After graduating from the prestigious Musician‘s Institute, Michael Nunez moved to the central coast where he played and sang in popular bands such as Local vocals, The blues dogs, and Sound Investment. He owns and operates Michael's music Academy, and with over 30 years experience, he personally teaches guitar, bass, piano, drums, ukulele, Mandolin, Music theory and harmony to all ages and levels, and also is an accomplished vocal coach. His main instrument in the band is his voice. His dream has always been to be the lead male vocalist for a Classic rock band, where he helps to provide The Message to all classic rock fans.
Now enter : Rock Odyssey!
Charlie Criner started playing bass in 1987. He learned to play by ear listening to players like Steve Harris and Chris Squire, and years later, moved on to studying the studio greats like Donald “Duck” Dunn and Tony Levin, both of whom inspire him the most today. He has been in several bands on the central coast over the last 30 years, and despite his earliest metal influences, is known for having a less is more approach to bass. His main bass is a U.S. Fender Precision, and has a Jazz bass as a backup. Live, he plays through Aguilar amps and cabs.
Darlene has had a passion for music and performance since she was a little girl, taking piano lessons, singing in choir, playing the clarinet, acting in plays, and dancing in ballet, tap, and Mexican Folklorico. Watching her dad play bass in a christian rock band touring in the bay area in the 80s and 90s inspired her to practice singing at home on her free time. She would dream of one day being the lead singer in a rock band herself looking up to artists like Joan Jett, Pat Benetar, and Debbie Harry. Her early vocal influences include the sounds of Patsy Cline, Aretha Franklin, and Dolly Parton and later Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani, and Amy Winehouse. Rock Odyssey is the first band Darlene has been a member of and it is a dream come true! She is thrilled to be the lead female vocalist, play a little harp, and share this time with the other amazing musicians of Rock Odyssey.