Vocalist Michelle Hover started singing because she learned it got her better treatment than when she cried! She started out in church at the age of 3 and kept on through college. As a college student, Michelle led a gospel group called Amani Gospel Singers, and was a founding member of the a cappella R&B group, Essence. After college, Michelle fronted several short-lived cover bands in the Baltimore area: Big Mama Jama, a ska/funk cover band; Loose Change, a rock cover band; and several other one-gig wonders. Best Kept Secret is glad to share the stage with Michelle as her talent and humor keeps us all on our toes.
Keyboardist and backup vocalist Dan Long has been playing locally for over 25 years. A long time member of local favorites Montana Wildaxe, Dan also plays with Pink Floyd tribute band "Echoes" and performs regularly with Blues Hall of Fame member Wayne Dean and the Bailouts. He has led several original music ventures, and is often called in as a hired gun, both live and in the recording studio. Dan’s crisp piano and electric piano, smoking organ, and synthesizer textures lay down the harmonic foundation for Best Kept Secret. Dan's keyboard rig contains a Roland FA-08 and a Hammond SK1.
Guitarist Phil Lester is a versatile player that has studied and played a wide range of music during his Thirty years in the music industry. His music interest range from gospel, blues, funk and jazz to classic rock and country and has even played fusion.
Phil started his musical career in Gospel music. He was a member of several Maryland based gospel groups including One Faith, Fresh Fire, Gabriel’s Fire, and the Core. He has written and recorded several studio tracks at Toyz recording in Baltimore, Md. and was selected as a semi-finalist for the Gospel Music Assocation’s ‘Song of the Year’ in the mid 90’s. Phil has also been the lead guitarist in Maryland based club bands Second Chance; Stolen Identity, Chasing Cleveland and most recently Delaware’s own 24 Seven. Phil is always seeking to ‘better his tone’ and currently plays Gibson and Fender guitars through Mesa and Fender Amps.
Drummer and backup vocalist Glenn Walker is a long time veteran of the area music scene. He has shared the stage with Dan for over 10 years in Montana Wildaxe. He was a member of local favorites Shakey Ground for many years, and cut his teeth on the club scene at the age of 18 with Skyband. Glenn has also been involved with several original music ventures, and actively participates in his church choir and worship band. Glenn’s solid beats are the backbone of the Best Kept Secret band. Glenn plays Yamaha recording series drums.
Raised in New York and picking up bass guitar in his early teens, Chris Miller has been performing for over 30 years. Soon after high school he joined the Freeze and enjoyed some regional success, before moving to Virginia in the early 90’s to join Damn Dawg, and later P.J. Ellis, to play around the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. area. Since moving to Delaware he has played with Gretchen Emery and Dirty Boots, Stone Groove, the Billy Pierce band, as well as filling in with groups like Barrelhouse Blues band, the Blue Cat Blues band and others when the need arises. Chris builds on a distinct tone with a wide variety of influences, for a driving groove while always working to bring the most from a song. Depending on the need (or mood) he chooses from a stable of modified Fenders and custom basses, as well as a pile of pedals, and plays through classic SWR amps and cabinets
Best Kept Secret
The best of 70's, 80's, Pop, Dance, Motown, Funk, Soul, and Disco