Hannah Shayle Kennedy is a mezzo-soprano singer who sings several of the most important songs on the Dracula Undead album. Her rendition of the title "Dracula" track is a true tour de force! The Essex-based singer has been performing for 12 years in shows, competitively and in bands. She's vastly experienced in all different styles and is incredibly passionate about what she does!
Dracula Undead is the third of five albums recorded by Southend artist Jim Wilson under the stage name of "The Red Ace". The recording was made at Big Noise Studios in Rochford over the last few years.
Jim wrote the melody and lyrics to the title song "Dracula" over fifty years ago but put it aside while he wrote many other songs which held more interest for him at the time.
Paul Jerrom who sings the dramatic track "God Forgive Me" is a wonderful singer and entertainer from Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. He started singing in his early 20s, and was fortunate to be trained by singing teacher Ian Adam. Adam , has voice trained many celebrities,such as Elaine Page, Michael Crawford, and Marc Almond. By 1995, at 22, Paul entered various talent contests with the hope of building confidence and enhancing his career.
He also appeared in amateur dramatics, such shows as 'Me and my Girl', 'The Boyfriend', 'Kiss me Kate' and 'Charlie Girl'.
Sunday Night Live at The London Palladium saw him in 'Beauty And The Beast' and 'Pickwick Papers'. In 2001, he appeared in 'The Royal Variety Performance' at The Dominion Theatre along side Julian Clary, as a canadian mounty during the opening sequence.
Simon Davies is a professional musician and producer who runs the Big Noise Studios in Rochford in Essex. He has been involved with several successful bands and has performed on, recorded and produced many commercially released recordings on various record labels in the UK, Europe and Japan and, most recently, Dracula Undead The Musical. Simon is also a fine Hammond player and trombonist. He has worked on the following tracks- NO. SONG TITLES AND ORDER 1 FOR THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST (keyboards and orchestral arrangements) 2 WE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE PROUD (keyboards and orchestral arrangements) 3 CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (keyboards and orchestral arrangements) 4 DRACULA DESCENDS (sound effects) 5 VAMPIRE WOMEN (keyboards and orchestral arrangements) 6 GOD FORGIVE ME (keyboards and orchestral arrangements) 7 GIVE ME MY BABY (sound effects) 8 FOOL TALK (keyboards and sound effects) 9 10 INTO THE STORM (keyboards and orchestral arrangements) 11 TASTE OF A FLY (keyboards and sound effects) 12 TRUE FRIENDS (keyboards and orchestral arrangements) 13 IN A DREAM (keyboards) 14 DRACULA (keyboards and orchestral arrangements) 15 SLEEP MY LOVE (keyboards and orchestral arrangements) 16 FIRSTY WORK (keyboards and orchestral arrangements) 17 I HEAR THE WAVES (keyboards and orchestral arrangements) 18 DRACULA DIES? EPILOGUE (sound effects)
Steven East has sung in seven English National Opera productions with the chorus under baton of Ed Gardner, as well as Richard Armstrong and Keri-Lynn Wilson and also in that month, he reprised the role of Quintus in Perpetua, which he created in 2012, in Southwark Cathedral. This cantata by Nick Bicât tells the story of one of the first female to martyr herself in the name of her beliefs.
Steven was a Robinson Hearn Scholar on the Advanced Independent Study Programme at Trinity Laban College of Music and Dance, studying with Lynton Atkinson and Kelvin Lim after gaining a distinction on the Postgraduate Advanced Diploma there. He was mentored by the bass Matthew Rose and has sung in masterclasses for him and Susan Bullock.
Before discovering classical singing in 2009, he had worked as a history teacher in Albania, an English teacher and kebab shop cleaner in Greece, a truck driver in the West Country, a magazine subeditor, an on-street charity fundraiser, a live-in children's care home assistant, a painter and decorator, a London cycle courier and a cycling map-checker in Prague for Berlitz Guides. He's sung with rock bands and in studios in Russian for vodka commercials.
In May 2013, Steven won the Singing Prize (for conservatoire students) at the North London Music Festival, with Alexandra Kremakova on piano.
Operatic roles in 2013 included Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte for Brent Opera, Sacristan in Tosca for the King's Head Theatre, Soho and Zaretski in Eugene Onegin for Bury Court Opera. He also played Leporello in a concert staging of Don Giovanni in November and then Publio in La Clemenza di Tito and Carcagnosso in It Makes No Difference for Trinity Opera Scenes in December.
Tim Fletcher has been a professional bassist since 1990 and has played over 1500 gigs in a variety of contexts including rock, pop, jazz, theatre and classical. He enjoys studio work, and can also play guitar and contribute harmony vocals.
He has strong writing and research skills, having written two 12-part series about 'unsung' UK and US bass players and also interviewed bassists for 'No Treble' - a US based website for bass players.
Tim has been teaching music since 1997 and lectured in education at postgraduate level.
Trevor Newnham was born and raised in Hornchurch, Essex,
Trev had reached the tender age of fourteen when his parents bought him a Marlin Sidewinder bass and a Laney Linebacker amp one joyous Christmas!
Trev has enjoyed a varied career as a bass player/vocalist, with performance and recording credits including Sir Cliff Richard, Mary Wilson's Supremes, The Foundations, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds,The Kursaal Flyers, Katrina and Plan B and The Illegal Eagles.
Just prior to joining The Illegal Eagles, Trev completed a large chunk of the ‘Timeless' world tour with Dr Hook featuring Dennis Locorriere. Trev also runs his own jazz trio, ‘Easy Company', and plays with ‘The Queens Of Country Show', which features his wife Sarah as vocalist.
Trevor is an avid user of Fret-King Black Label Perception 5 string bass guitars, including a specially made fret-less version.