Sons of Stone is a band with a wealth of talent. Here's a glimpse of each member's experience and accomplishments. It's our pleasure to share this talent to create for you an unforgettable event.
Steve Clark is a lead vocalist and an extremely gifted guitarist (lead and rhythm) who plays piano, and has played most of his adult life. He comes from a musical family with his mother (a vocalist, performer, music major/teacher) being his biggest influence. Steve's smooth playing style and soft hands enable him to play a wide variety of music with ease. Steve has performed at venues such as the Greek Theatre, Pilgrimage Theater, various Nevada casinos, and various clubs in the western United States. Additionally, he is a wedding soloist. Steve has a passion for Christian music and has played at various churches such as mega-church Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA., The Well Church at Oak Valley as well as multiple other churches in California, Oregon and Washington. Steve has been billed with Jackson Browne, has performed with members of the Chi-Lites, Peaches & Herb, and Tavares. In the ten years prior to Sons of Stone, he's been a core member of Classic Rock cover band Band of Brothers. His studio work includes personal compositions, corporate projects and promotional pieces. Steve Clark's musical influences: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Creedence, Batdorf and Rodney, Journey and 80's music.
Michael Lopez comes from an extremely musical family and began his musical journey at age 11. His mother was a self-taught classical/contemporary pianist and his father played guitar in a Latin trio with both parents having exceptional voices. Older brothers (3) and sister (1) all played instruments and sang in a band ("Ravana") in the early 70's. Ravana played clubs on the "Sunset Strip" and was a favored group among various artists in Hollywood including Van Halen (before their discovery). Later, when Michael was old enough to join them, they again started a band ("Alliance") in the early 80's. It was then that he had the opportunity to perform on stage with Sammy Hagar. As a lead vocalist, guitarist and trumpeter, Michael has performed at such venues as Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion, Angel Stadium, mega-churches Harvest Christian Fellowship and Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, various churches in So. Cal., corporate events, small clubs, weddings, fundraisers, special events and others. He was blessed with the opportunity to sing back-up for Christian artists Crystal Lewis, Bryan Duncan, Marty Goetz, Lenny LeBlanc and many others. Michael has recorded original compositions, T.V. themes, Christian/Gospel music and other works at the L.A. Recording Workshop in North Hollywood, Crossroads Studios, Omega Studios and Ambient House Recording Studios, among others. In the ten years prior to Sons of Stone, Michael was leader and frontman of Classic Rock cover band Band of Brothers and will continue in that role with the new band. His musical influences are: Glenn Miller, Chopin, David Foster, Toto, Peter White, Journey, Roby Duke, Donald Fagen, Steely Dan, Pat Metheny, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Chicago and Kenny Loggins, to name a very few.
Although Jim Leidl loves music, his family did not share that same love when he was growing up. Born and raised in So. Cal., Jim truly proved to be a music pioneer in his family. Jim plays guitar, bass, mandolin and sings and has the natural ability and talent to make any instrument come alive. Jim, whose home is filled with various instruments and musical equipment, has passed this love for music onto his daughters Krystal and Marissa. Krystal, an exceptional drummer and percussionist who gives lessons, also plays in her own band. She plays guitar and bass as well. Marissa also plays multiple instruments including violin and bass and currently studies music at the California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. Although Jim is partial to southern rock, he is one who can adapt to any music genre adding his own unique flavor of versatility and depth to his performances. In the ten years prior to Sons of Stone, Jim has been a core member of Classic Rock cover band Band of Brothers. Additionally, Jim continues a long-term commitment going back many years to share his musical talent at church functions, social events, fundraisers, expositions, schools, amphitheater events and others. Jim's musical influences are the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, Lynard Skynard, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Creedance Clearwater Revival and many others.
Gary Dean Olson began playing drums three months after his 10th birthday, spending hours everyday playing along with records by the Eagles, Chicago, the Doobie Brothers, ELP, and anything else his two older brothers bought.
At age 21, Gary joined Orange County rock band Undercover. Less than a year later they released the album God Rules to a phenomenal success charting in Billboard Magazine's top 10. Two weeks after its release Undercover had become a full-time band exceeding 200 performances annually and headlining on stages such as The Roxy Theater, Concord Pavilion, Pacific Amphitheater, and the Anaheim Convention Center, as well as performances at numerous festivals across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Gary is credited with ten album releases - three "Live" and seven "Studio" - of which four charted in Billboard's top 100 with one producing a US #1 hit "Eyes of Love" (music & lyrics by Gym Nicholson, 1990) which remained in the #1 position a full five weeks straight. Additionally, Gary can be heard on studio releases from artists Kelly Willard, Gym Nicholson, Nobody Special, The Peaceables, The Holidays, and Ojo Taylor.
Prior to Sons of Stone, and in addition to Undercover, Gary has performed with solo artist Ojo Taylor, Adam Again, Larry Norman, Second Coming Band, Reflections, Almost Ugly, Band of Brothers, and Derri Daugherty (founder of The Choir) to name a few. He will soon be performing with Gym Nicholson and fellow Sons of Stone member Jeff Sheets in an all-new Orange County rock band Moral D.K. following the upcoming release of their record.
Musical influences include Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, ELP, Heart, Fear, Missing Persons, The Motels, and Radio Head. Gary credits his musical achievements in large part to the generous and ongoing support of his family.
Jeff Sheet's Bio coming soon!