Meet Karmann Powell
Karmann was on the founding board of Fiddler's Dream Coffee House in Phoenix, AZ and performs there from time to time, as well as a variety of venues through out the state. She plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and electric bass. Karmann and her husband, Stan, has self-produced two CD's of original gospel music – Fruit of the Spirit (2006) and Morning Prayer (2009) – and are working on a collection of original folk/country songs, as well as another gospel CD.
Karmann's original gospel song, “My God”, co-written with Lynn Goveia, won honorable mention in the 2006 Great American Song Contest. “Daddy O” was chosen as the theme song for You Matter Ministries, LLC, a non-profit organization that assists homeless people in west and downtown Phoenix. “Daddy O” is included on the 2010 Gospel Grass Productions compilation CD. Her song “Don't Look Back” was chosen as one of the top 5 songs of a recent Songwriters Challenge.
Karmann is currently the worship leader/music director for the newly formed North Valley Christian Church (formerly Spur Cross Cowboy Church). She provides quality music for the song serivce and works with the SCCC choir for Christmas, Easter and other special events. She is also the lead singer for Karmann and Kompany.
Meet Joe Brokaw
Howdy all… I’m Joe, and I like to play the funky white boy music on a 5-string Schecter bass. I’ve been playing with Karmann for about 2 years now. I started as Kompany, but now am like family I guess. Karmann makes me eat my vegetables & sometimes makes me do the dishes too! But hey veggies are OK… as long as they’re wrapped in a salted pork product, or battered & deep fried!
I was born in Detroit in the 60’s-70’s and was raised on Motown, The Guess Who, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Zepplin, the Stones and the Allman Brothers. I started playing guitar at 10 and bass at 15. I was a full blown 4 year band geek with a gift and a lot of opportunities. I was turned on to jazz & the blues in a high school jazz band & really enjoyed playing bass. I received a scholarship to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the next year I received a music scholarship from Michigan State University.
And then… I moved out west, got married, had 2 kids and found my inner redneck. I played off and on for about 30 years, but my heart wasn’t in it. The “party on, dude” lifestyle finally took its toll in the form of a motorcycle wreck. I decided my driving sucked and that I’d ask Jesus to drive my life! That wreck enabled Him to fix the inner train wreck I had become. After cleaning up (from the inside out), I was asked to play bass on our worship team, where I met Karmann & Stan. No more worries and no more fear of public performance – praise be to God! We blended beautifully and have been playing together ever since. I’ve since gone on several missionary trips (leading worship & evangelizing) to Mexico & Central America and witnessed how Jesus is still saving lives – what an incredible experience! My life has been forever changed and the gift of music is coming alive for real. I’m playing bass, guitar & vocals now as a full-time worship leader and have numerous opportunities to play with many different groups.
Meet Joe Stolpa
I played in several bands in the 70's and early 80's. I moved to Phoenix in 1983. I tried to get into bands when I moved out here, but it seemed like nothing was happeining.
I got a job with the U.S. Postal Serivce in 1985. While there, I met a guy named Ace, who talked to me about Jesus. On August 8, 1986, Ace and his family invited me to a progarm called "Hi-Tops". It was there that I asked Jesus Christ into my life.
Since then, I have been playing on worship teams at Calvary Chapel North Phoenix. Ace and I also started an outreach band called RU. The music was blues and rock, but the message was Jesus.
I try to be a versatile player, enhancing the songs, not over powering them.
Meet Darrell Stackhouse
To quote Darrell, "me likes drums". Maybe we'll get more out of him later.