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Jaime St. James is the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the glam metal band Black ‘N Blue. He also served briefly in the mid-2000s as the lead singer of Warrant, but he left upon the return of the band’s original lead singer Jani Lane in 2008. He sang (and co-wrote several tracks) on Warrant’s 2006 album Born Again. Born James Pond, St. James started out playing drums, as he had fantasized about being a rock drummer during his youth.

He began his professional music career while a student at Cleveland High School, where he and classmates Dan Kurth, Barry Pendergrass, and Ray Malsom formed the Molly Hatchet-inspired combo Jet. Pond and Jet are featured prominently in the 1977 Legend, the yearbook of Cleveland High School. The band was briefly a favorite among Portland’s high school crowd, and his version of the ZZ Top song “La Grange” was an early hint of his future fame.

It was also during high school that Pond met his then-classmate and fellow musician, Tommy Thayer, creating a friendship that has lasted to the present. He and Thayer formed a band that ultimately evolved into Black ‘n Blue, which gave the two their first taste of mainstream success.Following Black N’ Blue, St. James performed with the bands Freight Train Jane, The Glorious Things (which also featured former Warrant guitarist Billy Morris), and his own band St. James, which Billy Morris guested with.

Jaime St. James also played drums for the Kiss tribute band called Cold Gin, playing the role of Peter Criss. Tommy Thayer, band mate of St. James in Black ‘N Blue (and current member of Kiss) was also in Cold Gin, playing the role of Ace Frehley. He co-wrote one Kiss song with Gene Simmons and Scott Van Zen: “In My Head”, which appeared on their album Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions.

Aside from Black ‘N Blue, St. James is currently a member of the Hard Rock All Stars with Juan Croucier of Ratt, Stacey Blades (formerly of L.A. Guns) and Pete Holmes of Black ‘N Blue / Michael Schenker. Their set list includes songs from their own respective bands Black ‘N Blue, Ratt & L.A. Guns.In late 2013, St. James joined the live show Let It Rawk with Stacey Blades, Oz Fox, Scot Coogan, Eric Brittingham and Sean McNabb. The band currently performs regularly in Las Vegas, Hollywood, and at various rock festivals.

Singer/songwriter John Thayer is a seasoned artist in the Indie Pop scene. The Portland, Oregon, native has worked with some of the best in the business including mixing engineer Greg Collins in Los Angeles (U2, Matchbox Twenty, No Doubt); emerging producer/engineer Micah Tawlks, owner of Peptalk Studio in Nashville, TN; and Rob Daiker, an established producer/engineer and owner of The Commune in Portland, OR.​

Thayer’s sound has evolved. His debut album “Letting Go” (2000) and “Ideology” (2007) evoke pop rock sensibilities, letting the guitar take center stage. “Laurel Street” (2013) had Thayer really coming into his new signature sound, incorporating more strings and synthesizers and pivoting into Indie Pop territory. “Take It Back” (2015) continued that legacy for a more eclectic sound. “Face to Face” (2016) was more in your face. Recently Thayer has been releasing upbeat singles — such as “You Can Lean On Me” (2017), “Don’t Ask Me Why” (2018), and “Carry Me Through” (2021) — to much play on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube.

Thayer has recently released his newest three-song EP titled “Don’t Look Back.”

Thayer’s younger brother is Tommy Thayer, the lead guitarist in the Hall of Fame rock ’n’ roll band KISS.
Nicole DeCosta is a TV host and producer with Portland’s CW, sharing colorful conversations with wave makers as well as celebrity exclusives. She also contributes to KOIN (Portland, Oregon’s CBS affiliate). Nicole blends spunky charm with polished professionalism in front of the lens and on the red carpet. And her New Year’s Eve events attract hundreds. She’s interviewed hundreds of celebrities for TV, radio, and print outlets.

Throughout her career, she’s nabbed 35 state and national journalism awards.

Nicole lives in color. You name it, she’s done it: served as Associate Editor of the Portland Tribune newspaper (120,000 circulation), spoken at universities about journalism, become a “get out and go” entertainment expert on TV and on the radio (KOIN, Portland’s CW, KPAM AM 860), starred in national TV commercials, voiced radio campaigns, released two albums, written thousands of newspaper articles, launched the lifestyle brand Nic&Amy, and won a karaoke contest on a cruise ship.

Nicole’s easygoing nature and infectious enthusiasm has helped raise thousands for charity, nab top hosting gigs, and become a connector in the community.

She is known for her “CWhat’s” lifestyle segments, “6 Things” weekly event round-up segments, red carpet interviews, and celebrity exclusives.

Nicole will outwork anyone, on any given day. She’s passionate about storytelling. She sees the good in people, always is up for adventure, and often falls asleep on the couch.

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Insiders might know Tom as “The Rock & Roll Accountant”, but his talents lie far beyond crunching numbers. Tom is a talented songwriter, performer, businessman and philanthropist that has been a champion for great causes in Music Education and the fulfillment of honoring those great musicians of Oregon before him.

We’ve been friends many years, and every moment I spend with Tom leaves me reassured that good people DO exist in this world! He and his bride Char have influenced many fellow Oregonians with their generosity and kindness, and I’m excited to share some of those great humane qualities.

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