About Unity The Band
Unity The Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove.
They treat fans to old Roots, Rock, Reggae favs along with original music blending influences of roots, rock, blues, fu ... read more
Anthony Robert Bessen (acoustic & electric guitar, vocals) was born and raised in the Northwood’s of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, near the majestic porcupine mountains, overlooking Lake Superior; Tony was influenced by the overwhelming peace and serenity that the Northwood’s offer. At the age of five, Anthony became fascinated with guitar and for years dreamed of the sounds it made and its' endless possibilities for new creation. Anthony finally picked up a guitar as a teen-ager and has never been the same since; continuing to evolve as a musician. Not long after he started his first band he felt the draw of music and the ability to express himself as a musician, and since that time he has been driven to become better every day. He has worked endless hours practicing his craft. He listens to and learns from everyone that has knowledge to offer in the field. Anthony has had the opportunity to learn from some of Wisconsin’s finest musicians. Anthony has played in bands in the styles of Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Blues, Folk, and even Native American styles; B-side Glitch, the Haight Project, and the Strawberry Jam Band, to name a few. He has toured the Midwest; playing venues like the Rave and Summerfest. He also plays the ukulele, mandolin, and 12 string guitar. Anthony also spends his free time with others who hold the same passion for music. He is commonly found expanding his musical vocabulary by teaching guitar lessons and exchanging other artistic ideas with fellow musicians. Influences; LIFE, LOVE, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and the Beatles
Kelvin Ayres (singer, songwriter, producer and drums/percussion) has been involved in the entertainment business since childhood. Working in the early years with his father, a jazz musician who played and worked with such notables as Producer Tom Tom 84 who wrote and composed horn parts for Earth Wind and Fire and Phil Collins, (guitarist) Phil Upchurch who played with George Benson, (producers) Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy who produced gold and platinum records for Natalie Cole the daughter of the late Nat King Cole, (singer) Johnny Taylor, The Staple Singers, Junior Walker of Junior Walker and the All Stars who were signed to Motown Records and many others. Because of his family's rich musical influences and being exposed to Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Blues, Reggae and the realities of the music business at such an early age, Kelvin has developed a very unique perspective on what it takes to be a successful entertainer. Kelvin’s early years consisted of traveling and performing at many political and corporate events and functions throughout parts of the U.S with his family band, The Ayres. During this formative period he developed and honed a style of playing that incorporates aspects of many genres. His current influences and areas of focus include producers Avicii, Dr. Dre, Calvin Harris, Red One (singers), Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Prince, One Direction, Katy Perry and the writings of Arthur Koestler and Rudolph Windsor. Current projects include writing and producing Hip Hop and EDM music, and of course, anchoring the tight, rock-solid rythym section of Unity.
Franz Zermuellen(keys, vocals) began his music career while still in the womb. His mother played George Winston Vinyl’s for him up until his glorious passage into this realm. By the age of four Logan began his piano training, and by the age of 6 he was enrolled into the Colburn School of Music. Before he could drive, Logan was sneaking out of the home to play in local blues gigs at the venues in his area. Apart from his classical training, Mr. Logan received a very early education in blues, rock, and jam band styles. Upon graduating High School, Logan began paying his dues as a musician at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. There, he studied composition and theory with a business minor. After two years of rigorous study, he transferred to McNally Smith College of Music, a private music school in Saint Paul, MN where he completed his Bachelor’s degree and continued to pursue music production and engineering. Throughout college, Mr. Logan performed his original material with SevenDollarMic. This group featured his album, InVision, a collection or original instrumental piano works with a five piece band. www.reverbnation.com/logandier Mr. Logan also played keys for an alternative pop group called Essential Remedy running the same live music circuit as SevenDollarMic. www.reverbnation.com/essentialremedy After College, Mr. Logan formed TheFeelGood, A Soul Funk Cover Band that played 3 nights a week until Logan was picked up to tour with G.B. Leighton. www.gbleighton.com Within a month of being hired, Brian Leighton and Tom Pickard toured extensively with Logan across the Midwest, from South Dakota to Wisconsin, and then south, as far as Acapulco, Mexico. The most recent major artist Logan worked with prior to Unity was the late Kyle Fletcher (kylefletchermusic), the leader of the Buckthorn Brothers. Logan helped Kyle compose his first album, and was anticipating an appearance on his follow-up album, being recorded in Los Angeles prior to his passing in May of 2015. The trio work they created together can be heard at: http://www.soundcloud.com/sevendollarmic. Mr. Logan joined Unity in 2015 and quickly fell in love with the sweet feel of the reggae bubble. With the funky upright bass and consistent phatness of the rhythm section, Mr. Logan feels right at home adding to the sheer level of awesomeness that Unity brings to the table. Truly inspired by the kind-hearted message and vocals of Kai-Man, Logan has found himself enamored by the meaning and mission of the reggae message.