Marc Willett has this to say for himself: "I saw the Beatles in '64... My grade point dropped from a 4.0 to a
2.0... I never looked back..." Marc started playing guitar first but soon was drawn to playing bass when attending
Jr. High School in the Seattle area. He was heavily influenced by the Beatles, British Rock and the San Francisco
music scene of the late 60's and early 70's. During these formative years, Willett discovered and was influenced by
blues icons such as T-Bone Walker.
After High School, Marc played Country Rock thing ala The Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, and Buffalo Springfield
and played in various groups reflecting those musical stripes. This led to Marc being asked to play bass with
National Country acts coming through the area.
The next step in Marc's career was when he was asked to join the legendary "Kingsmen" who were also from the
Pacific Northwest. This led to a ten year career of constant touring (that almost drove him crazy, ed. note)
This included being part of Dick Clark tours and events, making commercials, and performing at many corporate
events. After Marc's stint with the Kingsmen, he found himself working and playing music with Microsoft
co-founder Paul Allen and helped form Paul's band "The Grown Men".
Not only is Marc a great musician, he is also a well respected studio engineer. His studio is called Falcon
Audio and many fine NW projects have come out of those studios.
"Always the Bridesmaid and never the Bride", (as Marc so succinctly puts it) Marc has played tons of pick-up
gigs over the years with artists as varied as The Eurythmic's Dave Stewart, Vernon Reid, Lou Reed, Tom Scott,
Little Feat, Patty Smythe, Dan Ackroyd, Chris Barron and others too numerous to mention. His main musical outlet
at this point in time is with Alice & the Formerlys and for this, they are very thankful.
Steve's piano playing has been heavily influenced by such greats as Meade Lux Lewis, Otis Spann, Huey Piano Smith, Professor Longhair, Johnnie Johnson, and others. He's been an in-demand journeyman keyboard player in the Seattle music scene since the mid-70s, playing with many blues, rock & roll, R&B, and jazz groups. For the past 26 years he has held down the piano chair with Northwest legend Jr. Cadillac. With Cadillac he toured the Soviet Union from Russia to Uzbekistan in the summer of 1989. Later that year, the Berlin Wall came down. A direct connection between these events has not been definitely established, but rock & roll is certainly known to be a revolutionary and world-changing force. On this tour, Cadillac performed the first-ever concert in Uzbekistan to be broadcast live via satellite to the US.
Steven is also a songwriter and composer, with a couple of solo CDs out on the VisionaryDance label. On the ancient Middle Eastern flute called the ney, he's accompanied the Whirling Dervishes in the US, and has played with dervish musicians at Rumi's tomb in Konya, Turkey, and at the historic Galata Semahani in Istanbul.