About The Production Team
Billy has spent his adult life dedicated to rhythm and blues music. Whether touring the country as the founding member of JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound or as the music director of The Numero Group label’s Eccentric Soul Revue. He’s played vintage R&B all over the United States and Europe. From Lollapalooza to Bumbershoot, Billy has played guitar behind soul & rock greats the likes of Syl Johnson, Otis Clay, Corey Glover, Kim & Kelly Deal, and Jeff Tweedy. He's opened for everyone from Robert Plant to Mavis Staples. His songs have been recorded by JC Brooks & Lee Fields.
Julie B Nichols
has been playing the piano since she was 10 years old, when she learned to improvise and never looked back. Making a name for herself in both the theater world as a composer and music director, and the live scene as a song writer and keyboardist, Julie has worked all over the world as a musician. Her longest gig was as music director of The Second City’s Mainstage in Chicago where she did sound design, composition and music direction for four revues, including the Jeff Nominated South Side of Heaven. Prior to that , she was the Associate Music Director at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam. She then collaborated with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for the critically acclaimed ‘The Art of Falling,’ which has since been remounted in Los Angeles and Chicago. She is a founding member of Chicago's own So Chi Voices, and composes for commercials and short films, including Slamdance 2017’s Best Narrative Short "No Other Way To Say It ." She has shared the stage with Phish, Paul Simon and Tom Hanks, and is here to say that all of them are delightful.
find out more at www.juliebnichols.com
John W Lauler
is a bassist living in Chicago, IL. He attended Joliet Junior College from 2008-2010 and in 2012 received his Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Columbia College Chicago. John's style delivers a refreshing take on classic soul, blues, jazz and rock. He is the bassist for Chicago bluesman Breezy Rodio and plays regularly with the Cash Box Kings. John is also currently working extensively as the bassist and arranger for The Epic, a Chicago-based backing band who played Chicago’s Fifth Star Awards at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in September and headlined the Women’s March on Chicago 2017. Epic Sounds will begin releasing their first singles this summer featuring collaborations with some of Chicago's finest soul singers. John’s passion for jazz and original music can be heard with The Giving Trio. The trio's first record, "Defuser" (2016), features his original compositions "Old Bull Lee," "She's Skeptic" and "The Believer".
find out more at www.jwlaulerbass.com