Once Upon a Time
Pony began playing the Bass when he was eleven years old. A phenomenal man and musician, with an extraordinary playing style. Pony plays left-handed, with a right-hand bass, turned backwards, flipped up-side down with the G-string on top. Pony was born in January of 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, his family moved to California when he was very young. He is a self-taught bassist, who's older brother made it possible for him to have a bass to practice on while he was in elementary school. He attended junior high and high school in Los Angeles, California and continued to play the bass throughout his young adult life, playing in different bands, sneaking in the back door of night clubs (because he was under age) with older musicians just so he could play his bass on stage. He even started a few bands of his own. Pony eventually enlisted in the Armed services where he continued to play the bass at the NCO Club on weekends. (As quiet as it's kept, I understand that one of the reasons he began to play at the NCO Club was to avoid having to get up and perform early morning details). Smart Thinking, huh? 1985 marked the beginning of Pony's professional career, first touring with the Johnny Otis Show where he played Carnige Hall with Ella Fitzgerald, and Bull Moose Jackson, he then went on to Switzerland, Italy, France, Holland, and Finland. Pony joined Hank Ballard and the Midnighters where he toured Canada and played the Casinos in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Studio work with Johnny Otis included 'Nut Pony' and 'Funk It Up' (both written by Pony). He also recorded with the Manhattan Transfer/Hank Ballard and the Midnighters on 'Keep the Fat'. Pony performed with Etta James at the Long Beach Blues Festival and a variety of lounges throughout the Los Angeles area. While with the Phillip Walker Blues Band, Pony toured the United States as well as abroad. He later joined the Ike Turner Revue where he again performed in Las Vegas, New Orleans, Biloxi and Los Angeles. Pony has also performed with great talents such as: B.B. King, Lowell Folsom, Barbara Morrison, and many more... Pony is a talented songwriter and producer, as well. To his credit he has composed and recorded several arrangements, including a few blues songs: Gonna Be There, Last Night, Move On With Your Life, Checkin Out Myself and more (release date to be determined). Also, to his credit, Pony has a host of instrumentals and bass solos that will also be released. In 1999, with his partner Patricia Irvin, Pony formed his very own record company 'Pony Records'. The record company had been a life long dream of Pony's, it took Pony and Patricia together to make this dream a reality. Pony's band 'Final Snapp', perform a wide variety of music: Blues, R&B, and Oldies, even Rock n' Roll. Under Pony's leadership the band performs throughout California. The Final Snapp Band also performs a great deal for the Senior Citizens in the Los Angeles area in facilities such as: adult care homes, adult day care centers, rehabilitation hospitals, residential care facilities, retirement facilities, senior centers and adult recreation centers. Pony is a true believer in playing the music that the seniors can relate to and appreciate; he enjoys taking his music to those individuals that aren't able to make it to the night club venues or festivals where he also performs frequently. Pony, Patricia and Sheree (Vocalist) became acquainted in the year 2000 when Sheree began to work with Pony. Sheree is a very talented vocalist, versatile with an exceptional ability to harmonize and ad-lib. She utilizes her vamping and style of riffs amazingly. Sheree began singing at the New Mt. Calvaray Missionary Baptist Church (Pastor's Choir) at age four. She started directing the Pastor's Choir at age eleven. Sheree joined New Mt. Missionary Baptist Church where she met 'BJ' who offered her the opportunity to sing secular music publicly. Throughout High School, Sheree was involved in singing, modern dance and drama. She attended Inglewood High School in Inglewood, California and went on to graduate from Cal State University, Los Angeles June 2001. Sheree's Major was Sociology and her Minor, Juvenile Delinquency. She has to her credit successful studio projects, and is looking forward to advancing in her music career. So keep your ear to the ground! When you hear Pony's Final Snapp Band gallop through your town on Pony Records, come out and say HELLO! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.