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Southern Cross Band

Don Wigton - Southern Cross Band contemporary Christian music Country Rock Praise and Worship Don Wigton Songwriter, keyboards, acoustic guitar and vocals. During his years in the LA area Don played in various bands while touring the Western United States. His band, Clovis Putney, won the Hollywood Bowl Battle of the bands. Later he moved to Bakersfield to co-pastor a very successful Calvary chapel church that witnessed thousands of salvations through their concert ministry which Don headed up. During that time his praise group produced the Album, "Let all Who Hath Breath Praise the Lord" through Maranatha! Music. Later his vocal group, Selah, recorded the CD "Stop and Think About it." Eventually, just as the MP3 revolution began to take shape, Don and his wife Vanessa released a multitude of praise and worship songs and praise hymns on the Internet through Wigtune Company. This WEB site became very popular while realizing millions of mp3 downloads. During this time Don has remained active with Vanessa in praise leadership in various churches.
Vanessa Wigton - Southern Cross Band contemporary Christian music Country Rock Praise and Worship Vanessa Wigton Vocalist.  For seven years Vanessa toured the United States and Canada in the well-known Bakersfield band Sundae Afternoon. Here career was highlighted by appearances at Disney World and Magic Mountain including the Bicentennial celebration in that venue called "Sing Out Sweet Liberty." More recently Vanessa has garnered Internet attention with her vocals that have been published through the contemporary Christian praise and worship site Wigtune Company.  Vanessa has also lead worship with her husband, Don, in several church venues throughout the years.
Odie Crabtree - Southern Cross Band contemporary Christian music country rock praise and worship Odie Crabtree Songwriter, acoustic guitar, lead electric guitar, mandolin, dobro, pedal bass, synth pedals, vocals. Don and Odie have been playing together since their early days together at Calvary Chapel Bakersfield. Odie went on to become the founding contemporary praise and worship leader of Valley Bible which has since become a Bakersfield mega-church.
Sarah Shoop - Southern Cross Band contemporary Christian music country rock praise and worship Sarah Shoop Vocals. Daughter of well-known television news personality Rusty Shoop, Sarah holds a degree from Cal State Bakersfield and is currently a marketing director for that organization. She is hooked up with Nate Hendrick, the drummer of the band and leads praise and worship music with Southern Cross weekly at Canyon Hills Church. Sarah has also made several community theatre appearances as an actress and singer.
Nate Hendrick - Southern Cross Band - contemporary Christian music - country rock praise and worship Nate Hendrick Drums and Drum Programming. Nate has worked with several up-and coming country artists. As well as playing with Southern Cross, he is the house drummer for the contemporary praise and worship band at the Bakersfield mega-church Valley Bible.




Guest Artists
David Maegert - contemporary Christian music rock funk David Maegert Drums Percussion - True Devotion, I Wanna Be Loved By You and You Are My Song. David is one of the premier drummers in Switzerland and son-in law of Don and Vanessa. In addition to his many appearances on national stages, David is actively involved in his professional Pro Tools home studio where he is busies himself releasing contemporary praise and worship music productions with various Christian artists in Switzerland.
Bunky Spurling - Acoustic Voyage - acoustic guitar blues Bunky Spurling Electric Guitar - True Devotion, Holy is the Lord, Uh Uh Uh and I Wanna Be Loved By You. Bunky is the premier blues guitar artist in Bakersfield. He has opened up for BB King with Foster Campbell while also playing with Monty Byrom in the BB King and Monty Byrom Show at the Fox in Bakersfield. He also played in and produced the CD for Jay Parson. Currently he is busy as a studio musician in Hollywood, playing gigs and teaching guitar. His solo album "Acoustic Voyage" is well worth a listen and available at CD Baby. Bunky has also been very active in contemporary praise and worship music in church venues.
Steven Swinford Music Productions - acoustic guitar contemporary Christian music Country Rock Steven Swinford Pedal Steel - Holy is the Lord and You Are My Song and CD mastering. Steven played with Don along with Alan Barrington in the Christian touring band Jedidiah. Following his time on the road Steven was a premier Hollywood recording artist and is an award winning producer. Now located in Henderson NV Swinford Music Productions is a music production company owned by this award winning producer and Recording Academy Member recording and producing music that is specifically geared towards film and television. Steve's film credits include Shadowlands and Burrough of the Kings.  His music production credits include Paul Revere and the Raiders, Steve Miller, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sam Moore, the Righteous Brothers, Richard Elloyan, Lacy J Dalton and Digital Underground. His wife, Stacy Swinford is an award-winning recording artist and together they have CDs of their music available on the Swinford Music Productions website.
Kim Lenz AJ - Masters Band Robin Pearl Band Kim Lenz  Lead Guitar, Bass and Drum Programming - You Broke My Heart.   Many years back Don Wigton and Kim played together in the LA group, the BA Sharps. Kim has a long history of excellent guitar playing with artists such as A J Masters who has written for performers such as Faith Hill, The Oakridge Boys, Diamond Rio and  Randy Travis. Kim also produces recordings in his professional home studio where he produced a CD with Robin Pearl and later played with her at LA venues such as the Palomino and Troubadour. Kim and Robin co-authored the song "Wild, Wild Ride" that was featured the Robin Pearl Band in the soundtrack of Kelsey Krammer movie "Galaxies Are Colliding." Kim is a very talented graphic artist whose photography work can be found on the Internet at ViewLenz.
Freddie Prez - Freddie Prez Productions Freddie Prez Electric Violin - Jesus is My Friend and I Will Follow You. In addition to playing electric violin in praise venues throughout America Freddie travels the States and Canada with his highly successful show Freddie Prez and the Kings. Check out his website Freddie Prez Attractions to learn about the amazing production that he has put together which includes animatronic characters Elvis and Michael Jackson, hi-tech effects and a snow machine that produces a blizzard. All of this is set on a stage located on the back of his motor home! His shows for kids include live Karaokee, Guitar Hero Live, Sponge Bob Trivia Contest Hanna Montana Lip Sync Contest, Great Toilet Paper Blowout, Bingo Bingo! and Kid's Cash Scramble. Freddie also makes guest appearances playing his electric violin in various contemporary praise and worship church music venues.
Donna Fraser - classical contemporary Christian music Praise and Worship Donna Fraser Violin and Viola - Faithful, Holy is the Lord, True Devotion, Jesus is My Friend, I Wasn't There, Rose of Sharon, All For Freedom Reprise, Hallelujah and Nothin' Like a Woman. Donna is one of the premier violinists in Bakersfield playing the Bakersfield Symphony. She also is a member of the Tea Rose Strings, a popular string quartet that is constantly playing gigs throughout Bakersfield. On the weekends, when she isn't' out of town riding horses, she plays bass guitar in the contemporary christian praise and worship rock band at Olive Drive Church. You never know when you might find the Tea Rose Strings playing at a Southern Cross concert!
Karen Blockley Karen Blockley Cello - Faithful, Holy is the Lord, True Devotion, Jesus is My Friend, I Wasn't There, Rose of Sharon, All For Freedom Reprise, Hallelujah, Nothin' Like a Woman and All For the Love of Jesus. When Karen is not working at the travel agency she is playing in the Bakersfield Symphony or the Tea Rose Strings. She is such a superb cellist of high demand that it was nearly impossible to book her in the studio. But the wait was well worth it!
Sammey Hall contemporary Christian music Praise and Worship Sammye Hall Lead Vocals - All For Freedom Reprise. Sammye is Vanessa's sister and one of the premier Sopranos in Bakersfield. Sammye has been a featured soloists with the Kern Philharmonic and leading lady in the Bakersfield Productions of West Side Story, The Pleasure of Your Company, The Fantasties and Paint Your Wagon. Currently she is involved in the praise and worship choir at the Bakersfield mega church Valley Baptist.