IN2ITION has some of the best musicians in town playing every night.
Keith Brown - Bass Guitar/Vocals
This 2013 EMMY & 2012 IMAGE AWARD contributor bassist, songwriter and music producer, has given a world wide imprint. Keith has performed with several International recording artists contracted with major record labels such as the Atlantic East West Atco label 1990's Pop group Natural Selection. Their hit single Do Anything, went to number 1 on the pop billboard charts for ten weeks. Keith does production work for the 3 time Grammy Award Winning inspirational vocal group Sounds of Blackness, Keith’s work contributed to the prestigious 2012 IMAGE AWARD for “BEST WORLD MUSIC.”
Keith plays bass guitar and keyboards for the internationally known pop R&B artist Alexander O’Neil product of the world renowned Grammy award winning Producer’s Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam Harris from the group “Morris Day and the Time” Keith's studio work at Atomic K Records had the honors playing bass on Zach Sobiech's hit song “Fix Me Up”. Over 50 million hits on YouTube....the song “Fix Me Up” helps support the unbelievable worldwide hit “Clouds”which led Atomic K records and Zach Sobiech to win a 2013 EMMY Award for the emotional story of recording the “Clouds” project.
Alexandra Kennedy - Vocals
Alexandra Kennedy, AKA “Alexi” is an accomplished vocalist who began her musical career in Europe at a young age. Alexi gained valuable experience working under management of a German music production company, providing her with many amazing opportunities. She continued developing her voice in the US, while attending the University of Minnesota, with extensive classical training and music theory, including jazz and R&B studies. Her influences embrace a wide range of artists and various genres, including Sarah Brightman, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Prince, Journey, Alicia Keys and Joss Stone. Alexi also utilizes her writing talents, records and performs her own original music together with her son, Dominic McFadden and brother, Andreas Johnson.
Performing in various recognized venues in and around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Alexi has been a member of several known local twin cities groups, such as Decade, Wicked Blue, KNQ Jazz and Jaded, which has provided her with opportunities to share the stage with renowned artists, such as Grandfunk Railroad, Rick Springfield, Poison, Edgar Winter, Great White and Loverboy. She has also had the privilege to record backing vocals for Jessica Simpson.
Currently, Alexi has the pleasure of working with the amazing musicians of IN2ITION, performing in A-club venues of the Twin Cities, corporate events and casinos in surrounding areas. She is also a member of EPIC, formed with long-time co-musicians of Decade and Wicked Blue members.
Jimmy Bayard - Guitar/Vocals
Jimmy Bayard is a premier electric guitarist from Houston, Texas. As a child he was influenced by several local Houston area guitar hero’s and had the opportunity to play on stage in nightclubs around the area with the help of his parents who were also touring musicians. Jimmy picked up the violin around age 12, and just about every other stringed instrument including the cello, viola, double bass, mandolin, dobro, banjo, and steel guitar before finding his home as a guitarist. With no formal instruction on guitar, Jimmy’s mastery of the instrument is a result of purposeful listening to the greats like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Allan Holdsworth, Pat Martino, Robben Ford, Danny Gatton, Albert Collins, Freddie King, and countless others, mixed with his knowledge of music theory and dynamic “relative pitch” learned from 12 years of ferociously studying the violin.
Jimmy has contributed to numerous records as a session guitarist for Mercury Records and has performed all over the United States. Some of the artists Jimmy has recorded, toured, or played with include:
- The Guess Who
- American Idol & The Voice Star Mark Andrew
- Ramsey Lewis
- Young Jeezy
- Alexander O'Neil
- JellyBean Johnson
- JayBee & the Routine
- Sonny Thompson
- Billy Gibbons
- Roscoe Beck
- Greg Koch
- Lil Jon
- Shawty Redd
- Corey Stevens
Jimmy also released his first solo album “BLANC” in 2013 and many have called it one of the best albums in their collection.
Though still a Texan at heart and mind, Jimmy has found prodigious success in Minneapolis where he resides today and plays with several groups. If you are walking the streets of Minneapolis and here Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, and Danny Gatton playing a show together – it may just be Jimmy Bayard pulling his old Tele out of the case and tuning up for a night of incredible live guitar work. Come on in and see why guitarists all around say, “this guy puts on a clinic with that thing.”
Check out his website for more info - www.jimmybayard.com