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Karmann and Kompany is an award winning band led by singer/songwriter Karmann Powell.  Members include Joe Brokaw, 5-string bass, Joe Stolpa on electric and acoustic lead guitar.  Their sound is clean and clear, featuring powerful vocals and a warm, personable stage presence.  Drummer/percussionist Darrell Stackhouse plays with us on special occasions.  Song selections range from folk, country, gospel, bluegrass, contemporary, blues and originals - or what ever strikes the band's fancy. 

Based in central Arizona, Karmann Powell has performed solo throughout the state for many years.  In the past, the composition of Karmann and Kompany has been fluid. John "Whiteboy" Walden, harmonica player extraordinaire, is a Karmann and Kompany member at large.  A world traveler, he always has a place in the band when he makes it back to the states.  Drummer, Jeff Wright, played with us on several occasions.  Don Hootman played lead guitar for about a year and a half.  Former member Mike Weatherford, lead guitar also appears in some of the videos.

One more member of the band that needs to be mentioned - sound man Stan Powell, Karmann's husband of over 30 years.  He makes sure the band has what it needs, get to where they are going on time,makes sure they sound great and actually is the one who keeps things running smoothly.  He is very much appreciated!

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You can reach us by e-mail at: kandkband@hotmail.com.  Fill out the form on the left side of this page above to be added to our mailing list.  You'll receive our newsletter that goes out periodically.  You can also visit our "Gigs" page to which has information on each gig, including maps to each venue.  We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at a gig!


Karmann Powell

Karmann Powell is a “genetic” musician who has performed from a very young age. Influenced by folk, country, gospel and bluegrass, Karmann's style is distinctly Americana. Her dynamic vocals set her apart from the crowd. She is a songwriters as well as an interpreter of others songs. She knows how to make any song her own

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 North Valley Christian Church. She provides quality music for the song service and Christmas, Easter and other special events. She is also the lead singer for Karmann and Kompany.  She is the music editor for The Relevant Christian, an quarterly on-line magazine and in real life she's a substitute teacher.



 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.

Joe Stolpa

I was born in Columbus, Ohio and started playing guitar at age 14.  I graduated from Ohio State University in 1974.  I have a son from a previous marriage.  He is grown and has two children.

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 happening. 

I got a job with the U.S. Postal Service 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 program 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.

Darrell Stackhouse

"Me likes drums.'