Zin Zen Band Bios

Live Music...Dead Grapes

The 3 Amigos

The 3 Amigos consist of 3 talented local musicians, Trace Mitchell, Joe Mansir and Randy Jeter. They perform a combination of classic to current rock, pop and country hits from the 70's through today. These professional musicians have performed with popular bands throughout the USA and abroad! Audiences will be engaged from the first note to the last with their "feel good" and interactive performance ...Guaranteed to rock your soul!

Eric Erickson

Eric Erickson has been performing in and around the D/FW area for the last 20 years at places like Zin Zen, Kirby's Steakhouse, Harvest, Lekka, Marcus Cafe, and others. Eric has a vast range of music in his song list, covers many styles of music, including over 800 selections of everything from John Mayer to George Strait. Eric and his family currently live in McKinney, Tx.

Shane Frame

Shane Frame is a Texas singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist from McKinney Texas. His back story is filled with experiences touring across the country performing and penning songs in Nashville with some of the best songwriters the music industry has to offer.

A 5 year old boy, the Ed Sullivan Show, and the Beatles. For me that was a recipe that stirred up a passion that to this day burns deep in my soul. Music consumed my life as a child and as an adult. I am one of the blessed few fortunate enough to make it my profession for so many years. It has taken me to places I never dreamed as well as taken me back to times I will never forget.
After 20 years in the music business, working and living in Nashville Tennessee, I relocated back to Texas and went into semi retirement to focus on a family and a business career. I am very blessed to have partnered up with two of the most awesome souls on the planet, George Fuller and Maylee Thomas, to establish The Guitar Sanctuary and Performance Academy in McKinney Texas. The worlds coolest boutique guitar shop and music school. There I am able to share my passion and experience for music with up and coming artist through mentoring and performance programs. I still perform weekly in the McKinney, Allen, Plano, & Frisco Texas doing my originals and unique unplugged versions of songs that keep us young.

Luqman Rashada

Since 2011 Luqman has been making a name for himself around his city, Dallas, Texas. Some of his notable accomplishments include open call auditioning in Austin, Texas for The Voice: Season 6 in 2013. After many auditions, he was invited out to Los Angeles for The Blind Auditions, being 1 in 75,000 of auditioners to make it that far! Also, in 2015, he was asked to privately audition in Dallas to be a contestant on the final season of American Idol. That audition took him back out to L.A where he enjoyed a short stint on the show, performing his way through to Group Rounds. His time on the show came to an end shortly after, but not before a band member gave him wise words to continue on the journey that he had started.

AND HE HASN'T STOPPED YET!

Aaron Hendra

Aaron Hendra is an Australian-born songwriter, singer and guitarist and is currently based in Dallas, Texas. Songwriting credits include the single “Don’t Let It End”, recorded by Aussie superstar John Farnham, featured on the multi-platinum album Romeo’s Heart (BMG, Australia). Hendra spent 13 years in Los Angeles honing his songwriting skills before moving to Texas with his wife in 2014. Also that year, he released his long awaited debut solo album OCTOBERSONG on his own independent label Give Records. The album features 11 tracks written and produced by Aaron Hendra.

Acoustically Speaking

Acoustically Speaking featuring James Gabriano and singer/songwriter Alex Smolen captures elements of acoustic pop, classic rock, R&B, and smooth jazz. The combination of rhythmic acoustic guitar, soulful vocals, and tasteful percussion provides a classy backdrop to any venue. Specializing in current top 40 with an acoustic flair, Acoustically Speaking is able to connect with a diverse audience from any generation. The Trio is perfect for any sized event including corporate parties, weddings, grand openings, birthdays, and more.

Following the styles of Norah Jones, Ariana Grande, Adele, and Meghan Trainor, singer Alex Smolen brings a unique, soulful flavor to many classic and current songs.

Acoustically Speaking has performed for: Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, George Lopez, Lisa Loeb, Ross Perot, Mike Modano, and Tony Romo to name a few.

Wyatt Martin

Twenty-five years is a long for someone to spend overseas especially if they’re just a few years older than that themselves. They may look American, they may talk American, they’re mannerisms and demeanor may not strike anyone as unusual, but their foundations are made of a different substance altogether.

I don't mean to say you can't relate to, or you won't find any common ground with that kind of person, people after all are people. I guess what it could be is that they've walked that other path. The one you've thought about sometimes after reading a book, or watching a YouTube video, or listening to your teacher talk about Africa. And you've thought "I wonder what that's like?" or "if I knew more about that, then maybe it would help me with a bit of this here". Maybe it would help you answer some questions you didn't even know you had. Questions like why do kids in China say their last name first, or why do ladies in Mexico kiss you on the cheek to say hello, or why do they speak so many languages in Uganda even though it's such a small country

Of course, Wyatt won't be answering those kinds of questions per se. As usual he'll be singing in riddles. Riddles that reflect some of those things he saw and felt on that "other path". He'll be playing his guitar with that somewhat unique acoustic/electric, coffee house, finger style with a hint of Blues sound. He'll be giving you little puzzle pieces, that if you'd like, you could use in your own puzzle. Maybe you could fill up some empty space that you think could use some filling or maybe you could build some bridges to some places you haven't been able to get to before. And if any of that sounds good or would make you happy then Wyatt would also be happy to have you come on by and watch one of his shows.

Chant Duplantier with Jerry Smith, Jr.

Being born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but calling Jennings, Louisiana home, I’ve been surrounded by Rhythm & Blues and Soul music music as far back as I can remember. My grandparents introduced me to the sounds of the greats: Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, the ‘Kings’ (BB, Freddy, & Albert), etc. Since the day I got my first pawn shop guitar, music made sense, but I never saw myself making a living at it. Growing up, I played that guitar almost every day. It was my release and my favorite thing to do. After high school, I went to college at Baylor University, but was consumed with school and sports (baseball) so I lost touch with playing although I spent every spare dime on used cassettes or CDs. Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Michael Jackson, Stevie Ray Vaughn…the list is endless.

After college, I picked up my guitar again and became completely consumed with jazz. Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Norman Brown, Mark Whitfield, and countless others. In the mid-90’s, I got a job and made friends with some local Dallas musicians who convinced me to audition for a popular blues band called ‘Shame, Shame’. They were kind enough to hire me even though I completely blew the audition. Combined, the other members had over 70 years of playing experience. I had none. The lessons they taught me I still use today. They allowed me to do things creatively I never thought possible. After a couple of great years, I thought it was time to try my own thing. I sadly left them to start my own band, but as the saying goes, “be careful what you wish for!” The next few years taught me some hard lessons and I eventually had to put my own plans on hold. I spent a few years working, writing songs with friends, and touring as a backup musician for multiple acts.

I had known bass player Jerry Smith, Jr. for several years when he asked me to cover a jazz guitar gig with his group, Daddy’s Chair, in 2005. We knew immediately that we heard things the same way. With a solid bass player at my side, I decided to try my hand at starting another group. That journey took us coast-to-coast over 10 years, but road life has its own challenges so we decided to take a break from full-time touring in 2014.

I went back to my acoustic roots, which led me to an amazing experience in Las Vegas playing on ’The Strip’. It also lead to me my fiancée, pianist/fiddler/singer/songwriter Magen Miller (magenmiller.com) and my step-daughter, Zoey. Lessons learned, I’m again based in Dallas, TX, still playing with Jerry Smith, Jr., and ready to take the next steps with my family and my music.

Darwin Martin

Over the past two decades,Darwin Martin has been affiliated in a varied array of musical settings in Texas,the U.S and international stages.

After studies at UNT,he worked for Disney in Florida.

His career as a session musician began 1994, he recorded Hammond B-3 on alternative rock group Sister Hazel' smash top 10 album "Somewhere More Familiar”.That effort garnered him both a platinum and gold album .In 1998,he experienced the great fortune of direct mentorship by the late legendary keyboardist Joe Sample and the legendary bassist,Chuck Rainey.Two years ago,Martin reunited with Mr. Chuck Rainey and drummer/producer John Martinez for their ongoing”Rhythm Intensive” music instruction/lecture series.

In 2004,he composed and performed on the late E.Street Band keyboardist's Danny Federici's,sophomore release,"Out Of A Dream."

In 2008,Martin contributed to the soundtrack of Adam Sandler movie,"Bedtime Stories".

As a freelance keyboardist,Mr.Martin backed such legendary artists/national acts as Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Richard Elliot, Ben E. E King, Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle and The Goo Goo Dolls. Mr.Martin has worked as an arranger/accompanist/music director for the Dallas Theatre Center and various civc functions in the DFW area .He also leads his own trio and other ensembles.

Missing 3 Band

"Missing 3" happened by accident - the band "Moving Colors", a 6-piece band was asked to play a venue and there was only enough room to put 3 members on stage, so there it began - "Missing 3" was born!

We are a casual/crowd engaging band that plays a wide variety of music - classic to current rock like John Mayer, Stevie Ray, Beatles, Ben Harper, Tears for fears to The Black Keys.

Tyla Taylor

I've been fortunate enough to be involved with and learn from some of the most talented musicians Dallas has to offer.

It all started on the hearth of my childhood home in Mesquite, Texas. Although, I was never actually a 'Skeeter', like my grandparents, my parents and my brother...and I moved to Carrollton, TX when I was very young, I claim Mesquite as "the place I grew up".

As a child between the ages of 6-8, I would put a Crystal Gayle or Linda Ronstadt ALBUM on the turn table, stand on my hearth with my jump rope in hand (my Mic) and perform the entire album, both sides, at least twice.

My parents and my older brother were big musical influences for me. My Dad played guitar and sang with Mom beside him singing harmony. Mom grew up playing gospel songs on piano at the churches where her Daddy would preach. Brother played a little drums in the living room and a little guitar. I sang.

From the time I was old enough to sing it's ALL I EVER wanted to do. But, it wasn't until I was 22 that I ever really tried to seek out the opportunity to sing live. That's when a very patient man by the name of Robert Lee Kobb came into my life and gave me the chance I had so wanted. I say 'patient' because when I started trying to perform live I was really BAD! But Robert Lee taught me the ropes of the business and lucky for me, my local music career had begun.

We do accoustic classic and modern rock with a very eclectic mix of music in between.

Zack King Unplugged

Zack King and his band have been performing their unique brand of Texas Rock across the U.S. for over 13 years. In that time they have played with some of the most illustrious superstars in rock and country music. They kicked off their career opening for legendary singer/songwriter Leon Russell and have since performed with the likes of Bon Jovi, Alabama, Chris Cagle, Bret Michaels, Randy Travis, Keith Anderson, Kevin Fowler, Stone Temple Pilots, Tesla, Ronnie Milsap, Monte Montgomery and many more.

The NHL's Dallas Stars have been using Zack King songs for years both at Dallas' American Airlines Center during home games as well as in advertising and promotion for the team. Most recently, the band's single "What Do You Say" is being used by CBS Television in Dallas/Fort Worth to promote current programming. Their song "Big Plan In The Southland" is the theme song for CBS' DFW Outdoorsman. The band has also released four successful Christmas Classics in their own unique "unplugged" style.

The Zack King Band brings their fun stories and "unplugged" show to the Zin Zen Wine Bistro.

The Bad #7's

The Bad #7s plays songs you know from hard rock to pop, country to classic rock, blues to current rock, 80s to today with flavors of Latin and jazz.

Reigning Nickels

Husband (Nick Knirk) and wife (Carly Reign) acoustic renderings of your favorite classic rock, blues, country, jazz and pop songs. Yes, it's really that eclectic! With over 15 years in the cover band business, our repertoire is crazy!

We draw from our experiences on the biggest stages with the best bands and bring you a show full of tastefully harmonized songs that'll have you singing along with us. Come hang out at our next show and see what all the fuss is about!

Nickel & Dime

Acoustic duo that features silky, soulful vocals and strong guitar picking!

Secret Agent Men

Surf/Spy band. We do tons of 60's guitar instrumental tunes ala The Ventures and The Shadows and some originals too!