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Jeff Salado - Lead Vocals - California native Jeff Salado is an award-winning vocalist of incredible versatility, currently making a mark in the tribute genre, honoring the work of the San Francisco Bay Area classic melodic rock group Journey. With his unique tone and impressive range -- from baritone to high tenor -- Salado calls upon his gifted abilities with his band, Faithfully Live, to tackle the vocals of one of the landmark voices in rock, Steve Perry, at his peak, night after night in a live setting.

Perry's soulful range, smooth, unique style, tone, and delivery are natural for Salado. "When you're trying to emulate a specific performer, singer, artist you try to do all of their little nuances and their quirks, the way they pronounce words and their intonations. You try to do all that is embodied in the same "character," that person in your performance. And merely having the tone or just singing the note doesn't do it. There are a lot more key features to achieving that true sound and spirit of Perry."

In addition to Steve Perry, Salado's vocal inspirations also include Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, the Bee Gees, Geoff Tate of Queensr├┐che, and the Beach Boys. Jeff has performed in various original and cover bands since 1986; founding the band Off-Kilter in 2005, changing later to "Arrival, a Tribute to Journey." In 2010, the band became known as Journey Revisited, where Salado's guiding vision and commitment to bringing the best of Journey to audiences garnered it successive Modesto Area Music Awards.

Part of the popularity of that band, and his current effort Faithfully Live, is that Salado's craft and commitment is fidelity to the performances that made Journey legendary outside of the studio; he has created arrangements and transitions that others bands do not attempt in the competitive tribute field in order to immerse audiences in a Journey concert experience.

"I think Journey's live shows were more impressive, much better than the studio cuts. Only a handful of the songs that we actually cover are based on the studio versions -- Faithfully and Separate Ways are two. But other songs, like Lights, Too Late, Anyway You Want It, Don't Stop Believing -- those really sound better in live format.

For Salado, it's essential as a tribute artist to go the extra mile not just for fans, but to honor the artist's intent. "It's just taking the time to get it right, I don't like to settle on "that's good enough." A lot of bands just settle. They do the signature stuff and leave all the other details out because it's just too much work. They aren't getting paid any extra for doing it any better, they are just singing the songs; I don't like that, I need to have it right."

Jeff's uncanny ability to mimic the vocal tone and stylings of many recording artists can be heard in his covers of Elton John, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Geoff Tate, Jon Bon Jovi, Joe Cocker, Peter Cetera and more. Salado has also been focusing on his original songwriting in the genres of country and rock.  Salado has also performed in concert with Foghat, Pat Travers, Frank Hannon of Tesla, sharing the stage to perform classic hits of the band; he has also performed on the bill with Firehouse.

Salado's electrifying stage presence and ability to connect to fans and his drive to be the best has always guided him, drawing people of all walks of life, ages and cultures together through music. He looks forward to bringing them along on his continuing journey through performance and songwriting.

Read our interview with Jeff about his process of channeling Steve Perry.

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Jeff Ellis - Lead Guitarist -Vocals - Jeff started playing guitar at the early age of 7. Self-taught, he sat in front of the radio for days on end trying to make the same notes on the guitar match what was being played on the radio. He then started and performed with his first band at the age of 11, in front of his Junior High school influenced by such guitarists as Michael Schenker, Neal Schon, John Sykes and other top 70s and 80s monster guitar players. Moving into high school, he performed with his band at many school lunch events in the quad at various Orange County schools. He was recruited at the age of 17 to play lead guitar for the 60's group the seeds. He then obtained touring experience at various clubs around the state, playing the LA club scene with multiple bands throughout the early 80s.

He was asked to play lead guitar for a Florida-based band called False Alarm that recorded their debut EP with Tom Allom from Def Leppard and Judas Priest fame at Criteria Studios in Miami. After touring and playing multiple showcases throughout the country, Jeff moved forward to record a self-produced CD with his band The Cauze that went on to attain Single of the Year and Rock Guitar Player of the Year by the LA Music Awards. Jeff played all the guitars, drums, bass, keyboards, lead and backing vocals, as well as producing, mixing and mastering of the album. The Cauze toured around the state of California with bands such as Skid Row, Y&T, Warrant, LA Guns, Michael Schenker, George Lynch, Winger, Eric Martin and many other rock acts. The Cauze also was selected and asked to play 2 years in a row at the famous rock festival in Oklahoma "Rocklahoma," hosted by Eddie Trunk. After that he concentrated on playing the local scene with The Cauze as a popular cover act along with playing multiple dates with different tribute acts including Journey and Heart tribute bands.

He now puts forth his full effort and attention to entertaining large crowds with his talent, playing with two of the top Journey tributes in the state.

Jeff uses Gibson and Fender guitars and Marshall amplification exclusively.

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