Black Angel originated in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in 1999 with J. C. Martin leading the band and with Audrey Madison Turner (lead singer of Ike Turner and The Kings of Rhythm and also Mrs. Ike Turner) as a vocalist and Ronnie Turner (only son of both Tina and Ike Turner)
on bass. The band was originally called The Prophets and played in major Los Angeles and Santa Barbara clubs such as The Roxy, Jack’s Sugar Shack, Luna Park and the Wildcat Lounge. The Prophets released one CD, “The Prophets EP”, in 1999. Since then the band has released eight full-length albums, “13 Stories” (2001); “Real Music for Real People” (2003); “O’ California” and “O’ Santa Barbara” (2007); “O’ San Francisco” (2009); “O’ Los Angeles” (2014); “Pleasuredome” (2014) and “Hard Livin’, Hard Times (2015). Black Angel has played shows at such Southern California clubs as B. B. King’s Blues Club, The Coach House (San Juan Capistrano), Paladino’s, Rusty’s Surf Ranch, The Cat Club, The Creekside Inn, the Martini Lounge, The Tryst, SRI (Studio Instrument Rentals) Showcase, The Musicians Institute, The Scientology Celebrity Center, The Gig and The Joint. In San Francisco we have played in front of 20,000 people at both the Off The Grid Fleet Week show for the Blue Angels (2013) and at the Oakland First Friday celebration event (2015. We played in front of over 10,000 people at the Oakland Marathon in 2015.
Other prominent band members in Black Angel over the years include Danny Darling (former drummer for Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Vaughn and Leon Russell); Tiffany Lowe (granddaughter of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash and daughter of Carlene Carter and Nick Lowe; Jason Ball (Animotion); and Ernie and Cory Orosco (The Strawberry Alarm Clock).
RADIO AIRPLAY and INTERNET PRESENCE Black Angel can be heard on over 1,500 FM radio and internet radio stations worldwide. Black Angel has over 42,000 friends on MySpace and their site has been visited over 304,000 times.
SONG OF THE YEAR In a poll of prominent music journalists in December, 2007 “ONE BEER” from the album, “O’ California”, was selected Song Of The Year by Chuck Eddy of Billboard Magazine. Chuck Eddy is the senior music editor at Billboard Magazine. For seven years Chuck was the music editor of the Village Voice in New York City…………In his annual poll of the best albums of the year, Billboard’s Chuck Eddy ranked “O’ California” as the 31st best album of the year and “O’ Santa Barbara” as the 35th best album of the year for 2007. Keith Gordon of Rolling Stone magazine ranked “O’ California” as the 29th best album of the year and “O’ Santa Barbara” as the 30th best album of the year for 2007. The late Ben Martin produced and co-produced Black Angel’s last three albums with the help of J. C. Martin.
CURRENT BAND LINE-UP Since relocating to San Francisco in 2012 Black Angel has added lead guitar player, Rubin Ray of Marin; bass player, Mike Stever of Berkeley, and drummer, Pat Woods of San Jose, to its core lineup. Rubin, Mike and Pat are veteran, highly accomplished, professional musicians who have the drive and determination to take Black Angel to the next level of success. Rubin, Mike and Pat have played music in the Bay Area for over twenty years each. Pat was with the band, The Readymades, who opened for many national acts at The Cow Palace, The Fillmore, etc. and was in a touring version of the 1950s band, The Coasters.