Fronted by former Prince collaborator Liv Warfield and Nancy Wilson, co-founder of Heart, ROADCASE ROYALE has a rich background in rock and R&B. Warfield, Wilson, and their bandmates bring their decades of experience from the upper echelon of the music industry to ROADCASE ROYALE, along with a renewed sense of direction and drive. Joining Wilson and Warfield are Warfield’s lead guitarist Ryan Waters and Heart veterans Dan Rothchild (bass), Ben Smith (Drums) and Chris Joyner (Keys). Each of these members shines in ROADCASE ROYALE, with their various sensibilities creating the group’s sensitive, passionate, and driving rock and R&B sound.
Liv Warfield, a former track star at Notre Dame, was initially noticed by Prince after the release of her debut album “Embrace Me” and a YouTube video of her singing “Gimme Shelter.” She worked closely with Prince as a member of New Power Generation and he was the executive producer of her second solo album. Nancy Wilson, a guitar virtuoso since the age of 10, is celebrated as one of the seminal musicians in rock history, as a leader of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame-inducted Heart. Ryan Waters has worked as lead guitarist and musical director for Liv Warfield’s solo work since 2012, and previously worked with artists such as Sade, Cee Lo Green, and India Arie. Ben Smith, Dan Rothchild, and Chris Joyner carry with them an impressive musical pedigree – Rothchild is the son of Doors producer Paul Rothchild and has worked with Stevie Nicks, Fiona Apple and Beck, while Joyner has worked with numerous musicians including Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz and Sheryl Crow. Smith has performed with Mike Inez and Mike McCready and has been working with Heart since the 1990s.
Nancy Wilson – Vocals and Guitar
Nancy Wilson is celebrated as one of the seminal musicians in the history of Rock n’ Roll. A guitar virtuoso from the age of 10, Nancy, and her sister Ann, led the multi-platinum rock group, Heart. Together they have gone on to sell 35 million records. Nancy is revered as an ingenious guitar player and a gifted vocalist. As a songwriter, Nancy has co-written a collection of indelible songs that have earned their way into the classic rock canon including, “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” and “Straight On.”
During an era when females in rock n’ roll were scarce, Nancy helped carve out a place for women to front a band and dominate a rock stage. Her icon status was cemented when Heart was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. That same year, she and her sister received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Wilson sisters celebrated another career milestone in 2013 when they performed Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” at the Kennedy Center Honors. Their note-perfect performance was met with rowdy cheers and a standing ovation in the staid hall and brought members of Led Zeppelin to tears.
Nancy has also built a successful career as a film composer. Her composing credits include scores for the following films:
- 2005 Elizabethtown
- 2001 Vanilla Sky
- 2000 Almost Famous
- 1995 Jerry Maguire (main theme)
- 1989 Say Anything
In 2017, Nancy stands at the starting line of exciting new co-writing/performance opportunities with her powerhouse band ROADCASE ROYALE, revitalized, as she pushes forward into a fresh artistic world.
LIV WARFIELD – VOCALS
Liv Warfield burst out of the Portland OR music scene in 2006 as “Portland’s most soulful singer” (Portland Monthly.) Her debut album “Embrace Me” caught the ear of the music industry, and soon legendary music icon Prince discovered Liv’s powerful singing and mighty stage presence after watching a YouTube video of her singing “Gimme Shelter.” He invited her to join his vocal backing group the New Power Generation. Liv credits Prince with mentoring her, guiding and coaxing stronger performances from her both in the studio and on stage. He executive produced her second album “The Unexpected” and wrote the title track.
Liv has also performed alongside Al Green, B.B. King, The Dave Matthews Band and The Roots and slayed on numerous TV shows such as The View, David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon. Rosie O’Donnell commented, “Liv Warfield, Holy Crap! Unreal. A voice you can’t imagine!”
A little known fact about Liv is that she was a gymnast and track star at Notre Dame. And now she is bringing that same blue-ribbon drive and focus to ROADCASE ROYALE. Her songwriting, her voice, her emotional approach to interpreting a song are unbeatable.
RYAN WATERS – GUITAR
Ryan Waters’ long list of accomplishments as a musician and performer directly reflects his desire to create music with integrity without regard for convention and genre. Ryan joined Sade in 2000 as lead guitarist in their legendary live band and has since performed for millions of fans all over the world. He has also collaborated with many other top names in music, including CeeLo Green, India Arie, while continuing to write, produce and record original material. In 2012, began working with vocalist/songwriter, Liv Warfield as her lead guitarist and musical director. Together, they wrote and co-produced her critically-acclaimed album The Unexpected, executive produced by Prince.
BEN SMITH – drums
Ben Smith began performing with Ann and Nancy Wilson in 1994, with their band Lovemongers. He has had the honor to work live and in the studio with the Wilson sisters and Heart ever since. Ben has also performed and/or recorded with a host of other legendary musicians including: Taj Mahal, Cyndi Lauper, Peter Frampton, jazz artists Nancy Wilson, Ernestine Anderson and Phoebe Snow. His film-based recording work includes the Cameron Crowe films (and soundtracks) “Almost Famous,” “Vanilla Sky,” and “Elizabethtown.” Ben is known as the “first call” session drummer in his hometown of Seattle and has an active career as a top producer in town.
CHRIS JOYNER – Keyboards
Los Angeles native, Chris Joyner has a reputation as one of the music industry’s go-to pianists and keyboardists. He has recorded and toured with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, Tom Morello, Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, Ben Harper and Sheryl Crow. In 2015, Joyner released his well-received, sophomore solo record, Domino, which incorporates his primary influences like Dr. John, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles. Since 2014, Chris has toured extensively with Heart, supporting and enhancing their classic songs with his funky and soulful keyboard chops.
DAN ROTHCHILD – Bass
Dan Rothchild carries an impressive music pedigree. Son of maverick producer Paul Rothchild (Doors, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, etc), he has forged a career of his own playing bass in studios and live for artists including Heart, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Fiona Apple, Stevie Nicks, Shakira, Melissa Etheridge, Carole King, Aimee Mann, and many others. Along with Ben Smith, he has formed one of the most-admired live rhythm sections in current-day rock n roll. Dan enjoys album production as well, and produced Better Than Ezra’s platinum-selling album Deluxe and Heart’s latest full-length Beautiful Broken.