Tell Yo Mama

Music that moves you.

Tell Yo Mama is a soul-groovin', rhythm-and-blues havin' funk rock band.  With enough funk-sauce to play all night and then some, we love music and love making it. From soulful rock original compositions to an eclectic mix of cover songs, it's all about having fun, kicking out some jams, and loving what we do. Hungry and for-hire, Tell Yo Mama is ready to expand further and higher, and turn our dream into a reality.  What started in August 2014 as a few friends jamming, has slowly grown into something far beyond the original vision, and we look forward to sharing the experience with you.  Please read on for more about the artists!

Raymond “Razor” Crane   Raymond Crane has loved music since childhood, and began playing the guitar around age 10. His uncle Bob gave him a little bit of advice, showed him a couple chords, and let him use an old acoustic guitar which soon went by the wayside, naturally in favor of an electric guitar. At around this time, he began playing bass guitar out of necessity, in order to play in nearby, local bands. Shortly after the guitar and bass, Ray started playing drums. His first drum-set however, was something of a joke.  Consisting of various-sized coffee cans, ice-cream tubs, and really whatever else sounded good, Ray played using whatever somewhat-matching sticks he could find. He formed his first band in the seventh grade at age 12, and has since played in over 15 bands. Ray has also performed in multiple drum-ensembles and handled studio-session work for several artists. Following years of self-instruction, Ray enrolled in Lansing Community College to pursue a degree in Commercial Arts. The final years of his studies focused heavily on music theory, aural skills, and formal instruction on the drums. Ray additionally completed formal piano-lessons, and trained on Percussion while attending L.C.C. In 2010, Ray built a modest home studio, and formed Craneomatic  Productions LLC. The venture has allowed Ray to gain hands-on experience in audio engineering, while producing his band's recordings nearly free of cost (and others, for monetary gain of course). Ray is presently active in the bands Tell Yo Mama and Doc Brown, in addition to a seasonal theatrical drum ensemble " Autumn Tribe X".  Ray's primary instrument In all 3 projects is drums, but he lends a hand writing in other areas.

Raymond “Razor” Crane

 

Raymond Crane has loved music since childhood, and began playing the guitar around age 10. His uncle Bob gave him a little bit of advice, showed him a couple chords, and let him use an old acoustic guitar which soon went by the wayside, naturally in favor of an electric guitar. At around this time, he began playing bass guitar out of necessity, in order to play in nearby, local bands. Shortly after the guitar and bass, Ray started playing drums. His first drum-set however, was something of a joke.  Consisting of various-sized coffee cans, ice-cream tubs, and really whatever else sounded good, Ray played using whatever somewhat-matching sticks he could find. He formed his first band in the seventh grade at age 12, and has since played in over 15 bands. Ray has also performed in multiple drum-ensembles and handled studio-session work for several artists.

Following years of self-instruction, Ray enrolled in Lansing Community College to pursue a degree in Commercial Arts. The final years of his studies focused heavily on music theory, aural skills, and formal instruction on the drums. Ray additionally completed formal piano-lessons, and trained on Percussion while attending L.C.C. In 2010, Ray built a modest home studio, and formed Craneomatic  Productions LLC. The venture has allowed Ray to gain hands-on experience in audio engineering, while producing his band's recordings nearly free of cost (and others, for monetary gain of course). Ray is presently active in the bands Tell Yo Mama and Doc Brown, in addition to a seasonal theatrical drum ensemble " Autumn Tribe X".  Ray's primary instrument In all 3 projects is drums, but he lends a hand writing in other areas.

Eric “Kleck-Nasty” Kloeckner   Eric Kloeckner has been playing several instruments since the age of 13. He started out on drums and percussion in Middle School band, and moved on to a full drum set soon after. Eric got a drum machine and synthesizers, and began creating compositions after his family bought a computer. Keyboards and harmonica were his next areas of focus, and by high school, he was studying synthesizers and music theory independently. He is still perfecting his craft and learning audio engineering, mixing, and creating custom instruments to control and affect sound.

Eric “Kleck-Nasty” Kloeckner

 

Eric Kloeckner has been playing several instruments since the age of 13. He started out on drums and percussion in Middle School band, and moved on to a full drum set soon after. Eric got a drum machine and synthesizers, and began creating compositions after his family bought a computer. Keyboards and harmonica were his next areas of focus, and by high school, he was studying synthesizers and music theory independently. He is still perfecting his craft and learning audio engineering, mixing, and creating custom instruments to control and affect sound.

Marty "Action-Mart!" McLean   Born in Michigan’s capitol city of Lansing to two musically inclined parents (a folk duo known to Mid-Michigan as Tom and Mary (Heideman and Koenigsknecht, respectfully)), young Marty seemed destined to become a musician himself.  One fateful day in 5th grade, Marty found himself among students selected to join his school’s band program, and for the first time in his life, laid eyes upon a saxophone. Its unique, mysterious beauty immediately entranced him; it was just about the coolest thing he’d ever seen! That day, Marty McLean, saxophonist and musician, was born.  By 6th grade, Marty was teaching himself how to replay his saxophone lessons, on the piano. This led to three years of piano lessons, with huge support coming from his Grandmother, particularly in the form of her old piano, to keep as his own. Shortly thereafter, Marty and classmates William Garret, Drew Cocozolli and Grant King formed a melodic, alternative punk rock band called The Anti-Socials. Until this point, nothing in Marty's life had ever made him feel so alive, free, relevant and just cool.  He had his mind made up: "I want to be a rock star. I could do this forever." Shortly after graduating high school, Marty helped found his next band, On the Rocks. This rock/reggae/blues/funk band allowed Marty to go back to his roots, playing the saxophone, alto and tenor at his side, while also performing secondary and harmony vocals, playing various hand percussion instruments, and the harmonica in between. Over the next couple of years, Marty started working at Marshall Music in Lansing, and with some of his coworkers and close friends, started a band that became to be known as Galapagos 5. Galapagos 5 went on and off through the next couple years, thriving on improvisation and funky, psychedelic, jazzy jams, and after awhile, decided to call it quits. In December 2012, Marty received a call from his cousin Micaela, inviting him to come check out her Kalamazoo-based band, FlyPaper that was playing in Lansing. Upon being thoroughly impressed by their sound and composition, Marty asked to join the band. FlyPaper consequently embarked on a nationwide tour ranging from the Mitten State to New York, Knoxville to Miami and the Keys, Chicago to Denver, Taos to West Yellowstone, LA to Seattle, and countless places in-between.  While racking up 50,000 miles and playing hundreds of shows, the band released a third album entitled "3x3 E.P." along the way. In late 2015, Micaela Kingslight left FlyPaper due to personal matters, and the band Marty had poured his heart and soul into was left in shambles without its leading lady, forcing FlyPaper to call it quits. After spending a couple of months searching for a new group to jam with, Marty stumbled upon former high school classmate Mike Loomis. Despite not having seen each other in years, both were mutually aware of each other’s musical endeavors. Mike was playing guitar for a relatively new band called Tell Yo Mama, a six-piece funk/soul/rock group comprised of Mike Loomis on guitar, Adrian Bryant on bass, Ray Crane on drums, Eric Kloeckner on keys/synthesizer/vocoder, and Jacque Baldori sharing lead vocals with Lucas Holliday. The band seemed to have a whole package together, in the style Marty was always most drawn to, but he felt it was still missing something – the SAXOPHONE of course! As fate would have it, Marty got his chance during an impromptu band rehearsal at Mike's house, with Mike and Marty already jamming before Tell Yo Mama arrived. They let him stick around for practice to try out some things out, and after jamming just a few songs together they all, almost simultaneously, asked, "So...you wanna join our band?". Marty had but only one logical response: HELL YES!!

Marty "Action-Mart!" McLean

 

Born in Michigan’s capitol city of Lansing to two musically inclined parents (a folk duo known to Mid-Michigan as Tom and Mary (Heideman and Koenigsknecht, respectfully)), young Marty seemed destined to become a musician himself.  One fateful day in 5th grade, Marty found himself among students selected to join his school’s band program, and for the first time in his life, laid eyes upon a saxophone. Its unique, mysterious beauty immediately entranced him; it was just about the coolest thing he’d ever seen! That day, Marty McLean, saxophonist and musician, was born. 

By 6th grade, Marty was teaching himself how to replay his saxophone lessons, on the piano. This led to three years of piano lessons, with huge support coming from his Grandmother, particularly in the form of her old piano, to keep as his own. Shortly thereafter, Marty and classmates William Garret, Drew Cocozolli and Grant King formed a melodic, alternative punk rock band called The Anti-Socials. Until this point, nothing in Marty's life had ever made him feel so alive, free, relevant and just cool.  He had his mind made up: "I want to be a rock star. I could do this forever." Shortly after graduating high school, Marty helped found his next band, On the Rocks. This rock/reggae/blues/funk band allowed Marty to go back to his roots, playing the saxophone, alto and tenor at his side, while also performing secondary and harmony vocals, playing various hand percussion instruments, and the harmonica in between.

Over the next couple of years, Marty started working at Marshall Music in Lansing, and with some of his coworkers and close friends, started a band that became to be known as Galapagos 5. Galapagos 5 went on and off through the next couple years, thriving on improvisation and funky, psychedelic, jazzy jams, and after awhile, decided to call it quits.

In December 2012, Marty received a call from his cousin Micaela, inviting him to come check out her Kalamazoo-based band, FlyPaper that was playing in Lansing. Upon being thoroughly impressed by their sound and composition, Marty asked to join the band. FlyPaper consequently embarked on a nationwide tour ranging from the Mitten State to New York, Knoxville to Miami and the Keys, Chicago to Denver, Taos to West Yellowstone, LA to Seattle, and countless places in-between.  While racking up 50,000 miles and playing hundreds of shows, the band released a third album entitled "3x3 E.P." along the way. In late 2015, Micaela Kingslight left FlyPaper due to personal matters, and the band Marty had poured his heart and soul into was left in shambles without its leading lady, forcing FlyPaper to call it quits. After spending a couple of months searching for a new group to jam with, Marty stumbled upon former high school classmate Mike Loomis.

Despite not having seen each other in years, both were mutually aware of each other’s musical endeavors. Mike was playing guitar for a relatively new band called Tell Yo Mama, a six-piece funk/soul/rock group comprised of Mike Loomis on guitar, Adrian Bryant on bass, Ray Crane on drums, Eric Kloeckner on keys/synthesizer/vocoder, and Jacque Baldori sharing lead vocals with Lucas Holliday. The band seemed to have a whole package together, in the style Marty was always most drawn to, but he felt it was still missing something – the SAXOPHONE of course! As fate would have it, Marty got his chance during an impromptu band rehearsal at Mike's house, with Mike and Marty already jamming before Tell Yo Mama arrived. They let him stick around for practice to try out some things out, and after jamming just a few songs together they all, almost simultaneously, asked, "So...you wanna join our band?". Marty had but only one logical response: HELL YES!!

Lucas “Luke Duke” Christopher Holliday   Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan's south side, Lucas spent a great deal of his childhood in the 90s and 2000s loving and studying music; he has been singing longer than he can remember. From elementary school talent shows in his neighborhood, to performances at the Wharton and Breslin Centers in East Lansing, it would be fair to say the 25 year-old vocalist has traversed Mid-Michigan's diverse performing-arts scene. Luke's vocal influences range from legendary soul singers such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and James Brown, to the 50's and 60's Doo-Wop and Outlaw Country music that shaped his Kentuckian father.  Further inspiration came via the diverse favorites of his Michigander mother, including an eclectic mixture of big band, British Invasion, Motown, early disco, and funk. Over time, Lucas learned to harness his gift in the classical, jazz, and folk stylings, through a myriad of choruses (traditional religious, academic, collegiate, old time barbershop, gospel, jazz and pop, etc.) he joined throughout his adolescence. His training and aural exploration only grew as he continued his education, participating chiefly in musical theater, among other genres, both in and outside his place of study at Lansing Community College. Drawing from so many places and peoples, Luke has formed his own testament to rhythm and blues, glimpses of which he reveals on-stage amidst the powerhouse of Tell Yo Mama. As a recording artist, he is well versed in hip-hop, a cultural love that developed of his volition via environment, and furthered due to his lineage of poetic influence, his father's truthful balance of history and philosophy, and his mother's compositional eloquence. His seven-year experience with audio and recording has allowed Lucas to formulate original material in a timely fashion with above-average results. His unique yet inspired, often rhythmic but offbeat, yet always contemplative lyricism, collaborates seamlessly with his vocal diversity and surprising range.  When paired with the silken melodies and harmonic dexterity of Jacque Baldori, the effect leads to a captivating array of song. The band's originals cannot be credited solely to the voices up-front however, as nearly all material written by Tell Yo Mama has included the words and sounds of several members, namely drummer Raymond Crane and guitarist Michael Loomis. With such relatable and soulful prose, alongside bursts of celebratory dance and improvisational camaraderie amongst bandmates, Luke is sure to please and entertain any audience ready to move, and be moved, in the midst of live music. Remember to inform your maternal guardian...of Tell Yo Mama!!!

Lucas “Luke Duke” Christopher Holliday

 

Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan's south side, Lucas spent a great deal of his childhood in the 90s and 2000s loving and studying music; he has been singing longer than he can remember. From elementary school talent shows in his neighborhood, to performances at the Wharton and Breslin Centers in East Lansing, it would be fair to say the 25 year-old vocalist has traversed Mid-Michigan's diverse performing-arts scene. Luke's vocal influences range from legendary soul singers such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and James Brown, to the 50's and 60's Doo-Wop and Outlaw Country music that shaped his Kentuckian father.  Further inspiration came via the diverse favorites of his Michigander mother, including an eclectic mixture of big band, British Invasion, Motown, early disco, and funk. Over time, Lucas learned to harness his gift in the classical, jazz, and folk stylings, through a myriad of choruses (traditional religious, academic, collegiate, old time barbershop, gospel, jazz and pop, etc.) he joined throughout his adolescence. His training and aural exploration only grew as he continued his education, participating chiefly in musical theater, among other genres, both in and outside his place of study at Lansing Community College.

Drawing from so many places and peoples, Luke has formed his own testament to rhythm and blues, glimpses of which he reveals on-stage amidst the powerhouse of Tell Yo Mama. As a recording artist, he is well versed in hip-hop, a cultural love that developed of his volition via environment, and furthered due to his lineage of poetic influence, his father's truthful balance of history and philosophy, and his mother's compositional eloquence. His seven-year experience with audio and recording has allowed Lucas to formulate original material in a timely fashion with above-average results. His unique yet inspired, often rhythmic but offbeat, yet always contemplative lyricism, collaborates seamlessly with his vocal diversity and surprising range.  When paired with the silken melodies and harmonic dexterity of Jacque Baldori, the effect leads to a captivating array of song. The band's originals cannot be credited solely to the voices up-front however, as nearly all material written by Tell Yo Mama has included the words and sounds of several members, namely drummer Raymond Crane and guitarist Michael Loomis. With such relatable and soulful prose, alongside bursts of celebratory dance and improvisational camaraderie amongst bandmates, Luke is sure to please and entertain any audience ready to move, and be moved, in the midst of live music.

Remember to inform your maternal guardian...of Tell Yo Mama!!!

Jacque “Jackyl” Baldori   Jacque was born and raised in Haslett, MI and has been singing and playing music since she was a little girl.  She started taking piano lessons at about 8 years old, and started singing in her church shortly thereafter.  In middle school, her love of drumming and percussion started when she joined the school band.  In high school she became 2nd-snare on the marching band drumilne, and continued to improve her rhythm and percussion skills. During high school Jacque started taking private voice lessons and continued these for many years.  Jacque attended Valparaiso University for Vocal Performance, where she was a member of the Valparaiso University Chorale and performed at Carnegie Hall.  Shortly after Valpo, she attended Lansing Community College for Commercial Music studies where she met Lucas Holliday.  The two performed in shows together at L.C.C, becoming good friends and great singing partners.  Upon earning her Certificate of Musicianship from LCC, Jacque transferred to Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts for Jazz Studies.  At CCPA she learned to refine her craft in Jazz and Blues, and found her true love in commercial music.  Jacque returned to Michigan in 2014, and started singing with Tell Yo Mama shortly after. Ever since, the group has flourished into something far beyond her, or anyone's expectations.  

Jacque “Jackyl” Baldori

 

Jacque was born and raised in Haslett, MI and has been singing and playing music since she was a little girl.  She started taking piano lessons at about 8 years old, and started singing in her church shortly thereafter.  In middle school, her love of drumming and percussion started when she joined the school band.  In high school she became 2nd-snare on the marching band drumilne, and continued to improve her rhythm and percussion skills. During high school Jacque started taking private voice lessons and continued these for many years.  Jacque attended Valparaiso University for Vocal Performance, where she was a member of the Valparaiso University Chorale and performed at Carnegie Hall. 

Shortly after Valpo, she attended Lansing Community College for Commercial Music studies where she met Lucas Holliday.  The two performed in shows together at L.C.C, becoming good friends and great singing partners.  Upon earning her Certificate of Musicianship from LCC, Jacque transferred to Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts for Jazz Studies.  At CCPA she learned to refine her craft in Jazz and Blues, and found her true love in commercial music.  Jacque returned to Michigan in 2014, and started singing with Tell Yo Mama shortly after. Ever since, the group has flourished into something far beyond her, or anyone's expectations.  

Michael “Vyper” Loomis Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, Michael Loomis has been playing guitar for over half his life. One of his early mentors—Jeff Hathaway—once told Michael early in his career, "Blues is like Latin. If you can play the Blues, you can play anything." Of course Blues has been a great foundation for many guitar players, and Michael was also heavily influenced by many guitar-centric bands and players like: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Carlos Santana, Guthrie Govan, Nick Johnston, and Jimmy Page.  Today, Michael performs with the band "Tell Yo Mama," a Lansing based funk fusion band fronted by a male-female lead singer combo, both with awesome harmonic pipes.  Michael enjoys helping other young musicians find their musical voice, and continues his education at Lansing Community College. He is truly a rising star amongst the musical literati. Dig!

Michael “Vyper” Loomis


Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, Michael Loomis has been playing guitar for over half his life. One of his early mentors—Jeff Hathaway—once told Michael early in his career, "Blues is like Latin. If you can play the Blues, you can play anything."

Of course Blues has been a great foundation for many guitar players, and Michael was also heavily influenced by many guitar-centric bands and players like: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Carlos Santana, Guthrie Govan, Nick Johnston, and Jimmy Page. 

Today, Michael performs with the band "Tell Yo Mama," a Lansing based funk fusion band fronted by a male-female lead singer combo, both with awesome harmonic pipes. 

Michael enjoys helping other young musicians find their musical voice, and continues his education at Lansing Community College. He is truly a rising star amongst the musical literati. Dig!

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