit's Regular Boys for twenty-six years. During that time, he shared the stage with such notables as Roomful of Blues, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Delbert McClinton, The Four Tops, Bo Diddley, and Roy Orbison. Craig is currently holding down the low end with Lil' Stubby and the Disappointments.
In just a few short years
EVAN MERCER has made a name for himself on the Detroit music scene. Don't let his young age fool you. This Wayne State Jazz Studies graduate is the REAL DEAL.
Be it jazz, blues, rock , funk or soul....... He's THE GUY. He has performed at the Panama Jazz Festival as well as numerous appearances at the Detroit Jazz Festival. You can also catch Evan performing with Betty Lavette, as well as up and coming bands The Social Bandits and Virgina Violet and The Rays.