Jeff has been playing bass since he was 12 years old playing the Toronto bar scene as a teenager. He then pursued a career in the record business helping A list artists achieve their dreams and goals. He is a successful songwriter who has had some airplay and has even written a song that appears on a Fred Penner album. Now that's eclectic!
Debbie has always had a passion for music. In high school she joined her first band which took her on the road for a couple of years. Debbie then took a position with a national retail chain and it was during this time she was involved in Calgary's first singing telegram company. Debbie later took on a role with a major record label where she was employed for many years as a promo/sales rep for southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.
She has performed jingles and sung on numerous projects in the studio with other artists. Debbie has played in many bands over the years and is happy to say that she is one of the original founding members of Wildcard.
"Mark was born in Scotland at a very young age and grew up to be very bald, just not on his head. He learned to play guitar as a teenager in a futile attempt to get girls to like him (see prior reference to being bald). As a child of the 80s, he was heavily influenced by Glam Rock and Heavy Metal bands that either dressed like women, sang about the devil, or both... He is still quite confused about that to this very day.
Having lived in Scotland, England, Saudi Arabia and now Canada, Mark has been there, done it all and got the t-shirt - which was then promptly returned because there was a weird stain on it that gave him the screaming willies.
Mark loves playing anything with 6 strings on it, but mainly plays Gibson and EVH guitars, as well as Jeffrey's guitar when he is not looking. His musical influences are widespread and somewhat varied, much like his waistline. His guilty secret is a CD by The Spice Girls, which he keeps hidden behind the toilet cistern alongside his DVDs of the Twilight Saga and some Dan Brown novels.
Above all else, Mark loves playing in a group with talented bandmates that he can steal ideas from. Mainly though, he enjoys the company of like-minded musicians that share an equally warped sense of humour (See biography for details)."
Gary has been a drummer since his early twenties. He started his musical career playing the Cabaret circuit in Calgary. Gary would often freelance for many groups and enjoyed participating in various local jams. Gary performed in numerous groups as opening acts for Prism and Emerson Drive. He is proud to be one of the original members of Wildcard!
Dave was born in Halifax, but grew up in New Brunswick, which explains his inability to pronounce the word "car" like a homegrown Albertan would. In 2010 he thought it would be a good idea to move his family to Arizona to escape the humidity of the Maritimes. It was there that he discovered the churro.
It took only a few short years to realize that the phrase "but it's a DRY heat" was no actual consolation when it reached 48 degrees Celsius in Phoenix. In 2012 he moved his family back to Canada, thought the mountains were neat, and settled in Calgary.
Dave is a self taught pianist who learned to play by ear while fascinated with musical keyboards from a very young age. He now enjoys playing in a band setting where he can continue to grow as a musician, and feels fortunate to be allowed do that along with some highly talented individuals.