Richard Speight jr.

American actor Richard Speight Jr. was born in Nashville, Tennesese. He attended Montgomery Bell Academy and the University of Southern California's School of Theater, where he graduated cum laude. He began his acting career in the late 1980s, appearing in television movies like Love Leads the Way: A True Story, and Goodbye, Miss 4th of July. In 1990, Richard Speight Jr. landed the role of Leon on several episodes of Elvis. He next appeared on China Beach, Matlock and on the series Running the Halls. He also had a role on ER, and later played Miller West on Party of Five. In 1996, Speight was cast on the hit film Independence Day, playing the character of Ed. He was later featured in Built to Last, Sugar: The Fall of the West, L.A. Doctors, The Last Big Attraction, and JAG. Richard Speight Jr. began the year 2000 with a performance in In God We Trust. This was followed by a role on Big Monster on Campus, and then on North Beach. He was soon seen on Dave's Blind Date and Sam's Circus. He gained the most fame portraying Sgt. Warren 'Skip' Muck in the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers. Later on, he became known for playing Lex on more than 20 episodes of The Agency. In 2005, Speight got a part on Alias, CSI: Miami, Into the West, and two episodes of Yes, Dear. He also received attention for his roles in Love for Rent and the Jason Reitman film Thank You for Smoking. Speight was also responsible for the voice of Pvt. Stephen Kelly on the video games Call of Duty 2 and Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. Subsequently, he was cast on Open Water 2: Adrift, and played a role on four episodes of Supernatural as the Trickster/Archangel Gabriel. He later joined the cast of the CBS series Jericho, portraying the character Bill. In 2008, he got the part of Oliver on the TV production The Consultants. Other than acting, Richard Speight Jr. is also talented in playing the guitar and bass.


Rob Benedict and Louden Swain

Rob Benedict and Louden Swain

Rob Benedict - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Michael Borja - Bass & Vocals
Billy Moran - Guitars & Vocals
Stephen Norton - Drums & Vocals

 

Prior to their newest album Sky Alive, Louden Swain’s 2012 album Eskimo had solidified their reign as indie darlings in the Los Angeles music scene. The release of Eskimo - the band’s 4th studio record - yielded a year marked by an American and European tour, and included instant classic shows in New York, London, Chicago and Berlin. While videos for the singles “Eskimo” and “Gamma Ray” posted impressive numbers on YouTube, the song “Worlds Collide” was featured in the CW series “Supernatural”. Indie Rock Café said about the album “With that kind of talent helping them out, it’s nearly impossible not to end up with some great tracks”.

The four friends and longtime bandmates had a lot to be excited about. Lead singer Rob Benedict, bass player Mike Borja and drummer Stephen Norton started the band in 1997. Early on the music catered to the time - they were a Green Day-esque garage rock band. The new millennium added influences from Wilco and My Morning Jacket. But their core purpose never changed—make music that you enjoy. With the addition of lead guitar player Billy Moran in 2005, they were finally able to not only make the music the wanted to, but with a new layer of sound that matched the epic visions they were hearing in their head. Those epic visions manifested themselves in A Brand New Hurt (2007) and Eskimo.
But 2013 brought a new challenge that they would have to overcome. In October, lead singer Benedict (also an actor with an impressive resume including “Waiting...”, “Kicking and Screaming”, “Supernatural”, and “Felicity” to name a few) unexpectedly suffered an ischemic stroke, caused by a tear in his carotid artery. This unlikely occurrence put not only Rob’s future, but also the band’s, in question. But Rob started making a surprisingly quick recovery, fueled by practices with the band. At first he could play but had a hard time enunciating lyrics, but they kept on. “It was the one thing I could do that felt good, and was good for me.” said Benedict. By January 2014, he was back to full health, much to the amazement of the doctors. His “therapy” had produced 16 new Louden Swain songs that were ready to record.

The result is Sky Alive - Louden Swain’s 5th full length album – a 12 song symphony of pain and triumph. It is an album about not only surviving but also re-connecting with life. The band has never sounded so full and passionate. The album is the closest yet to capturing the energy and pulse of their live shows. As always, the lyrics have that biting wit, catchy choruses, and instantly memorable melodies which have become the Louden Swain signature. The band produced Sky Alive themselves, and the finishing touches were added by mixer Jon Kaplan (Parachute, Augustana, Gavin DeGraw) and mastering by Gavin Lurssen (Bruno Mars, Queens of the Stone Age, Sheryl Crow).

Their music is available on Itunes and Amazon.


Jason Manns and Band

 As a singer/songwriter Jason has released his debut album in 2006 and not only plays in the US but has toured Europe multiple times. His original songs are placed in TV Shows in the US, one of those being theTV Hit-Series Supernatural.

As an actor he had leading roles in Indiefilms like "Cake" and character roles in films like "Rock Slyde". As a producer Jason has worked on various short films.

Jason resides in Los Angeles.

He released his second album "Soul", which he describes like that: "I am really excited about this album, there are some definite experiments on there that I'm curious to see how they go over. There are, of course,plenty of songs that sound like what most people would think of as "JasonManns songs" but there are a couple, maybe a few, that don't really sound like that... and I really like them! It's not a crazy departure. It's not electronic, no vocal, dance music or anything, but there is one rock song on there that is pretty fun, and kinda dark, and there's one with kind of an R&B influence... like I said, experimental!”

His next album "Move" was released in 2013 and is also a great success!

In December 2014, Jason released a Christmas Album with wonderful guest appearances of actors from Supernatural like Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Rob Benedict and Richard Speight jr.. The associated release party for this album was held at the King King in Hollywood and was live streamed on Stageit with over 5000 viewers. The proceeds went to Random Acts, a charity organization of Misha Collins.

His music is available on Itunes, Amazon and cdbaby.