With an industry immersed in power pop, slick production, and samples, samples, samples….it is great to see a pure rock and roll band perform live and light up an audience. It’s even better when that band is 12-14 years old. Giffords Lane is fast making a name for themselves as one of the next big things to come out of the northeast coast. Collectively, Giffords Lane is reaching 2 million views on Youtube and their fan base is growing rapidly. With their 3rd album Just Enough recently released on iTunes, impressive sellout shows at The Bitter End, The Count Basie Theater The Stone Pony and The State Theater, plus an ever growing legion of fans, the future belongs to GIFFORDS LANE. In 2013 Giffords Lane opened for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Skate and Surf Festival held in New Jersey; for Quiet Riot at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and for Carly Rose Soneclar from ‘The XFactor’. To date Giffords Lane has played over 200 shows! On October 5 2013, Giffords Lane made history when they performed live at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island. Giffords Lane was the youngest band to headline the St. George Theatre in its 84 year History! During the winter of 2014, Giffords Lane put together their 3rd mashup by combining Katy Perry’s ‘ROAR’ and Aerosmiths ‘Sweet Emotion’. A music video soon followed! Giffords Lane went back into the recording studio to record 3 more songs in February. In April Giffords Lane released their 3rd EP: Just Enough. Giffords Lane hosted 2 record release parties; one in Philadelphia on Phillies #1 radio Show The Preston and Steve Show followed by a performance at the legendary JC Dobbs and then the following day at the Victory Beer Hall at xFinity Live. The following weekend Giffords Lane held their second record release party for their New York fans at the legendary Bitter End. Guitarist Salvatore Grande and Bass Player Dylan Kahan each received artist endorsements with Ernie Ball/Music Man, Sennheiser/Nuemann Mics and Steve Clayton Picks. Nicky Taormina has received artist endorsement pricing for his Ludwig Drums and Rich Sticks Custom Drum Sticks. Nicky can be seen playing the same kit as the late John Bonham. The band also received an artist endorsement from Sennheiser Microphones. For more information on Giffords Lane please contact Mike Grande at 917.270.1524. Electronic Press Kit
Lead singer for Giffords Lane. Serena was the last member to join Giffords Lane. In February 2012, Serena auditioned for Giffords Lane singing Led Zeppelin’s; ‘The Ocean’. By the end of the song everyone knew we found the voice of Giffords Lane. Before the audition Serena had no idea what Rock and Roll was. Serena had come highly recommended from her vocal coach who said; “Serena doesn’t realize it yet, but she has one of the most incredible Rock and Roll voices I’ve ever heard!” Anyone who has seen Giffords Lane perform live can attest that Serena commands the stage. Her stage persona and charisma captivates every audience she performs for. Serena has been trained by legendary vocal coach Don Lawrence and is endorsed by Sennheiser Microphones.
Lead guitarist for Giffords Lane. Salvatore’s love of music started while still in his mother’s womb. Every night Salvatore would listen to music by placing headphones on his mom’s tummy. By the age of 5, Salvatore was performing live at local events. One of Sal’s first shows was performing with Avril Lavignes drummer Rodney Howard! At age 11, Sal went to his first rock concert. Sal and his dad went to see Van Halen at Madison Square Garden. The following day Sal learned ‘Eruption’ note for note. Sal’s guitar is the driving force behind the sound of Giffords Lane. Sal is endorsed by Sennheiser Microphones, Ernie Ball Stings and Music Man Guitars.
Bass player for Giffords Lane. Dylan is the youngest member of Giffords Lane. Dylan has been surrounded by music his entire life. Dylan is one of the most well rounded musicians you will ever meet. Dylan can be found playing bass for Giffords Lane as well as playing bass for his Jazz Band where he has performed live in Carnegie Hall! Dylan also plays clarinet in his schools’ Jazz band. Dylan can be heard singing backing vocals on many of Giffords Lane’s songs. Dylan and Nicky are the foundation of this incredible Rock and Roll band. Dylan is endorsed by Sennheiser Microphones, Ernie Ball Stings and Music Man Basses.
Nicky ‘Stixx’ Taormina
Drummer for Giffords Lane. Nicky began his drum career as an infant; on his dads drum set. At the ripe age of four, you can see pictures of Nicky pounding away on his father’s Ludwig drum set. Coincidentally, after John Stoner (CEO of Ludwig Drums) saw Nicky perform John Bonham’s ‘Moby Dick’ live at New York City’s infamous Bitter End, he presented Nicky with an artist endorsed priced drum set. The very same drum set used by Nicky’s idol; John Bonhman! Nicky began doing session work at age 9 when he joined a band camp for the summer. Since then Nicky has become a seasoned recording artist. Nicky is as professional in the studio as he is on the stage. Nicky and Dylan make up the extraordinary rhythm section of Giffords Lane.