Welcome and thanks for visiting today. You may be asking yourself.... What is The Bootleggers, or what is a "Bootlegger"? Well The Bootleggers is not a band, it is not a single person...The Bootleggers is comprised of Musicians, Artists, Producers, Composers and writers from all over the world.
Founding Member, Ulrich Ellison Winner of three Downbeat Awards, Ulrich Ellison has been gaining international recognition as an electric guitar player and songwriter whose sounds and tones are on the verge of the blues tradition and contemporary rock. Ellison’s guitar style is both economic and focusing on the essential statement.
Contributions: Producer, Writer, Composer, Artist, Musician and Talent Search Coordinator
Founding Member, Wayne Maxwell has been playing music most of his life. Wayne has been instrumental in The Bootleggers Mission moving forward. Wayne's dedication to OUR LORD has proven to be a motivator in the movement. Wayne's inspirational influences can be heard in the tracks he has co-written with The Bootleggers. His continued uplifting scriptural messages sent out daily have impacted the words of each song.
Contributions: Writer, Composer, Musician, Spiritual Director/Motivator
Founding Member, Noah Kocher is a 17 year old percussionist and music programmer that has an incredibly bright future in Music. Noah has been performing along side Paul since the age of 14 on drums and Cajon'. Noah began writing and producing tracks with Paul in 2020 and the two have since bonded both on a professional and personal level. Already a very Talented young man, Noah is destine to do great things in music...
Contributions: Writer, Composer, Artist, Percussion and Programming
Tyra Juliette -
Brings her golden and glorious voice to many of our tracks. She is known for her fresh approach to classic songs and sultry lead vocals, as well as her ability to blend as a background singer.
Her voice has taken her around the world many times. As a background vocalist she has shared stages with Keith Urban, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Demi Lovato, Pharrell, Kid Rock, Jeff Lynne, Ed Sheeran, Puddle of Mudd, Sam Moore, AI, Paloma Faith, Rita Ora, David Paich, Angelique Kidjo, The Roots and Jon Bon Jovi
Contributions: Artist, Background Vocals
Leon Van Egmond -
Musician based in The Netherlands. Harmonica's (specialized in minor key harps) and trombones (tenor and alto),tenor tuba,bass trumpet Pop music,folk,country,americana,ska,reggae,rock, punk, jazz,electronic music ,classical,big band
Double bass professor at High school for music in Belgrade.
Plays in symphony orchestras, Belgrade Baroque ensemble, and in a lot of blues, jazz, rock and experimental groups
Contributions: Composer, Double Bass, Talent Acquisition
Anja Radjenovic, cello student at the High school for music in Belgrade. First prize winner of many state and international competitions.
Katarina Popovic, professor of Chamber music at the University of Arts in Belgrade. Member of Belgrade Baroque ensemble and Aratos trio.
Michael is an arranger, songwriter, singer, choir director, and a premier back up singer, who has recorded and toured with Michael Buble’, Peaches and Herb, Josh Groban and Judith Hill.
Contributions: Background Vocals
Dan Hamilton is a multi-instrumentalist whose career has taken him from his local county fairgrounds all the way to the stage of the Grammys. Originally from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Dan relocated to Nashville at age 20 to enroll at Belmont University and immerse himself in Nashville’s music scene. Shortly after arriving to town, he had the good fortune of landing a gig with LONESTAR, and has since performed on countless stages around the world. Dan can currently be seen out on tour with DIERKS BENTLEY as well as heard playing fiddle and banjo on Dierks’ latest release, RISER.
Joël Sempere obtained his music degree in the ESMuC in Barcelona in 2010. He has played with groups such as Animal (Pop), Just4Fun (Acid Jazz), Dr.Funkenstein (Funk), Zebrass (Reaggae/Ska)... among others. As a session musician he has recorded for international artists such as Antonio Orozco or Miki Nuñez (Eurovision) and TV programs such as "Operación Triunfo" or "La Mejor Canción Jamás Cantada". Also on TV he was part of the band in "Dancing with the Stars". He recently created a new electric instrument: the OnYX. He now combines recordings as a sessionist with his personal projects. .
Andrei Oltean Vocalist, woodwinds and accordion player from Romania Bands I'm in: My band, E-an-na: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eanna.romania/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/e_an_na/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/EannaRomania Dirty Shirt: https://dirtyshirt.bandcamp.com/ Clouds: https://cloudsofficial.bandcamp.com/ Contributions: Bag Pipes
Roger Kohrs has been a road warrior since the '70's playing with many bands up and down the East Coast. Most notably, he was the bass player for Unknown Hinson for 20 years up until 2018. He acquired the nickname " Tiny" during that tenure. Roger also released a solo record in 2009 titled "Fresh Lettuce" and 2 records with an instrumental trio he is a part of called Goldfish Andy, both CD's available on CDbaby. Recently in the past few years he has been a guest bassist with the Gate City Divas out of Greensboro, NC. GCD's is an ensemble of some of the best female blues performers/musicians in NC. He currently plays bass with The Heather Roush Band out of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Contributions: Electric Bass/Upright Bass
Javo Barrera has toured great stages in Mexico such as: Auditorio Nacional, National Auditorium Lunario, Arena México, Monterrey Arena, Telmex Theater, among others. Worldwide in the US like: Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall (NYC), Greek Theater, Dolby Theater and House Of Blues, American Airlines Arena (Miami), The Fillmore Silver Spring (Washington, DC ), Luna Park (Buenos Aires), Coliseum of Puerto Rico, La Romana (Dominican Republic) La Carlota (Venezuela), among others. On the European continent, he has set foot on such as: Plaza de Toros "Las Ventas" (Madrid), The Palao de la Música (Barcelona), TROXY London (London), to name a few.
Javo is currently is focused on his new album called "Against the Nullah", Jazz Fusion, touring with a few Singers and Producing all kind of generes in Los Angeles Ca.
Dayna Bee is an artist, multi instrumentalist and string arranger based out of Nashville, TN, by way of the Sunshine State. Dayna has performed live and/or worked in the studio with artists such as Johnny Mathis, ELO, Trampled by Turtles, Joshua Hedley, The War & Treaty, Al Stewart, Alan Parsons, Dennis Deyoung (of Styx), Josh Groban, and Natalie Merchant. Dayna has performed on many stages, including: at the Grand Ole Opry, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Bridgestone Arena and The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. She is available for session work in the studio or remotely from her home studio as well as string arranging. .
Fernando Perdomo is a powerhouse of the LA music scene who lives and breathes music LA Weekly dubbed him as “The millennial answer to Todd Rundgren.” A veteran at 37, he has made a name for himself as an in-demand producer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is a featured guitarist in the Netflix documentary "Echo In The Canyon" where his is seen backing up Jakob Dylan, Fiona Apple, Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Cat Power, and Jade Castrinos. He is also played on every track on the official soundtrack album of the film along with Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Josh Homme as well as the aforementioned artists Contributions: Guitar/Persussion/Producer
Assistant professor for strings at the University of arts in Belgrade, Serbia. Plays in orchestras, chamber music and as a soloist. Also plays electric viola in many modern music projects.
As a young musician, Dennis toured with various musical groups, and travelled worldwide. He has performed at the 1988 World Expostion in Brisbane, Austrailia. In Europe, he has played within the walls of some of the oldest cathedrals, including Chartes Cathedral near Paris. Here in America, he has performed in the Louisiana Superdome, the origial Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco and the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles. He has also performed with Dove Award-winning artists such as Bebe and Cece Winans, Sandi Patty, and Steven Curtis Chapman.
As a pianist, arranger, and composer, he has shown diversity in his skillset. With over 25 years of experience providing music for weddings and special occasions, he works well with musicians from solo artists to large chorales.
Dennis currently lives in Modesto, CA with his wife and three children. A professional holding degress in the medical and dental fields, he still considers music his passion. Contributions: Piano
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Sean Ware has put out multiple albums focusing solely on spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has written songs in every genre of gospel music and now he is focused on writing songs that he is proclaiming as Rhythm and Gospel.
Contributions: Songwriter, Artist, Producer
Chris has loved music all his life.
As a teenager he dabbled in guitar then delved into it more deeply after retiring from 45 years in veterinary medicine.
Chris doesn’t pretend to be a musician but enjoys playing guitar whether it’s in a band or in his little music studio.
Contributions: Live Show Rhythm Guitarist
NOTE: Chris was discovered during a road trip that placed Wayne, Paul and Chris together. Chris fast became a vital part of our Mission and 100% Proof Music is LOVE and GOD will put people together!
Itunu Joe is a drummer, music producer, audio engineer from Ilorin Nigeria. He is known as HiteeSticks on all social media. He started playing drums at an early age of 5 and he has grown to be one of the highly sought after drummers from Africa. He has recorded on over 1000 projects globally and he has produced over 200 projects all within a period of 5 years in the recording industry. His understanding of music is wide across different genre and applications. He owns Epoch House Studios Incorporated. He is a Christian, a husband and also a father. His greatest desire is to travel the world enough to be able to touch with his feet places that his music has touched. He is a proud Bottlegger.
Katie Burke is a drama loving screenwriter and actor living in Little Rock, AR. As a songwriter for Howling Music and international session singer, Katie is often alone with her thoughts. Frightening. Most recently, Katie has signed onto Season 2 of The Living Fears, the fictional podcast by Unbrandable Media, as a staff writer. PEDO, her newest play went up as an elevated reading through Studio Tisch NYU grad acting program this past July. Credits include SONY and Lionsgate in the music and narrative podcast lanes. Most of the time she can be found in a sound booth crying, interviewing a stranger about their dreams, or sitting atop a roof watching the sunset.
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One of the most unique flute players in the world today, Carina Bruwer is praised far and wide for her phenomenal technique combined with her idiosyncratic improvisation skills and soulful interpretations rarely associated with this instrument. Carina, who holds a BMus (Hons) cum laude and is also the leader and founder of Sterling EQ – the the SAMA Award-winning all-woman trio known for coining the genre “instrumental pop” through their unique take on instrumental music – has recorded on over a dozen albums, performed in 15 countries both solo and as part of Sterling, and won numerous awards for her work across the board, from purely Classical to crossover, instrumental pop and contemporary. With her signature style, Carina breaths new life into iconic songs from various style genres – Jazz, World, pop, rock and Classical – she draws her inspiration from songs where the melody is independently able to convey the mood of the song, and she takes it one step further with her passionate and virtuosic playing. With the use of her groundbreaking slide flute, she is able to make a traditionally delicate instrument sound truly exciting.
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Peter Voronov, Russia/Finland Violinist and composer. Peter playing the violin for 35 years and have played concerts in 38 countries (including at Carnegie Hall New York, Konzerthaus Berlin e.t.c.) in different styles such as classical and baroque music, rock, electronic, gothic, folk, pop and more. Website: https://www.petervoronov.com
Marcelo, Is a professional singer and vocalist from Argentina with 10 years of experience in recording studios and live shows. Marcelo was chosen to become a Bootlegger due to our track that will be released in multi-languages at once. His Spanish version of the track is nothing short of amazing. We are Blessed to have Marcel on board
Mooch is Professionally credited BMI songwriter specializing in commercial artist material and market ready arrangements. Accomplished studio musician, touring artist with extensive front man/lead vocalist experience. Seasoned musician with advanced instrument expertise. Music featured on albums, radio, film, curated Spotify playlists, ads, reviews and television.
Fernando was born in Argentina and has been playing the drums since he was a teenager. In 2014 he started playing the washboard and exploring the origins of jazz and blues. Today he is a reference of jazz in his country, touring and recording with this great instrument. The FUN Fact is, take a look at his Washboard... It was made right here in Cincinnati, Ohio!
Founding Member, Paul E Jones is an accomplished musician who is blessed with the ability to play any instrument he picks up. Starting as a drummer at age 5, Paul has been around Music and performing most of his life. Paul toured the United States and Canada as a Stand Up Comic for 17 years. Paul found himself back to writing music in early 2020 and has not looked back. Contributions: Producer, Writer, Composer, Artist, Musician and Talent Search Coordinator
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