John Mooney – Drums & Vocals
John grew up playing drums in the Baltimore, MD area, where beginning at the age of 14, he played in popular regional bands such as The Vibrations, The Country Boys, Friendly Fire, and Misbehavin’. He relocated to Roanoke, VA in 1991, and only played privately for his local church band until 2008, when he began playing for the local music group, RYZE. Since that time, John has found his way to True Cadence, playing the Country and Classic Rock genre songs that take him back to his music roots.
Joni Mooney - Lighting Tech
Keeping the band looking good on stage, Joni runs the lights for True Cadence. More about Joni coming soon!
Brian Wimmer – Sound Engineer
Brian was born and raised in the Roanoke Valley and got his musical start in 2008 with the K&B Dance Band. Along the way he worked with Coconut Connection, Brytewater, Burning Rome, The Fiddler Crab Band, The Forest Baldwin Project, and found his home with True Cadence. Brian has been influenced by Roanoke Area musicians he has worked closely with, including Kenny Lynch, Boyd Clement, Keith Pennington, Mark Pennington, and Wes Bradley. He is fortunate enough to work with state of the art sound equipment such as the Midas and Presonus Digital Mixers, as well as Midas and Mackie Analog Mixers, Behringer and QSC Power Amps, EAW, TOA, and Custom Built Speakers, allowing True Cadence to customize a unique sound system for any venue
Jerry Neal - Lead Guitar & Vocals
Jerry has played with several musical acts throughout Virginia and the East Coast, including Stonehenge, American Express, Time Depression, and R.B. and The Knights Of Soul. He spent several years traveling in show bands along the East Coast. In Jerry’s unique style of playing you can hear the influences of groups such as The Average White Band, The Commodores, Styx, Journey, Eric Clapton, Larry Carlton of Steely Dan fame, Carlos Santana, Gary Moore, and the Motown sound. Jerry brings his experience and influences to help round out the sound of True Cadence.
Michael Stewart - Bass & Vocals
Michael started playing the piano as soon as he could reach the keyboard, and was playing cello by the age of nine. He studied music at East Carolina University, concentrating on trumpet and bass performance. He has performed with a number of famous artists, such as The Four Tops, The Temptations, Artimus Pyle from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Greg Baril, and the North Carolina Symphony. He has done session work and toured extensively from Virginia to Florida, playing a wide range of music and delighting audiences for years. Although he is adept on several instruments, it is his passionate bass lines and solid backup vocals that make him a sought-after talent in the music industry. Jazz, Heavy Metal, Country, Hip-Hop, Dance, Rock - you name it and he can play it!
Keith Pennington - Guitar & Keyboards
Keith’s professional music career began in 1979 with the band Rapid Fire. In 1980, he joined the ranks of Bluefield’s Fancy Free, whom opened shows for Louise Mandrell, Earl Thomas Conley, The Judds, John Conley, Arron Tippin, Joe Diffy, 38 Special, Ricochet, Shenandoah, Radney Foster, Kathy Mattea, Ronnie McDowell, Charley McCoy, as well as many other regional and national touring acts. Keith’s musical style, influenced by good Country and Southern Rock bands like Alabama, Eagles, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, help give True Cadence it’s unique sound.
Melissa Simpson – Lead Vocals
Melissa has enjoyed singing her entire life. Throughout her early and high school years, she was always part of her school’s Choir Program, often performing in local and regional competitions. During her High School Senior Solo upon graduation, Melissa stunned the audience with a performance of Mandy Moore’s “Only Hope” from the hit movie, “A Walk To Remember”. The experience inspired Melissa to continue studying Music while attending Hollins University, where she immediately became one of the select few to represent Hollins in their elite Talmadge Choir. Since her graduation from Hollins in 2012, Melissa has become the unique “Voice” of True Cadence.