CHARISSA MROWKA - LEAD OF COUNTRY CROSS
Charissa Mrowka, age 16, BMI aritist, singer/songwriter/guitarist/percussionist/keys, recording artist, has been performing since 7 and with her own band since 10, all around Nashville, IN, IL, OH, WI, she opened for major stars such as Phil Vassar, Hunter Hayes, Jerrod Neimann, Gretchen Wilson, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Currington, Neal McCoy, Rodney Atkins, JoDee Messina, Lonestar, Kelly Pickler, much more. She released her 2010 EP with Skip and Lynn Saylor, has two songs on itunes,and released 2012 EP recorded in Nashville of her own original songs. She released a music video to her original "Simply Together" in Oct. 2011 which can be seen on this site via youtube. She has won many contests over the years such as Colgate Country Showdown State Champion, Country Thunder USA, Rock the Ark Battle of the Bands, Star Spangled Battle of the Bands, Singer Universe, to name a few. She recently put together an all new band, Charissa & Country Cross and they had a great 2012 season already having opened for Hunter Hayes, Phil Vassar, Jerrod Neiman and LeAnn Rimes, Performed at various venues in Nashville all CMA FEST week including Rippy's, Honky Tonk Central, The National Underground and Tootsies Orchid Lounge, won second place or first runner up to Hodag Battle of The Bands Contest losing by fraction of point after only 3 rehearsals together!. Lots of special things expected for 2013 season! Her music can be heard airing on many radio stations around the globe including Nashville and she has appeared on several Nashville t.v. shows over the years.
Cole Carson age18 - drummer
Cole is a senior at Illini West High school in Carthage Illinois. At age 7, Cole got his first snare drum and has loved percussion and has been seriously playing it ever since. Over the years, he has performed in a number of bands, ensembles and tribute shows including the highly regarded "A Christmas Wish" Trans Siberian Orchestra cover Christmas show. At 16 Cole won the Quad Cities Area Guitar Center Drum Off competition with his Harley Davidson drum solo he called "The Ride". Other interests, sports and drama.
Taylor Anthony Rivas age 16 - bass
Taylor is a Sophomore at Bradford High School in Kenosha,Wisconsin. He has been active in Jazz Band, Concert Band and Solo Ensemble since middle school. He competed and won awards in many local and travel music competitions. He began playing piano at 5 years old and writing his own songs by age 7. He has performed with The Power House Blues Band, a local 10 piece band. Taylor is inspired by all music and plays many instruments by ear. He has produced and written songs for a variety of local artists.
Zachary Todd Boyer age 18 - rhythm/lead
Zachary has been playing guitar since the 7th grade and it became his passion. Music and sports have always been the things that he loved to do. He is looking forward to having his music become first priority now. He enjoys a variety of genres of music from Oldies to Pop to country!. He finds that his music is a great way for him to express himself and stay out of trouble. He love writing and covering songs of any kind and putting his own twist to them. He appreciates that his family supports him 100%.