Jah Steve and the Counteract Crew are the latest Reggae phenomenon to hit the stages of South Florida. To paraphrase Reggae maestro Bob Marley, one good thing about the Counteract Crew is that when their music hits you, you feel no pain.
Counteract Crew band leader Jah Steve (Steve McGowan) has music in his blood and in his bones and the Miami native has been involved in the entertainment industry for most of his life. Steve started off in the music business around 1996 as a sound engineer setting up audio equipment for live stage events. He soon developed a life-long love for music as he became a regular and competent stage technician for the many Caribbean acts performing in South Florida.
A self-taught guitarist and musician, Jah Steve eventually joined Crisis, a local backing band that provided the opportunity for him to learn and play a wide variety of popular songs and rhythms. After this invaluable experience, Jah Steve became the band leader and bassist for 4th Dimension, a South Florida Reggae show band.
Over a fifteen year period, 4th Dimension became a staple at venues from Miami Beach to downtown Fort Lauderdale, to West Palm Beach. During that time Jah Steve also performed before thousands of fans at events like the Bob Marley Festival in Miami and at other major festivals and concerts nationwide across the U.S.
Today in 2015 Jah Steve is the front man for the Counteract Crew, a newly formed South Florida Reggae band specializing in Reggae music with an authentic “old school” feel. The Counteract Crew is comprised of band Music Director Bruno Ruiz (a.k.a “B-Roots”) on guitar; Bruno’s brother Frankie Ruiz on drums; keyboard genius Doron Clarence; and Jah Steve on bass guitar.
The Counteract Crew is filling the high demand and constant need in South Florida for quality live Reggae acts. Music lovers can catch these musical craftsmen performing live at venues around South Florida and fans should look out for their new recordings coming out in 2016.
In the meantime, visit the group on Facebook at Jah Steve and the Counteract Crew for the latest info on the band.
Band Bio prepared by I. Jabulani Tafari
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Steeltown Religion (formerly known as the Aimee Jane Willer Band [est. 2013]) was founded in none other than THE most famous steel town of all – Pittsburgh PA. It consists of Aimee Jane and Eddie Willer’s original, throw-back, hard country sound, as well as a variety of Country/Rock covers. They range from an intimate duo, all the way up to a 5+ piece full band. Each form of the band has its own experience. They’ve shared bills at venues such as First Niagara Pavilion, with national acts such as, Joe Nichols, Billy Currington, and Lady Antebellum, and have shared the stage with artists such as David Allen Coe, Big Smo, Outshyne, Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Georgia Satellites, Pure Prairie League, Reb Beach(Whitesnake, Winger). Their band members range from guest lead guitarists such as Kenny Olson (Kid Rock founding lead player), Carlo Volhl (The Hit Men All-Stars, Wild Cherry, Donnie Iris), and Junior Guthrie (Poverty Neck Hillbillies/Hillbilly Way). On November 21 2015, they released their first album, “Florida Rain”.
As of January 2016, the core of the band, Aimee Jane and Eddie, decided to move to Hollywood, Florida to work with Main Event Talent Agency and to promote their new album.
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Peter White is a well-respected, seasoned performer who has been dazzling audiences in South Florida for almost three decades with his sweet voice, incredible acoustic guitar styling, and seemingly endless variety of songs. He is joined by Fred Weng on vocals and percussion who adds beautiful layers of harmony and rhythm.
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Born Kathryn Sullivan and raised in Willard, Ohio, a small country town, it was the beginning of something much larger for “Charlie”. She began singing and playing the guitar at the age of 7 and by age 10 Charlie was singing every Sunday with her 5 sisters in their local church. In her free time she performed with a 20 piece guitar group that provided entertainment for the Governor of Ohio and other private functions. Soon she was singing with a local jazz trio and by the early 80’s doing commercials for small companies in Northern Ohio.
In the early 90’s she moved to Myrtle Beach, SC and began performing with a duo, sometimes trio, known as Sea Breeze. They released their first independent CD together and had a steady following of local fans. After spending seven years in South Carolina she took a giant leap and moved to Los Angeles, CA where she found herself as the first live singing and dancing act in the Adult Entertainment Industry. featured at such legendary clubs as Pure Platinum, Solid Gold, and Thee Dollhouse. Performing with the Platinum Dolls a Singing/Dancing group produced by Michael J. Peter she found herself sharing the stage with members of Super Tramp, Steve Miller Band, The Temptations, The Supremes, Motely Crue, and more.
The legendary Rick James and Charlie, upon a chance meeting, became close friends and began writing together. Mr. James convinced her to head towards doing some Rock & Roll music with a little R&B-Dance flavor that every age group would be able to enjoy. “He steered me in the right direction, guided me down the right path musically, and has since become my Guardian Angel. Charlie Sullivan currently travels around the world bringing her unique style and amazing voice to the masses. She spends most of her time on the road either performing live or recording with notable producers such as Tony Coluccio of Global Media Music out of NYC. She currently resides in south Florida and continues to promote her music all over the world.
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Ricky has been playing guitar & bass from a very young age, growing up with a guitar by his side through his whole life.
After graduating from High School in Miami, Florida USA where he was born & raised, Ricky went straight into performing professionally giving him 8 years of industry experience.
Through this he has also had 5 years of touring experience taking him all around Central America & internationally – Caribbean islands, across South America, Israel & Africa.
Most recently (2013) he has worked as a guitarist on two European tours with Grammy nominated artist Ky-Mani Marley, who he is currently working with & has worked with for the past 18 months. He worked on Ky-Mani’s latest live album, which will be released in the next year.
Through touring he has had the pleasure of performing to crowds of an estimated 23,000 people at the Virada Cultural Festival in Santos, Brazil (MAY 2012) as well as approximately 20,000 in France at the Sun Ska Festival in Pauillac, France (AUGUST 2013).
Ricky has also toured as a bassist & a guitarist, for a myriad of reggae artists such as Wayne Wonder, Collie Buddz, I-Wayne, Mykal Rose, Tanya Stephens, Marcia Griffiths, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Everton Blender, Pluto Shervington, & Ernie Smith.
He has collaborated with artists such as Lionel Cole & Michael Duchesne in Sydney, Australia, giving him experience in not only Reggae music but also Soul/Jazz and R&b. However, his main passion is Hard Rock, finding inspiration from artists such as Metallica, Queen, Van Halen & Led Zeppelin.
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SINGER, SONGWRITER ZANDER'S MUSICAL JOURNEY BEGAN WITH CLASSICAL PIANO AT A YOUNG AGE. HIS GUITAR CAME LATER AND HAS NEVER LEFT HIS SIDE. INSPIRED BY SURFING IN FLORIDA AND FIERY SUNSETS, ZANDER'S MUSIC VIBRATES WITH INTENSE BEATS AND POSITIVE ENERGY WITH REGGAE, FUNK, POP AND ROCK IN THE MIX.
ZANDER'S MUSIC PULLS FROM AN INTERNATIONAL BACKGROUND WITH IRISH AND LATIN AMERICAN FLAVOR. HIS VISION IS ECLECTIC, AND HIS MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE ARE FULL OF COLOR AND ENERGY. ZANDER HAS OPENED FOR MANY ACTS SUCH AS ZIGGY MARLEY, WEEZER, TRAIN, FALL OUT BOY, DIRTY HEADS AND THE WAILERS.
ZANDER'S CAREER STARTED WITH THE CRAZY CARLS IN 2009 AS LEAD SINGER, SONGWRITER AND GUITARIST. HIS SOLO CAREER WAS LAUNCHED IN 2015, AND FANS ARE READY FOR HIS DEBUT ALBUM TO BE RELEASED THIS YEAR. GIGS IN THE US, LATIN AMERICA, AND EUROPE WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR LATE 2016.