The UnXpected is made up of four young musicians who found each other at The Academy of Rock Music in Newport News, VA. Band members include: 16 year-old Cole Layman (guitar, vocals); 14 year-olds Zachary Salsberry (guitar, vocals) and Kevin Marks (drums); and 13 year-old Logan Layman (vocals, bass). Their love and passion for blues music is what drives them. From Willie Dixon to Janis Joplin; B.B. King to Joe Bonamassa -- these kids love the blues. And, if you've never seem them play, they'll surprise you when they change the pace with some good old classic rock tunes.
In January 2013, they released their first extended play CD self-titled, "The UnXpected", which included two covers and two originals -- "Daughter of Blues" and "Little Boy Blue". In 2014, they will be heading back into the studio to produce their first full length CD to include new original music.
Their musical journey began in the Spring of 2012. Since then, they have made quite a splash on the local music scene. After just a few short months together, they took home the top prize in a Junior Battle of the Bands contest in Virginia Beach, VA while competing against some incredible young talent. Since then, they have played at the Norva, Kings Dominion Theme Park and various local and regional music festivals including the DC Blues Festival at the historic Carter Barron Amphitheater. In January 2013, they were honored to travel to Memphis, TN to represent the DC Blues Society in the Youth Showcase at the International Blues Challenge and most recently were named "Best Teen Band" at VEER Magazine's Local Music Awards held at the Norva in February 2014.
The UnXpected is working hard, having fun and living a dream! They are thankful for their family, friends and fans who have supported them on their journey and who love and appreciate what they do!