CHAD EDWARDS - LEAD VOCALS/GUITAR
Born second of three children, Chad L’Amour Edwards was certainly gifted with the musical talent of the family. Beginning at the early age of 10, Chad started his music ambitions by learning to play the violin. As a young teen, with an electric guitar his older brother bought him, Chad could be heard daily playing and singing in his room. To this day both his parents still hate the song ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’…but, that is another story.
Chad spent most summers at his Grandmother’s ranch in northern California where he developed his love for ‘Country’ music. Inspired by life and circumstances, Chad wrote and produced his first full album of original songs by the age of 19. He organized his first band shortly after and played the Minnesota ‘Club’ venues for many years. Marriage and two beautiful daughters forced music to take ‘second chair’ to work and providing for his family, but his drive for writing and playing the music he loved continued.
Now back on the scene, the National recording and touring artist, guitarist and songwriter is based in Minneapolis and doing what he loves. Never to be mainstream, Chad has his own distinct style, with a voice that has been likened to George Strait and a rockin’ show compared to Aldean.
SAM DE LEON – LEAD GUITAR
Sam is no stranger to the midwest country music scene. With 10 years of picking lead under his belt, he’s played with more a few Midwest bands. His influences span a variety of artists, but his true love lies in “real” country like Hank, Roy and Cash. While he loves the challenge of covering modern guitar greats like Brad Paisley and Keith Urban – he’s just as happy creating new guitar riffs for the band’s originals. If you get a chance, ask him to teach you how to two-step, you won’t be disappointed.
MIKE WOLFRAM – BASS GUITAR/VOCALS
Michael has been playing bass guitar for 20 years and for 7 years professionally in the Midwest. Also a student at McNally Smith he studied with many of fantastic players and instructors. He enjoys and plays all styles of music, specializing in country, and rock. He has been seen with
such acts as Shirts and Skins, Bitter Roots, Finnegan’s Revenge and many more. With a drive and a passion for music, Michael brings high energy, fabulous backup vocals and a bit of quirky humor to the stage.
CHAD MARKS – PERCUSSION
A Minnesota native, Chad has over 15 years of working behind the drums. Chad has played and recorded with acts ranging from blues and rock to rock-a-billy and pop. A 12 year stay in Southern California was a defining chapter in Chad’s life where an overexposure to multiple genre’s helped shape his sound, character, attitude and technique. However, being born and raised in Southern Minnesota, one cannot deny their country roots and a love for Jennings, Jones, Haggard and Cash. Playing live country music, Chad injects a huge amount of energy to help round out the sound of the Chad Edwards Band.