Saturday, March 26, 2011

Artist Alert: New Guitarist for Skillet

Photo retrieved from God Tunes Reviews
Skillet has chosen their new guitarist! Jonathan Salas debuted as the new guitarist for Skillet last night on March 25, replacing the former guitarist Ben Kasica who performed his last concert with the band on March 20. Here is some information about Jonathan Salas retrieved from his Myspace page.

A musical prodigy, Jonathan Salas could play piano, drums, and guitar by the ripe old age of 8 and was writing songs at the early age of 12. At 16, Jonathan Salas Band won third place in a national band competition sponsored by Gospel Music Association’s Seminar in the Rockies. He went back the next year and the group was the most awarded group at GMA Music in the Rockies, Estes Park CO. He gained national attention at the Gospel Music Association's “Music in the Rockies” in Estes Park, Colorado where he and his band won top honors as the “Spotlight Band Grand Prize Winner”. Jonathan also won 2nd and 3rd place in the pop/rock songwriting competition with "Check Out 9" and "Summers Fade" while receiving rave reviews from professional songwriters. In addition, an accomplished guitarist, Jonathan won second place in the national overall instrumental competition. 

These accolades caught the attention of several major record labels. After signing with a major record label a four song EP produced by Peter Kipley (Mercy Me, Robert Randolph, The Afters) and mixed by Reid Shippen (Third Day, Relient K) and Joe Baldridge (dcTalk, TobyMac) was released with "Feel Like Flying" hitting rock radio. Soon after that Jonathan was back in the studios with producer Paul Ebersold (3 Doors Down, Sister Hazel, Third Day, Skillet). 

Jonathan has led worship for small groups, retreats, and large congregations (10,000 in one weekend). As a gifted guitarist, Jonathan has been privileged to tour with Disciple as their lead guitarist. Some of Jonathan’s special moments have been sharing the stage with great artists such as Salvador, Building 429, Pillar, Leeland, Circleslide and other extremely talented artists. His most recent highlight was opening for Stryper on their 25th Anniversary Tour at the House of Blues - Houston and the House of Blues - Dallas. 

Jonathan Salas combines powerful vocals with heavy guitar licks making his live shows energetic. Jonathan's stage performance proves his excellent musical dexterity and professional showmanship. His blistering guitar solos are his trademark. A gifted guitarist and songwriter, Jonathan connects with any size audience through his passionate live shows. His musical influences come from legends such as: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, James Taylor, Paul McCartney, and Eric Clapton.

1 comment:

Josh said...

Thanks for the update. I am sure he will be a good addition to Skillet as the guitarist. I will miss Ben lots too.