Meet the Secret People
Mike Roi – Vocals/Guitar
Black Book Magazine called Mike Roi one of the 8 greatest up and coming artists “who create vibrant, unconventional music in spite of living outside the center of the cool New York.” With his bands Brother Grimm, ROI, and Roi and the Secret People, he has garnered rave reviews in such publications as Good Times, Spin, Rock N Roll Experience, and Target Audience Magazine as well as received radio play time on college and internet radio across the country. With his magnetic stage presence, powerful voice, and deft lyrics, he has proven there is no genre he cannot master – from Southern and hard rock, to Indie and folk. Roi has been singing in bands since the age of 16 and has been pursuing his passion for the kind of soulful music he grew up with ever since. He has played up and down the East Coast as well as in Europe and has opened for such renowned acts as The Black Crowes, Midnight Oil, and Marilyn Manson.
Craig Martyn – Drums-Craig has played the lengths of both the East and West Coast circuits collaborating with such famed artists as Night Ranger and Sam Kinison, and was especially focused in the LA region during the major hard rock decade. In addition to drums, Craig has a talent for singing and has been compared to Michael Anthony, bassist of Van Halen, for his ability to reach high-note background vocals. After relocating back to the East Coast, Craig became involved with Roi and the Secret People in 2012 and his thirty years of musical experience has added a polished dynamic to the group.
Glen Radomski – Bass
Glen studied with Dave LaRue of Dixie Dregs / Steve Morse Band in the early ’90s and played the East Coast in a few funk/fusion instrumental bands.Just some of Glen’s music accomplishment include playing for and recording multiple CD’s with Scott Bradoka and going on tour in Germany with Dickey Betts to Robert Cray and The Hooters in 2008. The riffs on Glen’s bass guitar could first be heard with RSP in 2013.
Jason Hedrington – Moog/KeysFrom his Music studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where his Blues band was awarded House Band residency to playing in 50 bands over 27 years Jason’s been nominated as Lehigh Valley Keyboard Player of the Year 10 times and his various projects have been awarded Live Band of the Year, Best Album of the Year, and Jam Band of the Year while touring from St. Louis to Limestone, Maine. His love of Outlaw Country poets is as deep as his love for Prog-Rock, and he figures his career highlight was the time on tour supporting the Frank Zappa tribute band Project/Object when Zappa alumni Napolean Murphy Brock yelled at him for touching his saxophone.
Ed Golden – Guitars
Ed’s musical background includes touring with groups like Ruff House and the theatrical band Rasputin in the late 80’s and more recently the eclectic jamband, The Skulldiggers.
As a solo artist, his original compositions and performances can be heard in several documentaries and various media. Ed was Martin Guitar’s Custom Shop Manager and Lead guitar Designer as well as a Martin Clinician and Artist before opening his own shop in 2013.
Music has been my passion for as long as I can remember. In my younger years, however, I never had the confidence to think that I would some day become a singer/song-writer, and that music would be such a big part of my life—nor did I think it was even a possibility. Flash-forward 20 years or so, and music is such an integral part of my life.
I started out in the background, singing backing vocals and an occasional lead in a couple of bands. I also worked in various studios adding harmonies on albums that friends were recording. Harmonies have always fascinated me, so adding them wherever I “heard” them was a lot of fun. But after a while I got the itch to sing lead, so I found good songs that fit my voice and started taking the spotlight as the lead singer in a cover band. Songs by Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, the Pretenders, and others were songs that inspired me to sing, so I found them in my singing “comfort zone.” But as the years went by, I found myself itching yet again—this time I wanted to sing songs of my own. I started out collaborating with my good friend Michael Ghiggeri, and we wrote some really great songs together that I eventually recorded on my CD “Out There.” In our partnership, I am mainly the lyricist and Michael writes melodies, which we found to be an awesome combination. I have to admit that in the early days of my song-writing (despite having an English degree from Rutgers), before teaming up with Michael, I was quite horrible. I wasn’t writing from the heart, and that made a difference. But now I find myself writing songs that inspire me and come from the heart. My songs span several genres, and while I still collaborate with Michael Ghiggeri, I find myself with the confidence to collaborate with others as well. I guess as I’ve gotten older, my “comfort zone” has grown significantly and the circle of amazing musicians I play with on a regular basis has increased exponentially.
“It takes time to establish a musical identity. There are many different musical styles that one may adapt to. Its like picking the right tie to wear so that you can nail that job interview. The case is no different with this emerging singer/songwriter from Phillipsburg New Jersey.Pentley Holmes is attempting to break out of the small town by exposing delicate fragments of his soul through poetic lyrics and soaring vocals over simple melodies that warm his music and drive it straight into the heart of the listener.Most recently he has just finished the recording of his first E.P. “Dreams”. this is the first of his recorded material that he will be releasing to the public. Set out to share with anyone who will listen he currently is warming up the local open mic circuit in the Lehigh Valley and other surrounding areas while preparing for his first mini tour of the tri state area.After experiencing a genuine excited reaction from listeners after several performances he has decided to take music more seriously and perfect his craft and hone his skill set to provide a delicate listening experience.” – http://pentleyholmes.com/
Carlos Barata is a 27 year old, solo acoustic singer-songwriter and performer from Bethlehem, PA. With simplistic support by way of his guitar, Barata’s strongest suits are soulful vocals paired with colorful, yet accessible lyrics that speak to and reminisce on styles of the motown and rock of yesterday, along with the pop and folk of today. His style can be most readily described as acoustic, alternative, with influences ranging from The Beatles to Jack Johnson, The Temptations, Black Keys, City and Colour, and more! In front of both family and strangers, from private parties to bars, festivals, weddings, and even ribbon-cutting ceremonies for restaurants and hair salons, he’s had his fair share of experience on stage and in the spotlight sharing the stage with a variety of local musicians and international touring artists such as Austin Renfroe, Matt & Kim, Dispatch, and Brushfire Records’ Matt Costa. One can also find Barata in his 4 seconds of glory on American Idol: Season 12, Episode 1.
As a toddler, Barata’s first musical encounters took place in his dad’s wine cellar, with him on guitar and his grandfather on concertina playing traditional Portuguese Fado. A Beatles fanatic years later, he picked up his dad’s guitar (after breaking strings and destroying a few of them), and began learning simple chords – E Major was his first, and it’s clear by way of his original music that he’s loved it ever since.
Barata debuted his first album “Believe” in 2009, followed by his second “This State We?re In” just two years later. After a 4 year hiatus, Barata crafted something special diving deep into himself and the personal experiences of those near and dear, coining his third and self-titled production “Carlos Barata” in September 2015.
Fast forward to 2019, Carlos Barata is working on new music, scheduling more shows, and studying to become a Board Certified Music Therapist, where he can incorporate songwriting and performance practices into therapeutic healing processes for individuals with physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs.
Carlos Barata is grateful for the support of his parents, his partner Christa, as well as family, friends, and people that constantly inspire him.
The Acoustic Kitty Project takes its name from a Government funded CIA program to surgically implant listening devices into stray cats for the purpose of spying on the Commies.
Well, like most Government Run Programs, this turned out to be a Colossal Waste of Money. After killing countless animals on the table, the final test went live. They dumped Acoustic Kitty into a park where it was immediately squashed by a taxi cab. The price tag? A mere $20 Million.
It is in the spirit of that incredibly stupid venture that I have named my band Acoustic Kitty Project. This is also why I avoid taxis.