Debbie Cooke

- Vocals, Percussion

Debbie has been entrenched in the Metro Detroit music scene for well over a decade.  She began her career in professional musical theater.  One may have seen her in such local productions as “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” or “A Chorus Line” at the Masonic Temple.  After spending time on the theatrical stage, Debbie began pursuing another musical passion -- live musical performance.  There she finally found her heart’s desire in singing and entertaining in a band!
 
She has worked with such groups as Identity Crisis, Caesars Delight, Deuces Wild, Alliance, and LaDolceVita. Her versatile and energetic  vocal stylings have led to performances everywhere from the Greektown Casino, to Oakland Hills Country Club to the Ovation/Infinity Yachts.
 
Debbie brings her soulful, powerful, sultry voice to Sexy Monster, adding new dynamics to the band. Performing with Sexy Monster gives Debbie the opportunity to work with talented musicians who share her desire to get the crowd dancing! 

Ray Cooke

 - Keyboards & Vocals

The pianist, Hammond B3'ist and multi-keyboardist, Ray Cooke is a native Detroiter, and originally a classically trained pianist, who’s musical world forever changed after hearing Miles Davis's Kind of Blue for the first time.

He then at age 10, discovered John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Bud Powell, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, and developed a deep love for the Jazz idiom. Funk (Parliament & Funkadelic, Sly Stone, Larry Graham, George Duke) and Rock (Deep Purple, ELP, Steely Dan, Santana, Yes) have also shaped Ray's approach to the keyboard and the result is a powerful jazz rock fusion sound.

Over the years, Ray has played disco (with Al Grimm in Destiny), funk, rock, R&B, fusion, straight ahead and hard bop jazz, and has played in North & South America, Europe and Asia. Most notably, he has performed and shared a stage with Mike Stern, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Baron Browne, Meisenhower, Moxie Redux, Groove Council, Id.i.om and now . . . Sexy Monster!!

Bill Ouellette

 - Guitar, Vocals

 

Bill Ouellette comes from a musical family. His grandfather, Earl “Stuart” Striewski, was a Detroit Jazz musician who led the house orchestra at Detroit's WWJ (back when radio was king with original programming and live, big band music). Coincidentally, Bill spent 22 years as a broadcast journalist with the same radio station, where he did the afternoon newscasts. 

Bill has been writing music and playing guitar since childhood. His musical interests and influences include 70s classic rock, funk, R&B, jazz, fusion, modern rock...you name it. If you looked at Bill’s iPod playlist, you’d see an eclectic mix of artists such as Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pat Metheny, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, Robben Ford and Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats. 

Whether it’s a funky groove or a classic rock-inspired riff, Bill is quick to adapt and looks forward to playing the diverse styles of music that make up a Sexy Monster show.

Al "Bam Bam" Grimm



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