After Hours Band is from the greater Houston area of Texas. We play Classic Rock and R&B and have recently re-formed with singer Deondra Selph and bassist Robert Skolaski. We are about to go back to the studio for fresh demos.
Deondra started singing early in her life. She sang in church with her family, learning how to read notes on the page and following the harmonies. When she was young she would sing on stage with her great-grandfather. Singing with him and hearing the crowd cheer, she fell in love. She learned some western swing, classic country, folk, and more while singing on stage with some of the legends in Texas music history. When she was a child she sang with a few Opry's around Houston. When she left for college she finally joined a choir and began her classical music training. All through college she fell in love with classical and jazz music. She graduated from Florida College in 2005 with a BA in Music. With her raw God-given talent, early exposure, and classical training, she has developed a powerhouse voice and musical style that is all her own.
A veritable piano prodigy, Max began tickling the ivories at age six. But high school, hormones and rock 'n roll would one day take their toll. At 15, Max broke his piano teacher's heart and joined his first band. Juggling music and college successfully enough to earn two electrical engineering degrees from the most prestigious university in this part of the country, Max began delving into the netherworld of electronic keyboards. He emerged with a command of musical technology that remains grounded by his keen sense of musical taste. This rare combination adds remarkable depth and texture to the band's sound.
Born to play guitar, Ray began performing professionally while still in junior high. Throughout his teen years in Washington DC, he used a fake ID to catch every show he could by his mentor, master of the Telecaster, Danny Gatton. Like Danny, Ray is devoted to taste and tone over flash and volume. In the decades since, he has rounded out his musical portfolio to include rock, blues, jazz and country. As the band's musical director, he works diligently to select material and fine tune the arrangements that make After Hours much more than a cover band, in a class by itself.
At age eight, Ian heard the legendary Buddy Rich, and the Big Beat claimed him for life. In 1965, he bought the now-vintage Gretsch drum kit that he still plays today. The groove Ian lays down for the band is solid and soulful, with a nod to the many funky drummers that have influenced him, including Steve Gadd (Steely Dan); Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting), and jazz great Elvin Jones.
Holding down the low end, Robert is at home playing in the pocket. Growing up playing bass and singing in punk rock bands, he cut his teeth playing fast paced covers of NOFX and Bad Religion. Raised on the greats of rock n'roll by his father Wendel (Soul Providers, The Generators). Playing in hardcore bands and bands that cover his favorite songs from the 90's, helped him hone his tone and style. As time passed he graduated into other mediums for his bass. Playing praise and worship music for his church. He is also a very proficient Country/Americana player, having played in bands backing up Houston Press Award winning Artist Libby Koch and also playing with the immensely talented Americana artist Brant Croucher. He has shared the stage with acts such as Sammy Kershaw, Jerry Jeff Walker and Pat Green. Robert brings a lot of heavy rhythm and stage experience to the band, and loves to keep the songs walking and grooving.