Sherman is one of the pioneers of the Contemporary Christian Music industry, bringing gospel to
the masses through his work with Andrae Crouch & the Disciples
The Imperials (who also backed
Elvis Presley), Andrus, Blackwood & Co., as a solo artist
and now with the Gospel duo "Andrus & Bingle". If you are
watching TV late at night and see an infomercial for "Elvis, the Concert" -
you'll see Sherman! Sherman met KB through his brother Lonny and has done 2 albums with
Mission Control. Sherman won a grammy for his work in the Imperials and is a member of the
Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Lonny (KB's brother) made his first instrumental album with KB in Dallas Texas in 1979. This
album was produced by
which led to Lonny's long time friendship and collaboration with Sherman Andrus. Terry and Sherman
had a successful run as one of Contemporary Christian's top recording artists in both
The Imperials and
Andrus, Blackwood & Co.
Lonny and Sherman have released 2 albums
on MCR as well as a track on the 2012
Honor Flight album. Lonny
continues to help with string arrangements on albums for MCR.
Eric earned a Gold record for two songs he penned on
1981 solo album "Balin". He went on to further success in the band
ShyAnne and then the legendary rock
band Foghat. Eric was also a
member of the Perones and Radio Face. Eric and KB met through a mutual
friend (Jon Pieroni) and have been writing and recording music ever since
including their project Professor Balls
and Head East
lead vocalist Kurt Hansen's one and
only solo album.
Charlie has been a staple in the Spokane blues scene with his band "Charlie Butts &
the Filter Tips". He first met KB when he played blues harp on Champagne Alley's
album "City of Pain". Since that time, Charlie has gone on to play on numerous recordings
with various Mission Control artists including Andrus & Bingle's
"A Servant's Heart" and the highly acclaimed
"In Your Honor" album featuring various
Mission Control artists. Most recently, Charlie brought his grandaughter,
Keyonna Knight to Mission Control Records to
record her first Single, "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad".
Chris met KB through a mutual friend when KB was looking for a backing vocalist
for his first solo album "Hard Rock Comedy" in 1999.
Chris came with high praise, having won a slot singing with Rod Stewart at the Gorge in
Washington State. Since that time, Chris has worked on dozens of recordings and is the
"go to" female vocalist on the label.
Michael J. Dwyer
KB met Mike in the early 1980's when he was asked to join Mike's
band called "The Paradise Highway Band". Mike had been highly successful
with his CCM band "Heirborn", an early Christian Rock band. They lost
touch over the years and then came back into contact in 2011, when they
started working on Mike's solo album,
"As Real As it Gets", which
became the first new album released on the Mission Control label.
Fun fact: Mike's brother-in-law, Bob Taylor, is the founder/owner of
Sean Flikke, aka "Flicky"
Flicky started recording with KB in 2006 with his debut album,
The Orphan, The Bastard and
The Thief" and they have remained friends ever since. A cool little fun fact on this album
was the guest appearance by
of the band Raining Jane. Mai played Cello on a couple
tracks. Her band has exploded world wide and is now Jason Mraz's
Jamie met KB back in the mid 1980's when KB joined Jamie's band, "The Move". That band later
evolved into The Raves.
Jamie and fellow Raves band mate
Dave Becker went on
to form the Young Brians.
Jamie is also known for his work with
The Makers. Jamie re-united with
KB to play steel guitar on a new version of the
Charlie Ryan classic
hit "Hot Rod Lincoln" that can only be found on the 2012
Honor Flight album. Charlie
had recorded his vocal on this song a couple years before he passed away on February 16, 2008.
KB also remastered and released the Young Brians EP
Bowling Shoes that had
been previously un-released.
Steve and KB have been friends since their days working together in the IT department at
Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA. Their mutual passion for music has led to dozens
of collaborations over the past 25+ years including Champagne Alley, KB's first solo album
in 1999 "Hard Rock Comedy",
2012's Honor Flight
album, and much more in between!
After completing work on the first
album, Eric Burgeson
brought in his friend Kurt Hansen to record his first solo album. Eric and Kurt had met when Eric
was touring with Foghat and Kurt was touring with Head East. Eric, Kurt and KB recorded this album
along with Professor Balls bassist
and keyboardist Kevin Wakefield.
Kurt unfortunately passed away too soon on December 16, 2003 at the age of 46.
Steve and KB met when they had apartments next to each other on Spokane's north side back in
1981. They quickly became friends and shared their common interest in music. A few jam
sessions ensued along with much mayhem! Steve relocated to Seattle for over 20 years and
the two re-united when Steve moved back to Spokane in 2006. Much more jamming and
mayhem has since ensued and even led to a project band called
John and KB grew up together on Spokane's South Hill. A couple years after high school,
John and KB joined
Michael Dwyer and
Michael Lehnen in the "Paradise Highway Band" aka the "Lehnen-Dwyer Band". After 30 years of
going in different directions the 3 re-united for Mike's 2012 solo album
"As Real As it Gets".
The 3 remain long-time friends and hope to collaborate on more projects in the future.
Keyonna was introduced to KB in 2013 by long time friend and fellow MCR artist
Charlie Butts, who
is Keyonna's grandfather. KB had an idea to do a cover of the classic Meatloaf hit
"Two Out of Three Ain't Band",
but with a female lead vocal. KB along with
Edward Myers and
Eric Burgeson put the
track together and Charlie added some tasty sax. Keyonna came in and did an amazing job singing the song with
only 1 or 2 takes, literally reading the lyrics from her cell phone as she recorded the track! Fellow
MCR artist Chris Collins
added some excellent backing vocals. Keyonna now resides in New York and is pursuing a career in Theater.
Keep your eye on her, she will go far!
Mike has been a highly sought after horn player having worked with icons like
Buddy Rich, Lional Hampton, Ray Charles Maynard Ferguson and more. Mike and KB met through
mutual friend Eric Rice when Mike
was playing in Eric's band J.R. Boogie.
Since that time, Mike has played on dozens of recordings with KB starting with
Champagne Alley's "City of Pain" album, Professor Balls
"Mudbath" album, both
Andrus & Bingle albums,
The Singing Nuns albums,
and much much more.
Esther (Martin) Koch
Well, it wouldn't be family without family, right? Esther is KB's mother and a talented
songwriter. While KB was still a Sophmore in high school (1978), he produced 3 of his Mother's songs at the
recording studio at Eastern Washington University. KB restored and remastered those original
recordings in 2013 and they can be found
Best known for his work in the Chad Mitchell Trio,
KB first met Chad while recording the
The Singing Nuns
"Peace on Earth 2001".
Chad recorded a great version of "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" with
Randy Shaw in the
style of the Bing Crosby/David Bowie version. Chad also contributed a beautiful cover of
"Over The Rainbow" for the 2012
Honor Flight album
and then signed with MCR in 2013, releasing the single
"Ship of State" in 2014.
Ed first met KB at a crazy late night recording session with a bizarre character named "Doc Bombay" who
also claimed to be a member of "The Commodores" (he wasn't). But, that funny incident led
to a friendship and musical bond that has lasted ever since. KB and Ed first started working
together on The Singing Nuns
albums in 2000. Ed is the musical director/arranger not only for the Singing Nuns, but also
"The Platters", who he continues to tour the
world with as their musical director. Ed has worked on just about every project since that time with
MCR including all the Singing Nuns albums, both
Andrus & Bingle
albums, the "Honor Flight"
album and too much more to list here!
Charlie was introduced to KB by friend and business partner Dan Mackey. Charlie was looking for
someone to restore some of his old and un-released recordings as well as record some new material.
The two had their first meeting at Snoops Saloon, a bar also owned by Dan Mackey. Charlie handed
over a brief case full of tapes and KB started work on restoring them. Over time, those
recordings were released on the albums
"Hot Rod Lincoln" and
"Meet Mr. Honky Tonk"
along with a handful of new originals by Charlie. Other MCR artist appearing on "Meet Mr. Honky Tonk"
include Edward Myers,
Chris Collins and
popular Spokesman-Review columnist
Charlie played into his '90's and had planned on releasing a 50th anniversary version of his
classic "Hot Rod Lincoln" at a special show in Cleveland Ohio along with
Commander Cody and
Asleep at the Wheel. Unfortunately, Charlie passed away
a couple months before the show and KB was honored to take the stage in his place playing with
Asleep at the Wheel on their rousing version of "Hot Rod Lincoln" to end the show. The vocal that
Charlie had recorded for the 50th anniversary of the song was released on the final version as a
cut on the 2012
"Honor Flight" album.
Sami and KB first met in Chicago when Sami was playing a gig at a local piano bar back in
1997. KB was intrigued by her amazing and unique voice and how original she could make
any song sound. They quickly became friends and have stayed in touch ever since. Sami
released her first EP
"8 Songs by Sami Scot"
in 2014 and continues to record great original music. She released another EP titled
"Lazy Days" later that year and continues to
write and perform great music. She has been a real inspiration to MCR and even performed
at KB's wedding in Boston in 2007.
Randy Shaw is a well respected journalist, anchorman, author, musician and singer. Randy and KB first met in 1983 when
Randy was doing a story on a local chemical plant where KB worked. They became friends
and stayed in touch over the years. In the spring of 2001, KB produced a live recording for
"The Randy Shaw Band - Live".
Later that year, Randy contributed 2 tracks to
The Singing Nuns
"Peace on Earth 2001".
The album included an orignal composition, "Ornament of Paper" as well as a classic duet with
Chad Mitchell on the
song "Peace on Earth/Drummer Boy".
Randy was instrumental in the creation of the
Honor Flight album that
Honor Flight charity that flies veterans back to their
Washington D.C. war memorials. Through Randy's help and heavy promotion on KREM-2 TV in Spokane, (the
local CBS affiliate), the album was able to raise over $20K.
The Singing Nuns
KB first became aquainted with The Singing Nuns through
their musical director. The Singing Nuns first gained national attention with an appearance
on the Merv Griffin show in the 1980's. Since that time, they've gone on to record over a
dozen albums (mostly at MCR) and sell tens of thousands of copies world wide. It was through
their encouragement, and the encouragement of Ed Myers, that KB was inspired to forge ahead with