The Jonny Wright Band is made up of longtime friends and band mates; Jonny Wright, Phillip Wenzel, Josh Pickerign and Levi Warren. Jonny & Phillip first began playing together in Jr. High, in their church’s youth worship band, where Josh later joined the two in High School.
The three attended separate colleges and pursued their own musical endeavors. It was during this period that Jonny met and began performing with bassist, Levi Warren. Through the Lord’s leading, the group reunited after college and began touring together in promotion of Jonny’s sophomore solo release, “Our God is Here”. After the album’s release in October 2011, the band topped off the fall tour performing at “Spirit Fest” before 12,000 concertgoers at the Dell Diamond Stadium in Austin, TX.
Following the successful fall tour, the four began collaborating together and formed the Jonny Wright Band. They have been writing and recording new music and have performed at numerous churches and festivals throughout the Northwest, most recently winning a spot on the Indie stage at Creation Fest NW 2012. The band is currently in the studio, working on their first full-length album, set to release in Fall 2012.
Jonny Wright - Vocals/Guitar: For almost a decade, Jonny has led worship teams for a number of churches throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is the Worship Pastor at First Evangelical Church in Vancouver, WA. In the Fall of 2011 Jonny released his second album “Our God is Here”. The twelve song collection that ranges from energetic rock to thought provoking ballads. Following the CD release concert in October, the band topped off their Fall tour by performing at Spirit Fest in Austin, TX before 12,000 concert goers in Dell Diamond Stadium.
Equipment: Fender John Mayer Strat, Taylor Grand Symphony 8, Vox AC15, Shure Beta 87a, Radial J48DI
Joshua Pickerign – Lead Guitar: Joshua started playing guitar at age 15 and began performing at his local church in Beaverton, Oregon at age 16. He earned his B.S. in Economics at Oregon State University and is currently studying accounting at Portland State University. He currently lives in Beaverton and regularly attends Beaverton Foursquare Church.
Equipment – Fender American Deluxe Telecaster, Vox AC15, Paul Cochrane Timmy, Nobels ODR-1, CMAT Mods Brownie, Voodoo Sparkle w/ Keeley Mod, Xotic EP Booster, TC Electronic Nova Delay IB Modified, MXR Carbon Copy, Strymon Blue Sky Reverb, Ernie Ball VP Jr.
Phillip Wenzel - Drums: Phillip started playing drums at age 5 and began performing regularly in his local church and school in Jr. High. After high school, he attended Portland Community College and Portland State University with an emphasis in music performance. In addition to JWB, Phillip is also an active session drummer for various solo artists and bands. He lives in Beaverton, Oregon with his beautiful wife, Erin, and their Boston Terrier, Louis.
Equipment - Yamaha Drum Kit, DW & Gretsch Snares, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans & Remo Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks
Levi Warren - Bass Guitar: Levi grew up in a musical family, so his love of music was developed early. He took piano lessons as a kid, sang in choirs, and played in the band in junior high. It was at age thirteen, though, that he first picked up the bass. From there he played in multiple bands and at church on the worship teams. While studying music and ministry in college, he met Jonny and their friendship and musical career together were fast formed. Levi also writes/records music and performs as a solo artist. He enjoys good coffee, reading, writing, and listening to lots of music.
Equipment - Fender American Standard Precision Bass, Ampeg SVT6 Pro Head, Ampeg SVT410HLF Cab