The Hailers have prevailed in today's music industry with their honesty, ambition, strong work ethic and signature sound. Their respect for good songwriting and the recognition for each member’s talent drives the band forward. Their organic approach to the music and their connection with their audience is what keeps their fans coming back for more and in turn, the making of successful shows. The Hailers songs will give you a sense of familiarity taking the best elements of classic rock and bringing it to today's times. You will hear the Celtic influences of U2, the harmonies of Fleetwood Mac, and the sultry psychedelic rock of Pink Floyd. .
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THE HAILERS were originally formed by singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Mills (formerly named "The Loud Hailers") in his native Wales/UK, where he released several albums featured on S4C and BBC television and radio and for three consecutive years, the winning recipient of the Welsh Rock & Pop Awards. With Robert's geographic move, the band has since evolved into the current U.S. ensemble which includes bassist and songwriting partner, April Carson, known for her presence in The Wild Hairs, Misguided and Ron Keel's Fair Game.
The Hailers are living proof of “The Spirit of Music”. Their music manifests an energy in each given performance, bringing the audience a physical/emotional response to art. Their shows embody an authenticity that comes from the unwavering dedication to their craft. They will hail upon you their eclectic enriched cultural influences with songs that are fun, original, confident, dramatic and uncompromising, taking the best elements of classic rock and bringing it to today’s times. Their music will give you a sense of familiarity from the Celtic influences of U2, to the harmonies of Fleetwood Mac to the sultry psychedelic rock of Pink Floyd.
The band is currently being featured on local college radio receiving airplay of two songs from their most recent CD Thirteen Souls (produced by legendary platinum producer/engineer David Devore, whose credits include Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, Foreigner, Niles Lofgren and REO Speedwagon). Their single, "Luanne" received rave reviews from music critics and is currently in the top ten of the Celtic Charts while their song "Motion of Change" continues to be featured on radio throughout Europe, including, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Spain. In addition, their upcoming November 2017 CD release “Escape to Your Heart” (recorded live), features The Hailers in their true element doing what they do best, expanding their music into new territories with a valid realism not manufactured.
The Hailers have managed to prevail in what has been a deflated music industry, with their honesty, ambition, strong work ethic and signature sound. Their respect for good songwriting and the recognition for each member’s talent is what drives the band forward. Their organic approach to the music and their connection with their audience is what keeps fans coming back for more and in turn, the making of successful shows. The Hailers have performed at numerous venues throughout Southern California including The Saban Theater, The Canyon Club, The Rose in Pasadena, The Cap Theatre, The Jon Lovitz Theatre, House of Blues, Paladinos, The Maverick Saloon, On the Rox, The Bravery, BeX Bar, Molly Malones, Joes Great American Bar & Grill, The Black Rose Tavern, The Malibu Inn, and many more, giving them the opportunity to manifest a strong fan base. Since the band's inception, in addition to headlining their own shows, they have been the support band for other headliner acts, such as The Marshall Tucker Band, The Motels, John Kay & Steppenwolf, The Alarm, The Babys, Felix Cavaliere & The Rascals, Big Country, Psychedelic Furs, John Martin, Dr. Feelgood, Taj Mahal, Toto and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
MEET THE BAND
Originally from Cardiff, Wales, Robert’s career expands for three decades as a frontman, guitarist, songwriter, producer and arranger.
Robert has established an extensive list of album credits, television and featured films including performances with Foghat, Taj Mahal, Killing Time, National Anthem and Red Sharks. He was also for three consecutive years, the winning recipient of the Welsh Rock & Pop Awards.
His teamed effort with Welsh recording artist Meic Stevens produced a compilation of Robert’s songs performed in the Welsh language and featured on S4C, BBC television and radio, receiving outstanding reviews throughout Britain and Europe.
Upon leaving Wales, Robert first spent time touring in Holland and then later to Spain where he spent several years, embracing many cultural and musical styles. This is where he was introduced to what the Spanish refer to as ‘the Duende” (having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity), this feeling and philosophy is what motivates him and is well-defined in his unique songwriting.
A native of Southern California, April grew up in a musical family where she was introduced to many musical instruments before making bass guitar her instrument of choice.
April hit the Los Angeles music scene with popular female bands, Misguided, Ron Keel’s Fair Game and The Wild Hairs. She has had and extensive recording and touring career both as a performer and as support act for artists such as Earl Slick, Billy Idol, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, DAD, Stone, Killing Time and many local West Coast blues artists.
Throughout her career, April has established herself as a solid bass player, key songwriter and vocalist, whose songs have been featured on radio throughout the United States and in the top ten playlist throughout Scandinavia, Germany and Belgium. She continues to hone her songwriting and performance skills on The Hailers recent CD release Thirteen Souls.
Billy has been hitting the drums for nearly three decades.
His credits include playing with well-known artists and hit songwriters, Jack Wagner, Rick Springfield, John Schneider and Buck Page as well as appearances on iconic music televisions shows, American Bandstand and Solid Gold.
Growing up in a musical family, Billy was brought up spending time playing music with his parents and session guitarist brother, Joe DiBlasi.
Billy has studied with legendary drummers such as Greg Bissonette, Henry Bellson, Graham Lear, Dave Weckel, Vinnie Colaiuta, and long-time mentor and friend, Joe Porcaro, father of the late great drummer, Jeff Porcaro.
In the years of performing with diverse supporting acts, Ron has shared stages with BB King, Sha-Na-Na, Mickey Thomas & Jefferson Starship, George Strait, The Righteous Brothers, Lee Greenwood, Tanya Tucker, Alabama, Johnny Rivers, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Richie Havens, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Playboy's Girls of Rock n' Roll.
Ron's philosophy is to go where ever the music takes you, which has led him to currently contributing keys and vocals to The Hailers.
Lori Herek – Backing Vocals
Lori comes from a theatrical background.
Working closely with her former husband/producer on the development of numerous film projects at their Disney offices in Burbank, California, Lori’s primary focus was always on the music contributions to the projects.
During this time, Lori met the notable talents of Mark Schoenfeld and Barrie McPherson which in turn led her to the opportunity to work closely with them in the creation, development and production of the original staged reading of Brooklyn the Musical which, inevitably found its way to Broadway to become a #1 musical on Broadway.
Lori calls music her religion and when given the opportunity to join with like-minded artists The Hailers, she embraced the chance to fulfill a dream on her bucket list…to be a singer in a rock-n-roll band.
Scott Page is an American musician, technologist, and entrepreneur. As a performer he is the saxophonist and rhythm guitarist for Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Toto. As an entrepreneur, Page formed Walt Tucker Productions, an audio video post-production company that produced projects for The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Scorpions and others. He also co-founded 7th Level, Inc., an award-winning CD-ROM game and educational software company. Page frequently serves as an invited guest lecturer and panelist at numerous new media conferences and university symposia. Currently, he is a featured "guest mentor" on the weekly syndicated radio show Business Rockstars, hosted by Ken Rutkowski. As an artist, his continued work as a recording and as a session musician continues to draw interest from Pink Floyd fans and other music fans alike.
Adrena was born and raised in Southern California and at an early age was given the opportunity to perform on the Mickey Mouse Show, belting out Al Jolson songs and astonishing her audience. She also performed on the Gong Show, receiving the highest overall score for her performance by judges Clifton Davis, Jaye P. Morgan & Milt Kamen. She would then go on to sing demos for Sonny Bono; perform at the USO in Hollywood and at the Improv with Jay Leno hosting.
Adrena's first recordings were “Skating Machine”, written and arranged by Frank G. Busey, John E. Duarte, Hal Davis & Don Fletcher; and “Skate Fever” (Busey, Duarte & Davis). The songs were released on Malibu Rose Records during the height of the Roller Skating phenomenon and received radio play. This foundation led her to be quite at ease in the recording studio, providing vocals for demos, lending backup vocals, and guide vocals for various artists. Today those talents have brought her to The Hailers where she is able to add her unique sound and experience into the mix.
Richard “Koz” Kosinski – Keyboards
As a keyboard player, Koz has been credited on albums by Bonnie Raitt,The Temptations, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, The Boxing Ghandis, Starguard and Willie Hutch.
Koz is also the proud recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award presented by Academy of Motion Picture and Television Arts and Sciences for his composing work on “Cartoon Allstars to the Rescue” (which is available for viewing at any public library in America).
He also composed the music for Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw and the Hanna-Barbera series Gravedale High.
Early in his career, he was a member of the Detroit rock band, Sunday Funnies and a member of the soft rock ensemble Wha-Koo.