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Wes Styles, an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer,
earned his stage name
by playing several
different, "styles", of music. Although mostly layered with retro sounds of the
late 70s and the
early 80s, his CD albums contain elements
of many different genres, including funk, rock, pop, soul and hip hop.
After majoring in Instrumental Jazz Performance at the University of South Florida he was hired as guitarist and a
keyboardist for Atlantic recording artist Savatage. In October 1993, after a full US and European tour, his stint with
Savatage, ended abruptly when founding member guitarist, Criss Oliva, was killed by a drunk driver. Shortly after
Oliva's death, Wes did a self-titled instrumental acoustic guitar album (using his birth name Wesley Charlton Garren)
dedicated to Criss's memory.
In 1994, Wes won first place in the, "Best of the Bay", guitar competition, in which
the prize was a Gibson Les Paul
that became his main guitar. In addition to running his own recording studio, giving music lessons, and
cover bands, Wes also formed several original bands, including Skunkworks, Ouch, Ramona Ramonster,
and Surely T
and The Saints of Pain.
In 1999, he was runner-up in Tommy Hilfiger's, "Unsigned Artist of the Millenium", contest. He also briefly played guitar
in a rock band that was managed by Orlando bigwigs, Johnny Wright and Lou
Pearlman. Before moving to California,
he finished production on the first Wes Styles album, "Pop Culture Poison". Wes played most of the instruments himself.
Soon after moving to North Hollywood, California. Wes played keyboards with Ty Taylor. He got signed to an
called Jecarco Entertainment, but left shortly after creative differences with the label CEO, and consequently finished his
second Wes Styles album, "The Betamax Collection", on his own and released it
independently. Wes later played guitar
in many acclaimed bands; Sextus, Fantastic Black, J Davey, The Fuxedoes, Jeff Fowler, AM/FM, Keram Malicki-Sánchez.
In 2007, Wes started touring full time as the keyboardist for Columbia recording artist, Coheed
and Cambria. He can be seen
on Coheed's live Neverender DVD, and heard on their 2010 studio album, "Year Of
The Black Rainbow". In January 2009, he
played in the Neil Sedaka play, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do", in which Sedaka
made a guest appearance performing the song
"Love Will Keep Us Together". Wes Styles is currently touring the world with
Coheed and Cambria, and writing a new album.
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