If every folk song tells a story, then every folk band holds a tale. This is the story of how Zea Stallings met the Copper Children.
Zea Stallings is the golden boy of Soul-Folk. Born into a family of artists and creative minds, Zea began singing and playing music at a very young age. It wasn't until his 8th grade year that he was able to realize the power that music held inside him. Allowing his voice to carry the lead, he soon discovered his soft rhythmic guitar style was not only able to flow effortlessly from his soul, but was also a perfect match to the raw power held in his voice.
Forming a few bands and projects throughout his years in school, he moved to LA after graduating high school in search for his musical identity. The troubadour's tale, ended with him returning to his home in Denver and lead him to the Durango Songwriters Expo in 2013 where he met bassist Joel Ashmore, thus sparking a creative fire that would end in the formation of the Copper Children.
The multi instrumentalist from Kansas City, Missouri, Joel was no spring chicken when fate decided to bring the two musicians together, and had already achieved quite an impressive musical portfolio. Playing for multiple bands throughout his career, Joel has done three national tours, and gained recognition by winning multiple awards such as the emerald award for outstanding achievement for his work with at risk youth, as well as the Colorado Music Biz Org songwriting contest for an old-school throwback called Blowin' Sunshine. Though he had been around the block a few times, the fire exuding from the young Zea, not only helped stoked the embers that lay burning inside Joel, but coalesced into a blaze onto which only the most symbiotic of relationships could breed.
Feeling it his duty to the musical community and truly believing that Zea's sound had to be heard Joel made it his mission to connect him with some of the best sound engineers in Colorado, including Geoff Moriss, to help create what is soon to become their debut album. With the experience and wisdom of Joel, mixed with raw talent of Zea, the Copper Children began with a solid foundation. They knew however, that they would need something else, a zing to add to the classic family recipe. That's when Joel introduced Randy Ricks, the rock star harmonica player from St. Louis, who not only brought an incredible stage presence to the band, but an extra sizzle that could get the dance floor cooking.
Playing a few gigs together at local bars and smaller venues, Denver music lovers received the trio very well, and it began to become clear that they had something worth cherishing. It wasn't until they were playing a small New Years party for a few friends that they realized a piece was missing.
Like the story goes for many great bands, Joseph Gordon was sitting in front of the small make shift stage, entranced by the band. Feeling the music deep in his bones, he felt he needed to be a part of the sound and that he had to add his own spirit into the mix. Fueled by passion and driven by courage, the young buck asked the trio if he could play a song with them. Taking his seat behind the drum set laying unused and barely seen behind them, the group improvised a couple versions of their songs, adding in the percussion, and mutated into the band that they are today.
Finally formed and fully morphed, Zea Stallings and the Copper Children are more then excited to see what the world of music will bring to them. Working on finishing their debut album, as well as, spreading their music throughout the local scene, this talented group is heading for greatness, and developing a whole new sound unlike anything you've ever heard. Soul-folk.