WALLY KURTH - Los Angeles, CA
Wally Kurth joined the cast of General Hospital as the charming yet ruthless businessman "Ned Ashton" in 1991.
Daytime viewers also know Wally from Days of Our Lives, where he portrays "Justin Kiriakis". His popularity among General Hospital viewers is evidenced by being selected in 1996 as the Most Valuable Player on General Hospital by readers of Soap Opera Update magazine, and nominated as Hottest Male Star by Soap Opera Digest magazine, also in 1996.
Born in Billings, Montana, Wally grew up with a strong interest in acting and music. He put this talent to work in musical theater and songwriting. He has appeared on stage in a variety of works that have been produced from regional theater to the Kennedy Center to Broadway, where he starred as the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. He has also been active in the Los Angeles Equity waiver theatrical arena, where he has worked as an actor and director. He lent his talents to the musical review Over the Rainbow: The Music of Harold Arlen, and Sondheim: Part 3, an annual STAGE event that benefits AIDS-related services in Los Angeles.
Wally also writes and performs music with his partner, Christian Taylor. Their multiple albums have received critical praise from Billboard magazine. Wally Kurth and Christian Taylor recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song for "Barefoot Ballet", a single from their album, Freedom, that aired on an episode of General Hospital. They recorded a follow-up album, The EP.
Wally has also been very busy producing a documentary entitled "Class C".
Wally is married and lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and three children.
CHRISTIAN TAYLOR - Nashville, TN
Christian was raised in Santa Cruz, CA and played in local bands such Starborne, (with Pat), Room With a View (with Jim) , Mic Stand & the 58’s (with Pat & Jim) and The Medflys. Concurrently CT, Lee & Pat all attended weekly vocal lessons with legendary Bay Area Vocal coach, Judy Davis. (Steve Perry, Barbara Streisand, Sandi Patty, Eddie Money, Eric Martin, etc..)
Along with Pat, the two moved to Hollywood in 1987 to attend Musician’s Institute. While there, the Director of the school, Jerome Stocco, introduced CT to a young “Days of our Lives” actor named Wally Kurth.
In 1998 CT received his first national television exposure as guitarist for then movie star, Corey Feldman. (Who oddly enough, dressed and danced exactly like his friend, Michael Jackson)
In 1991 Christian joined RCA Recording Artists, BOOG. The band briefly played the local Sunset Strip circuit and featured Eric & Kenn Briner, future Grammy-Winning Producer, John Shanks and future “Eagle”, Scotty Crago.
In 1992 Wally’s and CT’s friendship evolved into a musical partnership and “Kurth & Taylor” was born. Starting as an acoustic duo, they quickly added members Lee Beverly, Jim Bloodgood, Nick Chetkovich and Pat McCormack.
In 2002, two years after the band’s final episodes on “General Hospital”, CT, Wally & Debi Cochran won a “Best Song” Emmy Award for “Barefoot Ballet”.
CT, Wally and Jerome then created a TV Show for Disney-owned network, SOAPnet. The show, “One Day With…” featured Wally as host and followed various fellow daytime actors throughout their day.
Following his stint as a songwriter on “Music Row”, Christian and old friend, J. Stocco, formed the Multimedia Company, Zebra3media.
Christian lives with his wife and two kids in Brentwood, Tn
PAT McCORMACK - Santa Cruz, CA
Pat McCormack has devoted the last 25 years of his life to the study and practice of musical composition, engineering and performing. A graduate of the famed Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California, Pat first gained prominence by placing in the top five in the LA Guitarist of the Year Competition in 1988. (Out of a field of 400 contestants in talent rich Southern California)
He immediately followed up with the scoring and recording of 3 surfing/sport feature films which were released worldwide and aired on ESPN. This experience, coupled with the inspired "thrill ride" soundtracks that are currently in use at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk have helped Pat to cultivate the surf rock style that he incorporates into his music today.
Continuing to perform in and around Northern California in the late 80's, Pat's talent was soon noticed by rock guitar legend Ronnie Montrose who was so impressed that he asked Pat to join his band and tour, playing to sold out, guitar enthused audiences for the next couple of years.
In 2004, Pat was asked to compose and record for Disney / Soap Network's National TV show "1Day With".
Soon after finishing his stint as composer on "1 Day With", Pat was approached by a major Hollywood producer who had heard his work on the show and asked him to compose and produce the theme music for "The American Producers Guild Award Show". The event brought out Hollywood's " A-list" of Stage, Screen and Television.
Over the past few years Pat has made the first call lists of some of the Bay Area's top clubs, namely the Catalyst in Santa Cruz where in the past year alone he has successfully opened shows for such major acts as David Lee Roth, Foreigner, Blue Oyster Cult and UFO among others.
His most unusual credit to date came about in early 2005 with the composing and producing of the theme music for a new featured thrill ride at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Pat created three themes for the "Double Shot", the newest and tallest ride at the famed seaside theme park. His music is also used for the newest ride "Wipe Out" as well.
Pat has just completed work on his newest surf rock solo album entitled "Risk Thrill Factor".
JIM BLOODGOOD- Nashville, TN
Playing professionally at the age of 15, Jim toured various clubs throughout Northern California. His career made a substantial advance when he was called by Christian to play in the band Room With A View featuring Tiran Porter of The Doobie Brothers. They recorded numerous studio tracks and performed with several mainstream acts including Dave Mason and The Doobie Brothers Reunion Tour.
His career with RCA recording artist, Sara Evans began in September of 2000. Tours have consisted of The George Strait Festival, the “Girls Night Out Tour” with Reba, Martina McBride, Jamie O’Neal, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson, as well as tours with Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney.
Sara and her band have been featured on various national television spots including CMT’s All Access, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, CMT’s Crossroads with Maroon 5, and the Tony Danza Show. Sara is currently working on her 7th Album with RCA, and will have a single out in late spring.
During a hiatus from Sara who was out with a newborn, Jim had the opportunity to work again with Lee Beverly in Eddie Money’s band during 2003. Eddie headlined several concerts and toured all across the country.
Working with a few local upcoming artists in the Nashville area concurrently with Sara, Jim has been selected to play on an album for recently signed artist Phoenix Mendoza.
LEE BEVERLY- Nashville, TN
Growing up in a musical family in Santa Cruz, CA. Lee started his professional career at age 5. Selling tickets to neighbors and performing in the living room with friends. Eventually joining his father, an accomplished musician himself, onstage as a young teen. His musical interests grew and he soon started performing with local popular Northern California bands such as WINCHESTER, FLIGHT, MIC STAND & The 58's, FLAPDOODLE WIT and both regional favorites THE MEDFLYS and 415. Lee also was accepted into the renowned Judy Davis Vocal Studio in Oakland CA.
With the inevitable move to Los Angeles Lee began working at the World Class WESTLAKE RECORDING STUDIOS where he got experience in recording techniques and music industry “insight” for nearly 10 years. While in L.A. teaming up with his good friends in KURTH AND TAYLOR added to the Southern California experience as some of the most rewarding and fun times.
Feeling a need for a change of pace Lee moved to Nashville Tennessee where he soon began to tour with country star SARA EVANS. Lee also enjoys the creative songwriting scene of Nashville to showcase original compositions. After only a short while in Nashville, Lee was offered the job of playing Bass with EDDIE MONEY. Being originally from the bay area in California and growing up with the music, he feels at home with his new friends THE EDDIE MONEY BAND, and those fans that make the music great.