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Black Diamond formed in August 2011 and although a new band they are not unseasoned professionals without a following.
Jeff Nelson was in an original band, The Purps and cover bands such as The Crawlers, Paradox and eventually Leed Zeppelin, where he met Travis James as he filled in for that project’s current bass player, Rich Rios. James then introduced Nelson to Christopher Kiger.
Christopher Kiger has a degree in audio engineering. He worked and played in the L.A. scene and when he came back to Seattle he joined Tacoma band, Otherwise/Pretty Enemy, a band that Travis James was also in for a short time. Kiger left that band to pursue other opportunities, and ended up teaming up with James once again.
Travis James having been signed to a record deal early in his career has played in a handful of original and cover band projects before deciding to do a rock-a-oke project with Nelson and Kiger that never came to fruition. A chance meeting of Brandon Wisley at a jam-night and the quartet was ready to rock.
Brandon Wisley is no stranger to the stage, having toured and performed with the likes of Bret Michaels, Great White and Adler’s Appetite just to name a few. In 2008, Wisley was nominated and won for Vocalist of the Year at the Phoenix Music Awards.
Black Diamond has found itself propelled forward at a momentous speed. Shortly after making their public debut, the group was asked to open for National Acts Adema and Witchburn and played local radio station KISW's The BJ Shea Morning Experience 12th Anniversary Party. They have been fortunate to have quick word of mouth from loyal enthusiasts reach venue owners and promoters alike, keeping them in demand as their music and fan base continues to expand.