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The SoundBites are an original band started by Celebrity Chef Patrick Stark (seen on Cutthroat Kitchen & The Taste) & Singer/Songwriter Leslie Austin, that creates the ultimate artistic experience called “The Taste of Sound”. Whether it’s serenading your ears during a live dinner set between courses, featuring different local chefs & artists, or the entertaining banter that lies between all of that, the band will give you a fresh feel & a unique “Dining Experience” that is unlike anything out there.
The band plays live during dinner service & between courses making a true marriage of food and music, while also interacting with the guests. With a variety of talented chefs cooking amazing meals, live painters creating on the stage, and special guest musicians sitting in, you never know what you’ll get…other than pure entertainment for your senses. The SoundBites believe in getting involved in the community and giving back, so a portion of proceeds from every event are donated to his Mohawk Militia charity. From the original songs written, to the charity selected, to the atmosphere created, to the musicians playing…there is purpose behind everything we do.
BIG SHOUT OUT TO MY BROTHER CHRIS HARMON FOR THE GRAPHIC DESIGN!!
MEET THE BAND!!
Medrick Greely (DRUMS/PERCUSSION): “I was born in Dallas TX. I knew at the age of 10 that I wanted to be a drummer after attending a new church in Queens, NY with my mother. Growing up in the times where Hip Hop music was in it’s infancy, the “sampling” helped me realize that all genres where important. Not being able to afford formal training, I was determined to get the “feel” of a song down, no matter the project. The SoundBites is yet another outlet of my expression.” Be sure to check out his project “The DJ and the Drummer Collective”.
Celebrity Chef Patrick Stark (GUITAR): You have probably seen him Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen (twice), ABC’s The Taste Season 2, or Food Network’s Rewrapped, Mystery Diners as well as other productions. Patrick Stark is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (C.I.A.). He started in the corporate world, opening restaurants and then opened his own company Stark Raving Inc specializing in consulting work, design, and catering for celebrities.
Chef has played in Strangleweed, Hollow, JGMJ, ZOOHouse, Backseat Continental, and is currently playing in his charity pop-up music project “The SoundBites”. “My most memorable moment in music was performing in Strangleweed and opening for Styxx in front of 26k people. I remember struggling to get my signal correct during sound check and freaking out! I trace my guitar cable all the way back to my amp and there is “Dime” rolling all the knobs on my 5150 amp head laughing hysterically while nuzzling a bottle of Crown. He was one of my idols growing up and still to this day! Check out Chef ripping a little Van Halen!! https://youtu.be/kZ45SSztRCo
KJ Gray (BASS): Freelance professional bassist, actor, and comedian. Kj is an active member in several projects, one of his favorites is Friday’s Foolery (www.fridaysfoolery.com).
Friday’s Foolery was formed in the summer 2011 during a church rehearsal while playing around with a few Disney tunes and posting them on YouTube. From there, they formed their style with the motto “Creativity through Diversity”. His favorite quote, “I’m the life of my own party. You’re welcome”.
Leslie Austin (Ring Leader/Lead VOX): Miss Austin grew up singing, dancing, and entertaining from a young age. Beginning small in talent shows, churches, and weddings, to later performing for crowds as big as 15,000, her passion and God-given talent have always been ignited by music. From singing with a gospel choir for 10 years to leading dance flash mobs that have made national news, Leslie’s diverse background has helped shape her into a uniquely versatile performer with a lot of soul. Having performed with many of Dallas’ top bands and musicians, Leslie has opened for artists such as R. Kelly, Neil McCoy, and Jerry Jeff Walker. She has also recorded on several albums over the years including an upcoming compilation by Hip Hop artist Prynce P, also featuring Paul Wall. With a recent release of her debut single ‘Crazy Love’ on iTunes (go buy it!), Leslie looks forward to releasing an EP album, writing more songs, learning more guitar, and sharing her love & passion through music with the world. Another artist to watch!!
Chris Ray (Keys/Vox):A vocalist, keyboard player, music director, songwriter, composer, producer and teacher, Chris has a Bachelor’s in Voice from Texas Tech University. His career highlights include being head instructor at the acclaimed Septien Entertainment Group, performing with professional chorus the Ken Davis Chorale and directing several bands in the Dallas area ranging in style from rock, pop to country. Chris has also trained students who are now fulltime performing artists; several of whom attended Belmont in Nashville and Berklee in Boston. Chris has an intimate relationship with music that started when he was five and is only beginning.
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