The Hallelujah Blues Band
The Hallelujah Blues Band Band Bio
The Hallelujah Blues Band is a power rockin' band based in
Phoenix, Arizona that will rock your blues away.
What makes this band so special is that they appeal to everyone, regardless of
gender, religious affiliation, age, or race. Everyone enjoys the music of
The Hallelujah Blues Band.
The Hallelujah Blues Band performs for a diverse selection of venues and audiences
such as night clubs, restaurants, private parties, and even
Harley Davidson dealerships. The band also has a heart to serve our community
by performing at fundraisers, charities, churches, ministry events and
a variety of other events & venues. The Hallelujah Blues Band has also been performing
at the Arizona State Fairs and Maricopa County Fairs since their inception in 2007.
With over 120 years of combined performing experience,
The Hallelujah Blues Band is committed to "serving you with joy",
providing you with high quality live entertainment by performing
a variety of the best blues and rock and roll that is loved by all.
The Hallelujah Blues Band can be contacted to provide a custom made
performance for your special occasion or event.
When you have a band that loves to serve you with the joy of good music
that makes people want to dance and sing, you get a happy audience because you got
The Hallelujah Blues Band
Serving You With Joy!
Lead Vocals & Guitar
Patrick Veit Biography
Patrick was born the same year rock & roll was born, 1955, when Chuck Berry came out with his first hit “ Maybellene”. Chuck Berry is the father of rock & roll and Patrick’s favorite and most influential guitar player. However, it’s important to note that the origin of rock & roll is the blues. Muddy Waters said it best “the blues had a baby and they called it rock and roll”. Patrick loves performing blues music because it allows him to express his deepest emotions and convey that to his audience.
Patrick was fourteen years old in the summer of 1969 and saved up enough money to buy his first guitar. He didn’t even know how to play it but was determined to learn, so he taught himself. It didn’t take long before he joined a high school rock band and was playing the current hits of the day and oldies from the 50’s. It’s been a long time since high school and he’s been in many bands over the years including performing in the 25th Infantry Division band during his army enlistment in 1977. In 1997 Patrick founded the gospel rock band of Wilby Dunn. After a successful 10 year period with Wilby Dunn, he changed the band’s name to The Hallelujah Blues Band in 2007 to perform for a wider audience.
Some of Patrick’s other musical accomplishments include songwriting, guitar teacher, leading worship at church, being a team member in worship bands, recording studio experience, playing lead and rhythm guitar, and singing lead and backup vocals. Patrick is known to instantly fill in for bands and worship teams on a moment’s notice with little to no rehearsal, though he does believe rehearsing is very important. Playing guitar is Patrick’s passion and joy. It’s not unusual for him to play guitar for up to four or five hours a day. Patrick’s joy is to express joy through his music so others can experience that joy.
Patrick is a BMI published artist and songwriter. Many of the songs that he has composed can be found on all the major music distribution sites such as i Tunes and Spotify under The Hallelujah Blues Band name where Patrick is not only the songwriter but the lead singer and guitar player. He is also an "Endorsed Artist" for Sfarzo Guitar Strings. (Please see links below).
As the leader of The Hallelujah Blues Band, Patrick functions as the rhythm and lead guitarist, lead vocalist, band manager, booking agent, songwriter, band promoter, performance promoter, and developer for several band websites. Patrick loves being in The Hallelujah Blues Band because he performs a variety of music that appeals to everyone and that keeps everyone happy which helps Patrick to live up to the band’s motto, “Serving You With Joy”!
Michael Sheahan - Drums
Michael Sheahan Biography
Mike was born in Chicago but didn't stay long. His family settled in Phoenix Arizona some sixty years ago. While growing up he was into baseball following the Yankees and playing the game at higher levels as he grew. His baseball interest was suddenly redirected on February 9th, 1964 when The Beatles performed for the first of several shows on the Ed Sullivan "shew". Mike was so struck by the drummer Ringo he decided right then and there to be a drummer. Ringo was having fun playing the drums and of course, it looked cool.
Mike’s parents were very supportive and started him with private lessons with a local jazz drummer. He has forever been thankful for his folks support in those early years giving him the important musical foundation required to be a better than average musician.
Forward to age sixteen young Mike finds himself in his first band. The band was made up of forty something guys who played the old country and western music around the Phoenix metro area. This gig continued for the next four years as Mike's playing with other musicians greatly improved his musicality.
When Mike reached twenty years old and having the exposure to the music industry at the local level he decided that a "real job" might be a smart idea. His then girlfriend's father spoke to the advantages of a job with a pension. He convinced him to look into public safety work. Mike settled on law enforcement deciding to set his sights on the Phoenix Police Department. After going to junior college learning about the criminal justice system, he was about to turn twenty-one when the police department called asking if he was still interested in joining. A long and exciting career as a police officer began consuming a great deal of his time. This caused Mike to stop playing music and focus on his new career.
When Mike finished twenty years of service, he was eligible for retirement and a pension. Even though he continued to work, putting in another eight years, he began planning for life after chasing bad guys. So for the next eight years he began taking private lessons, six total years from two professional drummers relearning to the basics and reading charts.
Towards the end of a great career he began jamming with guys doing the garage band thing. In 2000 Mike began playing with bands performing in all kinds of venues. For the last twenty-two years he played in sixteen-piece swing bands, small group jazz bands, a polka band (that was more fun than he could ever have imagined) and several rock and country bands.
In 2014 he began playing for The Hallelujah Blues Band, serving up the gospel of Jesus Christ our savior in music. After two years he developed carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists' thereby necessitating corrective surgery which absorbed the next six months causing Mike to excuse himself from the band. Fast forward to September 2022 and Mike passed the audition a second time. He is now back to familiar music secular and gospel and loving every minute of it. The Hallelujah Blues Band is even better than when I joined in 2014.
Music has provided Mike a great deal of personal satisfaction after retirement especially with Patrick Veit as the band manager, spokesperson, web designer, booking agent, great guitar player and singer. Their collaboration in music will be fun and spiritually satisfying while giving those who are hungry a chance to absorb the Spirit of the loving heavenly Father through the lyrics created by Pat Veit and delivered through the vessel called the Hallelujah Blues Band. Mike is very happy to be a part of this great band. He looks forward to a long and satisfying run in The Hallelujah Blues Band.
Alan Carr - Bass & Backup Vocals
Alan Carr Biography
Alan was born and raised in North Philadelphia where musical influences were abundant. As a youngster he recalls using his sister Carole’s record player to listen to her 45 collection that included the likes of Elvis, Frankie Lymon and Patti Page. And of course, every afternoon there was Bandstand. Early on he had an interest in taking up the drums, but lessons were not in the family’s budget. So his first instrument turned out to be a hand-me-down Silvertone acoustic guitar from his cousin Margie. It was perfect timing as he had developed a strong interest in folk music in the early sixties. For the record, Alan’s first concerts included the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Clancy Brothers and, of course, Bob Dylan.
Not until the Stones released Satisfaction did Alan get with the whole British Invasion thing. During his freshman year of college, he was “drafted” as the bassist for a friend’s band which featured lots of music from the Animals and the Stones. That band did not last long, but he came out of it with a cheap bass guitar and amp and, more importantly, the feeling that he had finally found the instrument he was meant to play. Throughout his college years, he devoted any free time to developing his bass skills and was lucky enough to land summer gigs in local bars and clubs with some friends. About the time he received his engineering degree, he got a call from a keyboardist whose band was looking for a bassist. He went and listened and they had a great sound so he went all in. That seven piece band was the Hour Glass and for a while they were really rockin’ the South Jersey/Philly area with the sounds of Chicago, Three Dog Night, Santana and War just to name a few. But when things went south, Alan knew it was time to set aside those rock n’ roll dreams and put his engineering degree to use.
So that’s pretty much what Alan did for 45 years with a variety of firms, first in the Philly area and then relocating to the Seattle area in the late seventies. Along the way he earned a Master of Science degree in civil engineering and became a licensed structural engineer in the State of Washington. But that doesn’t mean he gave up on music altogether. He just found new ways to enjoy it like studying ballroom dancing with his wife, Karen. With retirement approaching they purchased a home in Surprise, Arizona back in 2012. Soon after Alan had the opportunity to work from home so they made Surprise their permanent home in late 2013. In retirement they have been avid concert goers. Truth be told, it was Karen who encouraged Alan to pick up a bass and try playing again. The pandemic meant there was a lot of time to devote to getting his ‘funk factor’ back. After a few months the next logical step for Alan was to find some other like-minded musicians to play with. After some false starts Alan has found a home with the Hallelujah Blues Band and he looks forward to bringing joy to their audiences for as long as the good lord allows.