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Jason's childhood was all about music. Jason's father would play classical music and standards on a Hammond organ which served to train Jason's ear and basic understandings of music theory. In 5th grade, he became interested in drumming which strengthened his understanding of rhythm. He ended up being a percussionist all through school and never dreamed up being a singer, especially not one of the caliber of Steve Perry! His main rock influences growing up were The Beatles, Billy Joel, Journey, Van Halen, and finally Rush. He may sing like Steve Perry, but you should hear him play drums like Neil Peart!
After going to college for orchestral music for a year, he discovered his above average singing talent while singing karaoke. He traded his drum set for a badly needed car and decided to find a band that needed a singer instead. That band played Stone In Love. When the band broke up in 1993, the idea came up to start a Journey tribute band. E5C4P3 was formed in June of 1993 and ended up playing all around the US. But tribute bands weren't exactly "cool" yet and life on the road with low pay took its toll on everyone. After 6 years and 20 various band members, Jason walked away from E5C4P3 never expecting to return.
In 2008, Jason's life had become very different. Jason had converted from atheism to Biblical Christianity in 2003. As a married man running his own successful computer repair business, he had no intentions of returning to secular music, especially as a profession. But God had other plans. A myriad of events took place that brought on the reformation of E5C4P3, now that the tribute band scene had become much more respectable, and brought Jason back out of retirement. The computer repair business soon dwindled down due to the smart phone revolution and Jason eventually realized that E5C4P3 was where he was supposed to be.
Steve started playing guitar in 8th grade in 1981. After high school, he joined a band called Tango and then was offered a position in Kidd Wicked, a popular "hair band" in Cleveland in the late 80's/early 90's.
Playing in the famed Cleveland "Guitar Wars" twice, Steve finished in the top 8 out of over 60 Cleveland guitar players both years he entered, 1990 and 1991. His main early guitar influences were Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Brad Gillis/Jeff Watson, and Ritchie Blackmore, along with many more from that era. After Kidd Wicked, Steve joined Big Machine and played various Cleveland rock clubs until 1991 when Nirvana hit the scene. Eventually Steve cut his hair, got married, had 3 kids, and played in various dance and rock bands in Cleveland off and on until he met Jason and eventually joined E5C4P3 in 2016. Another highlight in his music career was playing the Star Spangled Banner at a nationally televised NBA Game in 2004 for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
As to his role in E5C4P3, it was the biggest challenge of his musical career trying his best to learn every Neal Schon guitar part as close to the record as he could. Today, Steve’s favorite guitarists are Neal Schon (Journey), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Andy Timmons (Danger Danger). Steve uses Paul Reed Smith guitars & EVH Amplification. Steve says "I Love my guitar setup! The PRS and EVH together just sound amazing!"
Troy first started taking piano lessons at age 7 after a second-grade teacher noticed that he had a remarkable ear for music. He became enveloped in classical music for the next 10 years, focusing intently on composers such as Brahms, Hayden, Mozart, and Handel. He was honored to compete in, and win, several regional piano competitions. During high school and later during college, Troy’s focus switched to jazz music. Jazz is much more free flowing, organic, and improvisational than classical music – a whole new skill set! Troy was lucky enough to study under jazz great Nathan Davis at the University of Pittsburgh, and enjoyed touring with several jazz ensembles.
That was all happening during the 1980’s, when the synthesizer was quickly becoming the star of modern rock music. Arena rock bands like Foreigner, Night Ranger, and Loverboy were all about the keyboards and every self-respecting rock band was desperate for a keyboard player. Troy bought a Roland Juno 106 and had no trouble landed gigs in numerous rock bands over the years. Troy’s favorite keyboard players are Rick Wakeman (Yes), Tony Banks (Genesis), and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater).
In 2012, an online ad appeared for a position in a Cleveland-based rock band named Left on Red. Troy joined this project, and with the addition of the keyboards, the band consistently heard how much they sounded like Bon Jovi. Wanted: The Bon Jovi Tribute Band was formed and it was during this time that Troy crossed paths with Jason Kelty, as their bands had shared the stage on several occasions. After 5 years, Troy had decided to take a break from playing shows. He soon received a call from Jason however with the offer to join E5C4P3. There was no way that he could pass up this opportunity!
Paul’s first serious foray into performing was in the lead role of Scrooge in a musical version of A Christmas Carol in sixth grade. He was bit by the performance bug and started performing as a vocal soloist at church. In tenth grade, his best friend decided to switch from bass to lead guitar and urged Paul to start playing bass. Paul’s favorite bassists are Ross Valory (Journey), Mark Trewavas (Marillion), Ricky Phillips (The Babys, Bad English, Styx).
The two later played together in a cover band called Centre Stage in the mid-eighties gigging mainly in the Cleveland Flats and the Akron Agora. In the late 80’s, he became a member of the original Christian rock/metal band, Catalyst. This band, similar in style to Stryper and Bon Jovi, released a CD in 1990 that received great reviews. However, after gigs across the mid-west and in LA and Hollywood, the band members decided to pursue different interests.
In 1993, he met Jason Kelty, and E5C4P3 took off. After touring regionally for a year and a half, Paul left E5C4P3 for family reasons and put the bass aside for 13 years, other than serving on the worship team at various churches. He came out of “retirement” with the formation of the Akron-based band Eclipse in 1997. After relocating to the Cincinnati area in 2010, he was a member of Stays In Vegas (a wedding band), Weezy Jefferson (a party band) and GenX (a classic rock/80’s band). Upon his return to Cleveland in early 2016, he reconnected with Jason Kelty, and the rest, as they say, is history. Or, in this case, history in the making!
Michael Scott Nelson
MSN began playing the drums at the age of 8. His earliest influences were big band/jazz drummers like Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Ed Schaunessy, and others. It wasn’t until his older brother brought home Van Halen’s first album when he got his first taste of rock music. That opened the door for his musical tastes to develop. He grew into more influences such as Alex Van Halen, Neil Peart, Tommy Aldridge, and the like, and found his place!
Upon graduating high school in Ohio, he auditioned for a band in Atlanta, Georgia, got the gig, and moved there at the age of 18. In a “Big Hair” band at the end of the “Big Hair” era, he just missed getting signed to a record contract by only a few months. He toured with that band over the south-east and mid-west for 4 years before returning to Cleveland. Once back in “C” town, MSN was fortunate enough to play with some very talented singer/ songwriters and was quickly sought after to be the studio drummer for many original recording projects. In addition, he has played on several commercial jingles.
Some of the Cleveland/Canton groups that MSN has performed with are The Tony Lang Band, Alexis Antes (formally of Odd Girl Out ), Revolution Switch, 1988, New Wave Nation, and was the touring drummer for the 2014 fall tour for “TUFF”, an 80’s Glam Metal band. He joined E5C4P3 in 2016 and hasn’t looked back. He is very thankful to God for his many blessings and for the gift of his talents and wants nothing more but to bring joy and music to the people.