STACEY TURPENOFF - LEAD VOCALS & PERCUSSION
I can remember ever since I was a little girl that I wanted to be singer. I wanted to sing... everything and anything. Music was of an immediate interest to me, starting at the age of 4 in Granite City, Illinois, a small coal-mining town just east of St Louis. At the time, my parents had just purchased a vinyl record player, and ALL I wanted to do was get my hands on this new “toy;” a thought my mother and father were none too excited about. So, with much patience, they showed me how to use this toy, and I could listen to music at my leisure. And did, often. Our home was always filled with music, which was a beautiful environment for me to grow up in.
We had a variety of records and genres for me to choose from, and I remember being just like a sponge and soaking all of it in! But, amongst those albums, one became my favorite; Linda Ronstadt’s 1978 greatest hits album. I would play her album over and over again; memorizing every lyric, and tried my 4 year old best to sing just like her…. I was immediately hooked.
But my love of music does not start at a record player. Without a doubt my musical DNA is attributed to my family. Between the 1920's and 1940's, my great grandfather, Clarence “Mojo” Clark, was a professional musician playing violin / fiddle in a large bluegrass band. My parents display that same fiddle in their home today, which is now well over 100 years old. Those talents were then passed down to my grandmother, Fredia, who was an incredible singer… She really did have the voice of an angel. My grandmother would sing anywhere and everywhere she could be heard, from restaurants to clubs from Granite City to St. Louis, Missouri. She sang her entire life, until her death at the early age of 65. She was the sweetest woman and everyone loved her and her beautiful voice!
So, how does that get us to today?? Well, there is still a little more story to tell….
As I mentioned, my love for music started at my earliest memories, and musical influences continue to this day. I was glued to the TV whenever it was time for American Bandstand, Solid Gold, Soul Train, or any Music Awards shows. I don’t think I ever went outside during the good years of MTV. I was starting to identify some favorites; Linda Ronstadt (of course,) Blondie, Donna Summer, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Barbara Streisand, Karen Carpenter, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Gladys Knight, Madonna, Stevie Nicks / Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, Freddie Mercury… that’s just a few…. there wasn’t an inch of my bedroom walls that didn’t have a musician’s photo on it.
Fast forward to April 2012. My desire to sing and play music finally became overwhelming, and with advice from a friend, I reluctantly put out an ad on Craigslist. Yes, Craigslist: Singer Looking For A Band. “What am I doing???” I thought. I went to go take my ad down when I saw an email response…. “We are interested in adding a female singer to our band. Do you have a demo you could send us?” I didn’t have anything to send to them. So, I checked out their website, learned one of their original songs, sang into my cell phone and hit send. I thought they would turn me down faster than I hit send. But to my surprise, they offered me an audition, where I meet these incredible musicians who were exactly what I had been looking for. We meshed like we had been together for years. That evening, they invited me to join them…. And just like that, I was in a band!
So onto the first show: The The Toad Tavern in Littleton. I was terrified. I had never sung live in front of an audience or on a stage before, and what a place to start. Family and friends started to show, and my nerves were out of control. But the moment I stepped in front of my microphone and hit my first note, EVERY fear I ever had vanished. I knew this was what I should be doing.
Today, I am so grateful for the experiences I have had with music up to this point…. including performing on the STAX stage at Alfred’s and at BB King’s on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee during the International Blues Challenge in 2017, and advancing to the Semi-Finals! Other milestones include opening for Tommy Castro, Samantha Fish, Coco Montoya, The Red Elvises, Jimmy Thackery, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Ana Popovic, Hazel Miller, and Leann Rimes.
When asked what I want people to get from the shows, I say “What I want them to hear is someone who is doing exactly what they love the most at that very moment. Pouring everything they have into that microphone and their performance. I want them to hear and feel my emotions while singing, from happy to sad and everything in between. When I am singing to a crowd, I feel like we are having our own private conversation that no one else is a part of.”
Thank you for reading my bio :)
THE "J" TEAM
JIM ANTONE - BASS
Born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, Jim Antone is one of the few Colorado natives in Stacey Turpenoff’s band. Coming from a musical family there was always music in the air of his childhood, into adulthood, and still today. He has an older sister who is an accomplished Opera singer currently residing in New Mexico.
Jim took up the bass guitar in addition to electric guitar, percussion, and some brass instruments at a tender young age. He realized his love for the bass guitar and honed his music skills there. His first band, a rock band, was at the age of 16, again in Boulder, Colorado.
As music began to grow inside Jim, he realized that for him, the aspect of music that spoke to him the most, was the groove. It was all about the groove! From R&B to Soul, to Funk and Fusion. You don’t just ‘hear’ the groove, you ‘feel’ the groove. Bass. Yes, indeed, bass it was!
In 1983 Jim moved to New Jersey to pursue a professional career but continued to play music every chance he could get. He performed in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania on a regular basis. He co-founded an Allman Brothers Tribute Band, Hot Lanta. He enjoyed the festival and live music scene in the tri-state area for years before moving back to Colorado.
Once back in Colorado he never missed a beat and picked back up where he left off, with a bass in his hand and a groove on his mind! He’s played Red Rocks, in front of a crowd estimated to be about 8000, where he was in a band opening for the Yellow Jackets.
His dream for the future is to continue to perform in local and regional venues and share his passion of music with everyone who will listen. Come out to a show and ‘feel’ Jim’s bass line move you. Don’t be surprised if you can’t sit still.
JOHN HOWLEY- KEYBOARDS & VOCALS
From Burlington, Vermont (the Boulder of the East), John was raised in a musical household. His father loved jazz, Seagrams 7, and Carling's Black Label beer, not necessarily in that order. His mother was an accomplished singer and seller of fine womenswear. John learned to read by studying the records spinning on the turntable. To this day he cannot read without severe dizzyness. Through the '80s John toured the New England club circuit with a number of disco and spandex bands. In 2015 he moved to Boulder (the Burlington of the west) and encountered a vibrant music scene. John can usually be found Tuesday nights at the Speakeasy open mic in Longmont, where he croons and plays the white baby grand piano under the Liberace chandelier.
JUSTIN PELTON- GUITAR & VOCALS
Justin grew up in a music-loving household in Golden, Colorado. When he was a child, his family would often bring instruments over during the holidays and have elaborate sing-alongs. In his teen years his time was divided between athletics and music, but by fifteen Justin knew he’d had enough of sports and decided that the guitar was his whole life! The Beatles quickly invaded his life and he would save school lunch money to go buy classic rock records. Justin studied sociology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he also kept his musical passions alive. It was there that he developed a strong relationship with blues, jazz, and funk while playing in a university band known as Lunch with Mike. His vast musical palette was also strongly shaped by his studies in ethnomusicology, which literally opened up an entire world of music. Completely self-taught, Justin has performed as part of several front-range bands including the Resonatorz, Jon Deer and the Country Funkers, and the Andrew James Band. He’s been performing with the Stacey Turpenoff Band since September 2018 and is thrilled to be part of the group.