A STATE OF MIND

Las Vegas' Premier Party Band

FULL BAND BIO:

A State of Mind is comprised of a versatile group of musicians with over 100 years of experience, combined. Featuring Serena Henry (Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight) as lead vocalist and backed by a full rhythm section (even horns, too), this band can traverse through hits from the 60’s to today effortlessly!

Knowing exactly what to play and when to play it, makes for a non-stop musical adventure each and every time the band hits the stage. Members of this band have performed in venues all over the world, including arenas, concert halls, lounges and even the White House.

Not all events are the same, just as not all bands are the same.  A State of Mind will ensure that your special event goes off without a hitch, customized to your specific needs- and we listen to every detail. From weddings, to corporate events, to New Year’s Eve galas, we have done it all!! With all of the energy, excitement and passion coming from the stage, your event can’t help but being referred to as “Party of the Year” for years to come.

Everyone should experience unbridled happiness on the dance floor, at least once in their lives. Our guests will always be treated as our best friends. And, that is the best insurance possible that you have a premier event for the ages!

 

 

 

BAND MEMBER BIOS:

 

Matt Murphy (Band Leader/Drums)

 

Matt Murphy is indeed an All-American percussionist with a global perspective that permeates his grooves, style, and musicianship. Matt has performed all over the world with international artists in various genres.  His love of musical theater has been witnessed in shows, such as:  RENT, Tommy, HAIR!, West Side Story and Jersey Boys featuring Matt on drums.  He is proudly endorses and clinician for; Drum Workshop Drums and Hardware, SABIAN Cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and brushes, Aquarian Drumheads, Audix Microphones, Prologix Practice Products, BlowIt Fans Gruv Gear and Humes and Berg bags and cases. Matt is also a proud member of the Professional Drum Teacher’s Guild and Hudson Music’s Teacher’s Integration Program. Matt has recently been selected into an elite group of clinicians as a member of the Drum Workshop, SABIAN and Vic Firth Education Teams’ roster.

Serena Henry (Featured Singer)

 

For 5 years, Serena also appeared as the Special Guest Vocalist for Gladys Knight in major cities around the United States. During that time, she appeared in a televised production with Ms. Knight for President and Mrs. Clinton at the White House. Serena can be seen in the July 7, 1997 issue of Jet Magazine with Gladys Knight, and President and Mrs. Clinton at the Whitehouse. Serena has performed on a recording with Gladys Knight for the 2001 Summer Olympics.   In the summer of 2003, Serena appeared weekly on the NBC television show “FAME,” with Debbie Allen. Of 24 contestants, Serena ended as one of the top four finalists. The Bravo Channel re-aired the show every week, giving Serena national exposure twice every week for 3 months. She can also be seen in the July 7, 2003 issue of Jet Magazine with “FAME” and in the July 12-18, 2003 issue of TV Guide. Since her stint on “FAME,” Serena has enjoyed frequent and staunch support and press from the local Las Vegas radio, television and newspaper media, which included several interviews on local CBS, NBC News and Fox 5’s Morning Show.  Serena has spent the past 11 years as the featured vocalist for the legendary Smokey Robinson.

 

Johnn Jones (Piano/Vocals)

A veteran of the music industry for more than 40 years, Johnn has been seen on stages across the country and across the globe performing in some of the biggest and most famous music clubs in the world including The Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles, The Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, AZ, and The House of Blues in Las Vegas, and New Orleans, LA. A smooth, baritone vocal style blending the likes of Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Bob Seger & Neil Diamond, Jones is more at home on stage with his piano than anywhere else. Pianist, keyboardist, singer, arranger and musical director, Johnn is delighted to perform with A State of Mind featuring Serena Henry.

 

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