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Redemption has its roots in the startled reaction of the audience at a 2008 corporate holiday party on Cabbage Key. Robert Sizemore, a rhythm guitarist, and some musician friends (mostly co-workers), had put together a hobby band to play the event, but it was clear the party goers had low expectations.
That changed when the band struck its first chord and jaws around the room dropped at the quality of the sound.
Just hearing “hey, these guys don’t suck” was enough to ignite among the band members a desire to do more of the same. Fledgling efforts to form a group were hit and miss early on because several band members had musical or personal philosophies that didn’t align with the thinking of the group’s core members.
But by December 2010, enough additional “just right” band members showed up for auditions. Joining Robert were sound engineer Richard Coite, Greg Metzler on bass, Dave Neuser on lead guitar, Bob Dooley on drums and his son Sean on keyboards. The last piece of the puzzle came together in April 2011 when Danny Reese added his vocal magic and front man abilities to the band. Finally, rehearsals could begin in earnest.
And they did.
By September, Redemption was ready for the stage and made its first appearance at Miceli's Restaurant in Matlacha over the Labor Day weekend. Although it started raining heavily at 4:30, by show time the place was packed and the crowd stayed all night.
The band built a solid following by playing a wide repertoire of mostly Classic Rock, and the rest would’ve been history if not for the tragic death of lead singer Danny Reese on April 28, 2013. Reese, a well-known Baltimore DJ in his prime, had become the group’s ace front man, and his death was a deeply personal and professional blow to every member of Redemption.
Danny’s death and Sean Dooley’s departure for college meant a new round of auditions to meet the demands of existing contracts the band had signed. But fate spared the remaining members a long struggle. Within weeks of Danny’s death, Redemption called on new lead singer Craig Farmer to try and fill Danny’s always present black Converse sneakers. Within two months, Nick Ferraro joined the group on keyboards, harmonica and vocals.
After six weeks of rehearsals, the new version of Redemption resumed performing on August 23, 2013 and continues to entertain loyal audiences all over Southwest Florida.
Meet the band members http://redemptionswf.com/meet-the-band/