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Tre' Corley | Music Director, Piano & Keys

Tre’ Corley is best known for his Grammy and Dove award winning work as a producer, songwriter, and musician. One of his most recent accolades was producing the huge Donnie McClurkin #1 hit “I Need You”, also winning album of the year at the 2017 Dove Awards. 

Born in Missouri, Tre' started his recording career as a young child, playing the drums on his first record at only 5 years old, and growing up in his family-owned recording studio.

In 2000, Tre' and his brother Paul, founded Oak Tree Productions, a well-known recording studio in Hendersonville, TN, home of “Live At Oak Tree”.

Tre' has had the honor and pleasure of working with and producing renowned artists such as; Donnie McClurkin, Andrea McClurkin, Nancy Jackson Johnson, Melinda Doolittle, Toby Mac, The Isaacs, Jason Crabb, The Crabb Family, Gary Oliver, Wess Morgan, Carman, Judy Jacobs, Mark Lowry, Legacy Five, Karen Peck & New River, David Phelps, Dino, Vern Jackson, Sisters, and many more.

When not recording music, Tre' and his family attend their local Church in Hendersonville, TN, where he and his wife serve as the Music Directors.

Lori Sikes | Bass

In London Ky. Lorie Mullins Sikes was born into a very musical family.
 Traveling on the road with her family from a very young age, Lorie developed a love of all styles of music.

With the influence of the “family band” Lorie quickly developed an interest for several instruments. Realizing that music is a God given gift, her parents supported her desire to play. Bass guitar is the instrument Lorie chose.

After Lorie’s parents retired from the road she continued to play, doing studio work, playing shows with friends and leading the band in her local church.

Joining the Crabb Family band in 2002, Lorie played bass guitar and co-produced several Dove Award winning projects. Lorie was a founding musician for Jason Crabb as he started his solo career in 2007, also playing on 2 Grammy nominated projects. Sikes continued to play on the road for Jason until 2015.

Sikes’ music career has taken her to stages through out the United States, Canada, Israel, Morocco, Norway and regularly at home in Nashville TN. on The Grand Ole Opry.

With a love for the stage, and the excitement of the audience, Lorie continues to share music in the local church and on the road with various artists. 

Kelly Back | Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar

Kelly Back is one of the leading talents in Nashville, Tennessee. He has provided rhythm, rich harmonies, creative lead lines and solos with many  world-renowned artists. These live credits include, Paul Simon at Carnegie Hall, Ray Stevens, Lynn Anderson, Andrea Crouch, CeCe Winans, Sandi Patty, Natalie Grant, Ricardo Sanchez, and a host of other hit artists. Although he has played on thousands of projects, his ability to create new riffs, runs, feels and guitar hook-lines for each song has made him the “go to” player in the industry for the past 27 years—and counting. Back has recorded projects for Trace Adkins, The Oakridge Boys, Aaron Tippon, Russ Taff, T. Graham Brown, Gene Watson, John Conley, Wayne Newton, The Happy Goodmans, Randy Travis, Jason Crabb, Michael English, Andrew Gold and The Gaither Homecoming Series, just to name a few. Last year alone, his artistry contributed to three projects, which garnered Grammy nominations with artists, Tim Menzies, Gaither Vocal Band and T. Graham Brown. He was nominated as The Best Country Christian Musician by CCMA. He has a great ability to significantly contribute to songs, no matter what the genre.

 

Back has a love for music, which started when his mother bought him a children’s guitar when he was just 2 years old. Wanting to join the church band, he volunteered to play the drums at 5 years old. His music career began to develop at age 9, when he became the bass player for a country gospel band covering Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. His musical journey took him on the road, full-time at 17 years old where he played lead guitar for a family band and then moved to Nashville in 1984 to play for popular Christian band, The Hinsons (song: The Lighthouse).

After four years of road-life, Kelly Back began pursuing session work, playing for various studios in Nashville, TN. His professionalism, character and talent established him as one of the leading session players. In the last 27 years, Back has been recorded in over, a jaw dropping, 25,000 songs and he shows no sign of slowing down. His music has taken him all over the United States, Australia, Canada, and even into Thailand.

Back continues to share his music, keeping a busy schedule in the many Nashville area studios. Kelly Back can also be seen on RFD-TV’s, The Music City Show, where he leads The Blue Jean Band, viewed weekly in over 100 million homes.

The Ohio native now makes his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his wife, Sarah DeLane Back. He is the proud father of five grown children and five grandchildren. He can be heard nearly every week contributing his musical skill at his local church. 

Alton Gibson | B3, Keys

At age 16 Alton began to play the Hammond organ for his home church, First Church Of God In Christ, located in Cairo, Illinois.  At that time in his life he was influenced and inspired to play by three individuals, Lorenzo Nelson (Alton’s cousin), Dewayne Ross (First Church of God In Christ’s Youth leader), and Robbie Cobbs (the pastor’s wife). Alton’s gift on the Hammond organ progressed quickly. At the age of eighteen he relocated to Nashville, Tennessee as a musician for King Temple Church Of God In Christ. During his time at King Temple he became acquainted with Bill and Renee Morris of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and became the organists for the Trinity Music City Revival that was on the air for several years reaching 250 million viewers daily. Alton continues to play for TBN while also playing with several different artists and ministries in Nashville, TN. From 2000 to 2009 Alton was the organist for Mt Zion Baptist church in Nashville where he played organ on the Judah Generation project. Through the years Alton played on many records with several artists such as Same Seed and The Dynamic Dixie Travelers. Alton was the organist on the live project recorded by Wess Morgan also Alvin Slaughter, Gary Oliver and recently played organ on the latest record by Andrea McClurkin – Mellini and Donnie McClurkin. Alton recently made the choice to pursue playing other genres of music like jazz, blues, and Motown hits. Alton also plays keys with the Carl Stewart Band which performs regularly at the world Famous B.B. Kings Club located in Downtown Nashville. As gifted as he is, Alton has always given all the credit for his gift and success to God and will continue to do so forever. 

Jeremy Brown | Drums

Jeremy Brown was born in Long Beach, California in 1980. At the age of 5 his family started traveling around the country singing gospel music.

While on the road with his family Jeremy began playing the drums at the age of 10. Finally settling in Nashville, TN at the age of 12. Jeremy played on his first studio record at the age of 14. From then he has played on many studio and live projects for artists such as The Freeman’s, Jonathan Lee and many more. When not playing on the road or in the studio Jeremy, his wife Amanda and their four boys attend Three Oaks Church in Hendersonville TN, where he has served faithfully on the worship team for 20 plus years. 

T.J. Herrick | Saxophone, Acoustic, Mandolin, Vocalist

A seasoned singer, songwriter, and saxophone player, T.J. Herrick was born in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa, and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. T.J. comes from a musical family and at an early age
began singing with his father, who was a singer for Jimmy Swaggart before beginning his solo career. T.J. learned clarinet (the first instrument of many he would take up in later years) at the age of 11. He switched to the saxophone at the age of 15, developing his own signature style incorporating the influences of greats such as Warren Hill, Boney James, Kenny G, and Kirk Whalum. Vocally, T.J. cites James Ingram, Michael MacDonald, and James Taylor as his influences. A talented and versatile musician, in addition to saxophone and clarinet T.J. also plays and occasionally performs mandolin, bass guitar, guitar, and flute. Throughout his life, he has played music at church and at family reunions, at which everyone congregates to play and sing.

 

T.J. has composed and released two albums, No Holdin' Back (2004) and Out of the Box (2012), works that both display his talents as a singer and saxophonist. His style encompasses an artful blend of Smooth Jazz, Soul, R&B, Gospel, and Contemporary Christian. T.J. has played on and recorded songs with a number of notable musicians, including Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning artist Mike Bowling, gospel artist and preacher Wess Morgan, The Crabb Family (featuring four-time GMA “songwriter of the year” Gerald Crabb), preacher and ascending blues star Jimmie Bratcher, and smooth jazz bassist Julian Vaughn.

 

In addition to his performing career, T.J. also co-owns Nashville Band Room Repair with his wife, Nancy. He completed his band instrument repair training at Western Iowa Tech under the instruction of Rod Siljenberg and is Nashville’s only technician certified to install and repair StraubingerTM Pads. When not working hard repairing instruments at his shop or playing and singing for an eager crowd, T.J. enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing, being outdoors, and spending precious family time with Nancy and their three daughters, Mackenzie, Colbie, and Sydney. T.J.’s personality can best be described as “quiet, but hilarious,” an introvert possessing a shocking unique sense of humor. Random fact: one of his favorite hobbies is taxidermy. 

Shawnel Corley | Vocalist

Shawnel is an award winning recording artist and song writer with a Grammy and Dove Award to her name, her deeply personal and heartfelt vocals have inspired audiences across the US. From the stage to the studio, Shawnel has showcased her immense repertoire singing back ground vocals with artists from every genre including Reba McEntire, Donnie McClurkin, Bill Anderson, Jason Crabb, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Moore, Gary Oliver, Deana Carter and many more.

 

From singing with her family in church as a young child to performing on Huckabee on TBN today, Shawnel has nurtured her love of singing and music her entire life. At age 19, she moved to Nashville with her husband Tre’ Corley to pursue their love of recording music and a music career. 

 

Shawnel and her husband are proud owners of Oak Tree Productions, a sought after recording destination for artists from all over the US looking to make music that matters. When not in the studio, Shawnel is captivated by her two children, Tristen and ShayLee, and serves as the Music Director alongside her husband at Three Oaks Church.

Hope Loftis | Vocalist

Hope Loftis is an artist, studio lead and background vocalist and host for local television community program "Joy in our Town." She also serves on the Praise and Worship Team for her home church, Three Oaks Church, Hendersonville, TN (Pastors Clay & Tawana Baggett).

Since Hope was a very young girl she, along with her four brothers have been involved in ministry and music as her parents were evangelist/pastors for many years.

Hope has recorded on numerous projects and has been priveleged to be a featured vocalist and/or provide background vocals for artists such as Reba McEntire, Carman, Dottie Rambo, Bill and Renee Morris, as well as many other artists who have recorded projects in the Nashville area. (For more go to hopelofits.com)

Gus Gaches | Vocalist

Gus Gaches has had an incredible career as a background vocalist, producer, recording engineer, and artist.  Gus has appeared on over 600 recordings and has over 4000 songs to his credit in just about every style and format.  He has been nominated for a Grammy 3 times as a recording engineer, and is a certified Grammy winner as a background vocalist.  In 2015 Gus was the featured soloist on the #1 gospel song in the country, "Christ is Still The King" with Legacy Five.  He has appeared as a vocalist on various television networks including NBC, FOX, ESPN, and TBN.  Gus has toured extensively in more than 10 different countries singing in venues ranging from small churches to large arenas.  He currently serves as the Director of Operations and A&R for Song Garden Music Group, an independent gospel music label.  Gus says, "I am truly honored to be a part of the Huckabee Show and to get this opportunity with Tre Corley and the members of the Music City Connection.  They are simply incredible!"

Angela Primm | Vocalist

Angela Primm is one of the premier voices of our time. Her musical history spans genres, continents, and audiences. She has commanded the attention of mega-stars from Aretha Franklin, Barbara Mandrel, Dolly Parton, and Brooks and Dunn to Southern Gospel music legends, as the late Vestal Goodman. Angela’s background is what dreams are made of, and she is only beginning to step into the fullness of her purpose.

Singing behind musical geniuses, Andre Crouch, Patti Austin, Bill Gaither, Rascal Flatts and others, her four-octave soprano voice added rich tones and depth of sound to each artist’s recording. Angela Primm whose gift of song, love of the Gospel and Gospel music has catapulted her, as the Bible says, “before great men.” Her current and inevitable step as solo artist is the natural progression of a life divinely designed. (For more go to angelaprimm.com)

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