Gary Lowder & Smokin Hot

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Gary Lowder

Lead vocals , trumpet, flugel horn, and percussion

Gary Lowder : Lead vocals , trumpet, flugel horn, and percussion. A writer ,vocalist, and producer. Nominated by the Carolina Beach Music Association for CD & Song of the year
2012 “COASTIN”

Nominated 2013 Entertainer of the year, male vocalist of the year.

*Awarded 2013 : CD of the year “SOUL THERAPY”
*Awarded 2013 : Duet of the year “Private Number” with Marsha Morgan

*Awarded 2017: Song of the year “Should Have Been Loving You”

*Awarded 2020 : Solo CD of the year “Just Believe it”

*Awarded 2020 Group CD of the year “SOUL ON FIRE”

*Awarded 2021 Male Vocalist of The Year !
Former member of the Entertainers, Mark Roberts Band, Legends of Beach. Founding member of the Carolina Breakers.

Harold Smith

Keyboards and vocals

Multi-talented keyboardist, vocalist, studio producer….

One of the top keyboard men in our industry and truly an original soul man with an endless repertoire of all genres….

Harold brings the funk & soul to the party with his signature vocals. Nominated 2017 for “Smoothie of the Year” from the Carolina Beach Music Association with his remake of “Sooner or Later”

Mitchell Anthony


Started playing Drums at 8 years of age. He was the first to bring a drum kit into his church. Playing throughout elementary through high school, Mitchell’s love for playing increased to the level of being drum captain to drum major. After high school, Mitchell worked for his father in the family business. But the yearning to play music was to great for him to continue driving trucks. So he moved to Charlotte NC to start a professional music career in 1990. From then to present day, Mitchell has become fluent in many musical genres such as Jazz, R&B, Blues, Latin funk fusion, as well as Rock and Heavy Metal. He has played in many bands sending him to live in different cities across America. Charlotte North Carolina New Orleans Louisiana Biloxi Mississippi Myrtle Beach South Carolina and Las Vegas Nevada. Not bad for a country boy born in Hickory North Carolina. Mitchell’s pursuit for happiness has allowed him to meet many musicians and famous individuals. He has opened up from bands like cameo, Manhattan transfer, Natalie Cole, Molly Hatchet, The Hager twins. In Vegas alone Michell has met more celebrities than he could ever imagine like Gene Simmons Natalie Cole Michael Bolton Jellybean from the time. Michell has also work for Wayne newton on a his ranch as a Bodyguard for a couple of years. Where he met Lee Majors and Kevin Spacey. Michell lives in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and has two young daughters. Neesah Anthony 16 years old and Michaux Anthony age 9 and plan’s to play music for as long as possible because music has shaped him to be the father, the man, the all around life loving individual he is today and he wouldn’t change a thing!

Mark Ahearn

Bass Guitar

A multi-talented musician. who has played bass for : Dion, Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals), Buck Dharma, ( Blue Oyster Cult), Davd Wecki, Patti Austin, & Greg Alman . Mark plays guitar, bass guitar, sings lead vocals, writes and produces and is a great studio session musician. .


Keith Stone

Trumpet and Vocals

A multi talented musician whose trumpet sounds can be heard on multiple studio recordings for TV shows and numerous bands.A 2018 inductee into the CBMA “HALL of FAME”. A graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in music. Keith always brings energy and fun when he is performing.!!!

Art Amaral

Sax & Vocals

A Massachusetts native, Art has been playing professionally since the age of 13 where he needed an adult to accompany him to the clubs and bars where he made his “bones”, playing with musicians three and four times his age.
Over the next several years, he honed his skills with local and regional bands of many genres. From orchestras, big band swing, jazz, blues and funk, Art has definitely developed his own style and skills.
A veteran of countless hours in the studio, Art has recorded with and for local talent as well as giants in the music industry.

Twenty years in California gave him the opportunity to play at the hottest jazz and blues clubs in LA….a once in a lifetime experience!
His touring credits include opening for The Steve Miller Band, Huey Lewis and The News, The Four Tops, Eric Carmen, Tommy James and the Shondells and The Vanilla Fudge.

He has landed in Georgetown and now fully enjoys life with his wife Terry and is thrilled to be a part of Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot!

"Funky" Leroy Harper Jr

Sax man , writer

Sax man , writer, producer, multitalented musician.

Played with James Brown and The Flames for 15 years and has toured world wide!

Currently with Funky Leroy Harper’s All Starz and founding member of Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot

Bridger Warlick


started playing trombone at the early age of eleven. By his teen years he was playing with a band and on his way to performing on a professional level in clubs and corporate events. When Bridger is not on stage, or in the studio, he is attending Methodist University and is a member of the tennis team. He is also a vocalist .

Brian Dougherty

Sound Engineer

Brian’s passion for music has been with him his whole life. He began doing sound in church with no experience at all. Then a life long family friend need a fill in for live sound during an illness in 2009. That was truly the beginning to him crafting his signature in doing live sound. His sound career has spanned through multiple bands Highway 17, The Attractions Band, The Magnificents Band, and currently with Gary Lowder and Smokin Hot. He has been honored to work with such great musicians and to be nominated for CMBA Live Sound Engineer Award two years in a row.

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