Band Bio

Sandra James:

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Sandra is an accomplished singer and recording artist with several band credits to her name. Her sultry tone and powerful mezzo- soprano vocals make her natural fit to reproduce the sound of Anne Wilson. Her style roots include genres such as rock, county, pop, R&B and jazz.

Her career includes fronting several local bands such as Red Rhythm, Bad Kitty, a trio band, Chica-Boom, and the successful Crimes of Passion, a tribute to Pat Benatar.  She has a Crimes of Passion, Pat Benatar tribute CD due for release this summer.

Sandra has surrounded herself with top-notch professional musicians with the goal of becoming the premier Heart tribute band in the country.  Over the years, Sandra’s high energetic performances overwhelm her audiences of all ages and inspires community awareness in joining critical cultural differences through the love of live music.

 

 

 


Sissy Gilio:

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Sissy’s guitar & vocal skills landed her in a current role as Nancy Wilson in “Heart to Heart” tribute band.  Sissy could possibly be Nancy Wilson’s twin sister !  Not only is Sissy’s  guitar and vocals spot on, she’s got Nancy’s moves and energy too.  She has captured the spirit of Nancy Wilson to a “T”.    Sissy also had the pleasure of playing with two original members of Heart, Roger Fisher and Steve Fossen, during one of her shows on the road.

Sissy’s background:  guitar player/singer/recording artist since the mid 1970’s playing in most of LA’s premier venues along the Hollywood Strip in her original all female band “Juice.”  The band was also one of the opening acts for the Ramones at the Whiskey A Go Go. In addition, the band had a small part in the movie, “Up In Smoke” that was filed at the Roxy.  Sissy has continued to hone her skills as a highly respected musician in Southern California and has shared the stage throughout her career with well known artists such as Eric Burden, Spencer Davis, Robby Kreiger, Ike Turner, Canned Heat, etc.  she has also been a guest artist on several albums including  such artists as Lest Chambers (The Chambers Brothers), KK Martin, Michael Ubaldini and other local entertainers.

In 2007, Sissy started playing music on cruise ships, entertaining people around the world.     As a musical artist, singing as a solo artist, duo or fronting her own band, she continues to “WOW!” her audiences with passion and love through her craft and will always leave you wanting more.  She is a true talent in the purest form.


Sean Michael Clegg:

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Sean joins Heart to Heart with an extensive resume and performance background spanning more than 30 years.  He taught himself guitar, and began teaching professionally at an early age.  He went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Guitar and was inducted into the National Honor Society of Music. Sean is proficient in several types of music including progressive/melodic rock, metal, blues, jazz and classical. Often working as a sight-reading studio guitarist, Sean has appeared on dozens of professional releases in a variety of genres.

With a refined sound and known for his musicianship, vocals and stage presence, Sean has performed live in many professional bands touring the country and appearing on national radio and TV programs. Sean is also an accomplished songwriter, publisher and producer.  He owns his own publishing company, Beautiful Noise Music ASCAP, and has produced local bands, artist demos and CDs.

 

 


Stephen Zipper:

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Steve began playing guitar in his Texas teens and eventually moved on to play bass in college.

While performing at a local bar, the band was “discovered” and  headed to New York to discuss representation. His band “Toby Beau” was signed and began working on their first, self-titled album. The song  “My Angel Baby” became a number-one hit and eventually a gold record.

As part of Toby Beau, Steve had the opportunity to tour with such acts as The Doobie Brothers, Bob Seger, Foreigner, The Outlaws and Steve Miller band, playing in large stadiums and arenas to sold-out crowds. Steve is very comfortable performing and brings a palpable energy to the stage.

In 1987, Steve made his home in Los Angeles where he has become and accomplished audio engineer with many awards and credited to his name. He owns his own studio, Studio Z, where he continues to produce exceptional audio tracks for various clients.

 


Bob Vitti: Keyboards

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Bob Vitti-  Grew up on Boogie-Woogie piano in the early 60’s and flourished in 60’s rock, blues and Motown bands across the country for over 45 years.   He played with or opened for acts such as: The Coasters, The Drifters, Marshall Tucker Band, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Dwight Yoakum, to name a few.

Bob has been friends with the original Heart band for many years now and has played with Heart 2013 Hall of Fame inductees Steve Fossen, Michael Derosier and Roger Fisher on many occasions in Seattle.   Bob first met the Heart band in 1990 while they were on their Brigade Tour and gave him a backstage pass at the Los Angeles Forum. Following the show, we ordered a late dinner in Ann’s room at the 4 Seasons with Ann, Nancy, Lynn Wilson, Cameron Crowe and  Frank Cox (The Lovemongers).  Heart’s music really resonates with Bob.  With the intent to keep up his Heart keyboard chops, he has the keyboard arsenal to really do the music justice.  No sequences for him!  Bob has been playing in many Heart tribute bands since 2004.


Mark Kelly: Drums

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Mark Kelly – Joins Heart to Heart after he recently came off of a tour playing drums with Jack Russell’s “Great White”as well as the “Legends of Rock” band.   He has also played and recorded with accomplished artists such as Duff MacKagan and Gilby Clarke of “Gun n’ Roses”, “Warrant”, “Crimson Crowbar”, featuring John Avila (Oingo Boingo), Willie K blues guitarist, and T.M. Stevens, funk bassist. Early influences include Buddy Rich and John Bonham.

Marl’s current endorsements include Aquarian drumheads and Sabian cynbals