Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Willtone began playing restaurants and clubs around Northern Illinois before setting sights on the south side Chicago blues scene. Since then he’s played over 2500 gigs with hundreds of bands across nearly 60 countries. As a sideman, Will has appeared with saxophonist Ritchie Cole (Buddy Rich), The Platters, The Coasters, The Drifters, Bowser, and many others. He’s opened for artists as diverse as OHM, Anderson Paak, Lonnie Brooks, and Warren G. Recently, Will performed with the Temecula Valley Symphony for the Barn Stage Company’s production of Chess, and recorded with R&B singer Ne-Yo.
Fionn Ruadh started playing bass at the age of 15, inspired by the bassists he was enthralled by at the time: Duff McKagan, Les Claypool, James Jamerson and John Entwhistle. Playing in various rock bands throughout his teenage years (include the short-lived Factory Shark), he was exposed to jazz when he attended Newpark Music Centre, Ireland's premier Jazz education program. He attended Berklee College of Music in 2015 and graduated two years later with a Degree in Performance. While in Boston he performed Rock, Pop, Afrobeat, Jazz, Funk, Gospel and Heavy Metal, with musicians from all parts of the globe and hopes to maintain a similar diversity in his playing.
Now based in Los Angeles, Fionn is excited to perform in as many musical contexts as possible. Whether on stage or in the studio, he is committed to being the most empathic, dynamic and complimentary bassist as possible.
Miguel is a professional musician and music teacher in the Los Angeles area and is a recent addition to the Sterling Sylver band. He has been playing and teaching drums for over 30 years and has studied under Nate Morton, Bruce Becker, Mark Schulman, Dom Famularo, Caton Lyles, Derek Reith, Jorge Alabe, Curt Moore, Dan Sabanovich, Fred Sanford and Ralph Hardimon.
Jeff is a PhD candidate in music history at UCLA and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist. His primary instrument is the guitar, but he holds his own on the steel guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo and bass as well. Jeff is also a talented singer. He led the Old Time and Bluegrass Ensemble at UCLA from 2015-2016, and he has been a dedicated enthusiast and skilled performer of country music for over 20 years. Growing up in Florida, Jeff was originally influenced by guitar players such as James Burton and Clarence White. He had a Parsons/White B-Bender installed in his Telecaster at the age of 14, and has been refining his approach to this instrument's unique blend of guitar and pedal steel tones ever since. Jeff moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue his PhD and began playing in local bands such as Going to the Sun and the Kate Brown Band as well as performing solo. He is thrilled be a contributor to Sterling Sylver's "kickin' country" sound.
Sterling Sylver has played for up to 30 thousand people but still also enjoys playing in smaller, more intimate settings as well. They are considered a "dance band", making sure that there is plenty of opportunity for singing and dancing and lots of interaction with the audience. They believe in working hard and playing harder. They believe in family, friends, fans and having fun! It's not uncommon to see Sterling come off the stage during a song or two for an up close experience. So don't be too shy to get up and dance or sing along to all your favorite tunes! Sterling Sylver is the show you won't want to miss! Sterling Sylver is the show people will be talking about tomorrow.
Sterling Sylver IS Kickin' Country!
From the heart of Orange County, Sterling Sylver has successfully brought together some of the best musicians in Southern California to form a kickin' country band. With each band member enjoying over 20 years performing in various bands across California, they are able to combine today's high energy country with traditional classics and the always popular Southern Rock bringing entertainment to groups of all ages. Sterling's powerful vocals and passion for rockin' the country is evident in every performance.
Sterling started singing at age 8 in his church and that continued throughout private school with a fine arts requirement. Just before his high school graduation Sterling submitted an application & audition tape to a US ambassadorship and was one of only 50 throughout the United States chosen to join the American Symphony band & Choir for the summer of 82 tour of 7 European countries (10 weeks). Sterling's trained 4 octave voice at the time was perfectly poised to sing in many of the metal and rock bands in LA & Orange County and making a living during college in the 80's and early 90's.
After a long break from being in a band and focusing on family, Sterling started doing Country as a challenge which gained him paid Television & Audio work from Syber Sonic Records. Sterling is currently networked with and/or has sat in and shared the stage with some of the following hottest names that play the country bar circuit here in So Cal. Bands like Whiskey Tango, JB and the Big Circle Riders, Michael Hart Band, The Doo-Wah Riders, Ex White Lighting members Brad Fletcher & Dr. Drums Darren Rottino, Luke James, Hillary Seleb, Paul Justin, Chris Lozano, Jason Hawks and other friends too many to list here. . Earlier this year, Sterling trained with former "Diamond Rio" producer & gold record holder Travis Allen Childress at Nashville Track's artist development program in Montrose, California.
Anda started out as one of our biggest fans and supporters. We saw right away that she had a lot of talent with her dance moves and most of all, she always had so much fun on the dance floor! So it made sense when we asked her to be our official Sterling Sylver Band dance instructor.
Anda comes to many of our shows and events and teaches basic dances to the guests who want to learn. She has a knack for getting people over their initial shyness and gets them up on the dance floor learning how to dance to all of the songs that Sterling Sylver plays. If you are planning an event, ask us about including Anda when you book Sterling Sylver!