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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.

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JOHN HAMMOND

Drums

John Hammond began his professional music career some 30 years ago touring with Grammy Award winning artist Russ Taff. Since that time he has recorded or performed with such renowned artists as Vince Gill, Jewel, Faith Hill, Olivia Newton-John, Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston, Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Peter Cetera, Kristin Chenoweth, Cliff Richard, Amy Grant, Bill Gaither, Aaron Neville, SHeDAISY, Larry Carlton, Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, and Reba McEntire, to name a few. In addition, he continues a demanding studio career with a variety of clients that includes Sony Music, Disney, and many others. He is also a member of the band, Dogs of Peace.

John’s work has also been featured on several movie soundtracks, including the animated feature Anastasia, Robert Duvall’s The Apostle, Steven Spielberg’s The Prince of Egypt, and Ellen DeGeneres’ Mr. Wrong. He has performed with various artists on The Today Show, The Tonight Show, The View, and Pepsi Smash, and has held house band positions for the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards broadcast (4 times) and CeCe’s Place, a live music variety show hosted by CeCe Winans which featured a multitude of artists from all genres of music. He has appeared in telecasts for various musical productions including Manilow Country, a nationwide television special featuring Barry Manilow. In addition, he has enjoyed the privilege of performing for the President of the United States at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., and again as part of a command performance at the White House. He is also a regular to accompany the Nashville Symphony in various productions when a rhythm section is needed.

John was also a member of the house band for the entire run of the Ryman Auditorium’s original variety program, Sam’s Place. There he had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of Contemporary Christian and country artists including Wynonna, Sara Evans, Kathy Mattea, Chet Atkins, Michael W. Smith, Ricky Skaggs, Steven Curtis Chapman, Bryan White, and many others. This live performance show featured two nationally televised specials and was a nationally syndicated radio broadcast as well. Prior to his professional career, John won a coveted appointment to study with then Principal Percussionist of the Atlanta Symphony, Jack Bell.

Presently, John endorses Gretsch drums, Meinl cymbals, Vater drumsticks, Alclair in-ear monitors, and Audio-Technica microphones.

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LORIE SIKES

Bass / PA

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. 

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TYLER SUMMERS

Saxaphone

Nashville based Singer Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist Tyler Summers has emerged as an instant viral sensation with his cover of George Martin’s string arrangement of the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” which has garnered close to 100,000 views in just a few days on FACEBOOK.

As an award winning performer Summers has instrumental performance credits on the brand new Muscle Shoals Sound album with STEVEN TYLER, Billboard #1 “Woman” by JILL SCOTT, the Grammy Award winning “Losing My Religion”by KIRK FRANKLIN and many other award winning performances. 

He has logged many hours working in the studio with STEVEN TYLER, PHISH, DAVE STEWART of The Eurythmics, KEN SCOTT (The Beatles), MARTINA MCBRIDE, JILL SCOTT, KIRK FRANKLIN, DELTA RAE, and many others.  Sharing the stage with the likes of ARETHA FRANKLIN, JAMEY JOHNSON, MARTINA MCBRIDE, THOMAS RHETT, ZARA LARSSON, LUNCHMONEY LEWIS, JACOB DYLAN, FEIST, SPOON, GLORIA GAYNOR, NATALIE GRANT, LEE ANN WOMACK, THE TEMPTATIONS, THE FOUR TOPS, he’s made appearances on The Today show, The Letterman Show, Kelly & Michael Live, VH1 Morning Buzz, Beijing Olympics and the like.

Tyler's compositions and songs have been placed in advertisements for STARBUCKS, TOMMY HILFIGER, INSTAGRAM, TARGET, WAYFAIR, and SUBWAY among many others. His songs have found homes in several television shows including the hit NETFLIX show Degrassi. 

Tyler is now breaking out with his own debut solo endeavor with a new album in the works and a tour in the planning stages.  He’s an under the radar music powerhouse and emerging artist on the rise with buzz bubbling under from a growing fan base.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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MCC Singers
(pictured left to right)
Grant Ross McGregor
Angela Primm
Hope Loftis
Shawnel Corley
Sam Mullins