The Next Generation is a three-piece Blues and Rock band from Kansas City. It is made up of Ethan Ridings (16) on the guitar and lead vocals, Emily Klahn (15) on the bass and backup vocals, and Brendan Klahn (17) on the drums. They met up for the first time playing in the youth ministry at their church, Westside Family Church, about 4 years ago. Just recently, they met up once again to form: The Next Generation. Playing mostly Blues and Rock, they are sure to blow your minds with their young talents.
Ethan Ridings: Lead Vocals & Guitar
16 year old Ethan Ridings is truly a musically gifted young man. Ethan grew up in Overland Park, Kansas with his mother, father, and two sisters. When Ethan turned 7, his parents got a divorce. Ethan decided that he was going to stay in Kansas and continue to live with his father. His mother remarried and moved to Houston, Texas. When he turned 11 he got $180.00 for his birthday. He had always been amazed with rock n roll and the astound guitar solos. Ethan decided to go out and buy a Fender Squire bullet and a 15WATT solid state Fender amp. Everyday for the next month, he would go into his dad's room and his dad would show him a few chords. Ethan's dad noticed that Ethan was rapidly learning how to play the guitar. After Ethan had been playing for a month, his dad challenged him to play the legendary song "Sweet Home Alabama". His Dad told him that If he played it well, his reward would be a new Epiphone Les Paul. His dad stated that, "even though Ethan was making amazing progress, he felt pretty safe that he wouldn't have to shell out the money any time soon". Ethan disappeared in to the basement, determined to "make his dad pay up". Within 20 minutes, Ethan came back up stairs and performed Sweet Home Alabama for his dad. Two weeks later Ethan got his Epiphone Les Paul. After a year and a half, Ethan had graduated to a Gibson Les Paul along with an American Fender Stratocaster. He also plays threw a Fender Deville and a Fender Blues JR. "Watching Ethan take charge of his Guitars, creating the sounds only of his music hero's, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn is breath taking!" (as said by a fan). Ethan is now challenging himself in the vocal department, learning to also sing the music of his hero's.
Emily Klahn: Bass & Backup Vocals
15 year old Emily Klahn has a love for music like no other girl. She has had an ear for music her entire life. She started playing piano at the age of 5. She spent at least an hour a day playing classical and jazz music on the piano. When she was 12, a youth leader at church, Megan Finnel, encouraged her to try the bass guitar. she got one and picked it up quickly. She joined the youth band at the church and with Megan's leadership, encouragement and support, Emily took off on the bass. During the last 3 years, Emily has became an accomplished bass player. She was fortunate enough to receive instruction from Peter Framptons bass player, Stan Sheldon, for 1 1/2 years. During that time, he was able to take her talent to a new level. Emily has had many performing experiences during the last few years and is looking forward to putting her talents and experience together with Ethan and her brother, Brendan.
Brendan Klahn: Drums
17 year old Brendan Klahn has showed a love for music his entire life. At the age of 2, Brenden hopped up on the piano bench, and to the suprise of his parents, played the whole theme song to blues clues! This ear for music continued to suprise people throughout his early years. At the age of 5 Brendan could tell instantly if a song was played out of its original key. He started piano lessons at the age of 7. When Brendan was in 5th grade he started playing percussion in the school band. This is were he discovered his love and gift for drumming. When brendan was in the 6th grade, his youth band leader, Megan Finnel, accepted him into the youth band at church. For an entire year, he played in the band, without a drum set to practice on at home. The next year, Megan allowed Brendan to borrow her Custom drum-set so he could develop his talents. With her generosity and encouragement, Brendan quickly became an accomplished drummer. During the next 4 years Brendan has been playing at his church and has had over 50 performing opportunities in his community. He has been asked to play with professional musicians and has amazed people with his drumming ability.