Band Member Biographies
Our band members are among the most experienced, professional and talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.
Stephanie Johnson (vocals)
Steph has been performing for
most of her life. She began singing in junior high and high school and then earned a full music scholarship to Oklahoma Christian University, traveling in a band for 2 years. She also sang at the Oklahoma Opry in Oklahoma City, where she was named Horizon Award Winner,
and Female Vocalist of the Year for 2 years. She has
been singing with bands at corporate events, wedding receptions, clubs, and
parties since 1996. Stephanie sings a
wide variety of styles, from pop to classic rock to blues to everything in
John (Hotch) Hotchkiss (drums-vocals)
Ex Pro musician during the 60's, hails from UK, John started playing drums when he was 11 years old and apart from a 6 year break has gigged regularly with different bands in the UK traveling the length and breadth of England, whilst full time, did stints in France, Germany and Spain and now lays down the beat for BLUE HAT.
Steve Apollo (keyboards)
Born in Chicago, Steve has been playing piano since age 6 and keyboards in bands since age 10. He has played in multiple genres and settings including Rock, Pop, R&B, Funk, Country, Blues, and Jazz. Although classically trained on piano, Steve also plays and programs electric piano, organ, clavinet and synthesized sounds. A resident of Fort Worth since 1984, he has performed all over the DFW Metroplex from small clubs to festivals with the Soulbinders, Tandom2, Wicked Stew, Second Time Around, Passenger and most recently the fabulous Blue Hat. He enjoys great vocal harmonies, great songs and arrangements, tight grooves, and a non-stop party atmosphere which Blue Hat delivers every time they take the stage.
Frank Holligan (Bass-Vocals)
Like Hotch, Frank also hails from the UK! Frank has been holding down the ‘Sideman’ role across many groups/genres over 20+ years. He calls himself ‘semi-pro’ and has enjoyed playing all over the British Isles, Texas; Maryland/DC and even an impromptu session while on vacation in Barbados! Low-end duties have included top London clubs, TV/Radio, recording sessions, top Dallas and Fort Worth Clubs as well as supporting up and coming artists across multiple genres. Now with Blue Hat he elevates an already capable rhythm section to heights that will infect you with ‘the groove’!
Mike Arnett (guitar-vocals)
Mike plays both rhythm and lead guitar. From Austin and starting in high school, his bands were opening acts for concerts in Texas. Mike developed his passion for music hanging out around the Austin scene. His background is with both Texas rock and blues groups as well as gospel. Influences are any thing that sounds good!