Since 2006 ROCK STAR LIVE have performed over a thousand corporate, college, public and private live band karaoke events. ROCK STAR LIVE is also a multi-genre cover and party band.
ROCK STAR LIVE has had the pleasure of backing up some incredible singers, including Keisha Chante, Johnny Reid, Edwin, John Wozniak (Marcy Playground), Suzie McNeil and Jessica Mauboy.
ROCK STAR LIVE was also the house band for the CMT reality show “Karaoke Star”. For a complete client list click here.
Jeff Pearce is a founding member of Moist and co-writer of all songs on their 3 multi-platinum albums. With a million records sold, 10 Juno Award nominations and 2 wins, 11 MuchMusic Video Award nominations and 4 wins, six Canada’s Rock Awards nominations and 4 wins and 7 Socan Number 1 awards, Moist dominated the Canadian airwaves in the 1990s. In Canada, Moist sold out arenas from coast to coast. Internationally, Moist had hits in Europe and Asia, and shared the stage with acts as diverse as Neil Young, Metallica and Green Day. As a producer, Jeff is best known for David Usher’s Juno Award winning “Morning Orbit” and “If God had Curves” albums. He also played in David’s touring band for six years. Jeff has produced and written songs with Kalen Porter, Rex Goudie, Damnhait Doyle, Kyle Riabko and Brian Melo. His songs have been featured on the TV shows “The L Word”, “Joan of Arcadia”, “Canadian Idol” and “Due South”, and in the films “In the Army Now”, “Brokedown Palace” and “Stir of Echoes”. Jeff is also an experienced guitar and band teacher, and holds a B.A. (Honours) from Queen’s University.
Gerry Finn’s professional career began when he joined Epic recording artists Killer Dwarfs. He co-wrote and played guitar on “Method to the Madness” with legendary producer Andy Johns (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen) and received two Juno Award nominations and a Much Music Video Award nod. Killer Dwarfs toured North America extensively, sharing the stage with Iron Maiden, Pantera, Skid Row and many others. Gerry is an in-demand session player, and has appeared on dozens of national ad campaigns for clients including Ikea, Labatts and Zellers. He also recorded three albums and made multiple videos with EMI Recording artist David Usher, receiving gold and platinum album awards in Canada and Asia. Gerry has recorded, written songs and performed with Helix, Brian Byrne (I Mother Earth), Burton Cummings, Holly McNarland, Canadian Idol’s Billy Klippert and others. Gerry’s most recent radio hits were David Usher’s “Time of our Lives” and Brian Byrne’s “Far from Good”. Gerry is also an experienced guitar instructor and has a B.A. from St. Francis Xavier University.
Chris Taylor-Munro has enjoyed touring and recording with artists such as David Usher, Moist, Brian Byrne, Roger Mooking, Lucie Idlout, Boywonder and Hydrofoil. He has performed around the world, including a six-month USO tour during Operation Desert Storm. When off the road, Chris has composed and performed on national ad campaigns for Molson, Zellers, Rogers Communications, Samsung and Ikea. Chris has garnered Gold and Platinum records in Canada and abroad, and recently won a SOCAN Award for co-writing Canada’s 2008 pop song of the year, David Usher’s “The Music”. Chris also writes freelance for music publications such as Canadian Musician, Professional Sound and Lighting and Canadian Music Trade. Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and an experienced drum teacher.
Jackie Skinner is a Toronto based singer/songwriter. She started her career at the age of 10 performing on the Big Top Talent Show. Jackie has since had the privilege to play with and learn from award-winning guitar players, including Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction. She has played all over Ontario, sharing the stage with such artists as Treble Charger, Sum 41, Canadian Idol’s Andrew Austin, Peter Katz, and the David Celia Band. Jackie’s was invited to Nashville to participate in NBC’s “Nashville Star” talent competition and continues to record original music as part of the band Skinner. Jackie has also done other Amazing and Racey things all across Canada and the world.
Kat Heikkila began her career as a television reporter and host for CTV. Her acting talent led her to numerous television roles on shows like “Traders” and “Bar Skool”. As a singer, Kat has performed on every major stage in the Toronto area, has sung with Animotion (“Obsession”) and has toured North America performing the roles of Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks for the Classic Albums Live series. Kat is a prolific songwriter and an experienced vocal coach and theatre instructor. She holds a B.A. from Laurentian University.