Merchants Of Cool was an idea that came about in the spring of 2011 to guitarist Mike Silva. He was looking for another project that would entertain people , make them dance and give them a lot of good memories. With Bad Company and Foreigner's vast array of hit songs , it seemed like a great but very difficult task. The first bump in the road would be finding a singer who could recreate the well known vocal dynamics of Lou Gramm and Paul Rogers. . Merchants of Cool were lucky enough to find Sean Byrne, an unbelievable vocalist with a range that most singers dream about. The next chore would be finding a keyboardist / guitarist. That's where Scott Doyle comes in. As luck would have it , he was looking for another project. He was a perfect fit. One of the most difficult positions to fill would be finding another multi instrumentalist, one that could handle keyboards, sax, guitar, flute and vocals. The only musician that could possibly do this, was Skip Mahler, the keyboard player Mike had played with in Mr. Breeze. Colin Boughton, drummer and vocalist, has played with many local bands and is considered a hard hitting human metronome. Kevin Doyle on Bass Guitar rounding out the rhythm section perfectly with his solid tones. Finally, Diane Pezzullo, with soulful and powerful backing vocals completed the package.
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