Kayte Strong and Dennis Bryon make up the band "Strong & Bryon". They are the instrumental "arm" of their private label Artfest Records.
As a vocalist Kayte signed a recording contract with Silver Hill Records last year and the release of her first major album, "Born To Love You" was August 24th, 2010. Producer Jim Foster (formerly of the prestigious Music Row Cosmic Mule Group) is a veteran producer and Grammy-nominated writer and publisher with an impressive track record including hits on Tim McGraw, Diamond Rio, Martina McBride, and Lonestar.
Kayte Strong is a singer, songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist, ukulele artist, arranger, producer, engineer, successful independent recording artist and feature writer. She has released fifteen albums in the past thirteen years. Her independent label has been featured in Keyboard Magazine in the cover article titled "Blow Off The Record Industry" after she sold 200,000 recordings of her music at festivals and concerts around the United States by herself. She has released many albums under other names such as "Kayte Wolf", "Kayt E. Wolf" and "Strong & Bryon" (her instrumental compositions). One Christmas Album, "Serene Noel" reached #96 on the New Age Radio Charts in 2003. Her Pop Country Album "Born To Love You" peaked at #9 in 2010 and 2011 on the Cashbox Magazine Charts and remains on the Americana Association radio and internet airplay charts today.
As a backing vocalist and keyboardist in the nineties, Kayte Strong performed with some of the most successful artists of the fifties, sixties, and seventies before audiences as large as 25,000 people while a member of the "Crews Coalition Band" based in Los Angeles, California. Some of the artists she has performed with are:
Al Wilson, Chris Montez, Lisa Lynne, The Champs, The Superbs, The Coasters, The Platters, Mel Carter, Tommy Roe, The Originals, The Safaris, Frankie Ford, Jimmy Beaumont, The Fleetwoods, The Intruders, Rosie and the Originals, the Penguins, Jewel Aikens, Paul and Paula, Sly, Slick & Wicked, The Three Degrees, The Tymes, Eddie Holman, Brenton Wood, Barbara Mason, Dee Dee Sharp, Little Eva, Barbara Lewis, Guy Mitchell, Richard Berry, Gaynel Hodge, The Delphonics, Barbara Lynn, Peaches & Herb, MC Blvd, Brenda Holloway, Al DeLory, the Chris Cobb Band, Dennis Bryon (Amen Corner, Bee Gees) and Ilona (Poland).
She was then "discovered" and brought to Nashville in 1998 by Grammy award-winning producer Al DeLory (Glen Cambell, Beachboys) after singing only one song in a church in Nashville, Tennessee. The result was the highly successful album "Four Roses", which continues to sell strongly after its release over twelve years ago. With the release of "Four Roses", Kayte had to give up all of her other gigs and concentrate solely on her recording career.
Kayte Strong remains one of the most popular vocalists touring the craft and art festival circuit, with performances every weekend; 10,000 to 500,000 people are in attendance at each festival. Her touring partner Dennis Bryon was one of the musicians responsible for the incredible success enjoyed by the supergroup "BeeGees" in the seventies and eighties.
Dennis auditioned for and became a member of The Bee Gees in 1973. With Dennis on the drums, the Bee Gees went on to become one of the most successful recording acts of all time; with the Grammy award-winning Saturday Night Fever album, Dennis Bryon became the only drummer in history (other than Ringo) to have five songs in the top ten Billboard chart simultaneously. Dennis played drums on eight number one records, many hits and spent 188 weeks on the Billboard Top 100. These include:
Jive Talkin’, Nights On Broadway, You Should Be Dancin’, How Deep Is Your Love, Children Of The World, Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Love So Right, Fanny (Be Tender With My Love, More Than A Woman, If I Can’t Have You, Tragedy, Spirits (Having Flown), Too Much Heaven, Love You Inside Out and Desire.
As a solo act, Kayte has opened for Earth, Wind and Fire and The Friends of Distinction, and was on radio and television on the west coast as a commercial jingle singer. Her radio credits include performances on WSM ("The Opry Station"), WBMK in Bismarck, North Dakota, the CSA Country Jam in Laurel, Maryland, and National Public Radio (NPR). She has sung on HBO in one of their movies of the month (Widow's Kiss), a major motion picture starring Sylvester Stallone and Shelley Winters ("Touch Of A Stranger"), and performed as a keyboardist on the syndicated television shows "Eye on Hollywood" and "Cagney and Lacey". She became a published writer for the first time in the Billboard Books release "Tales From The Rock And Roll Highway" and had her song "Love On A Rainy Day" was featured in prime time on NBC on the series "Swingtown". She has written film cues and title music for video in "Erik Winalda, American Hero", and several nature documentaries including the early winter 2010 DVD release entitled "Birds Gone Wild" by Ken Burgener with music by Kayte.