About Delta Fire
Soul. Rock. Pop. Country. You won't often find a cover band that does all of the above with astonishing skill and showmanship, but Delta Fire does.
We're also skilled entertainment managers and whether you need music for a club, corporate event or elegant wedding, Delta Fire has you covered. Our band members have decades of experiences providing the just the right music for any event (and references to prove it). We also have a state-of-the-art Bose sound system and light show so the band can be just as "out front" (or in the background) as you need us to be.
Here's a look at our lineup:
Ray Tyson – Guitar, Vocals
Ray started playing professionally at age 17 in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. He was greatly influenced by Texas Blues artists such as Freddie King and the Vaughan Brothers, as well as rock guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana.
Ray has divided his time between playing and writing original music and performing in cover bands. He has shared the stage with artists such as Joe Walsh, Delbert McClinton, and Mother’s Finest. He has studied with guitarist/songwriter Chet Catello of Spyro Gyra. Ray is well-versed in rock, blues, R&B, funk, and roots music, and teaches private guitar lessons and coaches bands (including students selected for the prestigious Grammy Camp).
Shemaine Pickens – Vocals
Shemaine was born and raised in the Queen City of Charlotte NC. She began her musical journey at around 8 or 9 years old, singing around the house with both parents, who also sing. As her voice matured, she recorded her first single in the studio at the age of 14, and went on to write and record additional songs at the age of 16. In 2005 Shemaine began performing with a female trio, Backstage Pass, and was a featured vocalist with the band Vybez.
Shemaine credits R & B and Soul artists Sade, Natalie Cole, Monica and En Vogue among her musical influences, but is just at home singing Journey or Boston.
Shemaine graduated from Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte with a full vocal scholarship to Winston Salem State, where she studied Music Business and performed around the country with the University Choir, University Opera Ensemble and Burke Singers. Her philosophy is that music is a gift to be shared and an opportunity to convey your passion.
Bill Carroll – Bass, Vocals
Bill Carroll lavished all the lawn-mowing money he earned the summer before high school and bought a Stratocaster copy so he could join a garage band with the other kids in the neighborhood. Less than five years later, he signed with Hollywood-based Aardvark Records and wrote and performed a song that was featured on Dick Clark’s long-running “American Bandstand” TV show. He gives the nod to Geddy Lee, John Wetton, Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney as his greatest musical influences.
Bill has released several self-produced solo projects over the years, and toured with the Bill Carroll Band, Spy, and the critically acclaimed Doubting Thomas, with whom he recorded several albums. He has shared the stage and studio with notable artists such as The Byrds, David Lee Roth, Clint Black, Delbert McClinton, Jennifer Nettles, Grand Funk Railroad, Randall Bramblett and John Keane, and has written and produced music for Capital Cities/ABC TV, Voice of America, Bank of America, and Gideon Smith. He was nominated for a regional Emmy Award in 2007 for music he composed for public television.
Michael Costa – Drums
Michael Costa grew up in North Jersey. He is the nephew of famed bandleader Carmen M. Costa, who played trumpet and drums. Costa began drumming at age 12, and when he was 15 he met Buddy Rich. He cites this as the moment he knew he would play drums as long as he was breathing.
Throughout his teens, Costa played in various bands in North Jersey, and at 17 he went into the studio for the first time with the original band, Red Wing. In the late ‘80s Costa began playing corporate gigs and traveling nationally. Costa relocated to Charlotte in 1991 and has since played with many local artists and bands, including End Over End, Sweatin’ Bullets and The Wax Gurus. Recently retired from Corporate America, Costa is now providing back beats for Delta Fire, while actively studying the art of drumming to expand his styles on the drum kit and various percussion instruments.
Kevin Cosgrove - Keyboards
Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, Kevin Cosgrove starting playing keyboards when he was 10 years old. Although self-taught, he quickly excelled and played in many cover bands in the northern NJ area.
By the age of 24, this led to a full-time position behind the keyboards for one of the top wedding bands in the NJ/NYC metropolis and he was a partner in a recording studio, composing and recording music for commercial videos which made him adept at many different styles of music.
Upon relocating to Charlotte, NC in the early 90's, Kevin continued with his original composition projects in several progressive rock bands ultimately releasing two CDs as a member of Bad Alchemy. After being in several local Charlotte variety bands, he now joins Delta Fire on select shows to man the blacks & whites.