Center Sound Records recording artist G.W. Pierce is the co-writer and performer on the soundtrack to
“The Rusty Bucket Kids,” including the title track “All Aboard.” The Raleigh-based singer and songwriter also will perform another song from the soundtrack “Last Ride.” The songs were recorded and produced by Craig Brandwynne and Center Sound Records is the record label that released the soundtrack. Pierce’s music reflects humility as well as his love for family and friends as he will be performing original music and a few covers with his band at the Expo. His voice possesses the honesty and soul of country music’s classic male vocalists: George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Randy Travis.
Two members of The Rusty Bucket Band also appear in the “The Rusty Bucket Kids” television show. Roxanna Demers, star of the show, will perform “I’ll Always Remember This Ride.” Cast mate Marissa Begin co-wrote and will perform “Take me for a Ride” from the soundtrack and is currently working with Brandwynne on a few of her new songs.
The Rusty Bucket Band also features drummer and vocals Jason Damico (guitar and piano), bass Jared Jackson (trumpet), lead guitar Mike Laney, rhythm guitar Matt Lower and piano Alan Thompson (sax and flute). The band will perform four songs with G.W. Pierce at the Expo: “All Aboard,” “I’ll Always Remember This Ride,” “Take Me for a Ride,” and “Last Ride.”
Demers has been acting on stage and for film since age two. Most recently, she played the role of Brigitta in North Carolina Theatre’s, “The Sound of Music,” and in several of Raleigh Little Theater’s productions of “Cinderella,” as well as PlayMaker Theatre’s “The Music Man.” She has worked on a number of industrial videos, PSAs, commercials and voice-overs. She enjoys hand bell choir and Suzuki violin, but most of all, she loves singing.
Begin is an honors student at Wakefield High School who has been performing since she was five years old. She had her first acting role in a church play where she played a mouse. She has performed in over seven plays and numerous singing and acting competitions. Marissa has enjoyed the roles of Marian the librarian in “The Music Man,” Gertrude in “Seussical Jr.,” and Sophia in Neal Simon’s “Fools.”
Lower was born in Wisconsin but lived in Apex most of his life as the Apex High School junior is a five-time honor roll member with a 4.2 grade point average. His other band, The New World Jive, plays contemporary world music all over the Triangle and will play in the Rock for Darfur event in May. Experienced in different African styles and in jazz, Matt also plays classical guitar with the Apex High Guitar Ensemble. Aside from teaching guitar or playing live, he is an aspiring musical writer who currently has two musicals in the works. Before music, he was an accomplished swimmer ranking as high as fourth in the state and swimming at Nationals.
Damico is a sophomore at Northwood High School in Pittsboro and was homeschooled for eight years; Jackson is a native Floridian who recently relocated to Greensboro and is now a senior at Page High School; Thompson is a senior at Dudley Senior High School in Greensboro who will enroll at North Carolina Central University this fall and major in Music; Laney grew up in a small town in western North Carolina (Tobaccoville) prior to attending and graduating from North Carolina State University.. The CoolKidz Expo hours are Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, April 18 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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