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 participated in Season 2 of American Idol, where judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan awarded Adem with the prestigious Golden Ticket to Hollywood Week in California. Adem 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, 19, 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. Jimi Hendrix, along with Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zandt from the original Lynyrd Skynyrd band, are Grady’s biggest influences.

Photo: Eric Bonnici, Eyes On Windsor

Aval keyboards and harmonica for The Instinct


Aval Stanley, 16, keyboards, harmonica – Aval began with classical piano at age 9. At 12, he fell in love with the improvisational style of the blues when he started playing bass. 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. Aval has recently started composing and he has had the awesome opportunity to play one of his pieces at the famous Jazz Showcase in Chicago. His influences include Otis Spann, Ramsey Lewis, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder, among many others.

Photo: LeVern Danley III, LAD4 Creations