Besides being our fabulous singer and part time diva, Emma is a sign-language Interpreter by trade, which ultimately means she can talk herself hoarse, and carry right on talking with her hands, so there’s no escape, at least until you shut your eyes! “I’ve worked as a professional backing track crooner since the age of 15 so it’s fantastic to finally be singing with a live band. Country music is my passion, hence a few numbers that I have managed to cajole into our set list. I’m quite eclectic in my choice of musical influences and genres. I love Taylor Swift for example, but equally I love the likes of Stevie Nicks and Alanis Morrisette. The genre doesn't matter if it’s a great song!”
My previous band split, I wanted to go back to playing the kind of mainstream rock and pop covers that I love, so I started recruiting musicians for what you now see here as Raising Cain. As a musician, you know deep down inside when you have found something good and exciting and this band has that vitality and joy. My influences have always possessed that vital ROCK DNA! Crunchy guitar riffs, catchy melodies, layered vocals and guitar harmonies such as Queen, The Eagles, Boston, Journey, Thunder and many more, but some time spent in Texas also opened my ears to New Country artists such as Lone Star, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts, all of whom keep the same musical DNA alive and well. For as long as I can remember, music has always been a vital part of my life, but my desire to play can be blamed on seeing Blockbuster by The Sweet at the tender age of 6 on TOTP and later exposure to Led Zeppelin followed by Whitesnake and Def Leppard. My college years refined my tastes to melodic rock with my 80’s London Originals band 'Stagefright' and a few other bands along the way. Following that, I played solo & duo acoustic/singer type stuff for many years prior to joining gamechanging Kyotie, forcing me to raise my game to meet much higher expectations than I'd been used to till then. Thank you guys. Since then it's been Raising Cain and a privilege to play with another group of gifted musicians with high standards who are not afraid to blow the doors off! I hope to see you at a gig soon and if so, please come and say hello afterwards.
Another ex Kyotie, Steve also is a true rocker at heart, albeit more influenced by 70’s rock, especially Led Zeppelin. In the same way that Jason has spent years learning to mimic Brian May, Steve has studied all things Jimmy Page to expert level. Steve is particularly gifted guitarist with a deft touch, able to play and think in a multitude of alternate tunings that give mere mortal guitarists very bad headaches, but he really shows the full extent of his talent when playing acoustic guitar, particularly solo. Thoughtful and clever guitar work that is beautiful to see, hear and enough to make others just give up playing! Steve’s released his solo Acoustic Album and it's really very good. More Information Here
Matt has previously served his time in some notable local bands in and around Weston-Super-Mare and now brings his considerable talents to bear with Raising Cain. It's all about the bass for the man with the big bottom end, although a recent move to a Fender Jazz bass guitar could spell the end of the famous Rickenbacker clank!
Brought up on a diet of Otis Redding and The Shadows, Cliff eventually sided with Otis, Aretha, Wilson Pickett, Booker T, Eddie Floyd and the like. His first band - The Ketas, featured brass in the line-up and hence were known as the "Salvation Army" and supported the original Pink Floyd at Stowmarket Football Ground. Perhaps it was the religious overtones which caused the break with music– for 30 years. Resurrecting his musical career in the 90’s he played in several local bands before forming his own originals combo (Rhythm Room). This band produced an album, performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and then folded under the weight of personnel problems. Cliff still loves the buzz of a good gig and the privilege of playing with good musicians.
Richard previously played drums in the Gloucester based originals band Clay Gods. He’s settled onto the Raising Cain drum stool very nicely over the last couple of years and is now a fully fledged member of the RCTTP (Raising Cain Take The P!55) family. He’s recently started singing a few songs in the set too.