I'm an experienced lead vocalist. I have a 2-octave range and sing almost all styles, with a concentration on classic rock and blues rock, but with loads of other styles such as pop, pop-rock, R&B, soul, jazz, modern rock, country, classic vocal standards, etc. etc....
My voice is powerful and I can also turn down the volume to soft ballads. I have really high energy can really move a crowd! I've released both an EP called "Hot, Cool and Blue" sampling my rockin' blues, R&B and pop ballad styles, as well as a music video of Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Pride and Joy". I've gotten some rave reviews on GigSalad and from other musicians with whom I have sung recently and have gotten hundreds of views of YouTube. See my very large songlist on this site and on GigSalad! Also see my music video that EP and my NEW CD, "Rock N Roll Blues" right here under "Media" or on my YouTube page!
I am now singing with a gifted jazz and pop pianist, Tom Reich, who gigs constantly and has probably had well over 100 engagements this past year. Look him up here and you will see the hundreds of rave reviews! Tom and I just completed a 7-song sampler of different styles which is now available on our site on GigMasters for "Howard Thomas and Company". We will be gigging together as well as separately, so I can also continue with my classic rock and blues ventures. We can get up to 4 more players to accompany us.
Triple Shot Band, a 3-piece established and working rock band, has back me up at various gigs (I was a guest vocalist with them at Le Papagayo). Audience reaction has been excellent at the gigs I have done sitting in with excellent groups performing at clubs and bars in San Diego County. Other guitarists, bassists and a drummer or two, all top rate, will also back me up if available, so in essence I can easily have a working band for most gigs! You are invited to catch me at any of the calendared gigs I will be listing (you missed the ones I had listed before this date) , and to hear my EP, watch my video and then hire me!
I also frequently am a guest lead vocalist for Los 3 Sapos and Fuse N Rock, both bands led by gifted guitarist Benito Meschaulaum of Santana Ways, and you can catch me with them every few weeks! Also I recently was the featured guest singer with the great Wild Rumour Band at Mr. Peabody's and everyone got up and danced!
You can check out my live vocal performance video of Stormy Weather Blues by the Allman Brothers on YouTube under "Howard Bennett" right now! The other performances will be coming with the next few days. If I can get the videos up on this profile I will, but I may be limited by GigMasters to one video at a time, but don't wait, see me now on YouTube!
And now for the REALLY BIG STUFF!!
Hear my new CD, titled "Howard Bennett/ Rock N Roll Blues"! It contains 4 numbers by The Allman Brothers, Bad Company, Eric Clapton and Huey Lewis and The News. I'm backed up by nationally-known studio musicians, including one or more Grammy winners. This is really fantastic, and you can hear it NOW and here on this site! Two of the songs are now uploaded, "Feel Like Makin Love" and "Heart of Rock & Roll". Unfortunately, GigMasters says I have "reached my limit" and won't allow the other two to go on my profile. They're the rockin blues numbers "Tore Down" and "Stormy Monday Blues". However, uploads of all 4 songs onto YouTube Music are also already there under "Howard Bennett". Check it out!!!
I will be headlining at my debit gig, as Howard Bennett and The Repeat Offenders, at Tower 13 in Cardiff, (Encinitas)CA on Friday night, August 8! This will be promoted by the club on its website, on Facebook, in he the San Diego Reader, starting in mid to late July. More later.
Singing and music is my passion, and I am out there with back-up bands, and also as a vocalist accompanied by a keyboard or trio or quartet at any reasonable venues. I'm also available for studio work and commercials. Although I definitely want to be paid for my work, I am willing to work for free if the venue is showcase-oriented or a charity event, just to get myself out there and of course, for the love of it!! Check me out and contact me!