AnnaLee Keehner was born in Tallahassee, Florida, but was raised in Cairo, Georgia. Being born into a musical family, she grew up playing music at home and in church with her parents. Her parents have been playing & singing together for more than 30 years in and out of the church setting, and as such she's familiar with a wider range of music than most young adults are. Because of that, she enjoys playing the kinds of secular music she grew up around, such as the Beatles, Ray Charles, Carole King, among other "greats." When she was 13, she moved with her family to Vero Beach, Florida. She attended Indian River Charter High School because of their above average Visual and Performing Arts Programs. While in jazz band, she met Will Keehner, and they ended up saying I do in 2012. Currently Anna's influences include Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Umphrey's McGee, and more.
Will Keehner found his love for music at the age of 11 playing upright bass in symphonic band. He continued pursuing music at the Indian River Charter High School, where he switched to electric bass under the instruction of David Mundy. He then dug deeper into different genres such as jazz/fusion, funk, and eventually into the jam scene. Will has played in a variety of gigs: churches, theaters, and live outdoor concerts. His current influences are Oteil Burbridge, Jesus Coomes Weather Report, Steely Dan, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Little Feat and more. Will loves to incorporate different grooves into Souljam's music from rock and roll to calypso. Being a part of such a dynamic rhythm section in Souljam is such an exciting and freeing experience.
John Carpenter’s first love is the guitar, which he became aware of when listening to his parents’ Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys records at age five. The same year, he began piano lessons but switched to guitar at age nine. That was over fifty years ago, and since, he’s spent time playing reggae, soca, and calypso, jazz of several flavors, and various permutations of rock and country. Carpenter became a studio musician and “hired gun” in the 80’s and over three decades made a career of being able to jump into a recording situation or onstage and play a supporting role with little or no prep. John is also a composer, having created diverse music for Shakespeare plays (he has a PhD in English Literature), jazz/reggae fusion for touring with poets and visual artists, and music for television. In 2009, he began writing songs with vocals and taking voice lessons, and he’s written at least a song per week ever since. These days, Carpenter is enamored of guitarists including Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, Jerry Garcia, and Jeff Beck.
Brandon began his percussion career at the ripe age of 6! Coming from an artistic family, Brandon starting taking lessons in the 4th grade and has never looked back. He played in the school band from 5th – 12th grade in the Vero Beach, FL school district. He then went on to complete his Bachelors in Music Education from the University of South Florida, studying with percussion legends Bob McCormick (USF) and Ramon Lopez (Stan Kenton Band) to name a few. He’s taught percussion for over 25 years and is currently the Associate Band Director at Vero Beach High School and the Co-founder/Director of the Treasure Coast Percussion Camp (www.tcpercussioncamp.com).
Inspiring drummer and industrious producer “Deuce” [also spelled: “II”] has spent most of his steadfast career behind scenes in the music world. Enriching his talent is always a
must, first and foremost. Not only is he a drummer, Patrick also plays snare (marching band), timpani and an array of other percussion instruments. His love for true music has led him to devote the bulk of this life playing in his father’s church in Melbourne, Florida. Born Patrick Michael Williams, II, “Deuce” began playing the drums at the age of three and has spent the years developing his craft as well as his own individualistic sense of sound. He has played for artists such as William Murphy, Darius Washington, The Daniel Kieth Country Band, The Decosa Brothers,Curtis Branson, Lowell Pye, Donell Byrd, James Byrd, Shay Marie, Javis Mays and many more. Patrick is working on making as much music that he can possibly make, and he is working on making his mark in the music industry!