Adem, 16, vocals, guitar – Adem is a self taught Singer/Songwriter with a major Blues influence. His music journey began at the age of nine, starting with guitar. By 11, he started to write and sing his own songs. Adem recently auditioned for Season 2 of American Idol, which premiers March 3rd, 2019. He has also released originals on all music platforms. Many artists have influenced Adem, including Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, and John Mayer.

Photo: Jaden D.,



Donovan, 18, vocals, bass – Donovan developed a love for music at a very young age. He enjoys all genres but has a special fondness for old school. Donovan’s drawn inspiration from a range of musicians such as Michael Jackson, Howlin Wolf and Robert Plant. His other passions are architecture and soccer.

Photo: Jose Ed Ramirez, Ramzphotography



Stacy, 16, drums – “Groove Girl” started playing the drums when she was 7. Her influences include Clyde Stubblefield, Sheila E., Buddy Rich, Tony Royster Jr., and Neil Peart. When she is not on the drum kit, you will find her playing field hockey or softball. She loves all genres of music, but has a special inclination for the blues and funk.



Grady, 16, guitar – Grady enjoys all genres of music. He developed a love for the blues and blues history at a very early age. Grady has an eclectic group of influences but Jimi Hendrix rises above the rest. In addition to music, Grady competes in track & field throwing events and plays baseball.

Photo: Eric Bonnici, Eyes On Windsor

Aval keyboards and harmonica for The Instinct


Aval Stanley, 15, keyboards, harmonica – Aval began with classical piano at age 9. At 12, he picked up the electric bass and loved the improvisational style of the blues. Within the past few years, Aval has expanded his improvisational playing to piano with blues. Harmonica has been the latest addition to his arsenal of instruments. Aval has been increasing his musical vocabulary with jazz, and he has earned a position as Jazz Ambassador of the Jazz Institute of Chicago for 2 years now. His influences include Otis Spann, Ramsey Lewis, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder, among many others.

Photo: LeVern Danley III, LAD4 Creations