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Sexy Monster is a fusion of artistically diverse players with roots in Rock, Funk, Jazz and some "monster" chops.
Formed in early 2012, Sexy Monster's members have come together after playing with some of the top groups in the Metro Detroit area, and put their own spin on what a great party and dance band can sound like.
Strong technical performances and the right musical selection, coupled with energy and enthusiasm will guarantee a great night of entertainment at a Sexy Monster show.
Here's a little about the “monsters” in Sexy Monster.
Debbie Porchiran - Vocals
Debbie Porchiran has been entrenched in the Metro Detroit music scene for well over a decade. She began her career in professional musical theater. One may have seen her in such local productions as “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” or “A Chorus Line” at the Masonic Temple. After spending time on the theatrical stage, Debbie began pursuing another musical passion -- live musical performance. There she finally found her heart’s desire in singing and entertaining in a band!
She has previously worked with such groups as Identity Crisis, Caesars Delight, Deuces Wild, Alliance, and La DolceVita. Her versatile and energetic vocal stylings have led to performances everywhere from the Greektown Casino, to Oakland Hills Country Club to the Ovation/Infinity Yachts.
Ray Cooke - Keyboards & Vocals
Ray Cooke is a native Detroiter, and originally a classically trained pianist, who’s musical world forever changed after hearing Miles Davis's Kind of Blue for the first time.
He then at age 10, discovered John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Bud Powell, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, and developed a deep love for the Jazz idiom. Funk (Parliament & Funkadelic, Sly Stone, Larry Graham, George Duke) and Rock (Deep Purple, ELP, Steely Dan, Santana, Yes) have also shaped Ray's approach to the keyboard and the result is a powerful jazz rock fusion sound.
Over the years, Ray has played disco (with Al Grimm in Destiny), funk, rock, R&B, fusion, straight ahead and hard bop jazz, and has played in North & South America, Europe and Asia. Most notably, he has performed and shared a stage with Mike Stern, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Baron Browne, Meisenhower, Moxie Redux, Groove Council, Id.i.om and now . . . Sexy Monster!
Al Grimm - Drums & Vocals
Starting drum lessons at the age of 10, Al went on to play drums for the bands of Catholic Central, Detroit. Later would join Ray Cooke in a disco driven dance band called Destiny.
He then would join a cover band in the 80's called ETC, followed years later by a hard rockin Illegal Band and the KISS tribute, War Machine. His favorite moment to date was sharing a stage with John Waite of The Baby's and Dennis DeYoung of Styx.
Charlie Coen - Guitar & Vocals
Not much is known about where Charlie comes from, but we think he's a traveler from another world, as his guitar skills are extraordinary. We'll post more about Charlie when we know more and we have our people at Area 51 looking into this!
Roger Noonan - Bass & Vocals
Roger Noonan has been holding down the bottom in Detroit for over 25 years, To mention a few------The Silver Bullet Band, The Teen Angels, Aretha Franklin, Bugs Beddow, The Reefermen, The Jerry Ross Band, Mel Ball and Colors, The Karin Elizabeth/Remedy Band and with 2012’s country music singer of the year, Julianne Ankley.
Rogers bass can be heard daily on Detroit radio from commercials to your favorite hits. Current endorsements include. Fender, Ernie Ball and now Exsonics Bass Gear.
Roger is a “need to know bassist” fo sho and is now a "Sexy Monster."