Jimmy started his professional music career at the age of 16 as a classically trained Trumpet player! His vocal career started when he formed & fronted soul band "Flip Flop & Fly" in 1994 which enjoyed great success including a regular spot at the BBC Club in London and various tours including Norway, Germany & Cyprus.
After relocating to Devon in 2001 he formed a Blues Brothers tribute band" The Shotgun Blues Band" playing the part of Elwood, before joining Joey The Lips as vocalist and (gobby Ed.) front man in 2003. His Influences include Otis Redding, Joe Cocker, Freddie Mercury, Danny Bowes of Thunder, and Dick from Dick & Dom in the Bungalow.
Naomi joined the band in July 2000 after working for several years fronting professional trio 'Fresh'. After training in Theatrical and Media Make-Up for Stage and Television, Naomi embarked on a varied music & media career.
Starting as a bluecoat at various holiday centres, she went on to feature on Channel 5 as a finalist in the Stairway to the Stars new talent competition, featured as a cover girl for Bella Magazine and a panellist on Channel 4's Movie Watch as well as appearing at various UK locations as a Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) look-alike! Naomi's influences are Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox, Diamante, but she is particularly influenced by anyone who is in the building but still manages to be late for the sound check.
Kat is a graduate of the Guildford Academy of Contemporary Music where she gained a degree in vocal studies. Kat has worked with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers as well as Skunk Anansie and Carleen Anderson and after completing her degree Kat wrote and performed her own material before relocating to Cornwall to join the band.
A talented performer, and by some margin the maddest member of the band, Kat is a vocal coach and has been known to play a bit of saxophone too.
Pro drummer and drum teacher Alex was taught by Ralph Salmins at London College of Music (Drumtech) and has since worked as a session man with many UK bands, for BBC Radio, and appeared at Glastonbury and many London West End shows, also featuring on Radio 1's Jo Whiley/Pete Tong show.
Alex joined the band in March 2010 and delights audiences with his outstanding technical ability and feel. Alex's main influence is ex. Sting/Frank Zappa drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and his nickname is Alan, only because it annoys him. Alex's drumschool website: www.ajsdrumtuition.co.uk
Currently answering to the nickname 'Westlife', not to mention looking like Tony Hadley, Simon is a music teacher, a multi-talented musician and is proficient on many instruments, unfortunately none of them musical. No he is really.
After appearing with rock bands Rehab and DV8 Simon spent many years as a session musician and guitar teacher before joining the band in 2006.
Simon's funky bass lines are an intrinsic part of the powerful rhythm section of the band. Simon's guitar school website: http://www.guitarlessonsdevon.com
Once they have got over the shock of seeing Bill Clinton on guitar, Steve sets audiences alight with fast fret work, and outstanding technical ability. Possessing the hand/eye co-ordination of Lord Nelson, Steve is expertly proficient across all genres of music which suits the bands diverse set.
Steve joined the band in 1999 and his influences are John Schofield and Pat Metheny, but mainly Monica Lewinsky.
One of Steve's earliest memories is of playing a toy piano at the age of four. He played a real piano at the age of five, and now has learnt to use the black notes occasionally too.
Steve went on to play in school bands and later played with Stiff Richard and Don't Walk, before joining Joey line up after a break of five years. This, despite band members asking for the break to continue much longer.
As well as playing keys, Steve adds a fourth vocal harmony and is known affectionately as Wolfie, Noxy, Professor Pat Pending, Ming the Merciless, and Mr. Burns from The Simpsons
John is the only remaining founder member from when the band formed in 1994. Around that time he was also saxophonist with Soul Station and The Ant Hill Mob. John studied Contemporary World Jazz at University and has never cleaned his saxophone.
He also manages the band and can often be found answering to 'what time are we on? Is it a sit down meal? Where's the toilet? There's a spider in my bath' etc. If he has any time left John can be seen performing elsewhere with modern jazz quintet, Blue Trane.
Jamie is normally to be found humming the Phil Collins classic 'You Can't Hurry Dove'. Jamie is a music teacher and has previously played for many of the top bands in the South West such as The Rhythm Machine, Soul Station and The Ant Hill Mob.
In that time Jamie has played venues all over London, the UK and Europe including Royal Variety performances. Jamie provides the powerful bottom end sound of the horn section and wears weird fluorescent socks.
Rob started his musical career in his local brass band and by the age of 15 was playing in 7 piece band Soul Outfits before later joining The Rhythm Machine, then on to Joey The Lips in 2003. His passion and commitment for soul music led him to hitchhike from Kingsbridge to Plymouth and Paignton just to get to gigs. He has now realised that using a car is quicker.
Rob provides the high end punch in the horn section and his influences are Derek Watkins, Arturo Sandoval but mainly pies. Nicknames include 'Dale Winton' & 'Dom Jolly after Atkins'.