Free For All Band Members

Kayla Shanni – Keyboard and Lead Vocals  

Kayla began music lessons at the tender age of 3 and trained in classical music as a pianist until age 18. She began learning guitar at age 15. Kayla performed with her high school handbell choir for three years. With influences including Ann Wilson, Janis Joplin, Robert Plant and Pat Benatar, Kayla delivers a powerful blues and rock singing style, with some classical influence. She has honed her considerable vocal skills and stage presence over the last several years with modern blues/rock bands, Clockwork 248 and Triple Bypass, and now with Free For All.  

Paul Hughes – Lead Guitar and Vocals  

The roots of Paul’s five decades as a guitarist began with the ukulele at age 6. He transitioned to guitar, taking blues lessons in middle school. When he cranked up an amp in 8th grade, a rocker was born. Throughout high school and college, Paul continued to refine his versatile riffs with rock and jazz training. He moved to Virginia in the 1980s while serving in the US Navy. Since then, Paul has played locally in numerous blues, rock and contemporary Gospel bands, as well as with worship bands at Kempsville Presbyterian and New Life churches.  

Jon Parker – Rhythm and Lead Guitar, and Vocals  

Born and raised in New Jersey, Jon is a “naturalized Texan,” with 18 years there as a bass player/guitarist in several successful rock, punk, and blues bands and as a producer for aspiring bands. After moving to Colorado, Jon was involved in two successful bands and became a published songwriter. Locally, Jon has enjoyed playing bass and guitar in Christian contemporary bands, Top 40 cover bands, classic rock, blues, punk and country bands. 

Carl Peake – Bass Guitar and Vocals  

Carl is a classically trained musician, and taught music in Virginia Beach City Public Schools for more than eight years. He has played trumpet for local wind ensembles, orchestras, weddings, and musical productions for more than 30 years. He is self-taught on bass guitar and plays with the contemporary praise team at Courthouse Community United Methodist Church.  

Rick Shelor – Drums and Vocals  

A drummer for over 45 years, Rick performed in stage bands, orchestra, high school marching bands, and musicals for the Tidewater Dinner Theater. In 1980, Rick toured in Europe with his band, Enertia, as the opening act for Black Sabbath during their “Heaven and Hell” tour.  Rick has performed in Hampton Roads in several rock and country bands, and for Kempsville Presbyterian Church’s praise team, orchestra, and jazz ensemble. A highlight included composing and arranging music for a Trans-Siberian Orchestra-style band. 

 

Professional Sound and Lights 

Free For All performs using a professional sound system and lights, with an audio engineer who keeps the sound enjoyable and consistent. Debbie Dern-Parker, our audio engineer, provides active audio reinforcement for all live performances via a wireless mixing console. Her ability to balance the mix and add effects from any location in the house results in a clean performance with appropriate volume in all types of environments.