The Mike Donnell Band is an American country band formed in Houston, Texas in 2013. The group consists of Mike Donnell (guitar, vocals), Adrian "STX" Santacruz (bass), Zach Sample (drums), and Phil Perriraz.
Originally beginning as a southern rock powerhouse after Mike served a tour of duty over seas, Mike made an immediate impact on the acoustic scene with free shows and open mic’s in the Houston area. Not long after, Mike started a Houston Rock band called Fighting Gemini.
Eventually FG emerged as one of the most popular rock bands in Houston Texas. After 4 years Mike found himself writing more and more of his passion. Country music was calling his name so he began to look for musicians. After many tough auditions, Mike recruited like-minded artists Zach Sample on drums, and Adrian STX on bass, and Phil Perriraz as lead guitar.
After setting a name for themselves and building an excellent reputation, the band found themselves going back to their roots. Quickly setting fire to the Texas country scene, the Mike Donnell Band is a growing name, currently in the process of recording their first album at Satellite Studios in Houston Texas.
After several years of banging on pots and pans and making beats on whatever he could find, his parents finally bought him his first kit at age 11. Since then drums have been one of the most important things in his life.
As the years have passed by, STX has gained a wealth of musical knowledge and experience. Beginning at 4 years old when he first began learning violin, he has come a long way since then. Performing with various instruments and in a variety of genres
While putting his love for music on hold and protecting America ’s freedom, Mike found a guitar in a house that was taken over by US forces in Iraq and re-claimed his passion. With a little bit of time, stubbornness, and the Internet, he once again began to rock his musical ability to the fullest; taking his passion and talent to the public.
Phil got his first guitar when he was 9 years old which ignited a passion for music within him. Throughout his teen years he would practice sometimes up to 4 hrs or more every day learning everything be could. His style is heavily influenced by everything from bluegrass/country to rock and jazz
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