Doug started playing blues harmonica at the age of 15 but never joined a band until his mid twenties. His first group was called, The Jobs, a five-piece band of basically High School friends that initially played weddings and corporate parties throughout the metropolitan Detroit area.
That band evolved into the group "In Touch" and began playing at different clubs and bars like "Crazy Roses", The Six Grand Lounge", The Oak Barrel Super Club and the Edison Boat Club on Belle Isle. Doug spent more than 10 years with this group.
“I've had the pleasure of performing at Rum Boogies on Beale Street in Memphis, Gators in the Dallas west end district, Dick's Last Resort in San Antonio, Texas, and Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco
Doug lives in Howell, MI with his wife and high school sweetheart, Cheryl. They have three grown children, Kristen, Stephanie and Doug along with six grandchildren.
Musical influences include "The Blues Brothers", "ZZ Top", "Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee"
Doug exclusively plays Hohner Special Twenty Harmonicas
I've been blessed to grow up in a musical family, which includes my wife. I've spent most of my life playing music with them all in church.
For the past twelve years I've been playing music with my daughter Gina who is the music coordinator at the Brighton Nazarene Church. I really enjoy playing regularly with our Wednesday night encounter group.
I have joined up to play with The Sanctuary Blues Band and I can say sharing God's good news through the blues has been a real good thing.
John is a marketing/public relation’s consultant, a writer and a web/graphic designer. Music has always been an important part of John’s life. He started playing guitar when he was 12 years old. In Junior High School he joined a band with his older brother. They played in high schools and college “sock hops.” He copped plenty of licks from Clapton, Beck and Page, but his strongest musical influences have always been Steve Cropper, B.B. King and Chuck Berry.
John played in jazz and blues bands throughout his college and post-graduate years. Living in Ann Arbor in the 70’s and early 80’s, his “day gig” was teaching guitar at Herb David Guitar Studios. At night, he played with a wide variety of musical acts in many different settings around Ann Arbor, Detroit and out-state, including such memorable venues as Royal Oak Music Theatre, Doug’s Body Shop, The Hitching Post in Kalamazoo, Flood’s, Joe’s Star Lounge, Rick’s American Café and Second Chance, to name just a few.
Saved from a life of utter hopelessness and despair on his birthday in 1992, John has more recently played with The Fearless Marc Jones and his Holy Smokes All-church Band and with Ken Ferguson. In 2009 John recorded an album with Ken Ferguson called Lovesick, available on iTunes.
It all began in the early 1960's. The Beatles invaded the USA, and two friends and myself decided we would take guitar lessons and start our own band.
We learned to play and preformed many one hit wonders in school gyms and teen dances around the east side of Detroit. As our high school years ended, so did the band.
Now we go forward to the mid 1980's and I'm married to Paula and we have three children. During this time I came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which changed my personal life that I'm so thankful for.
Music in the Church was changing from piano and organ to full worship teams with contemporary worship music. For some almost 20 years a bass guitar and amp sat in the closet when one of the worship team members asked me if I would like to play on the team.
Since then God has blessed me with many wonderful musician friends traveling from Brighton MI. to such places as Canada, Mexico and Poland serving God in worship and praise.
Today, Jesus has given me the opportunity to play with the Sanctuary Blues Band the rock, blues music I grew up with and also have the pleasure of fellow shipping with four wonderful brothers in the Lord. Styles
I was born and raised in Detroit so the Motown sound and Rock & Roll have always been big musical influences well into my 30's. WRIF 101 was permanently set on my radio. After discovering a true relationship with Jesus Christ that all changed for a time.
I was led to divorce myself from my old love of music and obeyed, not really knowing where that would lead. But what came next was a re-introduction to music through various contemporary Christian artists. I've learned that great contemporary styled music can be honoring to God, fun, exciting and edgy. I think that time period taught me a new level of discernment.
All this has allowed me now to re-connect with old Blues favorites in a way that does not compromise my faith. I'm loving the idea of good news through blus music. Being challenged to improve as a drummer and, meeting folks in the community that enjoy a good sound.