Paula Perro is thrilled to introduce and front this super talented group of musicians. The Project started two years ago as the brainchild of renowned promoter Lyle Wark and bassist Randy Forsberg. They met while Forsberg was playing with Bruce Conte (formerly of Tower of Power), and the two soon became fast friends. After some collaboration, they set out to put together a band formed from dedicated and diligent musicians aiming to break away from the “standard”. In the two years since, The Project has evolved under Paula’s direction and has seen a couple of line-up changes. Their mission now is more original songs with the same level of passion and energy they’ve always had.
“Big Daddy” (as he is affectionately known) has been a professional bassist for over 40 years. From a musical family (he is the son of esteemed musician Neale Forsberg), Randy found his love of the bass while spending many hours as a child in the kitchen learning all kinds of progressions and theory from his parents. He performed live for the first time at age 9 and has never looked back.
Randy is a deliciously funky and perfectly groovy bass player who can play anything, which makes him one of Edmonton’s busiest and most requested bassists. Randy has performed with the legendary Bo Diddley, Bruce Conte of Tower of Power, Canadian Blues legend Morgan Davis, country star Mo Brandy, rock/blues mainstay Jeff Healy, The Headpins, Nick Gilder with Sweeny Todd, and hall of famer Wilf Carter.
Randy is proud to be sharing rhythm duties alongside his son Cody, a talented drummer in his own right. Together they provide the rock solid, driving edge that every band needs. Looks like Big Daddy is following tradition and keeping music in the family!
Cody has shown a passion for rhythm from a very young age. As a child, he’d bang on anything that would provide him with sound, and this quickly grew into a serious desire for something more. His talent and passion built rapidly, which led him to his first set of drums at the age of ten. By sixteen, Cody’s dad approached him about playing occasional shows with an A circuit band called Looker, who played corporate events and private parties. This was a true learning curve for Cody, which led to full time travelling groups like CC & the High Ryder and The Blazers.
Borrowing from influences such as Gavin Harrison, Bernard Purdy, Carter Beauford, and John Blackwell, Cody has developed his own concrete and unique style. His attention to detail brings an unmistakable sound that provides a firm foundation for any band that’s lucky enough to have him. As a young man with many years left to hone his skills, Cody’s reputation as an unyielding drummer is only growing. Stay tuned!
Dave started playing trumpet at 12 years old in St. Paul, AB. After high school, he moved to Edmonton to attend Grant MacEwan as a Music Performance major. Dave studied trumpet under Bill Dimmer, and jazz under local legends Rick Garn, Bob Stroupe, and Bobby Cairns. Dave got his first taste of performing live with the Latin band Orquestra Energia in 1991, but felt that he needed more education, and ventured to Antigonish, NS to take his B.Mus Jazz Performance at St. Francis Xavier University. There, he studied under Robby Smith, Rod Elias, Gene Smith and others.
After completing his studies, Dave came back to Edmonton and went on to perform with the likes of Jim Head, Ron Samsom, Charlie Austin , Wayne Feschuk, Bob Tildesley, Chris Andrew, Jerrold Dubyk, and Latin big bands such as America Rosa, Tilo Paiz, Orchestra Energia, and Salsabor. Dave’s influences are many, including greats such as Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, John Coltrane, Kenny Wheeler, and Clifford Brown.
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Gerry (or “GerBear”), who first picked up a guitar at the tender age of 10, delivers a sound that is silky smooth and undeniably his own, with a clarity and intensity that leaves any musical fan wanting more. Gerry has a strong passion for the blues mixed with flavours of contemporary soul, and his quiet yet solid leadership on stage is an asset to anyone who’s lucky enough to play with him.
Some of Gerry’s influences include Rory Gallagher, Carlos Santana, Pat Travers, Gary Rossington, Ed King, Jeff Beck, Larry Carlton, and Robben Ford. Gerry has been a fixture in Edmonton’s music community for over thirty years. He’s dabbled in almost every imaginable genre, from Hard Rock to Country, and currently he’s thrilled to be immersing himself in R&B. Gerry has played with and opened for some great musicians over the years, including Jeff Healy, Dr. Hook, The Headpins, and April Wine, but the highlight of his career was playing with the legendary Bo Diddly, which he describes as “an absolute privilege”.
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