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Drake "Pappy" Macy
Affectionately nicknamed "Pappy", he was born in Wichita, Kansas to a musical family. His father Ed, was a legendary guitarist-vocalist, and Pappy followed in his footsteps, turning professional at age 16. He developed a widespread reputation in the midwest as being a "Bluesman Extraordinaire". Moving to Los Angeles in 1987, he rescued Jae Cie from near disaster when her guitarist broke his left index finger two days before an important concert in Hollywood, and Pappy expertly learned all of her material in time for the show. He and Jae Cie have been working together ever since. As musical director and co-producer with Jae Cie, he continues to be an integral part of her sound, as well as a successful member of the musical community. Pappy has also worked with Martina McBride, Billy Preston, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Bonnie Bramlitt, and even enjoyed a brief stint as one of "Herman's Hermits". His distinctive style of playing, coupled with his powerfully soulful vocals, have earned him high praise amongst fellow musicians and listeners alike.

Miles Hahn
At the age of 10, Miles was given his first bass by his father, jazz guitarist, Jerry Hahn. By 13 he was playing with his father in clubs, festivals and clinics in and around the midwest. He continued playing throughout high school and college, and after graduating from Northwestern University, began playing clubs and doing studio work in the Chicago area. In 1990, Miles moved to Los Angeles where he began doing numerous jingle sessions and jazz gigs on both electric and acoustic bass. He's toured with Natalie Cole, has played in educational videos, and has written and recorded for television. Miles joined Jae Cie in 1992, and performed all the bass tracks on both the "Up For Grabs" and "Between The Lines" albums.

Bill Steinway
Bill has always played. He probably played before he walked, for to watch his hands is to gaze at something as subtle as breathing. This remarkable ability has kept him very busy, playing with the likes of Chaka Kahn, Patti Austin, The Jazz Crusaders, Expose, and even Wierd Al Yankovich. If he looks slightly familiar to you, it may be because you've seen him performing on the Tonight Show, Arsenio Hall, MTV, Soul Train, American Bandstand and HBO. Bill has been recording and performing with Jae Cie since 1994, contributing heavily to the production of JaeCie's sound. On stage, his masterful ability to deliver a variety of instruments and parts simultaneously on the keyboards, makes him a valuable commodity to the band.

Kurt Walther
A professional drummer for over 20 years, Kurt has extensive experience in both live and studio work. His credits span the musical spectrum from pop artists Ray Charles, Bette Midler and John Mellencamp, to jazz great Herbie Hancock, and the blues of Ruth Brown and Mike Finnegan. He’s worked tons of sessions in Los Angeles, including jingles, musak, and film scores, and has also done a number of Broadway musicals including "Evita", "Funny Girl", and "Fiddler On TheRoof". He was also on the road with the Ice Capades for two years as percussionist. Kurt especially enjoys being in the Jae Cie band, because, "I have the freedom to develop my own ideas and support JaeCie’s music in the ways that I do best — and it’s a real pleasure working with such a talented group of people!" We couldn’t agree with him more....

Jody Margolin
Jody began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano and later voice. She continued to sing in school choirs and vocal jazz ensembles through-out high school and college, then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television production and music. Her TV work includes a number of associate director and director credits, including "Rosanne", "The Nanny", and "Love and Marriage", all accomplished while simultaneously pursuing her music, which has led her on a number of adventures — including a stint as DJ and singer at Club Med in the French West Indies! In 1992, she responded to an ad in "Music Connection Magazine" for back-ground vocalists, wound up auditioning for Pappy and Jae Cie, and has been working with Jae Cie ever since! Not only has Jody gotten the opportunity to perform and record for the past five years with Jae Cie, she also met the man she’s now married to — namely Jae Cie’s bassist, Miles Hahn. Suffice to say, the band is delighted!!

Johnny "J-Dub" Walthers
Johnny hails originally from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, but ventured into Los Angeles in 1978 seeking a career in music. He has sung with a variety of L.A. based bands, has done numerous sessions as a vocalist for TV, movies and radio, and has been recording and performing with Jae Cie since 1992.Johnny's vocal warmth and soulfulness, coupled with his flexibility in range and dynamics, make him a perfect match for the music of Jae Cie.

email: singertyparr@hotmail.com
Blessed with an extraordinarily rich voice described by one reviewer as "a storm that will sweep you away and rain shivers down your spine", Ty Parr's wealth of talent has entertained audiences around the world. She was a lead vocalist with ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK through a two-year world tour, also performing on his album, "Love Is The Reason". She joined REO SPEEDWAGON on a South American tour that produced rave reviews and a live album. A series of albums with GREAT WHITE included the platinum block-buster, "Once Bitten, Twice Shy". Recording three albums with DON DOKKEN highlighted by "Back for the Attack", which went gold, she also has performed as the opening act for a long list of name groups, including FLORA PURIM, RAMSEY LEWIS, and TOWER OF POWER. Appearing with SMOKEY ROBINSON as a member of L.A. SINGERS UNITED, a performance that went to video, Ty has also been seen on THE RICK DEES SHOW, DONAHUE, a BBC SPECIAL and the JERRY LEWIS TELETHON as well as at fund-raisers for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. Early in her career, while Ty was appearing across the U.S. as lead singer with the enormously popular TOPAZ, the Texas-based group won Downbeat Magazine's annual award for vocal jazz ensemble. When she left Texas for Los Angeles, the Dallas Observer mourned her departure, lamenting the loss of an "electrifying" voice.

Ty's talents and experience range into virtually every aspect of musical endeavor. She is a composer, arranger, engineer and producer. She plays the flute, piano, blues harp, keyboard and all Latin percussion instruments, having minored in those while an honor student at North Texas State University. Her major there was composition, and she has recorded over 30 original songs. She wrote the opening song to African star BEDO SADE's first album, which rose to #1 in that market. Ty also performed on that album, singing in Cameroonian, French and Korean as well as coaching and arranging all the vocals. As lead singer and manager of her own band, TY PARR, she furnishes all the arrangements. She has directed and coordinated background singers for over a dozen benefit appearances around the country, including eight for UNICEF.

Ty has played feature parts or delivered lead vocals in dozens of commercials, including AMERICAN AND SOUTHWEST AIRLINES, SUNRIDER, GMC TRUCKS, COKE CLASSIC, TOYOTA, KAWASAKI, CRYSTAL LIGHT, SEIKO, and CHEVY SPECTRUM. She was principal performer in an award-winning HAL COMPUTER commercial for the Japanese market and served as the female "Voice of SUZUKI" in a series of industrials distributed across the U.S. She sang the lead vocal in REEBOK'S National Aerobic Competition theme song. With a degree in Arts and Drama, Ty also has dramatic experience, performing as a featured regular actress on STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE.

Ty has distinguished herself outside the entertainment world as well. She was a radio personality for KALEIDOSCOPE radio magazine. She produced, directed and anchored traffic news for KFWB-L.A., the nation's top-rated news station. Receiving a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her work on the 1996 church-burnings story published in USA TODAY, she has also enjoyed a successful career modeling for St. John's knits, Forcaster Coats, Saga Minks, and Halmode Petites among others.

Ty joined JaeCie's band in 1992, and has been an integral and valued member up to the very present. In addition to Ty's considerable talents as a singer, it is her contributions to the background vocal arrangements of JaeCie's music that help to add that special touch of musical "class" to a sound already distinct with the various personalities and inputs of the band. Ty's remarkable humor and kindness help to keep the rest of the band in stitches, long after the energies of the day have been exhausted. She is worth her weight in gold, and Jeanie continues to count Ty as one of the greatest blessings in her musical life.



Jae Cie 1997 - 2011