The Eaglemaniacs are Tom Hemby, Ron Hemby, Paul Leim, Scott Sheriff, Mark Hill, Larry Hall, Jonathan Crone, Melodie Crittenden Kirkpatrick and Bonnie Keen.
Tom Hemby, band leader, guitars

Tom Hemby, band leader, guitars

Tom Hemby has lived and worked in Nashville as an active musician since 1978. He was born in the southeast Missouri city of Poplar Bluff, and raised in the neighboring community of Puxico. Upon his arrival to the Nashville community he soon became an active touring musician, backing artists such as “The Imperials” and Amy Grant. His touring career soon evolved into a recording career as a studio guitarist/ producer/ songwriter. 

Tom’s recording credits include artists: Michael English, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, Donna Summer, Vince Gill, Peter Cetera, Barry Manilow, Faith Hill, Wynonna Judd, Brian McKinight, Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Steve Winwood, Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band), Michael W. Smith, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Glen Campbell, John Secada, Englebert Humperdinck, Lee Greenwood, Charlie Daniels, Stephanie Mills, Yolanda Adams, Mindy McCready, Andy Williams, B J Thomas, Collin Raye, Bob Carlisle, Ricky Scaggs, Carman, Bill Gaither, Point Of Grace, 4 Him, The Imperials, Garth Brooks, Paul Overstreet, Twila Paris, Steven Curtis Chapman and many more. 

Tom’s songwriting credits include songs recorded by artists: Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Dionne Warwick, Hank Williams Jr., Bruce Carroll, BeBe & CeCe Winans. Gaither Vocal band, Michael English, and others. Awards include: A Grammy for producing CCM artist Bruce Carroll - 4 Dove Awards, the latest Dove Award was for his solo acoustic project in 2004 which won “Instrumental Album Of The Year” 

Tom’s live performances include backing artists such as: Michael McDonald, Chaka Kahn, BeBe Winans – musical director, Marc Cohen, James Ingram, Edwin McCain, Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Niki Costa, Keb Mo, The “Simply Christmas” tour as principal guitarist with Amy Grant - Vince Gill, The Judds, Deana Carter, Jo Dee Messina, Barry Manilow, Trisha Yearwood, Jackie Velasquez, Martina McBride, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Montgomery Gentry, George Strait, Kenny Rogers, and many more. 

Tom’s other production credits include the multi artist soundtrack of Mel Gibson's "The Passion Of The Christ", 2 albums for Gospel/R&B singer “BeBe Winans”, Grammy nominated “My Christmas Prayer” and Dove Award nominated “Dream”. Tom also produced the latest solo project for singer/songwriter “Cheri Keaggy” which features a duet with “Marty Roe” of “Diamond Rio” on a cover of Carol King's “You Got A Friend”. Tom’s second solo instrumental project “Chasing The wind” is available for purchase! 

His third instrumental project "In The Moment" with the official release in March 2010 features a who's who list of famous guest artists and musicians .. Drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Michael Omartian, and vocalists Bill Champlin, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Christopher Cross, American Idol's Mandisa and Melinda Doolittle, and others...

Ron Hemby, lead vocals and guitars

Ron Hemby, lead vocals and guitars

Ron Hemby is a recording artist, session singer and song writer. In 1986, Ron joined The Imperials as the lead singer. During his five year stint with the group, Ron's voice was heard on several number one and top ten singles. In 1996, Ron (along with John Dittrich from Restless Heart and Charley Kelly) formed the country trio "The Buffalo Club". The band had top ten and top twenty hits.

In 1993, Ron was signed as a staff writer for Peer Music in Nashville, TN. While writing country songs and singing demo sessions, Ron met former “Little River Band” member Beeb Birtles. In 1995, Ron and Beeb joined forces with former “Restless Heart” member John Dittrich.The three got the attention of legendary record producer Barry Beckett and began to record songs for what would ultimately be “The Buffalo Club”. After several personnel changes, Ron, John and (new member) Charlie Kelly Released “The Buffalo Club” in January 1997 on the Rising Tide label. The Buffalo Club’s first single “If She Don’t Love You” went to #8 on the country charts. The second single “Nothing Less Than Love” went to #21. The third single “Heart Hold On” went to top 30 despite of rumors that the band was breaking up. In October of 1997 the group disbanded. The following year Ron went on the road with country singer David Kirsch. In 1999 Ron was asked to be the Music Director for Cross Roads Community Church in Franklin, TN. and was there until 2002. While directing music for CRCC, Ron continued to do sessions and write songs.

2002, Ron’s song “Innocence Lost” was recorded by Amy Grant. Ron also co-produced and played bass and guitar on the track. That same year, along with friends Billy Simon and Jimmy Lee Sloas, Ron signed a record deal with MCA Records. The band, “Chester Whyte”, recorded a project that was never released. In February 2003, Ron returned to Palm Beach Community Church for a short stint as Music Director, returning to Nashville the following year to see “Diamond Rio” record “Get Away” written by Ron, Billy Simon & Jimmy Sloas (a Chester Whyte song).

In recent years, Ron has toured with Jimmy Wayne, Katrina Elam, Clint Black, Kristina Cornell, Chris Cagle and Peter Cetera, and since 2010 has been leading worship at River Of Life in Smyrna, TN.

Ron’s discography is too long to list but includes the likes and range of artists like Amy Grant to Edwin McCain and Cece Winans to Dusty Springfield. Ron continues to write songs, record and perform live, and calls Nashville, TN home with his wife Cindy and their beautiful daughter, Amelia.

Paul Leim, drummer

Paul Leim, drummer

Few other musicians have so successfully bridged the gap between records, motion pictures, live performance and television as Paul Leim.

Paul has performed live with a diverse list of top artists, composers and producers world wide, including John Williams, Doc Severinsen, The Berlin Orchestra, The London Symphony, The Boston Pops, Tanya Tucker, Tom Jones, Mike Nesmith, Randy Travis, Peter Cetera, Neil Diamond, Lynda Carter, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and “ELVIS, The Concert” along with Elvis’ “TCB Band”.

Motion picture credits include “The River”, “Tank”, “The Legend of DB Cooper”, “Dirty Dancing”, “Elvis and Me”, Elvis, and “Star Wars “Return of the Jedi”.

Episodic television series and specials include ‘Wonder Woman”, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard, “Elvis”, “Fall Guy”, “Spencer for Hire”, “The Tonight Show”, “Growing Pains”, “Battlestar Glactica”, “Barbara Mandrel and the Mandrel Sisters”, and “Dolly”.. He was staff on “The Grammy Awards”, eight years on Dick Clark’s “American Music Awards”, 4 years with the “Academy of Country Music Awards”, and the perennial “Grand Ole Opry”.

His Gold and Platinum album credits, consisting of over 300 million records sold include, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Peter Cetera, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Michael W. Smith, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, PUR, Lorrie Morgan, Lyle Lovett, Amy Grant, Colin Raye, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Bob Seger, Billy Currington and Kenny Chesney. Paul recorded with The Monkees on their 20th anniversary record “Then and Now” including the hit “That was Then and This is Now”.

He is 8 time Academy of Country Music drummer of the year Nominee, multiple winner of Nashville Music Award, “Drummer/Percussionist”, and Nashville Music Row Magazine’s “Top 10 Music All Stars” award winner. Most recently he is winner of “Drum Magazine” Drummie of the Year, (Country Category) 4 Years in a Row and Modern Drummer Magazine “Reader’s Poll”, Drummer of the Year, (Country Category) for an Eighth year in a Row (2001 – 2008).

 

Touring credits

Paul’s touring credits include:

Tom Jones 1977 – 1978
Randy Travis 1995 – 1998
Neil Diamond US Tours – 1977 and 1999
Tanya Tucker TNT – tour 1978
Faith Hill – Soul 2 Soul 2 With Tim McGraw 2006
Elvis The Concert 2005 – 2012
TCB Band European Tour 2005 – 2012
Lynda Carter – 2008-2011 – Atlantic City, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Mohegan Sun
Mike Nesmith – 2013

Scott Sheriff, keyboards, arranger, vocalist

Scott Sheriff, keyboards, arranger, vocalist

Scott moved to Nashville in 1989 and started making contacts and recording demos for people in his apartment on a 4-track, then 8-track tape machine. It was a great chance to hone production skills in the real world, even if they were only song demos. He began working as a full-time producer/engineer for McSpadden Smith Music Publishing and worked with their stable of writers on their demos for several years. It was during this time, that his live playing career got back in gear. He began playing with the Christian band Allies, featuring Bob Carlisle and Randy Thomas, who would later author a little tune called "Butterfly Kisses." That opened the door to audition for Steven Curtis Chapman in 1992, playing in his band on several tours with him.

In 2006, Scott began playing shows with Kenny Loggins and became his full time Music Director and keyboardist from 2007-2010. You will still find him performing occasionally with Kenny. While working with Kenny, he was introduced to David Foster's music supervisor, and invited to his team of engravers for David's records and live shows. If you're attending one of David's live shows, chances are they are playing one of Scott's transcriptions. Kelly Clarkson's Musical Director is another one of his repeat engraving clients.

In June of 2015, Scott was offered the position of keyboardist/vocalist in Carrie Underwood's band, and holds that position currently. This has been a thrilling ride and a blessing to work with such great people!

In between tours, Scott's career has also been peppered with performances with other artists, some recording work, and various jobs as Music Director. He's even dabbled in songwriting and have had cuts with Christian artists Bryan Duncan and Kim Boyce. Since 1997, Scott has alsoe worked as Music Director at a couple of churches in Nashville. He also travels to teach and play for various worship conferences and seminars. His song "Living Water" was selected as the theme for Come Thirsty, a teaching series by Max Lucado.

In 2003, Scott found himself listening to a lot of Steely Dan, and got a crazy idea to try and put together a tribute show to play for fun in Nashville. He was fortunate to find 11 others who would take the plunge with him and Royal Scam was born. The name was changed to Twelve Against Nature in Nov. 2005 due to trademark complications with another band. This adventure led to forming a company called ClassicTributeBands.com, which includes two other bands: Make Me Smile (a Chicago tribute), and Live From Ventura Boulevard (a tribute to West Coast music'75-85). To top it all off, Scotts performs with The Eaglemaniacs, a tribute to Don Henley and the Eagles. 

Larry Hall, keyboards, vocalist

Larry Hall, keyboards, vocalist

Larry Hall has had a very diverse musical experience.  He is a 32-year veteran composer, arranger, and keyboard player. He has written, arranged, scored, and performed advertising music, television programs, a feature-length movie, and has produced many cd projects. 

Larry has arranged for a variety of artists including  Leon Russell, Kenny Rogers, Bonnie Tyler, Randy Travis, Lexi Walker, Randy Houser, Toby Keith, Ray Price, Phil Keaggy, Restless Heart, Eamonn McCrystal, R Kelly, (HBO star) Dominic Chianese, Michael Peterson, Brian White, Carman, Rhett Akins, Little Big Town, and Angela Kassett.  He is the composer of the score for the movie, “Diana:  Last Days of a Princess" He also orchestrated and performed the score for the film "Journey To Everest" and has scored other films including motivational film for the Chick-fil-A company and a short horror spoof called "Deadly Tantrum". He composed several cues for Disney's live production of "Phineas and Ferb" and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.  He has also scored countless commercials for TV.

In 2007 he traveled to Kiev, Ukraine where the Kiev Symphony recorded a selection of his hymn arrangements.  In 2006, Gaither Music’s Green Hill Records, released Larry’s cd entitled, “Hope,” featuring inspirational songs on piano.  His latest solo piano project is “Songs from the Prayer Closet“, which features Larry’s arrangements in a meditative style.  
Larry has twice composed the TV themes for  “The Grand Ole Opry Live.“  His television work also includes scoring the music-driven game show, “Friend or Foe,” for The Game Show Network. He wrote and produced the theme music for the national debate program, “Washington Week in Review.” Larry scored several episodes of “Haunted History” for the History Channel.  Larry has also produced many news theme packages for television stations across the country.

In 2007, Larry produced Christian artist Carman's Christmas project, "Forever Christmas".  Larry has produced several cds that were released with a book series, on hymns, written by internationally known Christian women’s speakers Bobbi Wolgemuth and Joni Eriksson Tada.  Their collaboration was selected as the Christian Music Retailer’s Association “Gold Medallion Award” winner in 2004.  In addition, he has produced several orchestral records, a series of lullaby records, and several fun children’s projects.

Larry currently tours with country music legend Ronnie Milsap. He toured with singer Russ Taff for 15 years. Larry has played with artists including: Giant, Phil Keaggy, Mark Farner (of Grand Funk Railroad), SheDaisy, Billy Dean, Lari White, Anita Cochran, Lynda Randle, David Meece, and The Imperials -- to name just a few.  He also scored a large-scale production tour for the Christian artist Carman. In 1998, Larry was honored to be part of a U.S. Armed Forces tour with Lari White.

Additionally, Larry has many national advertising credits and Addy awards, including: Wal-Mart “Roll Back America,”  Nike, Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee, Sears, Mt. Dew, Payday Candy Bars, Miller Beer’s “Don‘t Drink and Drive” campaign, Fazoli’s, Michelob, Six Flags, AT&T, Valvoline, a Calloway Golf spot featuring Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman; and a public service campaign with Evander Holyfield; plus hundreds of regional and local pieces of advertising music.

Mark Hill, bass

Mark Hill, bass

Mark Hill born July 27 1967, grew up in a small farming community in the southern most part of Illinois. Raised in a musical family, it was apparent early that he had a gift and quite an ear for music. He began playing piano at the age of 5 picking out melodies of songs he'd heard in church. At age 11 he found the bass guitar quite by chance and knew in short order that bass was his love. The bass quickly became an extension of him. His early days of playing bass consisted of local recordings and traveling regionally in the midwest with his family. In order to make a living,  at 22 he switched to top 40 bands in the area all the while knowing that a session career in Nashville was truly what he desired. In 1990 he made the 4 hour move to Nashville and quickly made the producers list of up and coming bass players securing many master recording sessions. In between sessions he toured with artists such as, Steven Curtis Chapman, Martina McBride, Keith Urban (band leader), Reba McEntire to name a few.  1990- Current he has become a first call session musician known for his strong Fender bass tone, working 600+ sessions annually and garnering five nominations for ACM bass player of the year, and twice reaching the Music Row All-Stars list. Recording for artists such as The Civil Wars, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn,  The Lone Bellow, Holly Williams, Brett Dennen, Carrie Underwood, Richard Marx, Hank Jr, Toby Keith, Kenny Loggins, Montgomery/Gentry, Eric Church,  Luke Bryan, and Charlie Peacock. 
Jonathan Crone, guitars

Jonathan Crone, guitars

I’ve always had a deep connection with music, and although tastes and styles change, that connection will not. After studying piano from the ages of six to twelve I picked up the guitar and haven’t put it down since. Some of my biggest influences include Phil Keaggy, Paul Jackson Jr., John McLaughlin, Paul Gilbert, Terry Kath, Ty Tabor, Hendrix, Charlie Christian, Randy Rhodes, and the list goes on. From 2001-2004 I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with multiple scholarships and in 2004 I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Music Production & Engineering. Following graduation I relocated to Nashville, TN and began working as an assistant engineer at Dark Horse Recording. From 2006 to 2011 I worked as Keith Thomas’ right-hand man, filling a variety of roles including writer, programmer, engineer, mixer, and even co-producer. Currently, I have my own mix, programming and overdub room (Avid HD Native, Apogee Convertors, Pro Tools 10, Logic Pro X) in Brentwood, TN available for vocals, guitars and any of your overdub needs with a modest but high-quality selection of preamps and mics.

I’ve been fortunate to work and/or play on a number of wonderful projects for many producers, artists, and engineers including: Mat Kearney, Heather Headley, Bebe & Cece Winans, Forever Jones, Danny Gokey, Josh Gracin, Vanessa Williams, Shonlock, Blake Shelton, Keith Thomas, Rissi Palmer, Steve Green, Laura Turner, Michael Bolton, Landon Pigg, Guy Penrod, Mark Shultz, Relient K, Savvy & Mandy, Savannah Outen, Celica Westbrook, Bill Whittington, Will Champlin, Lindell Cooley, Lori Michaels, Robin Crow, Tim Veazey, Adam Nitti, Mark Townsend, Bernie Herms, Dan Muckala, Shane Keister, David Hamilton, Dick Tunney, Kirk Whalum, The Elms, John Nicholson, First Call, and Cheyenne Kimball and many others.

Click HERE to view my full bio written by Grammy award-winning producer Keith Thomas

  • “Audience of One” • Heather Headley • Grammy for 2010 Best R&B Gospel Album
    • Engineer, songwriter, guitarist, programmer
  • “O Happy Day” • Various Artists • Grammy for 2010 Best Traditional Gospel Album
    • Engineer, guitarist
  • “Still” • Bebe & Cece Winans • Grammy for 2011 Best R&B Gospel Album
    • Engineer, guitarist
  • “Grace” • Bebe & Cece Winans • Grammy for 2011 Best Gospel Performance
    • Engineer, guitarist
Melodie Crittenden Kirkpatrick, vocals

Melodie Crittenden Kirkpatrick, vocals

I am a professional singer (from Moore, Oklahoma) living out my dreams in Nashville. Working full time in the music industry since 1992, I have been a staff songwriter, backgound vocalist and a recording artist. Currently, I spend my days singing in recording studios around Nashville on records, TV tapings, demos, video games, and jingles. What genre? I record or perform in every genre I can. Each day varies from country music, to rock/pop, to musical theater, to all types of christian music, especially choral print. I love my job!!!

My discography includes such artists as Billy Joel, Alan Jackson, Selah, Martina McBride, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Josh Turner, John Tesh, Travis Tritt, Aaron Tippin, Ronnie Milsap, Daryl Worley, Blake Shelton, Steve Green, Sandi Patty, Neil Diamond, and Disney Theatrical. I have performed live with Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, and Hank Williams Jr. I toured as a background singer with Alan Jackson, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, Jewel, Billy Joel, and Kathy Mattea. I was also a member of the Christian group, Selah. During that time, my single of "Bless the Broken Road" went to #5 on the AC Christian charts. My first tour started at age 9, with my family's gospel group. In the middle of it all, I was a country artist on Asylum Records from 1997-1999. My Asylum recording of "Broken Road" went to #28 on the R&R charts. 

I have sung on such television shows as "VH1 Diva Duets", "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Regis & Kelly", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "The Espy Awards", "Last Call with Carson Daly","Pepsi Smash", "The Country Music Awards","CMA Country Christmas", "The Dove Awards", "Precious Memories with Alan Jackson","The Today Show" on NBC, "The Early Show" on CBS, "The View", "CMT Awards", "Prime Time Country", "Crook and Chase", and "Live at The Grand Ole Opry". "Broken Road", the video, aired on CMT and GAC. "Broken Road" was also featured on the 1st season finale of "Dawson's Creek".
Bonnie Keen, vocals

Bonnie Keen, vocals

Bonnie Keen is a founding member of the recording trio First Call, receiving three Dove Awards, five Grammy nominations, and an Emmy nomination for her work as a recording artist, author and speaker. Bonnie has performed on “The Grammy Awards”, “Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show” touring the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe with First Call, Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, and Bebe and CeCe Winans and as a solo artist. She’s recorded three solo CDs and authored three books with Harvest House Publishers. Her personal journey graced the covers of Today’s Christian Woman and Virtue magazine. Most recently Bonnie enjoyed singing with First Call for CCM United’s “We Will Stand” DVD. First Call has a new EP, ‘second birth’ slated for release in March 2016. Her back ground vocals can be heard on commercials for Pepsi, Dodge Trucks, Fritos, Wrigleys Gum and Coke, recording for Garth Brooks, Steve Winwood, Barry Manilow and Michael Crawford. Enjoying a diverse journey in the arts, Bonnie produced/directed an tribute to the music of Broadway for Kathy Troccoli’s 2016 Among Friends cruise. She travels with Windborne Music’s “Tribute to the Music of Michael Jackson” and her theatrical highlights include roles with Nashville Shakespeare’s Festival, Studio Tenn, Blackbird Theatre and Playhouse Nashville. She also enjoys presenting her original two-woman musical, Women Who Dare To Believe with Nan Gurley. Local therapy includes Nashville studio musician performances with The Eaglemaniacs and private vocal and scene study coaching.