WHO WE ARE......
Who Knew is the foundation band of Who Knew Entertainment. Featuring multiple singers, both female and male, and plenty of superior harmonies! Who Knew is a rock/party/dance band playing live (never tracked or sequenced) music from the EVERY genre and era! Nothing is left out! A typical night may range from Etta James…to Ozzy Osbourne….Lady GaGa to Guns and Roses….Ben E. King to AC/DC. You get the idea. We LOVE what we do. Who Knew has played for a multitude of weddings, corporate events, private parties, fests, and clubs.
Who Knew Entertainment also features soloists, such a violin, guitar, piano, etc…for events, ceremonies, cocktails, and more. We have an all female TRIO – featuring 2 female vocalists, and female pianist. In addition, our lineup includes an ORIGINAL group that is SIGNED to a CD deal with a subsidiary of SONY – called Lillian Rain. The CD project features acoustic guitar and female lead vocals, and male harmonies. For live events, Lillian rain additionally features 2 female backup singers, and can play as a full band or acoustic. Who Knew often plays shows acoustic, with the same awesome music – nothing is ever left out. Rumors, a Fleetwood Mac Tribute band, is a fantastic part of our lineup. We are always excited to create and tailor musicians and music to each event – it is our specialty - often resulting in fun sing alongs and kumbaya moments.
MEMBERS OF WHO KNEW ENTERTAINMENT:
Who Knew is the HEART project of Kelli Ann. She comes from a musical family, with many accomplished and famed musicians, stars and vocalists, and has been singing since childhood on the corner of her grandmother’s baby grand piano. As a classically trained violinist and singer, as well as performing on over 13 instruments and dancing, she has won countless awards, and was named the Young Performers Award Winner at Carnegie Hall. She studied voice and violin on scholarship at the Conservatory for the Arts at Wittenberg, Northwestern University and DePaul University, and has studied with countless masters in the field of voice and violin across the world, including Kathleen Battle and Itzhak Perlman. From stages like Carnegie Hall in New York, to the Metro in Chicago, to the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville – she has never met a stage she does not like. She is also a former Miss America contestant and was the youngest Executive Director in Miss America Scholarship Organization history to coach a contestant to winning the Miss America title. In addition to singing and musicianship, her unique experiences have allowed her the opportunity to judge some of the most prestigious vocal and talent competitions in the world. She is also a famed international vocal coach, founder of the renowned Four Winds Vocal Artistry Studio and international talent reviewer with world-wide readership. In her spare time, she is the president of a rescue organization she founded in Illinois and serves on the Board of Directors of the RRVASC. She is also active in pet/ animal Intervention and therapy work, and involved in music therapy. Her love of singing and almost losing that opportunity are what brought her to form this unique group – and to be able to bring this talented group of artists to a stage together to perform – she feels it is an honor to be part of something this special.
Ken is always broadening his knowledge and abilities on the guitar, and as an overall musician. He has performed at many of the top Chicagoland venues including Martyr’s, Subterranean, Bottom Lounge, Cubby Bear, The Elbo Room, and The Odyssey Cruise Ship. Ken attended Columbia College in Chicago as a music composition major. He also toured the country at the lead singer of “Battery”, and has toured nationally with “Deepfield”. In addition, he teaches guitar through his own traveling guitar business. He is influenced by and actively studies many realms of music, including: classical guitar, jazz, blues, funk, country/bluegrass, rock, metal etc. In his own practice, composing, and performing, he incorporates elements of all of these styles. He studied with the incredible and multi-instrumentalist Jazz Guitarist, John Zelisko for several years, and currently studies classical guitar with the infamous Classical Guitarist, Norman Ruiz, who has performed on some of the world’s finest stages, including soloing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at London’s famed Wigmore Hall. Some of his most influential guitarist “heroes” include: John Petrucci, Steve Howe, Paul Gilbert, Danny Gatton, John Scofield, Robben Ford, Guthrie Govan, Al DiMeola, Pat Metheny, George Benson, Django Reinhardt, Steve Vai, Frank Gambale, among countless others.
Brian can play - he can sing - he can harmonize - he can. The development of Brian's unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. With creative melodies and riffs, a progressive edge, and a voracious appetite for making the bass guitar a viable, prominent instrument across divergent genres, Bass B is a great fit with Who Knew's wide ranged repertoire. From bands like Crazy Heart, Out of Control, and Alter Image, Brian brings his years of experience into the WK family and into your soul.
Matt is a seasoned musician, from touring across the country with various original projects, to teaching percussion and beyond. He holds degrees in both percussion and DANCE! Good to know he can keep a beat, right? As a team member of Vic’s Drum Shop at the Music Garage, Matt is intrinsically involved in ALL thinngs music. Composing, accompanying, directing, teaching, and just enjoying music. Keeps a beat and a smile!
Jaclyn is a pianist who holds an MA in Musicology from Tufts University and a BA in Music from Boston College. Her piano style adapts to the event, considering her strong repertoire of popular music, show tunes, and classical pieces. With well developed sight reading skills, she also accompanies voice lessons and recitals for opera, classical, and musical theater students. She has played for musicals such as The Fantastiks, Anything Goes, Candide, and The Sound of Music. She was also part of ensembles through the Boston College Chamber Music Society and Tufts University Chamber Music. When not performing, she teaches piano at Piano by Jaclyn. She was a founding member of “GIRLBAND” – (Kelli Ann was also in this group) and toured and performed Nationally with the band, as well as some of the top FEST stages in Chicago and being on television! And don’t forget her playing at The Piano Bar at Lollapolooza! She is an amazing, adaptive and integral “key” member of Who Knew.
As guitarist and vocalist for Who Knew, Jarrett Donoghue (JD) brings to the stage his unique playing style and wide musical variety. Jarrett is a 23 year old graduate of Loyola University Chicago, where he played with both the Loyola Jazz Band and Chamber Ensemble for three years. He has performed with prominent members of both the Chicago and Detroit music scenes, including saxophonist Scott Burns, guitarist Fareed Haque, pianist Anthony Molinaro, guitarist Ari Teitel and bassist Matt Ulery, and was featured in the Detroit Free Press as a “Best Upcoming Artist.” In addition to Who Knew, JD currently performs with Noot, The Ewing Theory and Corey Mendoza, where he plays a wide variety of jazz, blues, rock, metal, country and funk. His biggest influences on guitar include Eric Johnson, Alex Lifeson, Jimmy Page, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa, John Scofield, Al Di Meola, Duane Allman, Billy Gibbons and Jimmy Herring. Kelli Ann and Jarrett performed many diverse shows during 2014, and JD made his debut with Who Knew in 2015 and looks forward to many more shows in the future!
Jessica made her debut with Who Knew in 2014, at Uncommon Ground! Her roots are in music and she has been singing since before she could walk. Everyone in Jessica’s family is musical, from Salsa Dancers, to Singers, to instrumentalists. Her father was teaching Jessica and her sister to sing harmonies and she was BORN to sing. In 2014, Jessica was the first runner up at the Big Break Vocal competition in Chicago, where Kelli Ann is the head judge. It was a match made in Heaven and the two have been harmonizing ever since!!!
Samantha debuted with Who Knew playing the VIP Concert at what is now the Hollywood Casino Ampitheater (at the time, First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre) – for Journey, Steve Miller and Tower of Power. She then helped to debut the Lillian Rain songs at Uncommon Ground, and proceeded to join in at the VIP Concert for Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Van Halen! From the time she was talking, she was singing. Kelli Ann and Samantha met with Sam was in high school, and became her vocal coach. Sam was writing and singing original music with her Uncle, and also auditioning for many musicals at the time. Her talent is undeniable and her harmonies are stellar. From a powerhouse belt to a soft and angelic tone, Samantha has EVERYTHING you could ever want to hear in a vocalist!
Johnny is an incredible percussionist with a LONG history in Chicagoland Music!
Marycate Hines is a Chicagoland musician, singer and songwriter. She also teaches at The School of Rock! She has been singing since she can remember (and was a vocal student of Kelli Ann’s at Four Winds Vocal Artistry since age 15) and has spent the majority of life plunking around on pianos and guitars. Marycate received a Bachelor of Music Degree in the Contemporary, Urban & Popular Music program from Columbia in Chicago. She has performed with Columbia's Blues Performance Ensemble, which has been showcased at Reggie's Rock Club and Buddy Guy's Legends. She was the lead singer of the popular group “Blonde Fried Rice”. In addition, she was a National Finalist for the television talent show, Nashville Star. Marycate also works as a regular musician at Potbelly Sandwich Shop. She made her debut with Who Knew when she was 16, and is excited to be a permanent member of the group.
Bill has been playing guitar since he was 8 years old and at 15 he was gigging the Army town bars of Junction City Kansas. He studied Jazz when he moved to Florida and then studied music theory at the College of Lake County. He currently performs with 4 bands and is a full time teacher at The Music Gallery in Highland Park as well as teaching at Great Lake Music in Mundelein. www.musicgalleryacademy.com www.billuhler.com The highlight of his career was meeting Koko Taylor and performing with her at the Park West in Chicago. Also, meeting and jamming with Bo Diddley, Billy Branch and Nellie Tiger Travis. Other memorable shows are opening for Credence Clearwater Revisited, Koko Taylor, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Bo Diddley at the House of Blues. Some of the bands Bill has performed with are; Part Time Prophet; Reckless; Out Of Control; Alter Image; Kevin Purcell and The Nightburners; The Woody Johnson Band; Slackdaddies, Koko Taylor and The Bill Uhler Band.