Janelle was born in Germany while her father served in the military but grew up in Tumwater Washington. Janelle started singing in school at an early age. With perfect pitch, Janelle found her musical instrument in her voice. She is one of most dynamic vocalist in the area, performing not just as a lead vocalist, but also providing some of the sweetest harmonies your ear will hear. Janelle’s musical range and style include Top 40 and Classic Country, Rhythm & Blues, Classic and Current Rock and jazz. Janelle also plays a variety of percussion instruments.
Janelle has been entertaining and performing for audiences, touring with her dad and his band all over the Northwest. A few of the venues Janelle has performed include the Kittitas Country Fair, specifically the Ellensburg Rodeo, the Mason County fair, Pacific County Fair, Capital City Lakefair, Lacey Music in the Park, Red Wind Casino, Little Creek Casino, as well as a host of clubs, special community events such as Olympia’s Brews and Brats, and the South Sound BBQ Festival.
Janelle’s accomplishments include releasing her own CD in collaboration with a friend and her father. The CD is tiled, “Janelle and Friends”. Tracks from the CD can be heard on Primetime’s web page under the music demo tab. Janelle’s pride and joy are her two sons, Kristian and Jaden, both heavily engaged in music playing a variety of instruments.
Allen is a native Washingtonian who started his musical journey early in life playing drums and guitar, playing in bands throughout the Northwest area playing rock, country, country rock, and blues.
Since his early twenties, Allen has been playing professionally for a variety of clubs, fairs, community events, casinos, weddings, sock hops and more. A few of the venues include the Kittitas Country Fair, specifically the Ellensburg Rodeo, the Mason County fair, Pacific County Fair, Capital City Lakefair, Lacey Music in the Park, Red Wind Casino, Little Creek Casino, as well as a host of clubs, special community events such as Olympia’s Brews and Brats, and the South Sound BBQ Festival. In 1988, Allen was contacted by a Nashville booking agent requesting Allen and his band back country hall of fame legend Hank Thompson, for a special concert held in Seattle.
Allen’s influences include Eric Clapton, The Beatles, George Strait and Hank Williams Sr. Even though Allen has been entertaining and performing for audiences across the Northwest for over 40 years, he will tell you his greatest accomplishment in music has been to perform with his daughter, Janelle.
Primetime was established 20 years ago with one thing in mind, provide top quality entertainment for any event. We put emphasis on our music and our vocal leads and harmony's. Each musician is professional with years of musical experience. We hold in high regard things like music volume, looking professionally, and working to meet your needs and expectations.
Shannon was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. He acquired a natural interest & talent for drum music, spanning styles from John Phillip Souza military marches to early country, doo-wop, rock & roll, country, country-rock, jazz and jazz-rock, swing & big band from an early age. Shannon has studied with several professional drum teachers in the Northwest, over many years, most notably Hank Andrews from the Stan Kenton Band. Hank introduced Shannon to double bass drum playing and taught him a wide range of drumming styles.
During his twenties, Shannon performed with several bands in the Northwest, playing a wide variety of styles. Played many of the Elks, Eagles & similar ballrooms, even played once at a private party for Washington’s Governor with the Johnny Lewis Trio. Other notable venues would include the Ellensburg Rodeo, Thurston County Fair, and a large number of dance oriented rooms throughout the Northwest. Shannon and his band “Pendulum” was offered an 18-month contract, through a Seattle Talent Agency, to play several prominent clubs up & down the west coast, culminating in Sparks, Nevada as a cover band for Tom Jones.
~ Bass Guitar
Pat was born and raised in Florida and began his musical career at an early age, playing through grade school, high school, and college, to include study of the electric bass with Rodney Jordan, acclaimed Associate Professor of Jazz at Florida State University, and study of piano during high school under Nuita Isserlin (Julliard School of Music).
Pat went on to perform professionally in Florida, playing piano, guitar, bass, flute, harmonica and trumpet, traveling throughout northern Florida, Georgia and Alabama. He is also a strong vocalist, both lead and harmony. He has since performed in rock and country bands both modern and classic, jazz, pop, funk, gospel, and big band. These venues include fairs and festivals, clubs, private parties, over 350 wedding receptions, concert settings for 3000+ people and for the inaugurations of two different governors in Florida.
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Landon has been playing music in one form or another since taking on the trombone, tuba and bassoon in school. He is an accomplished musician not only with guitar but the steel guitar.
As a musician he has played many different instruments in unusual venues, including the White House, the Eiffel Tower, and on the wing of a 747. His roots are tied to the folk-rock movement of the 1970s as well as classic rock and country, but he has also released music in the contemporary Christian genre and performed in churches across the nation.
An eclectic musician for sure, Landon is the most recent addition to the Primetime Band. "What I love about Primetime," he says, "is our commitment to the music and putting on a good show for our audience"
~ Bass Guitar
Sydney Nielsen hails from Seattle, Washington and is an American musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She is a city girl that while driving down a long, dark country road, fell in love with country western and bluegrass music.
Sydney took up music later in life, learning first to sing and then picking up electric bass, upright bass and Appalachian dulcimer. Within one year Sydney was leading her first band and writing and recording country western and bluegrass songs.
Her musical influences include Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Wanda Jackson, Allison Krauss, Hank Williams, Sr, and Merle Haggard. Sydney has performed at Folklife, the Two-Bit Saloon, Rhodes River Ranch, the Conway Muse and Leavenworth’s Der Hinterhof. Her strong belief is that musical talent is inherent in everyone and she is a living testimony that it’s never too late to sing or learn an instrument. Her primary goal in making music is to bring joy to others.
Linda has been teaching string instruments for decades and enjoys helping students discover the joys of gaining a unique skill that they can enjoy for their entire lives. She is an active musician in the community and a violinist with the Olympia Symphony. She also plays for her church and other community organizations in addition to performing in a Blue Grass Band..