Thomas Mallory Evans was born in Atlanta, the second of three siblings, and currently resides in Riverdale, Ga. - he began playing guitar when he was 13 years old, and soon thereafter started composing music and poetry for his original songs - after finishing high school, he went on to graduate from the University of West Georgia, with a B.A. in Mass Communications - he has played in various bands throughout the years, but is currently focusing on pursuing a solo career, enlisting the assistance of three other local musicians (Neal Wauchope, Frank Valdez, and Brent Kitchens) for the "Four Once....." CD project - his music reflects the influence of jazz, rock, and folk styles, and his lyrics convey a blend of uplifting optimism, good-natured humor, and a spiritual awareness that invokes genuine, conscious introspection on the part of the listener - Thomas is thankful for the opportunity to put his songs out to the world, and plans to record a new collection of his original compositions following the release of "Four Once....." - we hope you'll enjoy!
A native Mississippian, Neal Wauchope studied under Dr. Larry Scully at Valdosta State University, earning his Bachelor of Music/Piano Performance degree in 1992 - after graduation, he moved to the Atlanta area, and dedicated his life to the art of making music - although his background was in European classical music, Neal realized soon after college that jazz was his true calling, so he played, as he says, "with every band at every venue that would hire me!" While in Atlanta, he worked with such notable artists as : Tinsley Ellis; Sandra Hall; Francine Reed; Sean Costello; and Rufus Thomas, to name a few, and traveled extensively with Tinsley Ellis and Sandra Hall - however, after his first child was born, he decided that life on the road was not in his family's best interest, and chose to begin managing his own bands, as well as helping local venues succeed in bringing live music (especially jazz and blues) to the area - in the late 1990s, after working as Music Director at a popular Atlanta nightspot for about a year, he and his family moved to San Diego, where he continued to freelance, performing with Roy Gaines, James Harmon, and Gilbert Castellanos, among others - in 2001, he created Walk Up Music, the "umbrella" company for Essential San Diego Records, all while recording in the studio, earning recording credits on 22 discs, and also 1 in the documentary movie "Soul to Soul" - he and his family moved back to Atlanta in 2006, and in 2008, Neal became Music Director at Georgia Shrimp Co., a popular restaurant and jazz venue in Peachtree City - he and his Walk Up Band, featuring jazz vocalist Toni Byrd, have played numerous venues in the Atlanta area in recent years, and in 2016, Neal and Toni earned the distinct honor of performing Christmas music at the White House in Washington, D.C. - you can listen to some of his music at walkupmusic.com
Frank Valdez hails from San Antonio, Texas - he is a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music, and played in the U.S. Army Band, being stationed "stateside" in Louisiana and Kansas, as well as outside of the country in Panama and Heidelberg, Germany - besides being an expert woodwindist (he plays soprano, tenor, and alto saxophones, in addition to flute and clarinet,) he also performs as a singer and drummer/percussionist, and is an accomplished arranger of musical pieces - Frank is even an expert sound engineer - talk about a "one-man band"! He is one of the stars for Event Performance in Atlanta, and plays at numerous venues around the Southeast (when he's not catching boatloads of fish from Lake Wedowee, Alabama, that is!) He is married, and currently resides in Fairburn, Ga. - you can contact Frank at email@example.com
Brent Kitchens was born in Atlanta, and began his musical journey at age 8, taking up both the trombone and the drums as a youngster - he expanded his instrumental repository throughout his young adulthood to include : baritone; bassoon; euphonium; keyboards (acoustic and electronic); string bass; valve trombone; and numerous percussion instruments, and after having enlisted, played baritone in the U.S. Navy Band - following his Navy days, Brent was a touring/studio drummer, and performed with various bands and projects throughout the Southeast - later, in the early 1990s, he was an adjunct faculty member at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, where he designed and built their first Digital Audio Workstation studio, and developed its curriculum - he is currently working on several original projects from his home studio in Snellville, Ga. - you can check out his music on Soundcloud!
Album cover art photography by Michael D. Skelton, Sarasota, Florida