James R. Hastings is a professional vocalist, songwriter and guitarist. Born and raised in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada, James currently resides with his wife and daughters in Elora, Ontario.
James’ earliest singing moments were jumping on the bed with a hairbrush microphone singing along to his mother’s Journey eight tracks.
He, with his father and two older brothers, played the guitar and sang around the campfire and kitchen table. But it was James’ uncle Paul Hastings, a talented musician who tragically drowned at the age of 17, who most influenced his desire to further his musical endeavors.
James studied Classical Voice at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax, Nova Scotia, under the instruction of Jason Parkhill. He gained performance experience in community theatre and small bands and spent five years performing with the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre.
Ultimately he dreams of quitting his day job to focus on singing as a full-time career.
Piano / Keyboards / Hammond
Doug "Professor" Chase has been playing keyboards almost all his life. He studied at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto passing through grade 10. Then he went on the University of Regina to graduate with Distinction in Performance on Piano with a minor in composition while winning performance and composition competitions along the way and a CBC debut.
He had the privilege of taking jazz workshops with Frank Mantooth, Don Thompson and even bought Doug Riley's L100 and studied jazz briefly at Humber College.
He has recorded with Double Juno award winner Derek Miller, opened for Shania Twain, The Black Crowes with Stone River in front of 20,000 people, the currently unpopular Bill Cosby and Aaron Lines to name but a few.
Of late, Doug has been the keyboard player for country artists Drake Jensen for shows in Ottawa, Nashville and Dallas, and Cathy Korpi, with festival shows all across Ontario and for radio charting smooth jazz artist Coldjack. He plays in the Boston Tribute 'Hitch a Ride', and a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute. He has done session work at Number Nine, Comfort Sound, and studios in Barrie and Oshawa. His heart though lies in Progressive rock and is humbled to be able to step up to the piano bench of the great Genesis music.
Bob is a professional musician who can't remember the last time he paid to stay in a hotel room.
In 2006 he was selected by Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor to play guitar in his first of many incarnations of the We Will Rock You musical.
He has since done many tours with Classic Albums Live, and has spent much of the last few years playing solo acoustic guitar shows both on dry land and on cruise ships.
His debut solo album "Changing Of The Guard" was released in 2017, and comprises of 12 tracks with influences spanning from baroque to 1960s British folk.
He is also also a member of the eclectic folk trio Euphonic, whose self-titled debut album dropped in 2018.
His playing has been heard on ad jingles, and in films such as In Saturn's Rings and the award-winning Touch.
Also a music historian, he is credited as "photo archivist" in the Max Webster box set "The Party".
Bass Guitar / Taurus Pedals
Tom Nagy has performed all across Canada,
appearing with Genesis tribute group G2R,
Mahavishnu Orchestra tribute group Vital Transformation,
international blues sensation The Gary Cain Band,
Boston tribute group Hitch A Ride,
and with his own jazz quintet.
He is a graduate of Humber College’s world-class
music program, where he also served as
Assistant Engineer in the Humber recording studio.
Tom is the Technical Director of K-W’s top live jazz venue,
The Jazz Room, and composes soundtracks for television and film projects.
Tom plays Lakland basses, and is a Featured Artist for Schroeder Cabinets.
Drums / Percussion
John started playing the drums when he was 10 years old.
He performed with various drum and bugle corps
on the snare drum, spending his last few years
with the Dutch Boy Drum and Bugle Corps based
out of Kitchener, ON. During this time, John worked
on his drum set skills while performing with various
rock and stage bands.
John also performs with
Canada’s No. 1 Boston Tribute band Hitch A Ride,
Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute band Stevie Ray,
Canadian country artist Drake Jensen
and rock cover band Airplay.