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Carl Carter:

Born and raised in Bridgeport Connecticut, Carl began formal musical studies on drums at age seven and organ at age 13, before turning to the electric bass full-time at age 14. He would continue his studies throughout high school, mastering a wide range of solo and ensemble styles, including rock, funk and jazz, with influences as far-reaching as KISS, Van Halen, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Miles Davis.

Carl then went on to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston as a Performance major and graduated in 1986. He has since forged a career as diverse as his musical background, performing with an eclectic group of world renown R&B, jazz and rock artists that includes Dizzy Gillespie, Spin Doctors, Maxwell, Maysa, Paula Cole, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Digable Planets, Gil Scott-Heron, Aaron Neville, Tavares, Alyson Williams, Patti Rothberg, Walter Beasley, N'Dea Davenport, Phil Perry, Chuck Loeb and Kim Waters. Other extensive gigs of note include several years as musical director for the multi-platinum Brian McKnight, and extensive tenures with Will Downing, Mica Paris and Ivan Neville.

In the process, Carl has performed on concert stages around the world and appeared on numerous television shows. An accomplished composer and educator, Carl has had a longtime recording/touring affiliation with solo artist/clinician, Bobby Rock. Their CD "Out of Body," in which Carl was a prominent songwriter along with Rock and Australian guitar great, Brett Garsed, remains a critically-acclaimed favorite in instrumental rock circles. Carl also recently co-wrote and co-produced R&B singer Marlon Saunders' debut CD entitled "Enter My Mind" as well as Marlon's follow-up CD "A Groove So Deep: The Live Sessions." In 2004 Carl released his debut CD entitled "This Day." Other composition credits include works for TV that have been featured on "MTV," "MTV2," "VH-1," "Bravo," "A&E," "Comedy Central," "TLC," "Spike TV," "CMT," "National Geographic," "USA," "The Food Network," "The Discovery Channel," "The Travel Network," "One Life to Live," "Passions," "All My Children," and the hit Showtime program "Soul Food."

In addition to his ongoing writing and recording projects, Carl is currently dividing his schedule between Grammy Award winning artist Paula Cole, vocal sensation The Three Mo' Tenors, contemporary jazz artist Alex Bugnon, east coast jam band Fro, and Japanese guitar sensation Jiro Yoshida, with whom he has recorded several CDs. Carl also tours Japan extensively with jazz artist Keiko Lee. He remains an active session player in the New York area Visit his myspace page at

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Michael Nickolas:

Originally from Southington Connecticut Michael started guitar lessons at age nine. After studying guitar through high school, Michael moved to Boston in 1980 to attend the Berklee College of Music. Graduating Cum Laude in 1984, he was a founding member and leader of what would turn out to be one of Boston's most successful local acts of the time, 'High Function'. With High Function, Michael played extensively at clubs and colleges throughout the New England area. Other performance experience's included a three-week tour of Switzerland, appearances in New York City, recording an eight-song album in Chicago, and performing in a marketing film produced by the Bose Corporation.

After leaving High Function, Michael went on to co-find and play guitar in the Boston based R&B band 'Universal Language'. Another very popular local group, nominated for a Boston Music award each year of their existence (and winning once), Universal Language credits include performances in the Boston Garden, Fleet Center, and at The House of Blues. He was also the Co-Executive Producer of their CD entitled 'One People'; a release well received on the local music scene.

In addition to playing with the bands, Michael was teaching himself the art of recording and composition. As a composer using his home studio (Studio Nine Productions), he has licensed original music for NBC, ABC, HBO and CBS television, including the shows "The Voice", "Let's Make a Deal", "The Biggest Loser", "Vice", "One Life to Live", and "CBS Sports Spectacular" among many others. International composition clients include Macmillan Educational Publishing the Mexico and UK branches. He has also worked outside the house as a freelance recording engineer, and as an author has been published numerous times in the international periodical 'Recording Magazine' and the Berklee College of Music alumni magazine 'Berklee Today'. Learn more at and