RANDY WALL

Born and raised in 1977, in Houston, Randy began experimenting with music on a toy piano and harmonica as young as the age of three. He began taking piano lessons at age 5 and has since became a self-taught talent. Since then Randy has gone on to work with several big name talents including but not limited to Dan Akroyd, Calvin Owens, Gary P. Nunn, and the band Sugarland. He also still does a variety of studio session work with Andy Bradley at Sugar Hill Studios here in Houston, as well as working on various independent and larger film score projects.

In November 2009 he started playing with Commercial Art and has proven to be a valuable asset to the band. His diverse experience playing many different styles of music, and vocal abilitly has enabled him to fit right in to the ever-evolving Commercial Art experience. Having very large shoes to fill from the band's previous keyboardist, Randy has shown he is more than capable of carrying the difficult load of playing keys and singing for Commercial Art. We are all glad to have him as part of the team and hope the relationship lasts for years to come.

 

JON PERRY

Jonathan Wayne Perry was born on November 11, 1952 in Houston, Texas. Born and bred on Houston's North Side , and growing up in the same generation , with the same musical influences, as such Texas guitar greats as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Winter,and Billy Gibbons, Jon created his own , original style. He is not a copy , he's the real deal!!!   During his late teens, he spent a brief period in Little Rock, Arkansas  During these two years, Jon was practicing eight hours a day and playing with the band at night. Upon his return to Houston, he instantly landed a gig with Dean Scott and the Cosmic Cowboys, Houston's hottest band at the time.

Throughout his 20's, Jon played the balancing act having to make a living on one hand and trying to stay creative on the other. He crossed paths with Tony on several occassions, and they did some playing and recording together. After years of the usual musician's routine of going through periods of regular employment followed by lean times, Jon and Tony started working together again with soul singer Tomi Lee Bradley. Their band was playing at Cody's, a penthouse club in Houston's Montrose area. When Commercial Art needed a guitar and keyboard player Tony and Jon were recruited. They have recorded several CD's and opened for national acts like Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, and Willie Nelson.

 

Jon Perry
Robert Aguilar

ROBERT AGUILAR

Robert Aguilar was born in Houston, Texas to musical family. His grandfather was a guitarist, and his mother was a singer in a conjunto band. Both Robert and his younger brother Michael took up the drums early, and both are still at it proffessionally today.Robert moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduating from The  High School for Performing and Visual Arts , or HSPVA.Shortly after arriving , he was sought out to drum for Latin pop stars , Amanda Miguel , Diego Verdaguer, Marisela , and Lisa Lopez.. His travels took him throughout Mexico , Central and  South America, and the Carribean. Between tours Robert became a fisrt call player in LA both for studio work and live engagements.During this period , he also became a member of  Craig & Co., a highly successful Disney Records' act,  touring nationally , recording  several CD's, and  performing at The White House , in Washington , on 3 occasions

After a 15 year stint in Los Angeles , surviving earthquakes , floods , and riots , it was time to return to Houston.Upon arrival he landed the drummer's chair , in the Broadway production of " Peter Pan " starring Cathy Rigby, for a 24 show , run.  His timing was perfect for Commercial Art, who happened to be looking for a drummer.

Robert has become a major contributor to the band, not only as a drummer and vocalist, but also as Commercial Art's current , Owner / Bandleader. Robert takes the time , to meet with each client , to assure that every detail , is to their satisfaction. 

 

CLORIS GRIMES

Cloris Grimes, saxophonist, has become one of Houston's hottest musicians. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Cloris attended Florida A&M University where he was a mamber of the world famous "Marching 100". He has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment such as Michael Jackson and the Jacksons, The O'jays, the Manhattans, The Dells, Millie Jackson and Betty Wright. Cloris' talent hastaken him around the world to places such as Africa, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Scotland amd every major city in the United States.

Jim Brady

JIM BRADY

Jim Brady, trumpet and drums, dropped out of the sky into the ranks of Commercial Art in September of 1999. One month before five year veteran Keith Malonson was going to leave the group, Jim showed up and asked to sit in. It pays to be reluctant to let a stranger jump on stage, but in Jim's case it it was love at first solo. He not only came already equipped with the knowlege of the horn parts to most of the repertoire, but also with a great sense of humor that fit the band like a glove. When he proved to be an ace drummer as well, the band decided not to let him get away.

Originally from New Jersey, Jim has quite an impressive resume. As a student at the University of Miami during his early 20's he toured with the BeeGees and K.C. and the Sunshine Band. He has toured internationally with superstars like Phil Collins, David Crosby (on drums), Bo Diddley, and was a longtime member of southside Johnny and the Ashbury Jukes.

Although Jim loved the life on the road, he decided to give it up during a phone call to his daughter. She was in Jersey, he was in Paris and she said, "Dad, you're missing me growing up!" Jim gave her and his wife a choice. If they could live with him making a lot less money, but being there, he would give up the road and come home. Without pausing to think, they told him to come home. A good friend offered Jim a good position in Houston. The family relocated and Jim had abandoned the thought of playing. 'Till he heard Commercial Art.