Jo Ellen Lyons started singing publicly after she turned 50, launching out without the first clue about music at all. She just knew there was a stage waiting for her. A friend asked "Who do you want to sing for?" and she soon realized a deep desire to “sing for the troops” and has been pursuing that goal ever since.
A versatile vocalist, Jo Ellen sings sultry love songs, standards and soulful blues. She jokes that her early influences were Roger Miller and "Fiddler on the Roof", but her years in New Orleans definitely infuse her interpretations of classics with the heat of the Big Easy. With her family's roots being in Texas and her father's love of Marty Robbins, she also brings a strong and wistful twang to the country songs. Her charismatic presence keeps the crowd engaged, while her powerful voice has the wry whimsy of Ella Fitzgerald and modern resonance of Adele. Her sassy originals are winning her a faithful following.
Jo Ellen is available to perform solo or with a band. But she's not available to play the guitar!
"Your voice just melted my heart down to my bones."
Brian/Fighter Pilot, US Air Force
Tyee Miles was born into music. Both of Ty's parents were musicians. His mom played gigs throughout her whole pregnancy. Ty spent his first two years always in the family's recording studio--watching the reel-to-reel tape machine.
He received his first electric, mini guitar at the age of three, then at ten he received hi first full-sized guitar. By the 6th grade he could play Hendrix and Vaughan.
At 17 he studied guitar with John Sherry and because of his advice went to MPC for Music Composition and spent two years studying with Dr. Anderson, the Conductor of the Monterey Ensemble Symphony. Additionally, he studied with Nicolas Slonimsky while attending college.
By age 20, he was playing in clubs and has never stopped writing and playing. Continuing to study with players all over the country such as Rusty Cooley, considered one of the fastest guitar players, as well as Mathew Lee, one of Nashville's top players. Currently, he's active in four bands.
"When I first met her it was through her voice, a real songbird this one.
A good range, clear and crisp, and it can comfort or break your heart."
Robert/Off Broadway Actor
Dan began playing guitar 34 years ago and can't seem to put it down. America's Got Talent happened to be in town, so he went to see what it was all about--and found out it was a whole lotta waiting.
This singer/songwriter finds inspiration all around him and he's been an integral part of bands here in the Austin area--playing the drums and singing. He's bringing his blues guitar and vocal harmonies to the Box of Chocolates and we're sure that audiences will find this Norwegian Chocolate to be very tasty!