Jessica French graduated from Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, concentrating on music education, viola, and instrument repair. Her passion for music has taken her all over the U.S. with competitions, recording projects, and performances as a soloist and ensemble member. Recently Jessica has recorded in Nashville and Franklin, TN for several country music artists, performed with the Lagrange Symphony Orchestra, and worked with the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus as associate conductor, string instructor, and mentor for the violin ensemble. She has also worked with the Columbus Symphony and other organizations as a violin instructor for the Empowered Youth of Columbus program. Jessica is the owner of Columbus Music Academy, which offers music lessons in the Columbus region. She teaches violin, viola, cello, guitar, bass guitar, piano, mandolin, and voice.
Julian Chalon has been playing guitar for over 25 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of North Texas. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in guitar performance at Columbus State University where he also serves as an adjunct professor of guitar. As a classical guitarist he has performed in the Southwest U.S., Italy, Croatia, and Spain, and received first place in the Mountain View Guitar Festival and Competition. In his downtime, he enjoys writing music for both classical and electric guitar.
Shellie Murphy DeBruyn is an extremely versatile, award-winning singer with advanced degrees from the Eastman School of Music. She teaches voice at the Schwob School, and is known for her collaborative efforts as a singer in contemporary music. She is a certified Yoga instructor who focuses on musicians’ health and wellness, and she also has some mighty chops on the piano.
Matthew McCabe is currently Assistant Professor of Audio Technology at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of Florida, with other degrees from Bowling Green State University, and the University of Richmond. He has an extensive list of credits as a recording engineer of primarily concert hall music, and teaches audio engineering and production as well as composition and popular music courses at CSU. He is also a student of the Irish Language and has participated in immersion programs and coursework for the last several years, earning A1 and A2 TEG certifications.
Caroline Richards is a percussion performance doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her master’s degree at Columbus State University, where she also earned her undergraduate music degree. She enjoys teaching in a wide range of settings including musical theater, private lessons, and marching band. Caroline has played with many groups, including the CSU Percussion Ensemble, Philharmonic, and Wind Ensemble. She has also been a part of many stage productions as an orchestra member, including Fiddler on the Roof, The Nutcracker, and Cinderella. Outside of CSU, she has played with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist, and the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra as a timpanist.
Chris Walton has been learning tin whistle since his trip to Ireland in 2018. A trumpet player by trade, he holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music from James Madison University. He is the Interim Executive Director of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus and continues playing trumpet as a Sergeant with the National Guard. Outside of music, he has a passion for running and regularly competes in races up to 50K in length. He is a new father to a beautiful little girl and loving every moment.
Jeremy Bass is a graduate of Columbus State University (MM, 2013) and the University of Kentucky (DMA, 2017). As a classical guitarist he has focused on chamber music and works by living composers. He has performed throughout the eastern United States, as well as in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and Ecuador. He began playing traditional Irish music as a teenager in the Washington, DC area, winning the Mid-Atlantic Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann competition twice on DADGAD guitar. His solo album of music by David Del Puerto was released in 2019. Jeremy appears as the guitarist on 2018’s Wolf & Clover album, and is now studying early music performance in The Hague, Netherlands.
Justin Belew has worked over twenty-five years as a professional musician for schools and churches. He has a full music production studio that he operates where he specializes in recording professional voiceovers, jingles, demos, and boutique album projects. He has recorded and performed with commercial and independent musicians alike and is known for his ability to teach, play, and arrange for many different types of instruments. Justin was a core member of Wolf & Clover for three years, and still appears with the band on occasion. He resides in Columbus, GA with his wife, Jenna and recently began teaching at his alma mater as the instructor of audio production. (justinbelew.com)
Guests on our Recordings
On our 2018 album Wolf & Clover, our good friends Mike Jerel and Neal Lucas appeared on Go and Leave Me. Mike was a contestant on Season 17 of The Voice and absolutely stunned the audience with his rendition of James Brown’s It’s a Man’s Man’s World. Neal is an excellent blues guitarist and has many released recordings, has toured with many well-known acts in the Southeast, and performs regularly in Georgia and beyond.
Our 2020 EP Live at the Silvan Sessions features Bryan Canonigo on flute. Bryan is currently pursuing his doctorate in Jazz at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is serving as the director of UNL’s big band jazz ensemble.
For Twelvemonth and a Day, we invited pandeiro player Chris Reichmeier and washboard aficionado Wildman Steve Bronson for The James Carville Set. Sean O’Rourke also appears on the album on drum set for Into the Mystic. Sean has performed with many artists including Sugarland, Mother’s Finest, Derek Trucks, and the Aquarium Rescue Unit. Finally, O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music features Bryan Canonigo on flute (listed above) and the inimitable Russell Brown on clarinet.