ABOUT THE BAND
Smooth Ops is like a great big musical family, and our rapport with each other shines through in our performances. Get to know the people behind the music and learn a bit more about our band members below.
Tara is one of Canberra's most versatile vocal talents. A professionally trained singer, Tara's powerful and dynamic voice has seen her flourish on the Canberra scene. Influenced by stars like Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Eva Cassidy, and singing everything from soulful jazz and heart-filled blues to rock and pop, she delivers all her Smooth Ops tunes with style and ease.
A graduate of the CMAA Academy of Country Music, Nicole was a Tamworth Star Maker Grand Finalist and has played main stage at the Gympie Muster. Her talents extend past country though, as she has fronted bands playing jazz, pop and rock material, and is an accomplished song writer and session vocalist. She started with Smooth Ops in 2014, taking over from Rachel Thorne.
Previously a guest artist for Smooth Ops, Justin came on board as a permanent member of the front line in January 2017. While a Blues Society regular, he's moved effortlessly into the Top 40 world of Smooth Ops as well as indulging in side projects of 70's rock and contemporary duo work.
Anthony started out playing Classical and Spanish guitar but later moved on to playing his favourite rock songs. He has put his chops into action on stage with numerous cover and originals bands such as Dogs on Lino, 11th hour and Axis. He also spent a couple of years performing with blues artist Mick Reid, with whom he recorded the album Long Hard Road.
Keys + backing vocals
Julia's contributions on keyboard give Smooth Ops its full sound and add the instrumental authenticity the band is known for. Her time with the keys has covered classical, gospel, pop, rock and blues, and vocally she is an experienced harmony singer. She has also served many years as the band's previous musical director and administrator, but having handed that baton over to Tara and Justin is now enjoying more time on the keys and less on the email!
Ken's bass is the other half of the Smooth Ops rock solid rhythm section. Ken has been playing the bass for as long as he can remember, performing in various blues, rock, gospel, country and jazz bands around NSW and the ACT. A highly energised player, Ken rocks out at every opportunity and never loses the groove!
Drums + percussion
Phil Measham has been playing in Canberra and throughout the Eastern States for many years. Predominantly a session drummer, Phil has worked with numerous Australian and international artists (most recently country stars Paul Costa, Aly Cook, Ben Ransom and NeillyRich) and brings a wealth of flair to the band. He does his best to be entertaining while providing solid grooves with some funky features for Smooth Ops' songs. Phil uses Soultone Cymbals exclusively and is featured on the Soultone Website.
Andrew has been involved in the music scene for many years, as both a sound technician and musician (bass guitar). He records and mixes, and spent several years covering Canberra Blues Society events. Other feathers to his bow include selling and renting music gear, promoting local acts and establishing new live music venues. He currently convenes local jam group The Canberra Music Workshop, and organises music events such as the Boot 'n' Flogger Revival Party.
For that extra something special, why not add bagpipes, horns or violin to the mix?
Many talented musicians have graced the Smooth Ops stage. But they still make cameo appearances every now and then!