The Lovely Lost formed in April of 2012 around lead singer/guitarist Michael Collins, drawing in other members with the power and eccleticism of his songs. Since then, The Lovely Lost have quickly cemented their role as a surprising and impactful group in the rich music scene of the Pacific Northwest. Musical influences range from Pink Floyd, to Black Sabbath, to Sam Cooke, to Johnny Cash. When you experience them live, you will see The Lovely Lost take elements of classic rock & roll and transform them into something familiar yet new.
Michael Collins - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Matt Shomphe - Lead Guitar
Joanna Bewley - Backup/Lead Vocals
Ross Wilson - Bass Guitar
Matt Lauzon - Drums
Michael Collins first began to love music at an early age, with cassettes inherited from his parents. Artists like The Beatles, Michael Jackson, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Paul Simon and later Guns and Roses and Pearl Jam. He began playing guitar and singing in 1993, after learning a few chords from his father. He grew up in southern Ontario, Canada until the year 1997, when he moved to Portland, Oregon.
Michael performed in theater productions throughout high school, and was a staple in the Franklin High Drama program and Choir.
He joined his first band at the age of 17, Satellite Seduction, a band with metal, progressive, and synth-based music. The group disbanded in two years, and Michael took an extended break from playing music, moving to Toronto, Canada in 2004.
Michael began to write what would become the material for The Lovely Lost during his span in Toronto. What began as a few songs has become a catalog of over 30 diverse and original pieces, ranging in scope and genre; all based on periods of his life and deeply personal feelings. Michael moved back to Portland, Oregon in 2011, forming the Lovely Lost in April of 2012. He continues to write the songs, sing lead, and play rhythm guitar for the group; while booking the band’s shows, promoting, and doing whatever other jobs can be done.
His influences are countless: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Rufus Wainwright, Sunny Day Real Estate, Neil Young, Ryan Adams, Ben Folds Five, Dennis Wilson, Yes, Gabriel-era Genesis, and many more.
Matt is a linguist by trade and training but a guitar player by aspiration. He is originally from Massachusetts and has lived in Baltimore & Los Angeles before finding Portland. His most recent musical endeavor was scoring the film "Irrealis" in which he was able to explore effects-heavy guitar expression, coupled with simple acoustic guitar. His previous bands include Six Foot Santa & Janus Mink
Jo has music in her soul. Her early years were full community barn raisings, bluegrass concerts, and family sing-alongs. Her fondest memories include music and singing. She's dabbled in viola, piano, choir and writing songs from about the age of seven.
Jo's influences include Hendrix, Zeppelin and Joplin; Peter, Paul and Mary, Pink Floyd, and Metallica to name a few. She LOVES the blues, heavy rock/metal drums, face melting guitar solos and deep, slapping bass.
A "Rock Star Real Estate Agent" by day and rock star by night, Jo still finds time to spend time with the people she loves. She cooks and bakes for family and friends, and loves a good raucous card game with her husband and kids.
Ross P. Wilson is a road-weary multi-instrumentalist/producer who has spent time playing music and writing internationally and throughout the US. He has a BA in Music Business from NYU and spent his college and post-college years in New York City, studying and playing with various groups through just about every dive venue through the town. Prior to moving to Portland, OR, where he currently resides, Ross spent two years living in a cabin in the woods in rural Washington State, picking up several new instruments and recording multiple albums and projects, as well dabbling in visual arts. Since moving to Portland, Ross has been working with various projects around the city, and is excited to be a part of this phenomenal group of musicians that is The Lovely Lost, returning to his rock and roll musical roots.
Ross continues to write and record with his own projects, his pet project Water Moccasin (www.thewatermoccasin.com) and is half of the writing force behind Portland's wonderfully bizarre Not Druids (Reverbnation.com/notdruids)
Ross's influence span the board, from classical to indie to country to experimental. Some of his favorite artists include Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, TV on the Radio, Dismemberment Plan, Fleetwood Mac, Dirty Projectors, Paul Simon, and Bob Dylan.
Matt began playing drums at the age of 14. Matt has been in several original bands that begin with rock and straddle other genres, projects acoustic and electric, light and dark, often heavy. Matt has travelled and lived around the country including time in musical projects around New England and Bend, OR.
Matt is inspired by a variety of artists that inspire introspection and deeper meaning and bands that could be called “groove-heavy” or “hard blues.” Drumming inspirations are many, in particular Danny Carey/Tool, John Bonham/Led Zeppelin, Chad Smith/Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jean-Paul Gaster/Clutch. When not playing Matt can often be found hiking somewhere inspiring with his wife.