Diagnosed with autism at the age of four, this determined young man taught himself to play the acoustic, electric and bass guitars at the age of 14. But it was his introduction to the blues sound that provided the musical construct from which he developed his own style. Zayne was also part of a four-piece youth blues band which represented the Columbus Blues Alliance at the 2016 International Blues Challenge’s Youth Showcase held in Memphis, TN. His amazing abilities as a guitarist has taken him to San Antonio, TX, Harrisburg, PA, Rockville, MD and all over Ohio. Zayne also received the 2017 Community Star Award from the Franklin County Board of DD.
Blue Spectrum made the acquaintance of Amelia through the blues community as fellow performers in open jam sessions. Along with Zayne, she was also a member of the youth blues band that played in Memphis. Amelia graduated from Grandview Heights High School and is currently a student at The Ohio State University.
During performances, Zayne would introduce his singing uncle and it wasn’t long before everyone started referring to this smooth crooner as “Uncle Al”. He later joined Blue Spectrum as the bassist and added the missing vocal element to the Blue Spectrum sound. Alan also acts and sings in community theater productions which including the Hilliard Arts Council’s musical production of “Ain’t Misbehavin'”.
A constructive comment made about a Facebook video of Zayne winning his high school talent show, opened the door for the addition of Clarence as drummer and mentor. His many years of playing experience made him instrumental in laying the foundation to the Blue Spectrum sound. Clarence helped transport Blue Spectrum out of the garage and into the world.