J. C. Smith,winner of the 2012 Metro Newspapers Best Of Silicon Valley “Best Original/local Band”, and 2006 Bay Area Blues Society West Coast Blues Band of the Year award winner is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an outstanding performer noted for his energy and charisma. Prior to playing guitar, he was the drummer for the Back to Back Blues Band. In 2000, he emerged from behind his drums, armed with a Gibson 335. J. C. attacks the Blues as if he is being guided by the masters like T-Bone Walker, Albert King, and Johnnie Guitar Watson. The J. C. Smith Band’s current release “Defining Cool” is by far the best recording to date. Listed for the 52nd Grammy Awards for “Best Contemporary Blues CD,” it entered the Living Blues Radio Charts at #16 and was a “Pick to Click” on XM Radio. After 20 weeks on the Roots Report, the CD climbed the charts as high as #25 nationally. In 2004, Smith released “That’s What I’m Talk’n ‘Bout,” co-produced by Grammy Award Nominee Joanna Connor. This CD shows masterful songwriting, outstanding arrangements, and traditional quality. It features a host of Chicago players including Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, who worked with the Muddy Waters Band for twenty years. 2001 marked the release of Smith’s first effort “Midnight Creeper” which brought him international attention. Smith has toured throughout the United States, Eastern Europe, Mexico,South America,and Russia,to sell out crowds. Smith has work with and shared the stage with notable artist such as Hubert Sumlin, B,B, King, Buddy Guy, Buddy Miles, Son Seals Willie Bigeyes Smith, Pinetop Perkins and many more. He is also known as radio personality Johnnie Cozmik on KKUP F.M. J. C. feels that his goal in life is “To keep the Blues alive and take the message to the people.”
Jeannine O'Neal has produced artists from all over the world as well as performed many instruments.
Jeannine O’Neal is a multi talented musician/songwriter and vocalist. She plays a total of nine instruments. Her main instruments are alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, ukulele, dobro, harmonica, latin percussion instruments & keyboards. She has been performing the concert, fair and Christian venues with her band where she moves around on the various instruments. Jeannine also tours with Sonshine Ministries which focuses on the military bases throughout the world. Along with touring and performing Jeannine is also a producer and studio musician in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jeannine was raised in Oregon and received a performing arts scholarship in music. She attended Mount Hood Community College and the University Of Oregon Music School. She has been performing professionally since the age of 15.
Credits: Jeannine has performed or done studio work with the following legends: George Burns, Bob Hope, Danny Thomas, Ben Vereen, Robert Goulet, Frankie Lane, Johnny Ray, Henny Youngman, Ralna English, Pat Paulson. Also Ricky Skaggs, Tanya Tucker, Pirates Of The Mississippi, Forrester Sisters, Desert Rose Band, Marty Stuart, Lee Greenwood, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, The Oakridge Boys, Sawyer Brown, Lionel Cartwright, Glen Campbell, Lacy J. Dalton, Jerry Reed, Jim Stafford, John Schneider, Roger Miller, Rob Crosby, Doug Kershaw, David Frizzell, Rex Allen Jr., Sheb Wolley, Tex Williams, Tiny Moore, The Coasters, The Ventures, The Drifters, Bobby Rydell, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Little Anthony, Peter Tork (The Monkees), Donny Brooks, Fats Johnson, Butch Whacks and the Glass Packs, Shaboom, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Johnny Otis, Grupo Vennus (album went gold, Jeannine played lead guitar & sax and co-engineered the album), Los Aquario (album went gold, Jeannine played guitar & co-engineered the album). In Christian venues Shiela E, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Claude and Brian McKnight of Take 6, David Pack of Ambrosia, Phil Ehart of Kansas, Raab Stevenson (vocal coach of many stars as Kelly Clarkson and many more), Nancy Harmon, Morris Chapman, Stephanie Bousahda, Lillie Knauls and many more. Jeannine leads worship for Cathedral Of Faith Women’s Ministry, Women’s Aglow, Women with Destiny, Chosen Generation, Celebrate Recovery at Cathedral Of Faith, Power-in-Praise (her own music ministry meeting every month at Cathedral Of Faith). She was also on the first women’s worship team for Maranatha Music.
Jeannine has toured the world in England, Japan, Okinawa, Greenland, Iceland, Korea, Bahrain, Germany and all over the USA.
Jeannine has recorded the following albums: Healing For All, Island Style Praise, Thank You Lord, Another Little Taste Of Heaven, The Narrow Road, Faith On The Front Lines, Choices, I Know That I Know, Blessed, O Give Thanks Unto The Lord, Resurrection Power Celebration and It’s Christmas, It’s Christmas Time Again, Christmas With Jeannine, Banda Yenin, Nu American Music, Catfish On A Stick, Sweet Goody Chops
For more information on Jeannine O’Neal please visit her website at www.jeannineoneal.com