“We’re not just another Southern California band. Our southern core goes deeper than that.”
Three of the four members of Color You have roots in the lush landscapes of northern Alabama. Drew Stutz ,drummer, is the only member of the band that is a native of Southern California. In an almost straight line from west to east between three historic music areas; Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and Ft. Payne, Alabama,. lies the quiet town of New Market, AL. A couple hours north is Nashville and to the south, New Orleans. It was perhaps inevitable that these talented music loving boys would feel the need to make music and then answer the call of the open road. Surrounded by blues, country, jazz and rock and roll, they set off to make new music. Their own music.
The band’s intentions are to do exactly as the name suggest. They want to color you. Color your world with music! Great music!
“We want to inspire people with our music, to make their lives better and more meaningful in some way. It’s our mission and purpose, and we won‘t stop until it’s accomplished.”
Ben Ross,22, is the lead singer and pianist of Color You. He was born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. At the age of 4 his family moved to New Market, AL. After high school he traveled west to San Diego and attended college where he met and eventually did a summer tour with a band called ‘Allstar’ (now Allstar Weekend). Later he toured with the band ‘Just Left’ of Chicago and then did his own tour and EP. as a solo artist in 2011. After his solo tour, he and his stage band decided to make it a permanent thing and formed the band, Color You.
Ben loves the performance aspect of music, but also enjoys the creative process of writing, arranging and producing as well. “People wonder why he sleeps till noon, says bassist, Scott McGlathery, “but when the rest of us are asleep, he will stay up all night getting a recording the way he wants it.” His early musical influences include Bob Dylan, Sting, The Beach Boys, Jimmy Hendrix, Third Eye Blind, and Blink 182. Ross began playing the bass at the age of 13 and later traded his bass in for a guitar. He became interested in the piano after his move to California and later made it his dominant instrument.
Jeremy Turner,23, lead guitarist and vocalist, was raised in New Market, AL. He began playing guitar at the age of 13. His vocal harmonies make Color You unique to its listening audience. “He has always had a good ear for harmony” says lead vocalist Ben Ross. “Jeremy can make a harmony on the spot for anything he wants.”
His early musical influences include The Beatles, Red Hot Chile Peppers, John Mayer, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, and Bright Eyes. Jeremy’s perfectionist personality keeps the band tight and innovative. “Jeremy was one of our inspirations as newbie’s to the world of guitar. Playing ‘outside the box’ was his comfort zone. He could make up the craziest cords out of nowhere.” McGlathery and Ross both agree. “ If it weren’t for Jeremy, it would have taken us a lot longer to have reached our present level of musicianship.”
Scott McGlathery, bassist, 22, first joined the Ben Ross band as a stage musician, as did Turner, for the 2011 summer tour. Scott thoroughly enjoyed touring the U.S. “It was an amazing time, not to mention, quite an education.” Scott, a native of Huntsville, AL, began playing the guitar when he was 16. He took up the bass 4 years later. He switched to bass because he realized that the bass, along with the drums, were the driving force of the band. “If the bassist is barely awake, the song isn’t going anywhere.”
McGlathery’s bass lines show his expertise on the instrument, but they don’t show how gifted he is as a recording artist, says Ross. “Scott can get things on the first take almost every time. He is always ready to do whatever it takes for the sake of getting the music out there.”
Flea, from Red Hot Chile Peppers, and Paul McCartney have been 2 of his main inspirations as far as bass playing. John Frusciante and Hendrix for guitar, “but for writing and composing, Modest Mouse has been huge.”
Drew Stutz, 20,and native of San Diego is the youngest member of the band. His first instrument was the guitar, but he decided to try the drums a couple years ago and has stuck with it. He lived only a few blocks away from the newly formed Color You band, but they were both unaware of this.
The band had been searching and advertising for weeks for a drummer, and then as they were driving down the road to put up more flyers, they heard him practicing in his garage. They slammed on the brakes, turned into his driveway and left a flyer and note on his truck. The band’s only worry was that he might be a forty year old man with 5 kids, a wife and a day job. Drew later gave them a call and the rest is history. He was the final necessary piece of the puzzle. Color You was up and running. “Drew has been awesome with every aspect of the band,” says Ross, “He is incredibly dependable and makes my life easier.”
Drew’s early musical influences include AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and a whole
bunch of classic rock bands. Since he picked up the drumsticks, his favorite inspirations are Foo Fighters, Crash Kings, Blink 182 and still.... Led Zeppelin.