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Hailing from Kelowna, British Columbia, the Blue Healers feature the talents of the renowned Mick Cretney on lead guitar and vocals, David Sopel on bass guitar and vocals, Bill Clarke on the Hammond organ, piano, guitar & vocals, and Robin Labossierre rounding out the rhythm on drums while he adds to the smooth vocals.
You will also be impressed with their professionalism, which starts immediately upon contacting the Blue Healers for your booking, continues with consultation as to your musical desires, and provides for a full sound system and light show that will always impress!
The Blue Healers have been featured at numerous locations in and around the Okanagan, performing in private functions, community business, and charitable events, and will undoubtedly perform with great results!
The energy and enthusiasm of the Blue Healers turns any event into a party, and keeps it going until the job is done!
Now it's time to meet the boys in the band!
Mick Cretney: Working as a professional musician for over 15 years, Mick is the consummate artist in that he keeps true to the art, foregoing the lure of the lucre. Translated: he loves playing good music in a good band, and is lucky to have found the combination of talent and enduring friendship in "Blue Healers".
Mick's influences include the greats such as Eric Clapton, Santana, Rolling Stones and of course Van Morrison. In his own words, Mick says that "Music makes me feel good and express myself. I always get a kick out of people dancing and having a good time. No matter were you go people want to dance and be free!"
Also check out Mick at www.mickcretney.com/ for more info!
David Sopel: David has being playing Bass Guitar since 1975, staring with is brother in the band, "FLOODGATE". From that point on, only fame and fortune were left to achieve! Other bands David has graced include: Valhalla, Smokin' Gun, Entropy, Starfield, Colt 45, Spirit Village, The Noel Wentworth Band, and touring Western Canada with "The Dark" & "Dy Tryn'". To his resume, David has credits on many CDs with Jane Eamon, Gordon Brush, Entropy, Michael Cretney, Albert Bosch, Ryan Donn, and many others. While a virtuoso on the bass, he also plays Mandolin and rhythm guitar.
Bill Clarke: Born in the heartland of Alberta, Bill is a third-generation musician. Inspired by the musical talents of his grandfather, Ben George, our Bill spent many of his weekends as a small boy going to the cities and towns of the countryside, listening to his grandpa, and dancing with his grandma. Having taken a brief hiatus from performing to go to law school, he once again found his balance and joined up with "Blue Healers" to help entertain, and of course be entertained, because as Bill is often heard saying: "Life's too short!"
Some of his credits include jamming with Tommy Banks, and Heygood Hardy, while also playing with "Duct Tape", "Rock 'n' Horse", "Die Tryin", & "Trudy Jane and Ridn' Shotgun". Rumors also abound that he was lucky enough to jam with a member from Bon Jovi, Loverboy, and Eric Clapton's entourage...but you will have to ask him about that!
John Karroll - As a recording artist, John toured backing up Brian Adams, plus with the Karroll Bros. Band, he shared the stage with acts such as Loverboy, Cheap Trick, Greg Kihn, Trooper, April Wine, Tom Cochrane, Harlequin, Streetheart, Chilliwack, Doucette, Sweeny Todd, Triumph, British Band "Slade" & Woodstock legends "Canned Heat".
John also produced and/or recorded CDs working with producers Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Tal Bachman) Mike Fraser (ACDC, Aerosmith, Motley Crew, Cinderella) Martin Shaer (Brian Adams, Sweeney Todd) Peter Karroll (Bif Naked) and Tom Lavin (Powder Blues).
If that isn't enough, John produced or co-produced numerous concert events featuring Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Queen, The Firm) Chicago, Lynyrd Skynyrd, INXS, Cheap Trick, Feist, 38 Special, Steppenwolf, Colin James, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Mark Farner (Grand Funk), ZZ Top, Evanescence, the Beach Boys, America, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, The Game, Harlequin, Headpins, and Streetheart.