The members of Stretta have performed together in different bands from 1998-2003. At the end of 2003 Jon and Ray decided to form Stretta and have just one full time band. Over the years Stretta has performed at many clubs, weddings, college parties and corporate functions across the country. The band has even had the change to perform at a wedding in the Virgin Islands and has performed at a wedding for a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. The band has also played at numerous Nashville Predators hockey games at the Sommet Center in Nashville TN. Some other high profile shows the band has played are:
1.The City of Nashville's Fourth of July Bash
2.As an opening act for Bruce Springsteen at the Meadowlands in New Jersey
3.Picked by the Saturn Corp. to kick off the Bon Jovi/Daughtry concert at the Sommet Center in Nashville
4.For the Walmart corporation 4 day Logistics meetings with Jason Aldeen, Chris Young, Mandisa from American Idol and the one and only Garth Brooks.
Here is some information on each of the members of Stretta.
Debra: (Vocals) Full of impressive raw talent, Debra has used her sultry and unique sound to entertain audiences of all ages and nationalities. Traveling and performing since childhood, she has been a featured entertainer for many USO tours, Cunard, Commodore and Crown Cruise Lines, Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas, NASCAR, and many clubs and hotels across the U.S Currently, her busy schedule includes performing at conventions, casinos, on USO tours. She is also a staff writer for JUDY HARRIS MUSIC and spends many hours as a session singer for other writers and artists in the Nashville music community.
Jon : (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards) Originally from Indiana, Jon now makes his home in Nashville, TN. His debut album entitled Second Look, was released by an independent label and scored two top ten singles on the International Airplay charts. Jon has played hundreds of shows locally and nationally, with many of the top performance and studio musicians in Nashville. Jon continues to write and record his own songs, while keeping a busy performance schedule with STRETTA, which he helped co-found.
Jeff: (Guitar, Vocals) Jefferson is originally from Dallas, Texas. He began playing guitar at age 12. Jefferson is a versatile guitarist, having played many styles of music in Nashville and throughout the Southeast. He has performed in seven countries on stages ranging from European concert halls to the Grand Ole Opry.
Kenny: (Bass, Vocals) Kenny has been playing various styles of music (rock, R&B, country, top-40 etc...) over the last 23 years. Originally from Virginia, Kenny has performed with Jason & the Scorchers, Eddy Raven, Dash Rip Rock, Kelley Hunt, Molly Hatchett, Brad Cotter, Johnny Lee, Woody Bradshaw, Big Sweet Something, Country Radio Seminar house band 3 yrs in a row backing up everyon from Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Terri Clark and Sugarland. Kenny has also done T.V. from The Conan O'Brian Show, ABC's In Concert, TNN Prime-Time Country, CMT, PBS, Grande Ole Opry, NPR World Stages and NPR Anthem. He stays busy with Stretta and also continues to perform professionally with other artists as well.
Ray : (Drums, Rapping) Has been playing the drums since age 7 and professionally since age 16. After graduating from Five Towns College in New York, Ray studied with jazz drummer Charles Perry and studio greats Joe Franco (Twisted Sister), Rod Morgestein (Dixie Dregs and Winger) and Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp). Ray soon became a full time musician and played the northeast club circuit while playing local studio sessions. Since moving to Nashville, Ray has played with several local country and rock bands and is the co-founder of STRETTA. Ray is the driving force that keeps the bands schedule filled.