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!
Lamar Burks - Bass, Key Bass & Vocals
Lamar was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, home of the famous Jackson 5 Family. Being inspired by their musical success, he began playing bass guitar at age 13. Even at the early age of 11, Lamar was musically influenced by the musicians he watched performing on "The Lawrence Welk Show" and "The Tonight Show" band. He was also inspired by those 1970's live Saturday night broadcasts of "The Midnight Special" and "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert". "I was always mesmerized by the musicians. So I wanted to be one of those people on stage."
By age 16, Lamar was introduced the a new form of music, Jazz Fusion, when he heard his first Stanley Clarke album. Realizing that this was something really special, he all but abandoned the R&B and Funk, to concentrate on standard Jazz, Fusion and Smooth Jazz. By age 19, Lamar was performing throughout northwest Indiana and the greater Chicago area in night clubs that featured smooth jazz music. Some of his earlier jazz influences are: Chick Corea, Return To Forever, Al DiMeola, Lee Ritenour, Spyro Gyra, Stanley Clarke and The Yellowjackets
Lamar is also influenced by some of the great progressive rock bands of yesterday: Kansas, Rush, Yes, Dixie Dregs. And more recently, for the last 17 years, he has been influenced by his current favorite band, progressive metal band Dream Theater, with the fantastic playing style of one of his favorite bassists, John Myung.
Lamar has performed and recorded in quite a few major metropolitan areas throughout the country, including Chicago, San Diego, Indianapolis, Dallas, and Detroit.
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.
Doug "The Dougie" Hamborsky - Guitar & Vocals
Before Karaoke or air guitar, “The Dougie” would carefully craft accurate replicas of George Harrison’s famous Gretsch guitar or John Lennon’s Rickenbacker from cardboard, and pretend to be the 5th Beatle in front of friends, family and the occasional mirror. At age 12, he discovered his first real stringed instrument (4 strings) in the form of a plastic Ukulele! Once he found a real guitar (2 more strings), there was no turning back. Born into a highly musical family, "The Dougie" was constantly surrounded with great creative influence.
From the early days playing classics by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Chicago, Eric Clapton and even James Brown, he has always enjoyed a diverse catalogue of hot, cool, fun music. From the high school days in a smoking hot soul band from ‘the’ Cooley High in the ‘D’ up to present day, "The Dougie" has performed with some great local acts including Jocelyn B, Danny D, Motor City Mix, Bill Meyer, Street Life, and the incorrigible and lovable Space Cadets. Known for inspired flaming guitar solos and sincere, fun loving engagement with the audience, let’s just say the fact that the word ‘ham’ is part of his name may not be an accident. From his home recording studio, he continues to enjoy making music with friends, family and some of the hottest ‘Monster’ musicians in Detroit. There are only a handful of Sexy Monsters on the whole planet, and “The Dougie” is proud and excited to be one.