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Sonny Skyyz & The Rainmakers were formed in June of 2011 and has quickly become one of the hottest & most versatile bands in the southeast. The band delivers an uptown "Old School" R&B sound, hard hitting, down home Blues and a wide range of Rock & Roll, Funk & Pop. They are also capable of throwing in some Country if requested.
SONNY SKYYZ - influence by the soulful and powerful basslines that defined 60's & 70's soul & funk and honed his skills with friend & guitarist Joe Stark. Played extensively in the Sacramento & the Bay Area from San Francisco to San Jose. In San Diego, CA. he was recruited by the legendary blues band "The JukeStompers" as the bassist/frontman/lead vocalist. Relocating to Charlotte, NC, Sonny has continued to work as a bassist/vocalist with some of the best musicians in town. Sonny has played with, or opened up shows for the following: Hubert Sumlin, Blues Pianist Omar Sharriff, B.B. King, Joe Louis Walker, A.J. Croce, Bobby Parker, Sonny Rhodes, Robin Henkle, Johnnie Johnson, Bobby Bland, The Bel-Airs, Elvin Bishop, Tom Cat Courtney, William Clarke, Rick Estrin, Ann Rabson, Johnny Heartsman, Jr. Walker, Candye Kane, Jimmy Smith, Steve Foster, Louisiana Red, Buddy Guy, Frankie Lee, Coco Montoya, Johnny Dyer, The Paladins & Savoy Brown
JEFF HAWTHORNE - started playing drums at age 11 and started playing in professional bands by the time he was 14. Jeff has played in various genres including Rock, Blues, Top 40, Show, Country, Contemporary Christian and original bands. He has traveled on the road from Virginia, Colorado, Florida, New York and everywhere in between. Musically, Jeff was influenced by the likes of The Allman Brothers, Jeff Beck, Little Feat & Vince Gill just to name a few. Jeff's "clock-like" timing and strong drum play lays the goove-based foundation that is key to The Rainmaker Sound,
ROYCE "MARTY COFIELD - born in Suffolk,Virginia the son of Royce and Nicki Cofield. His father, a well known fiddle player, bought him his first guitar at the age of 6. By the age of ten, Marty was singing and playing in the family band. As he grew older, he started listening to different types of music, picked up an electric guitar, and began a love affair with the Blues that continues to this day. Marty's considered one of the best guitar players in the region by his peers. His vocals & genre versatility completes The Rainmakers sound.
GRUB - from Dallas,NC Grub is the most recognized, versatile and complete keyboard player in the Southeast. Grub has played, recorded with some of the best players and musical acts in Charlotte and the surrounding area including The Part Time Blues Band. His contributions to The Rainmakers are invaluable.