Bluesy, powerful, dynamic, and fearless, Cherokee Fortune emerged from a lineage of musicians.
She grew up in recording studios and live venues. There was never a time when music wasn’t being written and played around her. At age 5 she announced she would be a singer, becoming the third generation in her family. Her roots are in Blues, Country, and Rock and Roll, but she draws inspiration from a wide range of musical genres and over the years has developed her own style.
She has toured extensively and had bands based in London, New York, and L.A. She was part of the band Dogmatix in London with Tony Dolan (Venom). She was one of the founding members of Honor Among Thieves in New York City. She was the former front woman and writing partner with Briana Alexis in Absinthe in Los Angels. She released a single that was written and recorded with Richie Kotzen and She has also released several solo projects heavily influenced with blues slide guitar and is currently working on more.
Gretchen Menn once flew jets to support her six-string habit. She holds a BA in music from Smith College where she studied classical guitar under the tutelage of Philip de Fremery.
Her first solo album, Hale Souls (2011) is an offering of original, instrumental works. Her second release, Abandon All Hope (2016) blends modern and classical instruments in intricate, cinematic compositions that evoke a musical journey through Dante’s underworld. She is currently working on a third solo album, set for release in late 2020.
She is the guitarist and a founding member of Zepparella, the acclaimed Led Zeppelin powerhouse, and has performed as a solo artist throughout the U.S. and in guitar festivals in Switzerland and Germany.
She teaches masterclasses and clinics, contributes lessons for Acoustic Guitar Magazine, has a instructional course available on JamPlay.com, produces free YouTube lessons on the music of Led Zeppelin for The Zepparella Learning Channel, and recently had a book published by Stringletter Media, How Music Works.
Briana Alexis began her musical journey in the late 80’s playing in metal bands on the Sunset Strip. Early on, Briana worked for music-manufacturers; Randall Amplifiers, Fender (R & D) and a short stint at Gibson Guitars in A & R. She combined her passion for musical equipment, working with artists and demoing guitar which paved the way as a young musician in her career.
An Alumni of Dick Grove Music Academy where she studied her passion for jazz, she also appeared in their national ad campaigns in Guitar Player Magazine.
Her projects have spanned a wide- variety of musical styles from metal, classic rock, blues to jazz. Briana has been in countless bands over the years and performed on multiple side projects. She is the founder, music director and lead guitarist of L.A. based original female band, Absinthe.
Among her other credits includes teaching guitar at UCLA. She also did a series of instructional guitar videos for Dangerous Guitar and participated in clinics and master classes at music academies.
In July 2012 she was featured in Guitar World as the top Ten “Female Guitarist You Should Know About.”
Over the past five years she has been recording music for her production company, Southpaw Music Group for tv and film.
Nikki Lane Taylor, AKA “The Nikster” is a professional drummer/vocalist located in Los Angeles, who’s recognized as a hard hitting, creative, versatile artist. Her explosive stage presence & unique (ambidextrous) style of playing has gained her notoriety & respect in the music industry. Born on the East coast, her family moved to CA & planted roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up in a family with a strong musical background made it easy for Nikki to adapt to the lifestyle. Her father, Mel Taylor, a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, was a major influence on her. Mel had a music studio in the house where she spent most of her time as a toddler. Nikki was introduced to a wide variety of instruments, but she immediately gravitated toward drums. Recognizing her natural talent, family and friends encouraged Mel to spend more time teaching her. Nikki has played with a growing list of bands including The Delphines; a pop/punk trio fronted by Kathy Valentine (Go Go’s) and Kevin Martin & the Hiwatts fronted by Kevin Martin (Candlebox). She is currently working with Kelle Rhoads (Randy Rhoads’ brother), Maiden USA (Iron Maiden tribute) & Black Daze (Soundgarden tribute).
At 21, Poliana left her hometown to travel around Brazil working as freelancer with different bands and singers Rock, Samba, Funk music, Brazilian Popular Music - MPB, Samba Rock, Brazilian Country Music, Pop]. At 24 she won a national contest to be endorsed by Tagima, one of the most important instrument brands in Brazil. She was selected by the best Brazilian musicians. During this time she kept working as freelancer, as a teacher and as a Studio Musician, recording with artists of different countries. She moved to Europe where she played with BERG (Portugal) and Dilana Smith (USA) in Europe and USA tour, Island Life in Ireland and others.She has performed at The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, Lucky Stryke in Hollywood, At the Blues Fest in Ingolstadt - Germany, at the Jazz Porto in Porto de Galinhas in Brazil, at TV Shows in Brazil and Portugal and many others.Currently, she works as resident bass player of the late show Adnight at Rede Globo in Brazil with Marcelo Adnet and great Brazilian artists like Daniela Mercury, Ivete Sangalo, Luiza Possi, SPC among others.She is a great performer, side woman and studio musician recognized for her versatility, performance, groove and unique style.