Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Producer
Paul was born in England and started his musical career at 12 when he had his first public performance at a church fete playing ‘Paranoid’ by Black Sabbath. At 17 he was the guitarist for the Rich Bitch band, often helping out in the Rich Bitch Recording Studios, which saw the likes of UB40, Dexys Midnight Runners,
ELO and Black Sabbath. In 1986 Paul moved to Canada, where he joined Rusty James as guitarist for the band RAZ. They cut a single called ‘Nightmares’ and filmed a video that played on Canada’s ‘Much Music’ cable show. Paul now
lives in Seattle where he has played with many bands, most notably The Krell,
a progressive rock power trio, The Sugarsmacks, a soul-infused punk rock band, and The Black River Blues Band, providing their spin of the blues in the Pacific Northwest. In 2015, Paul and his good friend Craig Stetina from The Krell, began on the fantastic journey that is now Nova Cafe.
Drums, Percussion, Vocals
A native of Wisconsin, Craig relocated to Seattle via Los Angeles and the San Francisco area. Formerly of Bare Root (San Francisco) & The Geckos (Los Angeles), Craig has opened for Cheap Trick, Pat Mc Donald (Timbuk 3) and Janine Mc Cullough among others. Craig has written and produced the music for the comedy cooking video, You've had Worse Things in your Mouth starring Billi Gordon. Craig is also a seasoned studio drummer who has done commercial spots for ESPN and has done recording for the ACT Theater in Seattle. He’s played in Seattle with The Krell, and Capt. Leroy and The Zydeco Locals before joining The Black River Blues Band. Since then, Craig has teamed up with longtime friend and musician, Paul Cogley, whom he met as part of the power trio The Krell, to co-write and record their first album by Nova Cafe.
AHailing from the San Francisco Bay area, James has a four-octave vocal range which works great across different music genres: from musical theatre to rock, country, blues, and classical. He studied with Canadian opera star Annelle Delfs, using Italian art songs as the foundation for singing. Honoring his Native American heritage, he sang at powwows for many years with Drum & Feathers, a Southern drum group. Honing his chops as a singer-songwriter, he started working with several bands in the area, but soon discovered the theatre. He has starred in numerous theatre productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story, Evita, Pump Boys & Dinettes, and the world premiere of Honor Song For Crazy Horse. In 2002, he was invited to audition for the Cirque du Soleil, and from 2002-2006 was in their talent pool. In 2009 he released his first CD: Here At Christmas Time. These days, when not singing, James also works as
a voiceover actor, lending his voice to projects for clients including Microsoft, Comcast, the DeYoung Museum, The National Institutes of Health, and many others. He is thrilled to be working with Nove Café, and looks forward to many more releases to come.
Sarah is a Chiropractic Doctor and a heads a successful practice in Seattle. Nova Café is the first band she has worked with, and they just can’t believe their luck. Sarah was introduced by James, as both James and Sarah know each other from Karaoke sessions at local bars. We are thrilled to have her onboard with this album and I am sure the listeners will agree, she is one talented singer!
Ron was born in California and grew up in the high plains of the Utah Rockies. He remembers hours and hours of playing his parents' records and 8-track tapes on their giant RCA console stereo. Waylon, Willie, Tammy, Loretta, Patsy, Freddy Fender, Tanya Tucker, Elvis, Johnny Horton, Mac Davis, Ray Price, Charlie Rich, and George Jones were his childhood soundtrack. These days, Ron is a producer, engineer, guitar player, joker, listener, secret-keeper, and undercover bass player in and around Seattle in Bands such as Wynne C Blue and her Troublefakers, SeaStar, and now Nova Cafe!
Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion.
Karsten developed an interest in music at a young age, beginning with the guitar which was presented to him on his third birthday. Having a vast interest in all aspects of music, he acquired a drum set at the age of five which led to playing percussion in the school band at the age of nine. He later joined the school jazz band and did both concert and jazz band leading into high school. Aside from playing drums in school, he spent his Sundays playing guitar and drums in the church bands. He now plays his guitar several hours daily, writes music, gives lessons, and is preparing to perform with Nova Cafe.