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Celebrated All-Male Vocal Jazz Ensemble Seeks Tenor

No Promises_logoCINCINNATI, OH – NO PROMISES Vocal Band is on the hunt for a tenor.

The Ideal Singer
A tenor who can sing close harmony parts and solo in multiple styles. Strong musicianship is a plus. Plans to remain in the Greater Cincinnati / Dayton region in the long term.

What Is NO PROMISES?
Formed in 2015, NO PROMISES is a Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to favorites of jazz, Motown, yacht rock and other genres. Its singers have performed across North America on theatrical tours, graced the stages of Broadway, fronted major symphony orchestras, and backed the likes of Jim Messina, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins and POCO. In their day-to-day lives, the men of NO PROMISES are clinical psychologists, theatrical talent buyers, real estate moguls and hairdressers, with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

Listen to our most recent studio recordings here.

Read about the current group members here.

What’s The Commitment?
NO PROMISES rehearses weekly on Tuesday nights, with rehearsals alternating weekly between Cincinnati and Dayton. In the first six months of 2020, we will be preparing for a set of two or three concerts in June, as well as for two recording projects.

A tenor brought on board would join us as a guest artist for this six-month period. Thereafter, we’d mutually evaluate permanent membership in the group.

Each year, we tend to perform 10 – 15 times, and regularly do recording projects.

I’m Interested… What Next?
Send a link of a video or audio recording to Joshua Steele at joshuaTsteele@gmail.com. Doesn’t need to be a cappella, just something that shows off your chops. If we dig it, we’ll reach out about finding a night for you to come in and sing with us.

For More Information
Contact Nat Comisar at 513.378.5801 or booking@nopromisesvocalband.com.

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Popular Cincinnati A Cappella Group Touts New Album, New Venues on Beloved Christmas Concert Series

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CINCINNATI, OH – Each year since 2015, thousands of music lovers have followed their a cappella star to a NO PROMISES Vocal Band Christmas concert. With a new studio album in tow, the ensemble will debut two new venues as it spans compass points across Cincinnati.

Kindle your holiday spirits with the joyful harmonies of NO PROMISES Vocal Band, as the group embarks on their beloved annual “Christmas With No Promises” tour. Andy Williams, Joni Mitchell, Judy Garland and Panic at the Disco will be under the mistletoe as Ohio’s premier vocal jazz ensemble offers a family-friendly concert of sacred and secular classics, including selections from its new EP, The Nines.

“Christmas With No Promises” will be presented four times, at points north, east, west and central in Greater Cincinnati:

Thursday, December 5, 7:30pm
Mt. Zion-St. Paul United Church of Christ
1563 Clermontville Laurel Rd| New Richmond
60m Family-Length Program
No Reservations Required; A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted

Friday, December 13, 7:30pm
The Garfield Theater
719 Race Street | Downtown
Full Program, Two Sets
Tickets $15 Advance, $20 Door
Reservations Required: www.thegarfieldtheatre.org, or 859.957.3456

Thursday, December 19, 7:30pm
Community of the Good Shepherd
8815 East Kemper Road | Montgomery
60m Family-Length Program
No Reservations Required; A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted

Friday, December 20, 8:00pm
Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre
801 Matson Place | Price Hill
Full Program, Two Sets
Tickets $15 Advance, $20 Door
Reservations Required: www.clpshows.org, or 513.241.6550

Programs at Mt. Zion-St. Paul on December 5 and Community of the Good Shepherd on December 19 will be NO PROMISES’ traditional hour-long concerts; admission is free, and freewill offerings will be accepted.

Programs at The Garfield Theatre on December 13 and the Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre on December 20 will feature two full sets of repertoire; tickets are required.

NO PROMISES 2019 EP Release – The Nines
NO PROMISES is dressed “to the nines” in their slick 2019 release, featuring jazz standards spanning a century of musical gems. Kicking off with an homage to the beloved John Coltrane interpretation of “My Favorite Things,” the group’s musical theatre stripes are also on display with a crafty treatment of the Gershwins’ 1930s classic “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” featuring a rare and charming lead vocal from baritone Jeff Grooms. Bass Nat Comisar relishes a fond childhood memory with his lift of George
Shearing’s decadent piano arrangement of “Over The Rainbow.” A favorite ballad among the group’s live concert fans, the Andy Williams / Breakfast at Tiffany’s classic “Moon River” receives a rich studio velvet with lead vocal by Broadway veteran David Baum. The project wraps with an unexpected bossa reimagination of the Panic at the Disco hit “Death of a Bachelor,” featuring the impressively rangy vocals of opera crossover artist Schyler Vargas.

“The Nines” features the voices of Joshua Steele, Charlie Harper, David Baum, Jeff Grooms, Matt Croy and Nat Comisar, with special guest artists Noah Berry, Kyle Karnes and Schyler Vargas.

CDs and digital download cards are available at performances for $10 and $5, respectively. Concert goers will also be able to purchase CDs of all three NO PROMISES studio records for $35. Digital content available at iTunes, Spotify and more.

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown, and adult contemporary music. The group is has entertained at festivals, concert series, conventions and concert halls throughout the state. Its members have graced the stages of Broadway, fronted major symphony orchestras, and backed the
likes of Jim Messina, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins and POCO. In their day-to-day lives, the men of NO PROMISES are clinical psychologists, theatrical talent buyers, real estate moguls and hairdressers with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

The group has released three recording projects: A No Promises Christmas (2016), All Wet (2018) and The Nine (2019).

The members of NO PROMISES are Joshua Steele (resident of Kennedy Heights), David Baum (Montgomery), Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring, KY), Matt Croy (Findlay, OH), and Nat Comisar (Indian Hill). Current guest artists are Kyle Karnes (Oakley), Paul Phillips (Symmes Township) and Schyler Vargas (East End).

Curious about how Broadway actor David Baum joined NO PROMISES and became a clinical psychologist, or the surprising musical background of former Maisonette owner Nat Comisar? Check out our individual bios at http://www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup/.

Special Guests
Joining NO PROMISES for the group’s holiday schedule are three guest artists: Kyle Karnes, Paul Phillips and Schyler Vargas. A Colorado native and award-winning vocalist, Vargas spent the past two summers performing at New York state’s prestigious Glimmerglass Festival, while on break from his graduate opera studies at the University of Cincinnati’s renowned College-Conservatory of Music. His upcoming engagements include operas in France and Chile. Phillips is a Cincinnati
native with a background in musical theatre and a cappella singing, and shares alma mater Sycamore High School with his more “mature” fellow singers David Baum and Joshua Steele. A web designer by day, Karnes holds a BA in Music from Miami University, where he was a founding member and assistant music director of the male a cappella group, Open Fifth.

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Contact Nat Comisar at 513.378.5801 or booking@nopromisesvocalband.com.

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Celebrated Cincinnati Vocal Jazz Group Adds Brand-New Venues to Popular Christmas Tour

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NO PROMISES Vocal Band. Standing: Mike Robertson, David Baum & Jeff Grooms Seated: Matt Croy & Charlie Harper Floor: Adam Wheeler & Joshua Steele

CINCINNATI, OH – Each year across Ohio, nearly 2,000 a cappella lovers brave the fall temperatures to catch one of NO PROMISES Vocal Band’s popular holiday concerts. This yuletide, the ensemble will harmonize beneath the mistletoe at five new venues across the state, including two freshly-minted theaters.

Kindle your holiday spirits with the joyful harmonies of NO PROMISES Vocal Band, as the group embarks on their beloved annual “Christmas With No Promises” tour. Ohio’s premier vocal jazz ensemble offers a family-friendly concert featuring memorable arrangements of secular and sacred classics by Andy Williams, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, Harry Connick, Jr. and many more. The concerts will feature special guest artists Noah Berry, currently on the national tour of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, and
Schyler Vargas, currently performing a critically-acclaimed production of WEST SIDE STORY at opera companies around the country.

“Christmas With No Promises” will be presented four times, including at downtown Cincinnati’s new neighborhood cinema and performance venue, The Garfield Theater, located in the former Cincinnati Shakespeare Company location on Race Street. Performances are:

Thursday, December 6, 7:30pm
St. Thomas More Parish
800 Ohio Pike | Withamsville, OH
No Reservations Required; A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted

Thursday, December 13, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
400 Wayne Avenue | Defiance, OH
No Reservations Required; A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted

Friday, December 14, 7:30pm
The Garfield Theater
719 Race Street | Cincinnati, OH
Tickets $15 Advance, $20 Door | Reservations Required: http://www.thegarfieldtheatre.org

Thursday, December 20, 7:30pm
Community of the Good Shepherd
8815 East Kemper Road | Montgomery, OH
No Reservations Required; A Freewill Offering Will Be Accepted

Admission to the December 6, 13 and 20 concerts is free; a freewill offering will be accepted. Tickets to the Friday, December 14 performance at The Garfield Theater are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and may be purchased online at www.thegarfieldtheatre.org, or by calling 859.957.3456.

Past performances of this program have been filled to capacity; it is suggested that patrons arrive early to the free performances.

Multiple Musical Merriments
In addition to their own concerts, NO PROMISES will make two featured guest appearances with Cincinnati’s legendary Southern Gateway Chorus, performing on the group’s “Peace On Earth” program at Mercy McAuley High School on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm. Tickets to the “Peace On Earth” concerts are $15 – $25; tickets and more information at
https://southerngateway.org/2017-Holiday-Show.

The group will perform as part of the official opening of Dayton’s new PNC Arts Annex, a city center venue built and operated by the Victoria Theater Association. The invitation-only function will take place on November 30.

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a Cincinnati-based professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown, classical and adult contemporary music. The group is has entertained at festivals, concert series, conventions and concert halls throughout the state. Its members have performed across North America with theatrical tours, graced the stages of Broadway, fronted major symphony orchestras, and backed the likes of Jim Messina, Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins and POCO. In their day-to-day lives, the men of NO PROMISES are clinical psychologists, theatrical talent buyers, real estate developers and working musicians with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

The members of NO PROMISES are Joshua Steele (resident of Pleasant Ridge), Charlie Harper (Anderson Township), David Baum (Montgomery), Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring, KY), Matt Croy (Findlay, OH), and Nat Comisar (Indian Hill).

Curious about how Broadway actor David Baum joined NO PROMISES and became a clinical psychologist, or the surprising musical background of former Maisonette owner Nat Comisar? Check out our individual bios at http://www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup/.

Special Guests
Joining NO PROMISES for the group’s holiday schedule are two intrepid guest artists, Schyler Vargas and Noah Berry. A Colorado native and award-winning vocalist, Vargas spent his summer performing at New York state’s prestigious Glimmerglass Festival, while on break from his graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati’s renowned College-Conservatory of Music. Vargas’ performance in the festival’s WEST SIDE STORY was so well regarded, he earned contracts to perform the show at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and The Atlanta Opera this fall. Berry is a Dayton native and alumnus of Northern Kentucky University, who has spent much of his early career on the road with the national tour BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. He’s
currently performing as part of the national tour of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT.

NO PROMISES Christmas Album
NO PROMISES will travel this holiday season with their seasonal record, A No Promises Christmas. The 2016 release was mixed by Ed Boyer, who has been responsible for the studio sound of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect” and groups including Pentatonix and Home Free.

Comprised of all original arrangements, “A No Promises Christmas” includes fresh interpretations of sacred songs like “Silent Night” and “In The Bleak Midwinter” along with popular favorites like Andy Williams’ “Sleigh Ride,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and selections from Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

CDs are available at performances for $15. Digital downloads are available on iTunes, Spotify and other major digital distributors.

All Wet
NO PROMISES’ sophomore studio effort, All Wet, was released earlier this summer. The 10-track, all-pop album features favorites of pop music from the 60s to radio hits of today. Abounding with NO PROMISES’ trademark harmonies and soaring lead vocals, nostalgic interpretations of tunes like the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” and Ambrosia’s “You’re The Biggest Part of Me” with more ambitious
arrangements such as a vocal jazz version of Blondie’s “Call Me” and a mashup of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off with The Four Season’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”

CDs are available at performances for $15. Digital downloads are available on iTunes, Spotify and other major digital distributors.
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Prominent Businessman Nat Comisar Brings Local Renown, Surprising Musical Credentials to Cincinnati’s Premier Vocal Jazz Group

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Back: Joshua Steele & Adam Wheeler. Front: Charlie Harper, Matt Croy, Jeff Grooms & David Baum. Photo by Leslie Goddard.

CINCINNATI, OH – Somehow amid a career running the revered Maisonette & La Normandie restaurants and serving as Executive Vice President of Sibcy Cline Realtors, Nat Comisar found his way into playing concerts with a-list musicians including Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, POCO, and famed novelty a cappella ensemble, The Bobs. After one listen to a rising vocal jazz group, Comisar eagerly sheds his business mantle again to thrill local audiences with his exquisite bass voice.

Nat Comisar joins NO PROMISES Vocal Band for the “Christmas With NO PROMISES” tour, December 7 – 21 at venues across Cincinnati, Dayton and Covington. Featuring the ensemble’s signature blend of jazz-infused seasonal favorites and everyday classics, including selections by The Manhattan Transfer, John Coltrane, Blondie, Joni Mitchell, Alicia Keys and Harry Connick, Jr., the tour consists of five appearances:

A Very Merry Christmas
Thursday, December 7, 7:00pm
The Carnegie 1028 Scott Boulevard | Covington
$25 – $40; Reservations Required (859.957.1940)

Christmas with NO PROMISES
Friday, December 8, 7:00pm
New Thought Unity Center 1401 McMillan Street | Walnut Hills
Free Admission; Freewill Donations Accepted

Holiday Live at the Uni
Sunday, December 10, 4:00pm
Montgomery Universalist Church 9467 Montgomery Road | Montgomery
$5 Suggestion Donation
Reservations Required (513.891.2424)

Christmas with NO PROMISES
Thursday, December 14, 7:30pm
Saint Andrew United Methodist 250 N. Fairfield Road | Beavercreek
Free Admission; Freewill Donations Accepted

Christmas with NO PROMISES
Thursday, December 21, 7:30pm
Community of the Good Shepherd 8815 E. Kemper Road | Montgomery
Free Admission; Freewill Donations Accepted

NO PROMISES popular annual Christmas offerings have been attended by more than 3,000 patrons since the group’s 2015 debut.

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Nat Comisar.

Renowned Businessman, Guest Vocalist to the Stars
After viewing NO PROMISES’ popular summer video recording of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” Comisar reached out to the group for an audition, and was quickly invited to join the vocal jazz ensemble for their holiday concert tour. But his musical talents, and national-caliber performance resume, would likely surprise many Cincinnatians familiar with the prominent businessman.

Perhaps best known for his ownership and management of the much-missed Maisonette & La Normandie restaurants, Comisar has parlayed his tutelage in the family business into a sterling career in real estate and development. Amid other business interests, he serves as Executive Vice President of Sales for Sibcy Cline Realtors, where his current projects include adaptation of the Norwood Baptist Church and Allison Schools into affordable condominiums.

During his years as a restaurateur, Comisar kept up his musical chops playing guitar and singing whenever possible, including on 700 WLW as guest host for legendary Cincinnati radio personality Gary Burbank.

“My favorite part of that gig was a bit called ‘Stump the Band,’” recalls Comisar. “It was me, Gary, and the Goshorn Brothers Band [formerly of Pure Prairie League]. People would call in with obscure songs for us to sing. If we didn’t know the tune, we would make it up on the spot (which is what we wanted to do anyway) and we would laugh our heads off for an hour once a week.”

Comisar’s performances on the nationally-syndicated program earned him a standing invitation to perform at a Dallas, TX benefit, where over the years he had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield), Steve Winwood, Jim Messina, Kenny Loggins and POCO, among many others.

Maisonette also allowed Comisar to rub elbows with the musical elite during their stops in Cincinnati, including Bono, Cyndi Lauper, Tony Bennett, and the world-renowned novelty a cappella ensemble, The Bobs. After inviting the vocal group to dinner, Comisar suddenly found himself co-producing a live concert recording for WCET. The Bobs invite Comisar to perform with them whenever he attends a concert.

Comisar has a special love for a cappella music. At the age of 15, he joined Cincinnati’s Southern Gateway Chorus. During his college years, he led Cayuga’s Waiters: a well-traveled vocal ensemble from Cornell University. He presently sings with the award-winning Roaring 20s Barbershop Quartet.

Guest Tenor Joins NO PROMISES On Break From National Tour
NO PROMISES Christmas engagements will also feature the exception talents of Dayton native and professional actor, Noah Berry.

Berry is a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University, where he studied Musical Theatre and took voice lessons from NO PROMISES leader Joshua Steele. Among his post-collegiate professional regional and children’s theatre credits, Berry joined the national tour of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in the role of rock drummer Jerry Allison. Before returning to the tour in January, Berry will lend his soaring tenor to the NO PROMISES concerts on December 14 and 21.

NO PROMISES Christmas Album
NO PROMISES will travel this holiday season with their Christmas record “A No Promises Christmas.” The 2016 release was mixed by Ed Boyer, who has been responsible for the studio sound of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect” and groups including Pentatonix and Home Free.

Comprised of all original arrangements, “A No Promises Christmas” includes fresh interpretations of sacred songs like “Silent Night” and “In The Bleak Midwinter” along with popular favorites like Andy Williams’ “Sleigh Ride,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and selections from Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

CDs are available at performances for $15. Digital downloads are available on iTunes, Spotify and other major digital distributors.

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown and adult contemporary music. Hailing from across Ohio, the men of NO PROMISES are Broadway veterans, theater managers, hair stylists and dads, with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

The Men of NO PROMISES

  • Joshua Steele (Pleasant Ridge) – Venue manager, voice instructor, performer, dad
  • Charlie Harper (Anderson) – Actor, stagehand, project manager, dad
  • Adam Wheeler (Miamisburg) – Drummer, multi-instrumentalist, digital music producer, dad
  • David Baum (Blue Ash) – Broadway veteran, clinical psychologist, dance instructor dad
  • Jeff Grooms (Cold Spring, KY) – Chorister, hair stylist, dog dad
  • Matt Croy (Findlay) – Performer, producer, property manager, dad

Special Guests:

  • Nat Comisar (Indian Hill) – Singer, realtor, developer, dad
  • Noah Berry (Oakley) – Singer, actor, parkour enthusiast

Full bios available at: http://www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup/

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Popular Vocal Jazz Ensemble Going (Nearly!) Viral, Offering Restored Memorial Hall’s First All-A Cappella Concert

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Back row: Joshua Steele & Adam Wheeler. Middle row: Charlie Harper, Matt Croy & Jeff Grooms. Front row: David Baum, Noah Berry & Ken Holdt. Photo by Leslie Goddard.

CINCINNATI, OH – Within a week of its recent release, NO PROMISES’ a cappella rendition of the Alicia Keys classic “If I Ain’t Got You” had been watched more than 28,000 times. The popular local ensemble hopes for one half of one percent of those music lovers to attend and sell out their next show.

NO PROMISES Vocal Band offers the first all-a cappella concert at restored Memorial Hall (1225 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine) on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and are available at MemorialHallOTR.com. Seating is limited, and a capacity crowd is expected.

Performing in the Memorial Hall Green Room, where cabaret-style seating and a full cash bar await patrons, NO PROMISES will offer their signature variety of jazz, Motown and pop selections. Listeners will enjoy unique arrangements of tunes by Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, The Jackson 5, Manhattan Transfer, Huey Lewis, and even Taylor Swift.

About NO PROMISES
NO PROMISES is a professional a cappella ensemble bringing exhilarating vocals and breathtaking harmonizations to popular favorites of jazz, Motown and pop music. Hailing from across Ohio, the men of No Promises are Broadway veterans, theatre producers, touring musicians, hair stylists and dads, with a passion for fine a cappella singing.

With repertoire ranging from classics by Manhattan Transfer and the Gaither Vocal Band to surprising treatments of Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift, No Promises has delighted audiences at concert series throughout the region.

The ensemble’s annual Christmas tours are stocking-stuffed with jazz and pop arrangements of beloved holiday favorites. Ten such tinselly tunes are featured on the group’s 2016 debut album, A NO PROMISES CHRISTMAS, including Vince Guaraldi’s “Skating,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and the cherished ballad “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The album was mixed by engineer Ed Boyer, who has been responsible for the studio sound of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect” and groups including Pentatonix and Home Free. A NO PROMISES CHRISTMAS is available on iTunes and other digital distributors.

NO PROMISES is led by tenor and arranger Joshua Steele, who founded the ensemble in 2015 with high school chum David Baum; the pair sang together in a strolling barbershop quartet at Cincinnati’s Kings Island theme park. Baum went on to a sparkling stage and screen career in New York City, including the Broadway productions of A CHORUS LINE and MARY POPPINS, and has since returned to the area as a practicing clinical psychologist. NO PROMISES debuted with a 2015 Christmas tour, drawing 2,000
patrons to venues across Cincinnati and Dayton. Quickly assembling a docket of performances including concert series, festivals, weddings, school performances and clubs, NO PROMISES has developed an indelible sound, a dynamic repertoire, and a unique repartee that ensures an entertaining and memorable experience.

NO PROMISES is:

  • Joshua Steele (tenor), Cincinnati
  • Charlie Harper (tenor / baritone), Cincinnati
  • Adam Wheeler (tenor), Dayton
  • David Baum (baritone), Cincinnati
  • Jeff Grooms (baritone / bass), Cold Spring, KY
  • Matt Croy, (bass), Findlay, OH

with current special guests:

  • Noah Berry, (tenor) Cincinnati
  • Ken Holdt, (baritone) Cincinnati

Full singer bios available at www.nopromisesvocalband.com/lineup.

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