KEEIRA LYN FORD
Keeira Lyn Ford is an actress, singer, and songwriter. Born and raised in San Dimas, California, Keeira has been involved in show business since an early age. Her mother entered her in several beauty pageants at the ripe age of three years old, which got her into acting. Once she got an agent, she filmed a commercial with Garth Brooks at the age of ten. Her acting credits include “How I Met Your Mother,” “My Wife and Kids,” “Summoning,” “Living Single,” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.” Her father toured as part of Little Richard’s band and he exposed the 24-year-old to a rich culture of music. So when her grandmother introduced her to her first case of country music, Patsy Cline, and she instantly fell in love. As a child, she started working with Joe Jackson from the Jackson family. In 2009, she competed on CMT’s “Can You Duet?” and in 2011 she made it to the top 50 on season 10 of “American Idol.” A year later, she competed in the Texaco Country Showdown at the world famous Ryman Auditorium, where she performed with Leann Rimes. She has also teamed with other stars such as Garth Brooks and Vince Gill. Vince asked her to sing with him on a recent tour, playing the guitar for her as she sang Patty Loveless’ “Blame it on Your Heart.” They followed that up by singing a duet.
Band founder, lead vocalist, and rythym guitar player Dean Tinnin is no stranger to music. With a father having a degree in music education and a mother who has taught piano and choir for nearly fifty years he has been exposed to nearly every form of music in all genres. Dean says he does not have a favorite style of music, he just likes music that “feels good”. Dean has been playing country music since he was fifteen, however in the last few years he began to appreciate Texas songwriters for their courage to shun the “Nashville Machine” and produce their own brand of music, “Texas Country Music”. “It takes alot of talent to do it all yourself” he says. Dean has been influenced by the bands that are changing the face of country music and who have earned their place by writing, producing, and performing their own material. Taking his fist shot at songwriting in 2004, he has written songs alone and with friend and co-writer Rob Atkins such as “Letting Go”, “Pasture Party”, “Stolen Rose” and others. Dean says, “There is no greater reward than seeing people in the crowd dance while singing the words to your songs.” Dean believes that he is just a “baby in the business” and frequently voices his respect for other musicians on all levels in all genres. “Those guys you go see on stage didn’t get there by accident, they earned it”.