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, Diana Ross, Stevie Nicks / Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, 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 :)
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.
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.
DANNY HAYNES - KEYS & VOCALS
Danny brings 50 years of experience to the stage. Born near Dallas, Texas, he was part of the 60's music scene that produced the Vaughan brothers-Stevie and Jimmie. Danny's band was The Beefeaters and Jimmie's was The Chessmen. They competed for many gigs in those days. Danny became a full-time musician in the early 70's toured the US and Canada with Tommy Latham and McCool, a Vegas-type show band that allowed him to become a seasoned stage performer. In 1976, he started The King Peach Band, a hard working road band that recorded their only album in 1980. That same band recorded the critically-acclaimed "Texas Boogie Blues" album with Ray Sharpe of "Linda Lu" fame. Soon after, Dan settled into a long residency with The Silver City Band in the DFW area that lasted 12 years. He made a giant leap of faith and moved to Australia in 1996 where he found a vibrant music scene and recorded his CD “Built For Comfort” in Alice Springs, Australia teamed with local musicians.
Since relocating back to the US and Denver, he has worked with many local favorites including Erik Boa, Randall Dubis (with whom he reached the 2013 Finals of the Denver IBC), Alan Knight, The Encounters, Rex Peoples, G’Jai and more. He recorded the keys on Bad Brad And The Fat Cats debut album, and has added keys to songs for Randall Dubis, Michael Hossler, and Dan Treanor . He won CD of the year at the Members Choice Awards www.coblues.com for his work on Fried Food and Hard Liquor by Rex Peoples and X Factr. He recently won in the keys category for Members Choice Awards at www.coblues.com. Dan performed with Rex Peoples and Xfactor at the IBC finals for The Colorado Blues Society where they won best band and reached the semi-finals at the IBC in Memphis January 2016. He is also working on the Blue 88s project-an all keyboards band. Blue 88s is performing and has gotten an excellent response. Dan is also preparing his own band, The Dan Haynes Band, for more appearances.
CARLETON PIKE - DRUMS & VOCALS
Carleton Studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston Mass. and worked in the Boston area with Patty Larkin, John Curtis and John Troy, from The Pousette-Dart Band, and Richard Gates and Sheldon Mirowitz, both of whom are now teachers at Berklee. Now living in the Denver Colorado area, he has worked with local legends Eric Boa and Randall Dubis and many of the other fine musicians in Denver.
Carleton started playing “drums” with his sisters marching band drum sticks, using them on coffee cans with the plastic tops. He graduated to playing along with 45’s on a card table and then his mother finally got him a drum set. (Imagine his fathers surprise when he got home from work that day.) Many years later, Carleton now has three drum sets and a calendar full of gigs. God bless Mom and Montgomery Ward!