ONCE UPON A TIME...
"They met one night, at a Great White show...Jack Russell's..." And so it began. MetByFate's inception came when Tracy Brinkley & Steve Bender met (by fate) at a Jack Russell's Great White show. That fateful meeting started a musical journey that has seen Tracy join Steve in a blues rock outfit called the Tim Huston Project, that Steve was already in when they met. When Steve & Tracy outgrew that band, it was time to move on to bigger & better things.
Most importantly, that chance meeting started the project that was to become MetByFate.
Now, with the band gaining momentum and adding three new members, they're set to blow up the Denver music scene.
Learn more about each member below.
2006 Colorado Rock Award Winner-
Born in 1970, Steve Bender is a Denver native and grew up in Arvada in the 80's. In 1978, he was fortunate enough to see KISS play at McNichols Arena and as soon as he heard Peter Criss' gravel laced voice and had seen his drums rise above the band, he was hooked and wanted to be a drummer. He stayed dedicated to music by playing with his schools' concert bands and in high school, he was a lead snare drummer in the marching band drum line.
In 1989, Steve joined the Navy and spent 9 hard but successful years in the Submarine Service. He was honorably discharged in 1998 and after a few small distractions, found himself back home in Denver. However, Steve's mother Kathy was taken by a drunk driver in 1997 and Steve could feel the massively empty void. He turned his emotions into playing the piano and began to really learn the instrument. That void was slowly starting to get filled as he grew as a musician. After meeting the love of his life Danielle in 2000, Steve wrote his first piano composition titled "Flight of the Dragons In C Major". This is a six minute instrumental piece that features piano backed with strings and is a reference to his wife's love for dragons.
Around 2006, he began to teach himself guitar as a backup for when he was not able to play piano. He then bought his first guitar from a member of the band Sugarloaf and the guitar seed was officially planted.In 2010, Steve joined a local cover band called the Colorado Cruisers. They played 50 songs in a 4 to 5 hour set. Steve played both keys and guitar and really started to find his niche as a performer.
In early 2012, Tim Huston and his son Taylor wandered into the drum shop at a music store that Steve was managing. Tim told Steve about his original band called the 'Tim Huston Project' and stated that he had been interested in having a key player in his band. He invited Steve and his wife to a practice and as soon as Steve heard the first note that Tim sang, he knew he had found a good thing. Steve's best friend Tracy Brinkley from Virginia joined the band as the new drummer in 2015 and he and Steve performed with the Tim Huston Project until May 2016.
Steve no longer considers himself a drummer but really enjoys playing and writing music on both guitar and piano.
"I've really grown leaps and bounds as a musician and a composer since teaching myself guitar. I enjoy guitar and piano equally but for different reasons. It's like having two different art mediums such as clay and oil paints. Both are used and handled differently but the end result is the same as they can both create something beautiful." -Steve
In 1969, in a place called Pungo, Virgina, a wild child named Tracy Lee Brinkley was born. Tracy grew up in a rural area near the Atlantic ocean surfing and raising hell. He has been playing drums since he was ten years old when he became entranced watching his big brother Don Brinkley II play a 60's era Ludwig kit with original Turkish Zildjain Cymbals. After sneaking in sessions when his big bro wasn't around, Tracy began playing along with albums and cassette tapes of his favorite music and remained unsatified until he could discern no difference in his playing and the drummer on whatever song he was learning. Raised on country music, Tracy discovered rock music around the same time he was toying on his brothers drums. And so began a love of making and listening to music that continues to burn inside him today.
In the 90's, Tracy wrote, recorded and perfomed music with various musician's. He started what was at first a four piece project that evolved into a three piece unit with Tracy drumming and handling lead vocals on about 85-90% of the material. "It was a challenge to sort out some songs where I needed to play one time signature on the drums and sing in a different one. I remember singing a few Candlebox covers, off their first album...man, playing those songs and singing them too was hard as shit!"
The beginning of the new millenium saw Tracy meet his beautiful wife and self-professed biggest fan, Kathy Leigh. Tracy says Kathy is his muse and is quick to brag on her. "Kat is amazing. She has my back and is always supportive of me. Whether it is helping me get sponsors when I was racing or my musical pursuits. She's always my biggest supporter." It is Kathy that is ultimately responsible for Tracy being in Denver. It's her ties to the Denver area that brought him here to meet his musical "brother from another mother" and keyboardist for the Tim Huston Project, Mr. Steve Bender. Instant chemistry was apparent and the two began jamming and writing music together. When THP had a void on the drum throne, Tracy's loose style was a perfect fit. With Tracy on board, THP's signature blues/soul/rock hybrid sound just got a welcome kick in the....
About joing THP, Tracy said
"I am so excited to join such an incredible group of musician's. Being welcomed into the THP family has given my musical career real purpose and re-ignited the fires of inspiration in my soul. Fate brought me to where I am."
Tracy drummed for THP for about a year and by all accounts, brought new life to THP. Founder Tim Huston suddenly disolved the band in May 2016.
When asked about his influences, Tracy gets excited. "Man, there are too many to list! I love classic rock, 80's metal and any thing blues based. Great White really speaks to me. Pink Floyd inspires me as a musician and David Gilmour is a guitar god! My taste in music covers a lot of territory I tell ya. I was hooked early on by AC/DC, Ozzy and also by bands like Boston, Bad Company, Skynyrd, , Cream, Zeppelin...Like I said, too frickin' many to list! But I have to say that I love other stuff too. Soul, Blues, Pop stuff too man. That's right. I love old school Madonna, really man. You might find me rockin' some old Bob Seger one minute and changing up to the Killer Dwarf's or I might just freak you out with some Katy Perry or Tom Petty or Molly Hatchet...Look, a
great song is a great song...bottom line."
"MetByFate is a breath of fresh air. Steve and I have this incredible connection. It was there from day one. It's rare and we intend to make good use of it. I love stepping out from behind the drum kit and just being the singer. I sang lead vocals for Stone Blue in the 90's, but I was also playing drums. So I got to hide behind the kit. Not now. Just Steve & I, his Ovation and a couple of microphones. This is so much fun!" - Aug. 2016
Tracy says that creating new music with Steve, Bill, Randy and Hunter as MetbyFate is the realization of a life long dream.
"MetBy Fate is honest music from real people. Unlike some bands, we are real and say what we mean... and mean what we say."
"I love the music scene in Denver. It's incredible. It's this scene that has allowed me, with a hand from lady fate, to create the band I've always wanted. I am honored to be a part of the fraternity of musicians here in Mile High."
Bill Yeager is the new bass player for MetByFate.
After providing stellar bass licks in the studio for the upcoming MetByFate album, Bill officially joined the band in September of 2017.
*More info on Bill coming soon!*
Hunter Taylor is a seasoned drummer that joins MetByFate to fill the vacancy on the drum throne as Tracy makes the move from drumming and singing to full time front man. He also drums with Bill in another project called EnTu Oblivion
Randy Parks was the original lead guitarist for MetByFate. Randy, like Bill on bass, joined the band after recording all the lead guitar work for the upcoming album. Steve and Tracy met Randy when they played a show with Randy's band the Blue Collar Rejects.
Randy is a self taught guitar player. "Everything I play is original. Off the cuff playing...call it improv. I have been a musician most of my life, and find music to be much more than sound. Rather, to me , a way of life, a way of being! Music is my religion! Cheapest therapy there is!"
Favorite quote..."Your left hand is what you know, your right hand is who you are."