She formed duo, and trio offshoots Inner Loop and The Howling Divas, and has played countless solo shows. Meg has recorded a total of 6 cds, the last of which, the lyric and hook driven pop record "Leap" in 2016, was crowd-funded by Meg's fans. Leap was co-written and produced by platinum-selling R&B recording artist David Chance of the internationally successful duo Ruff Endz (think 2002's hit "Someone To Love You"). Meg often draws comparisons to artists such as Phoebe Snow, kd lang, Joan Osborne, Joss Stone.
These days, Meg is settling in to her own place in music, writing and gearing up for the next chapter which will include a new cd. She is thrilled to be supported and pushed by the incredible talent surrounding her in Meg Gehman and The Influence where she shares the stage with these incredibly talented artists.
(Vocals and Guitar)
Born and raised in NYC, now living in Rochester, NY, singer, songwriter, guitarist Meg Gehman brings her decades of experience as writer and frontwoman for the locally-based favorite cover band, Meg and The Clams (1992-2004), as well as the all-original outfits Big Backyard and This Other Life.
Quotes & Media
There is something comfortingly familiar about singer-songwriter Meg Gehman's voice — smooth yet sultry, clear yet spunky. Gehman is an amalgam of some of music's greatest and most enduring spirits, from Van Morrison to k.d. lang and Bonnie Raitt.
Daniel J. Kushner / CITY Newspaper
“Meg sings with a sultry style that just makes you melt and Ray's guitar work is articulate and uncluttered and inventive to the point of being somewhat magical”... Eric on the upright acoustic bass and Greg on drums are “right on point and a perfect fit to provide the bottom end for Meg's rhythm and Ray's guitar work.” Bill Hooper - Sound Engineer/Muscian
Ray Bellizia (Guitar and Vocals)
His life long musical journey has seen him playing in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, NYC, Atlanta, Toronto, Quebec, and Montreal. Sharing the stage with artists like Rory Gallagher, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winters, The Rascals, among others. Ray's musical influences are too numerous to list, but are evident in his playing style. Could be blues, could be country, could be jazz or a mix of the three with a healthy dose of rock-n-roll. Returning to his hometown, Rochester NY, and playing with the band Pearl found him back on the road during the late 70's and early 80's. After that he landed a role in Geva Theatre's first musical production "I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road". In the same year he traveled back to Los Angeles to audition for KISS, exciting as it was, that gig went to someone else. For the past several years, Ray has joined Meg Gehman on her musical journey and has continued to be an INFLUENCE.
Eric Davidson (Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Contra Bass, and Guitar)
A 1992 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music. A veteran of the road he has toured across the country, performing in many states including Alaska and Hawaii. Eric has recording credits in many styles of music showing his ability to adapt to any situation. His recording credits include: Spirits in the Rock with Bob Moses and Billy Martin (of MMW), The Berklee College of Music Studio Sessions with Robin Zaruba, The Franks, Krypton 88, The New York Vaults, and Anonymous Willpower.
Gregory Andrews (Drums and Vocals)
Studied music education at Nazareth College, where he majored in percussion. After college Greg took his music on the road spending some time in Europe with a show band called Steam Heat. He later moved to California where he had an original band named Pretty Words in which he wrote and co-wrote a lot of original songs. After playing in California and throughout the southwest he returned to Rochester NY where he has continued playing and recording with many popular groups in the area.
The Influence - video
Midnight In Harlem (cover)
Can't Find My Way Home (cover)
The Influence - video
The Trio - video
Angel From Montgomery (cover)
Abilene, Rochester NY
B-Side, Fairport NY
Bar Louie, Henrietta NY
BarLee’s, Mamaroneck NY
Billsboro Winery, Geneva NY
Buttonwood Grove Winery, Romulus NY
Casa Larga, Fairport NY
Club 86, Geneva NY
Colloca Estate Winery, Sterling NY
Fox Run Vineyard, Geneva NY
Hook and Spoon, Conesus Lake, Lakeville NY
Hot Shots, Rochester NY
Johnny’s Bar and Grill, Rochester NY
Lemoncello Cafe & Lounge, East Rochester NY
Lovin’ Cup, Henrietta NY
Midtown Athletic Club, Rochester NY
Open Tunings on WRUR with Scott Regan
Plotty's Hometown Tavern, Webster NY
Record Archive, Rochester NY
School of The Arts, Rochester NY
The Rabbit Room, Honeoye Falls NY
Toro Run Winery, Ovid, NY
Towpath Grille, Fairport NY
Waterstreet, Rochester NY
Fairport Music Festival
Corn Hill Festival
Park Ave Festival
Waterfront Art Festival
Fringe Festival, School of The Arts
Brew Festival - Lovin' Cup
Rochester International Jazz Festival-Abilene Stage
Burning of The Canes Festival, Fox Run Vineyard
Garlic Festival, Fox Run Vineyard
Benefit for Hillside Children’s Ctr, Record Archive
Private Party, Collocoa Estate Winery
Company Holiday Party, Honeoye Falls
Private BBQ, Lima NY