Niki Bente, is a singer/songwriter from Valencia, Ca. She grew up in choir and studied jazz and blues in college. She entered her professional performing career at 20, singing in multiple cover bands and studio session work. The cover bands range from an acoustic duo, all girl funk and soul band, southern rock, 80’s, billboard top 40’s, country and more. Performing at Disney, Magic Mountain, Carnegie Hall, numerous weddings, corporate events, American Idol season 4 & 6, Nashville Star season 10, to name a few. She has always been influenced by singers that have a story to tell and an overwhelming sense of passion in their voice, such as Stevie Nicks, Ann Wilson, Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin. Singing and performing has always been a passion of hers and she calls herself lucky to have had the amazing opportunities she has had. She always looking forward to whatever new and exciting challenges that may come her way with music.
Tim started playing guitar in 1982. After his first rehearsal in a friend’s band, the bass player quit. Tim borrowed the bass players equipment for the next rehearsal and bought his first bass after that second practice, never looking back.
Yes, Tim is primarily a bass player but he has developed into a jack of all trades type of musician with his guitar never too far out of reach! He developed his musical abilities playing on the Sunset Strip in the 80’s and 90’s to present day with bands such as: Steel Wolf, Burning Bridges, Marcus, Cactus Groove, Dark Chapter, Idelwood and Timmy G & The Kenny’s. Lately, Tim has been branching out a great deal more into writing and recording his own music while performing at Singer/Songwriter events whenever possible.
Some of you may recognize Tim - he first joined Twisted Gypsy playing the role of John McVie at the beginning of 2018.
Julie was born with music in her blood. She sang her first solo in church at the age of 4 and has been a songbird ever since. Julie discovered her passion for singing rock and roll and performed with several Southern California based bands in her younger years.
She also carried lead roles and played trumpet in countless musical theater productions in the 80’s and 90’s.
While raising 4 kids, she was a high school band director and then a brass instructor for the Performing Arts Academy at Oklahoma City University.
She moved back to California in 2015 and decided to return to her rock and roll roots as the lead singer for the Ventura County based rock band, Red Rhythm.
Formerly of Interstate Blues, Gravy, Park Bench Prophets; also known for his contributions to The Magnificent and Petty Or Not. Erik has performed with Matt Abts (Gov't Mule), Mark Knight (Bang Tango/Unsung Heroes), Billy Greer (Kansas), Mike Slamer (City Boy), Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones), Mark Danzeisen, Terry Reid, Mark Ford (Black Crows), Dwayne Betts (son of Dickie Betts), Alex Orbison (son of Roy Orbison) as well as several American Idol finalists.
Born and raised in Southern California, Milo took advantage of growing up near a metropolis. He attended concerts, classes, and clinics, and heard his favorite drummers while discovering new ones. His lifelong path of music has been vast. Cherished moments such as playing tympani behind the great Choral master Roger Wagner, grooving behind Delaney Bramlett, and jamming with Slash and Brad Paisley. He spent years traveling the world performing in Europe, South America, Australia, Canada, and the USA with punk rockers Down by Law and Zerodown. Recently, Milo recorded and toured with Foo Fighter guitarist Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants.
Aaron is a guitarist, composer, and producer. He's performed around the world for the past 10 years as a member of the United States Air Force Band. He's led several bands with the Air Force as a tour manager and musical director, traveling from exotic places like the Kwajalein Atoll and Antigua, to Kuwait City and Melbourne. His repertoire ranges from Top 40 pop/rock to jazz and everything in between. Aaron's played with Eddie Money, Juanes, Danilo Perez, Barry Dunaway (ex-bassist for Yngwie Malmsteen), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck), and J.K. Kleutgens (Cirque du Soleil), to name a few. He recently co-produced several commercials, including the “Let Hawaii Happen” national marketing campaigns for the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau. He resides with his wife, Nicolle, in Long Beach, CA.
Billy and Ruth are So-Cal natives who live for managing/producing all things visual & musical! Twisted Gypsy is a labor-of-love, as their childhood soundtracks were filled with those mystical, smoky tunes, perfected by bands like Fleetwood Mac.
Billy was the lead writer/singer of the 80’s Metal Band ‘STEELWOLF’ and has extensive experience with the business side of entertainment. Currently, Executive Producing & hosting TV programs for networks such as Discovery Channel, Velocity & DIY Network/HGTV, Billy D's creating innovative and fun reality series content.
Ruthie is a long-time fan and performer of live stage musicals. She's been a corporate executive for Fortune 500's, an apparel brand specialist, and a designer/principal of a major shoe company. Currently, she focuses on health & fitness marketing, and owns an upscale boutique gym.
Together, their roles in TG are booking, producing, managing & overseeing PR/marketing opportunities.
Art is Twisted Gypsy's official hype man, videographer, and party starter. He's an actor best known for his roles in films like Monkeybone, Spaceballs, and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. Also hit TV Shows like Charmed, Ally McBeal, The Man Show and Estudio 2 on Estrella TV.
He worked with Billy Derian on Discovery Channel's 'Rods N' Wheels' among many other shows. Their friendhsip spans a lifetime, sharing a passion for Fleetwood Mac and killer live music.