KARENA KOROKOUS:   Lead Vocals

 
Inspired by early R&B, soul and rock legends of the '50s, '60s & '70s, Karena grew up swooning alongside her father with his vinyl collection. Performing live for the first time at age six, she began writing poetry and lyrics shortly after. She has described her first performance as the moment she knew music was her savior. Karena cultivated her silky-smooth vocals with years of formal choral training,  competing often in Florida's local and state solo & choral ensemble competitions, later in a R&B singing group in her teens.

Her vocal style is often described as a mixture between Rock, R&B, soul & jazz coming together to form a unique sound and delivery. Her captivating warm alto carries each song she sings with deep emotion. Karena lists her biggest influences as Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Stevie Nicks, Sade , Ann Wilson and Diana Ross to name a few.


 Karena recorded her first album titled "NO OTHER WAY TO SAY THIS."  Self described as a smooth R&B, true labor of love.  Karena would like to thank her producer, friend and mentor Mr. Russ Swain of Russ Swain Productions who also collaborated vocally on two tracks.
Her album and Single Tracks are on sale now.
 
 
 
John Michael Bennett - Band/Music Director, Drums, Percussion, 
Background Vocals and GMS Drums Endorsee

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John has been playing drums for over 35 years. During this time he has backed up such acts as the Ramones, Poco, Rick derringer, and the fabulous Thunderbirds to name a few. John has also
had the pleasure of playing with guitar player Phil Grande from Joe cockers band and Tommy Byrnes of Billy Joel fame. In addition, John has played with Paul Morris from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. John's driving drum beat is a vital part of SimplyTina's rhythm section and we're fortunate to have him as our Band/Musical Director and friend.

Mike Silverman - Band Manager, Bass, Background Vocals
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Mike has played he club circuit throughout Long Island, South Florida and Memphis, TN. As the highest quality equipment is extremely important to him, Mike plays a Spector Custom Euro 5 String Bass or a 4 String Fender Precision Bass, coupled with a Galien Krueger 800 Watt Bass Cab and Gallien Krueger 750 Watt Bass Amp. Together with John’s expert drumming abilities, Mike helps complete the solid rhythm section for Simply Tina. 


JUAN AGUIRRECHU- Lead guitar, Background Vocals
At the age of eight, caught up in the rapture of “Beatlemania”, Juan began what would become his lifelong passion - this unquenchable love for  music & perfecting his talent as a musician. An amazing self- taught talent, Juan is authentic in an array of styles from Rock, B&B, Pop, Ballads, etc. His mastery of Latin “flavors” was further developed through performing with Israel Cachao, renowned Cuban Bassist & father of the Mambo. Juan has performed with Vantage Point along with many top Florida groups over the years, but comments that SimplyTina is the closest he has gotten to fulfill his own pursuit for playing with “Beatles caliber” musicians.

Jeff Ankeney - Synthesizer, Background Vocals

Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist and a welcome asset to Simply Tina. Playing everything from pan flute and horn parts on the synthesizer, He adds another layer into the music that separate Simply Tina from other bands.
Gary Lapenski -  Keyboards, background vocals

Gary has over 35 years of experience as a professional musician. He has toured the US and performed with many bands.  We are very glad to have Gary as a vital part of Simply Tina.
LEE GABE

LEE GABE

Lee Gabe was born and raised in Miami from a musically talented family and continues to make South Florida his home base for his musical journey. Lee can be found performing in many different bands, ensembles, and solo acts. Lee's primary instrumental focus is the saxophone but also doubles on Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, and EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument). Lee's favorite music to perform is modern jazz fusion but performs all styles of music from classical, jazz, blues, R&B, pop, rock, and top 40 hits. Lee picked up the saxophone at age 10 and credits his instrument of choice thanks to the influence of his older brother who played keyboards and was listening to the popular jazz music of the 80's from Spyro Gyra, Dave Sanborn, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, along with many more artists.

These artists framed a strong musical foundation for Lee to continue on and study music through high school and college. Lee is a graduate of the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy and received his bachelors in music performance from Florida International University where he studied under Gary Campbell. Lee also studied saxophone , flute, and clarinet privately with Billy Ross. Lee Gabe has performed and shared the stage with Earth, Wind, and Fire, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Nestor Torres, The Fifth Dimension, Efrain Toro, Mike Gerber, Mr. Nice Guy, Turnstiles, and has recorded along with Vintash Band's Live performance album New World. Lee is very excited to be apart of the Simply Tina family!

Lee Gabe Official Website

Paola  Gonzalez Garcia-Herrera - Dancer/Choreography

Paola's choreography sets the tone for an ultra sexy rock n roll show while adding a high energy spirit and even a touch of Latin flavor. 

                                                                                Dominique Binns- Dancer, Choreography

Dominique has always had a passion for performing arts, and at the age of four she began gymnastics and dance training. In 2005 she started her professional career as a Gymnastics Coach, and in 2006 went on to become a Dance Instructor, as well. In 2009, she opened for Sean Paul at the Calle Ocho festival in Miami. Dominique has been a fixture in Pride events in South Florida since 2008, making appearances from the Treasure Coast to Miami, and has been a signature choreographer and performer in those events for just as long. She joyously cultivates the light and passion she sees in the youth around her daily, as she continues to teach gymnastics and dance.