Hello we are "Tequila Highway" and we would LOVE To play your venue! Tequila Highway has now been established for six years and counting. We are a female fronted Country / Rock band with Keys, Bass, Drums and Guitar and AWESOME vocals! We cover such artist's like: Miranda Lambert, Patsy Cline, Patty Loveless, Blake Shelton, Hank Williams, Reba ,Sugarland, George Strait, Johnny Cash and many, many more. We can entertain you up to 5 hours of a full and energetic performance to keep the crowd dancing and drinking! We offer professional gear to include PA system and great stage lighting. We have played all throughout the Phoenix / Metro area as well as many local venues in Globe, Payson and Wickenburg and we are looking to expand our show. Our performances have included Apache Gold Casino & Resort, Whiskey Rose Saloon, Roman's Oasis, the Historic "Oxbow Inn", and several Rodeo's and County Fairs. Tequila Highway thanks you for your consideration, and hopes to hear from you soon!
Jaime Lee Frank (lead vocals)
Her powerhouse lead vocals and energy on stage create a dynamic performance at any venue. Jaime Lee grew up in rural Minnesota listening to female country greats such as Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire. Her first taste of the stage was at just 7 years old, and since then it has become her favorite place to be. She has a double BA in Music Education and Elementary Education and is a Choir teacher in the valley; but Jaime Lee says her "true passion is performing in front of the crowd".
Mark Soto (bass, vocals, guitar)
Born in Phoenix, AZ Mark began playing guitar at the age of 13, but started formally playing classical guitar when he was just 14 years old. Mark played all through high school to include lead guitarist in jazz band and the 4th bass drum in marching band. As a classical guitarist he excelled in classical music placing in many competitions as a soloist and duet player.
Mark's love for playing music continued after high school, while majoring in music as a jazz guitarist, he performed with Gaynel Hodge (most commonly known for writing 'Earth Angel' & 'Now and Forever') at Phoenix's #1 Night Club Chez Nous. Mark also had the opportunity to play jazz guitar for the "City Of Phoenix Jazz Band" And played throughout the valley.
Marie's has had a passion for music and guitar for as long as she can remember. Her dad being a guitarist taught her the first few chords, and she debuted at the age of eight playing and singing Amazing Grace in church alongside her father.
As a teenager and in to her early adult years, Marie played in various rock bands around the valley as their lead guitarist. After moving to Austin, TX for 10 years and playing music there, Marie returned to the valley of the sun and dove right back into the local music scene.
From rock goddess to country - Marie joins Tequila Highway and gets the opportunity to cross over to a lighter side playing the acoustic guitar, but still breaks out her electric on a few songs! On occasion, she will also get together with friends to play the rock scene around town because she'll always be a rocker at heart.
When she's not performing, Marie enjoys spending time with her family and friends and adores her chocolate lab Brodie. Having a strong dedication to dogs, she volunteered her time training them at homeless shelters in the Austin area and hopes to continue her that work here in the valley She also enjoys anything that has to do with the great outdoors and currently works as a licensed real estate agent for a corporate commercial company here in Phoenix.
Louis Leonhart (lead guitar)
For Texas native Louis Leonhart, music is more than just a hobby. Over the past 15 years as a professional player, he has developed a versatile and dynamic playing style that he describes as gritty and clean. An accomplished jazz musician, he has been invited to play at
the Montreaux and North Sea jazz festivals on several occasions, and has developed curriculum for various music education programs and
Jay Peterson has been playing the drums since he was just six years old. He cut his teeth on country and folk music and played with some glam metal bands in the 80's.
After that he toured in Europe with Ron Keel and the Rattlers and then joined the band "Everywhere West", which was nominated for multiple awards including the Crescendo award and released the first all original western music album in 40 years".
Jay has has established himself as an accomplished drummer for over the past twenty years, performing in many different local bands in the Phoenix area and has also impressively backed up such great artists as Rex Allen Jr., Roy Rogers Jr. and Buddy Owens.
In his downtime, Jay stays very active and enjoys fitness including martial arts and P90X and also is a big supporter of the Denver Broncos.
Jaime Lee Frank (Lead Vocals, Keys, Guitar),
Mark (Bass, Guitar, Vocals),
Jay Peterson (percussion),
Louis Leonhart (Lead Guitar, Vocals),
Marie Marafioti (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals)