Jeri Lynne, CSL Ensemble and Musical Director
Jeri Lynne has been involved in the music business for over 40 years. She began her professional commercial music career at age 10 singing children’s jingles. Later became involved in television, film, and radio work, regional and national commercials.
Also to her credit are: Vocalist, Keyboardist, Composer/Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Musical Director, Vocal Coach, Publicist, Artist Management Rep.
Acting as Musical Director for many touring groups, including Peter Tork of the The Monkees, and Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers, Toni Basil (choreographer, artists “Hey Mickey”).
Toured and recorded with… The Righteous Bros., Jeff Bridges and Michael McDonald, Keely Smith, Michael Bolton, Patti Austin, Crystal Gayle, Ray Charles, America, Kenny Loggins, BJ Thomas, Billy Vera, Jerry Casale (Devo), Gary Puckett, Naomi Judd, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, and many more.
She is a Grammy Nominated songwriter, with recordings by Jose Feliciano, and Bill Medley. She currently has two CD’s moving up the Smooth Jazz Charts on her own record label Soul Prayer Music.
Jeri Lynne has been involved in the Music Ministry field for over 25 years, as vocal director for The Crystal Cathedral, Saddleback Community Church w/Rick Warren, Innerfaith Ministries Worldwide led by both Terry Cole Whittaker, and Sharron Stroud. She is currently the Musical Director for the Center For Spiritual Living in Palm Desert, CA.
Jeri Lynne continues to work in artist management, and vocal coaching. She was a music educator in the esteemed Marywood Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage. Jeri was awarded the KESQ “Golden Apple” Teacher of the Year Award in 2009.
Alisha Bates, Vocalist
Alisha is a veteran performer of the Coachella Valley. She has had a variety of roles as a musical
theatre performer which has earned her many Desert Theatre League award nominations as well as winning Best Lead Actress in a Musical for Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Alisha has also performed as a lead and background vocalist in the CSL Ensemble under the direction of Jeri Lynne, with several artists such as Melanie Taylor (Barry Manilow), and Niki Harris (Madonna). TV credits include a featured dancer in Fox show “Mobbed”, hosted by Howie Mandel.
Alisha is currently touring the country with the inspiring and uplifting group “Up With People”
Mike Hadley, Vocalist
Mike is a Coachella Valley native. He started performing at Indio High School, College of the Desert and continued his education at the Lee Strasberg Institute of the Arts. Since moving back to the Desert Mike has performed in many regional musical productions including La Cage Aux Folles, Cabaret, The Secret Garden, Les Miserables in Concert, Sordid Lives, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and many more. He has also cantered at St Francis of Asissi church and sung in numerous choirs here in the valley. Currently Mike works at College of the Desert in the Information Technology department as a Systems Specialist in Media. He is also an Assemblage Artist, Graphic Designer and dabbles in Video Production.
Gina Harlin, Vocalist
Gina started out as a pianist and received a BA in Music Theory from BYU. She started singing in bands right out of college and hasn’t stopped since. She has also sung on many commercials, has toured and done back up work for Tom Jones, BJ Thomas, Gary Puckett and many more. A pop album was released in 1989 in Australia, through Dynamite records. She is a vocal arranger, and spent 15 years as a member of the Andrews Sister’s Act which performed in theaters, all over the country, with Legends in Concert. Gina also does an uncanny tribute to Connie Francis. She is considered a song stylist among her peers.
Scott Smith, Synthesizer
Scott is on staff at the College of the Desert teaching classes in Digital Music (MIDI techniques and audio recording) and Musical Theater. He has been musical director/conductor for many COD productions and won the Desert Theatre League's Award in Music Direction for their productions of Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Gypsy, Sweet Charity and Guys and Dolls. He has also served as a musical director/conductor for Performance Riverside (Inland Theater League Award winner in Music Direction for their production of Chicago), Riverside Repertoire Theater, Redlands Bowl, Candlelight Theater and is very active as a music director/conductor with many other Southern California theatrical companies. He served as a sound designer (sound effects) and composer for several years at a TV/Motion Picture audio post-production studio in Hollywood. During that stint he composed and recorded the film scores for complete restorations/reconstructions of John Wayne’s first fifteen films (that’s a story in itself)! Some other highlights of his career include performances with many national tours and with such legends as Bernadette Peters, Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, Tommy Tune, Hal Linden, Shirley Bassey, Jay Leno and many others. He also enjoys performing piano and keyboards in various jazz/big band/cabaret venues around Southern California as well.
Bobby Nichols, Lead Guitar
Bobby Nichols is a world-class guitarist.
He began playing at age 9, while living in Santiago, Chile. He spent his formative years in Brazil & Chile, moving back to the U.S. after ten years abroad. This experience has helped shape the various musical stylings Bobby has fused together.
Bobby began writing and playing in bands at a young age. He has been educated at The Detroit Conservatory of Music, Goddard College in Vermont, and the Dick Grove Jazz Guitar Program in Los Angeles. He has worked with, performed with, or opened for the likes of Spyro Gyra, Hall & Oates, Melanie, Greg Allman, Ronnie Laws, Dave Benoit, The Doobie Brothers, Oliver Lake, Will Donato,and others. His performances range from cutting edge rock/jazz fusion originals to smooth jazz & standards. Bobby has previously been voted best rock & jazz guitarist in the Coachella Valley by the Desert Sun. He is currently involved with two original bands: Jumolhari, which released his latest CD in Spring 2012, and his newest project The Collective.
Bobby believes in the power of opening oneself to the One Spirit that we all are connected to, and allowing it to move in his guitar playing and music.
When he performs, he always hopes to strike an emotional chord from the deepest place within, allowing a healing force to fill both him and the listener.
Bob Gross, Bass
Bob has been playing over fifty years and in that time has performed or recorded with Blues and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Albert King, R&R Hall of fame member Spooner Oldham, Delaney Bramlett, The Association, Bobbie Gentry, Jim Stafford, Glen Campbell, Charo, with Delaney and Bonnie on Hank Thompson’s album “Hank Thompson and Friends”, Ted Neely’s “The Greek Suite” etc. Bob has performed at The Chicago Blues Festival, The Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, The Notodden, Skanevik, Ogna, Eidsfoss and Arendahl Blues Festivals in Norway, the “Blues on the Bay Festival in Warren Point North Ireland, the Castlebar Blues Festival in Ireland. He’s also been fortunate to have played in all fifty states and fourteen countries.