Heather amazes all who hear her sing. Her versatility in the vocal arena allows for a wide range of musical styles to include jazz, rhythm & blues and rock as well as the blues. Her experience includes over 20 years of performing with various entertainment agencies and production companies as well as being lead vocalist for ‘R&R Band’, ‘Vess Russ Project’ and ‘Vertical Circle’. Heather has had the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Kim Waters, Angela Bofill and Ike Cole. She also spent several years as a studio vocalist, which resulted in a self-titled CD in 1994. Heather brings her brand of sultry yet funky lead vocals to the party in addition to having strong background vocal abilities.
Formerly with the ‘Blues Cats’, ‘Galaxy’, ‘Crimson Velvet’, and ‘What Next’ among others, Ron has been playing bass professionally in a variety of bands for over thirty years and has shared the stage with many nationally known acts – ‘Aerosmith’, ‘Three Dog Night’, the ‘Fabulous Thunderbirds’, ‘Ruth Brown’, the ‘Buddy Guy Band’, ‘L’il Ed And the Blues Imperials’, ‘Kenny Neal’, ‘Leon Redbone’ and ‘Joanna Conner’ to name a few. His band the ‘Blues Cats” won acclaim from their CD “It Ain’t Easy” which was released in 1993. After playing in several bands that stretched his musical styles, he has decided to return to the blues… because it’s just more fun!
A veteran guitarist, singer, composer and music teacher, Alan was classically trained at the age of 11 in England, and has been playing his chosen instrument ever since. He is accomplished in most every style, but favors Blues, Rock and Jazz. Alan played lead guitar for area favorite ‘ForPlay’ until leaving to further a Gospel recording career performing on and co-producing several CD’s. He has his own band, ‘ADB Overture’ which features his wife Debra on Vocals. When the Groove Cats put out the call for a new guitarist upon ours moving to D.C., Alan came to the rescue and joined the band. As he puts it, he is now free to pursue a long awaited desire to explore a rock/blues format, one of his favorite styles.
Playing his first performance in the Hampton Roads area over 20 years ago, his love of music has only increased over time. A multi-instrumentalist, and teacher, he has enjoyed playing different genres throughout the years in various acoustic and electric acts. Ever since being gifted a harmonica and having its soulful sounds, his lifelong admiration for the Blues has turned into a great passion for playing this diverse style of music.
Ivan, better known as “The Hit Man” lays down his signature “in the pocket” groove and beat that dives the sound of ‘The Groove Cats”. Originally from Baltimore, He brings over thirty years of professional musicianship to the group. Formerly a member of the ‘Blues Cats” and ‘Crimson Velvet”, Ivan has also played with other well known local artists including ‘Gator Almond & the Spice of Life”, ‘Black White Blues” and ‘Girls Night Out”.
Having played with Ron many years ago, Kurt has returned to lay a funky groove to the Groove Cat’s music, sharing the percussion duties with Ivan. Kurt is a dynamic and energetic multi-percussionist in wide variety of styles. He has been playing Funk, Jazz Reggae, Rock, African and Blues music for almost 40 years.