Bio

 

 

Trevor Edwards - Lead Vocals, Guitar

Trevor grew up in Memphis County, AR.  He was introduced to many different instruments at a young age including guitar, piano, violin, banjo, Etc.  Starting guitar at age 4, Trevor then switched to piano at age 7.  Guitar won in the end as Trevor's favorite instrument and that which he focused his time and efforts honing his skills.  Growing up, Trevor was heavily influenced by a wide range of artists from Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Son House to Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Ed King, Steve Gaines, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Etc.  The list continues to grow to this day.  Country music also played an important part in forming Trevor's style of playing.  Trevor has channeled  those influences into his songwriting and can be heard in his band, Southern Reign.

 

Mell Shaer - Bass Guitar, Vocals

At the tender age of 5 years old, Mell Schaer could be found singing into a makeshift microphone on his backyard picnic table. His two first favorite songs were Eight Days A Week by the Beatles and Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones. His first listening experience was the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album. At 12 he slammed head on into Lynyrd Skynyrd and was hooked like a fish. At 21, in Oklahoma, his old high school buddy put a bass in his hands and said learn it!--the band was called Green Dragon Dreams and played Hendrix, Di Mieola, Santana, James Gang, T Rex, Mohagany Rush, and even Lenny White. Moving to California in 1978 put the brakes on music until 1995 when he co-founded Street Called Straight; Mell learned to write music then and later wrote and produced So Far under the solo project RedCrownTourist. 
He joined Skynyrds Innyrds at the beginning of 2013 where he met Trevor Edwards and the two soon started Southern Reign. Mell’s natural style is of the lead nature on bass, so it is always a struggle to find the right fit but in the end he always seems to figure out what needs to be done to serve the song. In 2015, Mell got to play with his childhood hero, Artimus Pyle, and considers that to be his crowning moment. He has opened for The Outlaws and The Fixx. Mell wants to play until he runs out of road...Maybe 90 is a good time to hang it up.

 

Eric Kyle

Eric Kyle should probably be called "Musical Heritage on Two Legs." With a grandfather who sang in the opera, a grandmother who became a concert pianist at age 12, and a mother who, during his childhood was a popular music vocalist; he probably SNORES lyrically...and on the beat. It was the shockingly cool opening guitar riff from Johnny Rivers' theme song for the spy adventure series "Secret Agent" that tore Eric's fingers from his banjo and set them firmly on the neck of his first guitar. Mike Bloomfield, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie King, Johnny Winter, Dickey Betts and of course Duane Allman; all became models for his aspiration to be a guitarist. Purely, simply, completely...a guitarist. Performing on stages worldwide during his career with players such as Dickey Betts, Artimus Pyle, Johnny Winter, and Paul Stanley; Eric earned their respect, his aspirations validated.

 

Jeffrey Forrest

Jeff Forrest has established himself as one of the premier engineers in the San Diego music scene working with many legendary bands. San Diego has been home to Doubletime Recording Studios for over 25 years and is one of the longest running and most successful studios in all of California.

Jeff's excellent meter and in-the-pocket style is a perfect fit to Southern Reign's original music.  We call him the human metronome.  His developed ear for music from his recording experience is an asset to the band and helps guide all band members.

 
David O'Conner

David O'Conner grew up in Alabama in the shadow of Muscle Shoals Sound recording studio.  He can’t remember a time when he wasn’t playing music.  After spending some time in Nashville, he has settled in Southern California, but he still has Southern Rock and Blues running through his veins.  From Skynyrd to the Allman Brothers to Stevie Ray Vaughan, if there is a rocking beat and a screaming Hammond organ, you can’t wipe the smile off his face.