James Mercer

James Mercer

Name James Mercer
Profession Guitarist
Date of Birth 1970-12-26
Place of Birth Honolulu, HI
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Birth Sign Capricorn

About James Mercer

Founder, guitarist, and singer-songwriter for the rock group The Shins. He has also been involved with the group Broken Bells, among other projects.

Early Life of James Mercer

He traveled a lot as a child because his father was in the U.S. Air Force. His first serious band was called Blues Roof Dinner.

Trivia

He sang backup vocals on several tracks on Modest Mouse’s album We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.

Family Life

He married designer Marisa Kula in 2006; they have three daughters together.

Associated With

His music is heavily featured in Zach Braff’s directorial debut Garden State.

Neal Schon

Neal Schon

Name Neal Schon
Profession Guitarist
Date of Birth 1954-02-27
Place of Birth Oklahoma
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Birth Sign Pisces

About Neal Schon

Guitarist for the rock band Journey who is the only member of the group to have been on every album. He has also pursued a successful solo career.

Early Life of Neal Schon

He dropped out of school at age fifteen to work with Carlos Santana.

Trivia

The soul singing of Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight influenced his sound.

Family Life

He has five children from three marriages named Miles, Lizzy, Sarah, Aja, and Sophia.

Associated With

Eric Clapton invited him to join his band, but Schon went with Santana.

Noel Hogan

Noel Hogan

Name Noel Hogan
Profession Guitarist
Date of Birth 1971-12-25
Place of Birth Ireland
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Birth Sign Capricorn

About Noel Hogan

Known best for his work with the Irish alternative rock band The Cranberries, this guitarist and songwriter also formed electronica groups called Mono Band and Arkitekt and founded the Gohan Records music label.

Early Life of Noel Hogan

After the Cranberries went on a half-decade-long hiatus beginning in 2003, he released his first solo album.

Trivia

He collaborated with Norwegian singer Kate Havnevik on some of his Mono Band material.

Family Life

He was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland.

Associated With

He collaborated with vocalist Dolores O’Riordan on several of her solo recordings, as well as on her better-known work with The Cranberries.

Norman Beaker

Norman Beaker

Name Norman Beaker
Profession Guitarist
Date of Birth 1950-06-21
Place of Birth England
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Birth Sign Cancer

About Norman Beaker

British blues guitarist who leads the five-member Norman Beaker Band.

Early Life of Norman Beaker

A bad car accident when he was seven made him bedridden for eighteen months, and he picked up the guitar to pass the time.

Trivia

His Norman Beaker Band has appeared on the BBC and toured all over the world.

Family Life

His brother Malcolm was an avid blues fan, and the love was passed on to Norman.

Associated With

His group has shared the stage with many blues greats, like Chuck Berry.

Norman Brown

Norman Brown

Name Norman Brown
Profession Guitarist
Date of Birth 1970-12-18
Place of Birth Missouri
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Birth Sign Sagittarius

About Norman Brown

Smooth jazz musician who has released solo albums like Just Chillin’ and has also worked with the group Brown-Whalum-Braun.

Early Life of Norman Brown

He worked as a session musician in the 1980s before putting out his own albums in the 1990s.

Trivia

He is a Grammy Award winner in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category.

Family Life

He has six kids and several grandchildren.

Associated With

He is often compared to fellow jazz guitarist George Benson.