Emmy Award nominee Michael Whittaker is a unique hybrid of his diverse upbringing. Growing up in Los Angeles California, he grew up listening to a diverse culture of music. At a young age, his training on piano began in both jazz and classical music. By his early twenties, he had already begun to mold his own identifiable sound and was one of Los Angeles’ most sought after sidemen.
After attending UCLA's school of music and majoring in film scoring, Michael has utilized his classical training and knowledge of orchestration to compose over 300 television episodes and TV movies including the popular Power Rangers. Currently, Michael is independently scoring an producing for companies like Disney, Sony, NBC and Lions Gate Films. In 2011, his theme was chosen as the main theme of the new Disney Family Movies channel. His orchestration and keyboard skill have won many awards such as the Telly award for his score to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Bank of America Musical Achievement award, International Association of Jazz Educators player excellence award and the Clarence Brown Memorial scholarship for jazz.
Michael's experience in many styles has allowed him to work with many notable artists including Lionel Richie, Jimmy Kimmel Live House Band, Paulina Rubio, Wayman Tisdale, 98 Degrees, Cake, Boyd Tinsley from the Dave Matthews Band, Brenda Russell and many others.
Notable shows Michael's music is featured in are America's Next Top Model, Funniest Pets and Animals, A&E Toby Keith Documentary, Battleground Earth Best Damn Sports, Biography of Tiger Woods, Doctor 90210, Gene Simmons Family, Leprechaun 6, Modern Marvels, Naruto Movie, Xyber 9 New Dawn, Access Hollywood, X Men Marvel Cartoon, The New Addams Family, The Power Rangers, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, America's Most Wanted, Action Man and Nobel Peace Awards 2000 theme.
Now home in Nashville, TN, Michael works both as composer and producer and Music Director at the Oasis Church in Nashville. His newest project released is called 'Southern Exposure'.
Nashville bassist Abe White has toured, performed and recorded with numerous notable artists, such as Larry Carlton (Bluebird), Randy Brecker (MCA), Acoustic Alchemy (GRP), Hal Ketchum (Curb Records), Amanda Williams (Play it by Ear Records), Keith Anderson (Arista Records), David Ball (Dualtone), The Neville Brothers (Neville Nation Records), Warren Haynes (Concord), Big House (MCA), The Paramours (Super 88), Johnny Sansone (Rounder Records), The Nationals with Jack Pearson and William Howse (Independent), Zak Wylde (V2 Records), Carmine Appice (Frontiers Records) and many more.
After studying with Lamont Johnson in Detroit and Ray Peterson in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Abe moved to Nashville, quickly becoming one of the most sought after bassists on the Nashville Blues and Rock scene.
In addition Abe has appeared on recordings with other top artists, including Pat Travers, John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers), Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Tony Franklin (The Firm), Keith Emerson (ELP), Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy), Steve Lukather (Toto), Rick Derringer, Walter Trout, Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck), Albert Lee, Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs), Dweezil Zappa, Vinnie Colaiuta, Geoff Downes (Asis, Yes), Alan White (Yes), Jimmy Nalls (Sea Level, Night Hawks), Ed King (Lynard Skynrd) and Steve Hunter (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed).
Drummer Derrek Phillips has performed and recorded with such artists as Michael McDonald, Vanessa Williams, Mike Farris, Delbert McClinton, Michael Brecker, Christian McBride and Joshua Redmon. In addition, Derrek spent a focused amount of time with the late, great Tony Williams.
Guitarist and Vocalist Bart Walker was the winner of the 2012 International Blues Challenges prestigious Best Guitarist Award. In addition ion as a solo artist, Bart is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the critcally acclaimed Bart Walker Band.
Paul Warren was the touring lead guitarist for the English rock singer Rod Stewart before moving to Nashville from Los Angeles.Ca.
Paul was born on December 22, 1953 in Garden City, Michigan, to Pearl Elwanda Gribble and Walter Wayne Warren. He started to play guitar at twelve years old, and by seventeen, he was discovered by Norman Whitfield of Motown Records. Soon after, he became a regular session player for the famed studios. The first song he ever played on was "Papa was a Rolling Stone" by The Temptations. That year the album won five Grammy Awards. After playing on numerous albums, he became popular, and when Motown moved offices to California they paid for him to move so they could continue using his services as a session player. Paul was also a member of Tina Turners band as well as touring as lead guitarist for the legendary Joe Cocker.