Charles Guy - GUITAR, VOCALS
Guitar virtuoso, Charles grew up in North Carolina where he was exposed to bluegrass, soul, and Carolina beach music. This influence, plus his long time love of Spanish flamenco guitar and recent sojourns south of the border, have culminated in an eclectic sound, all his own. Guy did some stints touring and playing in Los Angeles before moving to Southern Oregon. He founded, In Flight, in the early ’80s, a contemporary pop band that packed clubs. Moving from electric guitar to acoustic, he later recorded his A Thousand Suns project called “Spark of Light” with flutist Debra Harris. He later founded a successful corporate band, Heart and Soul, which entertained clients from across the country until 2009. He has since spent time developing Sonido Alegre into a premier crowd pleasing Nuevo Flamenco group reminiscent of other notable artists like the Gypsy Kings and Jessie Cook.
Linda Powers - Violin, Viola, Percussion & VOCALS
Ms. Powers is a multi-talented musician whose year's of experience playing bluegrass and swing have enriched the sound of Sonido Alegre. Linda plays guitar, violin, percussion and sings. She is credited with writing many of the lead lines that make the group's songs memorable. She originally hails from the Buffalo, New York area and lived in California before moving to Southern Oregon where she eventually teamed up with guitarist, Charles Guy, to form Sondio Alegre. Their duo collaboration has grown to a full ensemble. Linda was a member of the Flat Five String band who opened for the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Band.
DAVID BOLEN - DRUMS/PERCUSSION
Mr. Bolen found his love for drumming at a very young age. He is versatile and experienced behind the drum kit. He has performed at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas and the Monterey Blues Festival to name just a few. David approaches his instrument with the ear of a music producer and not just a drummer. He has performed with some of the world's finest guitar players:
Gene Black (Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart)
Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship) - Grammy nominated.
Nokie Edwards (The Ventures) - Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Jack Johnson ( Guitarist and singer songwriter) Grammy nominated.
Kenny Mazur (Robert Palmer, The O'Jays) - Award-winning musician and producer.
Jeff Pevar (David Foster, Ray Charles, David Crosby, Kenny Loggins and many more)
Jon Woodhead (Leon Russell, Ace, Dave Koz, Maria Muldaur and others)
In addition, he has performed with these other great musicians:
Brandon Fields (Tower of Power, Rippingtons) Grammy-Award winning saxophonist.
Don Harriss (Billboard Charting Artist, Ronnie Hawkins, Pat Travers Band ) - Keyboards
Dandara (Brazilian Singing Pop Star - Montreaux Jazz Festival)
Sandy Stein (John Legend, Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick)
John Taylor (Rick Astley, DeBarge, Cirque Du Soleil) - Musical Director & keyboardist.
As an opener, David has also shared the stage with:
Earth,Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald, Maceo Parker, Rick Springfield, Peter Frampton.
Donnie Yance - Bass Guitar
Originally from New York city, Donnie started playing the bass and studying privately at age 14. While being internationally recognized for developing a unique approach to health and healing, Donnie’s longstanding interest is his music. Donnie Yance contributes flavors from a jazz tradition. Donnie describes his playing as, "...a melding of styles which encompass funk, R & B, soul, jazz and classical." He has studied the greats and especially continues to be inspired by close friend and Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Stanley Clark.
He is honored to have toured with many popular bands on the East Coast, including Moment’s Notice, Suspect, Touchdown, Funkestra, Encore, and two Gospel bands, His Own, and First Love. He has played and composed original music with the band Infusion (InfusionUSA.com), which in 2012 produced the CD, "Under the Sun". The group opened for Earth, Wind, and Fire. Presently, he is the bassist in the bands, Jeff K and Overtones and R&B supergroup, Souliverse.
Furthermore, Donnie's extraordinary talents as a healer have landed him multiple appearances on nationally televised shows such as, Martha Stewart.
Theresa McCoy took her passion for music to Los Angeles, earning a Bachelor of Music, Performance degree at California State University, Northridge. Though her formal training was primarily in classical percussion, she also studied Cuban drumming with master drummers Luis Conte and Jerry Steinholtz. She is experienced on drum set and hand percussion. She pursued her career performing with symphony orchestras, recording movie soundtracks, working in pit orchestras for musicals, drumming for jazz and rock bands, and studio recording for many artists in a variety of styles (jazz/rock/funk/new age/latin/etc.)
Theresa has worked with such musical greats as Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin, Donna Summer, Carol Channing, Ben Vereen, Pat Moran McCoy and Bernadette Peters. She has premiered several pieces for Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music America, and performed at many festivals including the Ojai Music Festival, the Idyllwild Music Festival the Britt Classical Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
In addition to Sonido Alegre, Theresa currently performs with the Rogue Valley Symphony, the Britt Festival Orchestra, Salsa Brava, the Wednesday Collective and the Opus 3 jazz trio.