R.W. Hobbs, Jr. From pop to country, classical to bluegrass, new age to gospel, R.W. Hobbs, Jr. is a versatile pianist and songwriter from Hobbsville, NC. He began tickling the ivory at an early age and composing his own music as a teenager. R.W. minored in music at East Carolina University. At age 19, he recorded his first CD, Walking on Air at Music Box Studio in Hamilton, NC. R.W. began a career in television at WNCT-TV 9 where he won an Emmy Award in the music & lyrics category for his original song 'Goodbye Rose Ann'. For several years, he was pianist and music director for Hamilton Baptist Church in Hamilton, NC. R.W. produces television and radio jingles, and has a new album Love Asail. He's a writer/producer in the creative services department at WAVY-TV 10 in Portsmouth, Virginia, where he was nominated for 2 additional Emmy Awards for news promotion in 2006. R.W. continues to perform, write and record both as a solo artist and with other musicians in Eastern North Carolina. * * * * * * * * Shelley Faircloth Shelley Faircloth is an amazing talent from Edenton, NC. She is a regular musician at The Onley Place in Belvidere, NC, as well as Acoustic Coffee in Edenton, NC. She and her father Andy Faircloth have also performed several times at the Rocky Hock Opry, a variety show in Edenton benefiting the American Cancer Society. Shelley has captivated audiences with her rendition of the National Anthem at John A. Holmes varsity football games, Edenton Steamers baseball games and the July 4th Celebration in downtown Edenton. She proudly shared the stage with her choral classmates in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia, and became an international artist when she led worship in Peru on a mission trip in 2004. Shelley also performs praise and worship at churches across Eastern North Carolina, including her home church, Rocky Hock Baptist Church, and also leads music for her weekly Bible study group at Campbell University. As a studio musician, Shelley is the voice of R.W.'s 'Find Your Car at WAVY.com' and '1st Century Mortgage' television and radio jingles. She also sang lead and background vocals in several songs on R.W.'s new Love Asail album. Shelley sings for weddings, private parties and more. She is also a songwriter and plays acoustic guitar. The multi-talented singer is currently a student at Campbell University majoring in mass communication. * * * * * * * * Andy Faircloth Andy Faircloth has been pickin' guitar for nearly forty years. He began a lifelong music career at age 13 when he got his first guitar, a Silvertone, which he still owns to this day. While Andy does admit to taking only one guitar lesson in his entire life, he only did it to impress a girl. But as Andy recalls, he never learned anything, and what's worse, he didn't get the girl! But Andy continued playing the guitar, teaching himself through the inspiration of famed songwriter, James Taylor. His other musical influences include Jim Croce, Dan Fogelberg and Loggins & Messina. Andy took a road trip to California in the late 1970s. He stayed in Los Angeles, playing at a local bar in Long Beach. Homesick and far from home, Andy taught himself to play 'Carolina In My Mind,' one of his most requested James Taylor tunes today. Eventually, Andy made his way back to North Carolina, where he performed at several local venues in the late 1980s, including the Pilot House in Edenton, Papagayo, D.B. Cooper's, and Gandolf's Cafe in Nags Head. He later performed at the Broad Street Pub in Edenton from 1992 to 1994. Andy put the guitar down for a few years to raise another musician, his daughter Shelley Faircloth. But since 2001, he's been a busy musician in Eastern North Carolina. In addition to weddings and private parties, Andy is a frequent performer at the Rocky Hock Opry and Acoustic Coffee. He started The Doghouse Band (with JB Rudd, Shelley Faircloth and R.W.), and even has his own show every February at The Onley Place, The Valentine's Show. He plays from time to time at local churches, including Hobbsville Baptist Church and his home church, Rocky Hock Baptist. Andy also arranged and performed a new version of the Emmy Award-winning song 'Goodbye Rose Ann' and played guitar on 'Let Me Be The One' for R.W.'s new album, Love Asail. When he's not playing his guitar, Andy works for Edenton Construction Company. He married the love of his life, Patsy, in June 2004. Andy enjoys yard work, spending time with Patsy, and talking to his dog, Goldie. * * * * * * * * Ted Etheridge As a drummer, songwriter, music arranger and studio engineer, Ted Etheridge is the talented owner of Music Box Studio in Hamilton, NC. His passion for music began at an early age. Ted gave the small town of Hamilton a steady pulse, teaching himself to play drums as a child. His father once took a walk several blocks down to the only stoplight in town, and could still hear young Ted jamming away on his drum set. Soon, Ted's music would reach far beyond that stoplight. With his band Time Square, he played gigs in Richmond, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and all over Eastern North Carolina in the late 1980s. He mixed music live and traveled with The Night Owls and Brooke Chandler in the early 1990s. Ted took his careful ear for music and turned it into a successful business in 1992. What started as a tiny studio in an old barn, has today grown into one of the most successful, widely-known music studios in Eastern North Carolina. Famed singers like Donnie Weaver ('Girl Watcher') and Milton Bullock of The Platters have trusted Ted's expertise to mix their tracks. He was also the studio engineer for several of R.W.'s projects, including the Emmy Award-winning song 'Goodbye Rose Ann,' R.W.'s jingles, his first album Walking on Air, and his new album Love Asail. A brief glimpse into his studio office is all you need to discover Ted's biggest influence in the music business. From wall to wall, CDs, records, posters and more of the hit group The Carpenters decorate the room. These days, Ted enjoys the music of Steven Lukather. Ted also plays keyboard. He enjoys learning about new electronics, keeping his studio on the cutting edge with the latest equipment, and spending time with his sister Kathy and his two beautiful daughters, Sara and Hannah. * * * * * * * * JB Rudd He's written hit songs for George Jones, Toby Keith and Neil McCoy among others, but you'd never know it by talking to him. JB Rudd is a very humble, yet incredibly successful and talented musician from Edenton, NC. Born in Charleston, JB was raised in Edenton. There, he started performing with a band at age 12, picking guitar in sixth grade, and even jamming with another Edenton native, Andy Faircloth as a teenager. JB soon began songwriting, and moved to Nashville for a couple of years in 1974 with the Full Circle Band. He and his band owned their own country & rock club called Mississippi Whiskers. He came back to Edenton, but moved once again to Nashville in 1987 to be a songwriter. "If it's in you, you've just got to do it," JB says. And he had a lot of great songs in him! JB wrote such country hits as "Alright Already" (Larry Stewart), "Tore Up from the Floor Up" (Wade Hayes), "If I Was a Drinkin' Man" (Neil McCoy), "Every Time My Heart Calls Your Name" (John Berry), "I Know a Wall When I See One" (Toby Keith), and his personal favorite: "Sinners and Saints" (George Jones). And he's still writing. In addition to the gift of songwriting, JB is also a fine singer and guitarist. He performs with The Doghouse Band (with Andy Faircloth, Shelley Faircloth and R.W.) at The Onley Place and Acoustic Coffee. JB also produces local artists, and does work in recording studios in eastern North Carolina. He sang 'I Can' on R.W.'s new album, Love Asail. JB does construction work in Edenton, but still flies to Nashville from time to time, following the call of his heart and writing great country music. * * * * * * * * Ronnie Waters Is there any musician who hasn't worked with Ronnie Waters? Probably not very many! Ronnie is a phenomenal guitar player, born and raised in Tarboro, NC. As a young teenager, he found an interest in music, and taught himself to play acoustic, electric and bass guitars, as well as drums. At the age of 17, with only a bus ticket and $40 to his name, Ronnie made his way to Florida. There, he got a gig at a bar playing guitar. For several years he did nothing but play music seven nights a week. He went on the road (mostly to frat parties) with Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts, and played in several rock and country bands. After many years, however, Ronnie gave up the Florida sun for skies of Carolina blue when he moved back to Tarboro in the late 1980s. Ronnie has played on legions of albums, including recordings for George Straight, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, The Drifters, The Atlanta Tams, Joe Simon, Steve Gatlin, Al King, Jay and the Techniques, Clifford Curry, The Stylistics, The Diamonds and Harry Fuqua (former director of Motown). He did session work for the Embers and Ronnie Milsap's band, and has also worked with Nashville drummer and Edenton native Martin Parker. He received a Cammy Award for Album of the Year for his guitar work on the Nappy Brown and Kip Anderson album in 1997. Ronnie also played guitar on two of R.W.'s jingles, as well as several tracks on his new Love Asail album. Ronnie and his wife Glenda live in Tarboro. If he's not on the farm, chances are Ronnie's playing the heck out of his guitar. * * * * * * * * Donnie Wallace How do you define music? "Music is the one thing that no one else can define for you," Donnie says. "You define who you become." And music has followed Donnie throughout his life. Born and raised in the small town of Everetts, NC, Donnie has been singing all his life. At 9 years old, he was already singing in the church quartet. Donnie went to high school with another awesome local talent, Ted Etheridge, and remembers when Ted had his first studio. He sings and plays keyboard on various projects at Music Box Studio. Donnie sang a version of R.W.'s "Find Your Car" jingle which aired on WAVY-TV 10, and also sang the duet "Promise Me" on R.W.'s new Love Asail album. Donnie has opened for the legendary gospel artist Dorothy Norwood. He also worked with Glenn Jones, Curtis Blake and Tamika Scott among others. This amazing singer is also the director of West Martin Alternative School. * * * * * * * * Denise Carmack "Music has always been a part of my life," says Denise Carmack, a singer and teacher from Robersonville, NC. "It's the God-given gift that I am blessed to share with others." Born and raised in New Haven, Conneticut, Denise moved to the tarheel state when she was 13. Some of her fondest memories include singing in the basement with her dad and sisters. She says they were like the Jackson 5, only there were 3 of them! Denise was greatly inspired by her dad, as well as Luther Vandross, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. She used her talent to write songs for Roanoke Middle School (where she teaches language arts today) and Bethel School. Denise sang the duet "Promise Me" with Donnie Wallace on R.W.'s new Love Asail album. "To me, life without music is merely existing," says Denise. "Everything is music." * * * * * * * * * Brian Davis He's a Carolina boy with a Nashville voice. Brian Davis is an incredibly talented musician from New Bern, NC. "I just feel like I was meant to be a singer," Brian says. "It was a gift." Brian discovered that gift as a child, listening to the legendary sounds of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Conway Twitty. He even remembers getting into some trouble for singing Conway Twitty music in church as a young kid. But Brian didn't let anyone discourage him from doing what comes so natural. In 2004, he took his talent into the studio and recorded his first album, Everlasting . Since then, Brian has performed his own concerts, and also crossed paths with renowned Nashville songwriter and Edenton native JB Rudd. They have written several songs together, and remain great friends today. Brian sang "Who Needs a Valentine" on R.W.'s new Love Asail album. In addition to singing and songwriting, he also enjoys playing guitar. Brian works at Cherry Point as a mechanist. He is happily married to his wife, Cheryl, and has two children, Madison and Morgan. * * * * * * * * Aaron Lane He's still in high school, but Aaron Lane already has quite an accomplished resume. His father, Edgar Lane, owned Crossroads Music in Elizabeth City. Aaron recalls playing piano in his dad's store and getting music tips from some of the talented customers passing through. His first band director saw great talent in the young musician, and gave him private trumpet lessons to help him grow. Aaron got his first taste of jazz by listening to his dad's Miles Davis album. He played trumpet for the UNC Greensboro State Honors Jazz Band, and piano for the ECSU college jazz band. Aaron attended Governor's School, where he played trumpet. He has also performed with the All-District band for 4 years. In addition to live performances, Aaron is recording at local studios. He played trumpet on "Who Needs a Valentine" for R.W.'s new Love Asail album, and also added his jazz flavor to Nita Adams' album. Aaron attends Perquimans High School, where he plays trumpet in the band. The talented teenager also plays bass guitar and enjoys skateboarding and water skiing. He hopes to continue pursuing music after high school.