Brad started his musical life as a young man with the "Lifesavers Choir" from the Assemblies of God Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Brad spent many years touring and performing with music groups from SAGU, Waxahachie, TX including the internationally renowned "Harvesters", "Divine Touch" and "Free Spirit" . In these groups, Brad sang tenor and was the founder of "Free Spirit". These groups toured nationally with many large concert events including Jesus Rocky Mountain, Christ for the Nations, The Billy Graham Crusades, as well as hundreds of churches all across the country.
Brad has opened for such acclaimed Christian Artists as Russ Taff, Dallas Holm & Praise, Andrus Blackwood and Company, The Archers, and many, many more. Brad has also toured and sang background vocals as part of "The New Men of the West, for Western Music Hall of Fame Member, Rex Allen, Jr.; Johnny Western; Charlie Rich Jr. Lacy J Dalton, and Bix Crary.
Brad now sings and plays upright Bass for the Finley River Boys and served as member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society.
Bill started playing guitar at age 8 with his family's band in Southern Illinois. While in High School, he was the guitarist and lead singer for a Southern Illinois gospel quarter, "The Gospel Messengers" and spent his Senior Summer in the far northern reaches of Canada, providing the music for his church's sponsored Missionary.
Bill then headed west to Arizona where he performed at many local Country & Western Clubs, winning several local talents shows, and soon after joined the internationally award winning "Spirit of Phoenix Chorus", the premier performing group of the Phoenix Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, competing on the international stage.
During this time Bill met Western Music Hall of Fame Member, Rex Allen Jr. and became part of Rex's backup group, "the New Men of the West". With this group, Bill toured and sang backup vocal for Rex, as well as fellow Western Music Hall of Famer, Johnny Western, Charlie Rich Jr. Bix Crary and Lacy J. Dalton. Bill later relocated back to the Midwest, settling in the Heart of the Ozarks, Springfield, MO and currently sings and plays guitar for the Finley River Boys.
When Brett was 4 years old, a "fiddle and a bow" topped his Christmas list. In the years that followed, Brett's love for music intensified. He began making public appearances when he was 6 years old and he recorded his first album. At age 9 Brett was featured in the March/April edition of "The Ozark Mountaineer" magazine and at age 10 he won "2010 Most Outstanding Young Fiddler" at the American Heritage Music Festival in Grove, OK.
Brett's fiddling has been featured in numerous Missouri venues to include contests, festivals, county fairs, benefits, music shows, school functions, and church events. He has made guest appearances on the Mickey Gilley Show and the Joey Riley Show in Branson and has performed the National Anthem to open MSU's Lady Bears and men's Bears basketball games as well as the Springfield Cardinals baseball games.
This year Brett also played the National Anthem for the Missouri Tigers Men's Basketball game in Columbia MO and has performed at the White House in 2012 and 2014. Brett now plays fiddle, mandolin and provides vocals for the Finley River Boys.
Danny was born and raised right here in the Ozarks. He graduated Logan-Rogersville HS (he asked that we leave out the year) and then attended Amtech Institute in Wichita KS, and Ozark Technical College in Springfield, MO. His first “pro” audition took place in the Golden Corral restaurant in South Springfield, all alone to the lunch crowd. There is definitely more to that story, but you’ll have to ask him yourself for the details.
Over the course of his musical life, he has played with several Ozarks Groups including Missouri Mtn Gang, The Miller Family, Southwynn’s, Hogeye Revival, Wildfire Mountain, Copperhead and was an original member of the Finley River Cowboy Church Band.
Danny has been an inspiration and mentor to many local banjo players, and we are extremely proud that he chose to add the Finley River Boys to his musical resume.
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