Mark, the “Tempted Souls Band” founder, has a passion for the blues and has been playing guitar since age seven. He is a trained jazz/blues guitarist who studied under the nationally known instructor, Mr. Mel Bay for several years in St. Louis, Missouri. The “apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree” as both of Mark’s parents were professional musicians at some time in their life. While Mark is a seasoned guitarist, he also plays banjo, mandolin, and trombone. Mark counts BB King, Ronnie Earl, and Dickey Betts among the most influential musicians in his study.
Cat Campbell – Vocals & Upright Bass
For Cat, music has always been about connecting. The women were the musicians in her family, and music was always used as a way to bring people together. Largely self-taught, Cat enjoys playing and performing a large variety of musical styles, but blues and standards are her favorites. Although she considers herself primarily a vocalist, she loves playing the upright bass and the piano on everything from gospel music at church to bluegrass music on the back porch!
Chris Bentley – Keyboard & Vocals
“Eclectic” best describes Chris’ musical influences. While largely self-taught on piano, guitar and percussion, he also studied at Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Over the years, Chris has worked in a wide variety of musical genres, but has always been most at home with R&B, blues, folk and gospel. With this background, he counts a long and diverse list of keyboard players among his major influences, including: Gregg Rolie, Leon Russell, Dr. John, Greg Allman, Chuck Leavell, Chris Stainton, Arthur Rubinstein, George Gershwin and Keith Green.
Sheri Fulcher – Electric Bass & Vocals
Born into a musical family in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sheri is a second generation bass player. Her father, Boxie Fulcher, was a well-known, stellar musician and was her biggest influence. Playing in his stead, she started playing the blues at the age of 19, and has, over the years, performed with bands that have opened for B.B. King, Ray Charles, Lucky Peterson, The Manhattans, Marshall Tucker and various other artists. Added to that, on the local scene in Cincinnati, Sheri has worked with the best of the best in Blues. The traditions of her upbringing in the church, along with her musical influences, make the blues a natural home for her. Some of Sheri’s greatest musical influences are: Lonnie Mack, Delbert McClinton, Etta James, Denise LaSalle, Buddy Ace and Johnnie Taylor. As for working with TSB, she says: ”I love being able to play for the Tempted Souls Band. The unusual style of blues has taken playing the blues to a different level.”