Kobalt 27 is a 4 piece rock/alt rock alliance out of Orlando, FL. Amalgamations of vocals and sound are drawn from classic rock influences from the 70's to the 90's, such as Rush, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, and Alice In Chains. Highlighted by lead vocalist, J. Baker, Kobalt 27 breathes power and grace, combining a mix of classic 90's alternative rock with popular modern alternative rock tunes. Poignant harmonies, an unyielding rhythm section, and a unique, energetic setlist have made Kobalt 27 a Central Florida's premiere 90's and alternative rock cover band.
James Baker: Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar
James (aka "JB" and/or "King James") joined Kobalt27 in late 2020. He's rocked Orlando for almost decade as a singer and bassist after moving here from Los Angeles. In LA he performed in several cover and original bands; playing world famous venues like the Whiskey-a-Go-Go, Viper Room, House of Blues Sunset, and the El Rey Theater, among others. He has opened for national acts like the B-52's, Smithereens, Steel Panther, Rooney, Powder, the Drills and has recorded professionally at famous Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood. JB has also toured the west coast, as well as playing the Majestic Theater in San Antonio and Arlene's Grocery in NYC. Prior to his LA days, James lived and played gigs in Chicago and Upstate NY. He views his role in the group as the MC to make sure you have a great time and enjoy our high energy and rocking show.
Matt Willey: Lead Guitar
Willey has rocked lead and rhythm guitar across Florida for the past 20 years. He has worked with cover and original bands; playing notable venues including Steven C O'Connell Center in Gainesville and Orpheum in Tampa. He has shared the stage with national recording artists including Buck Cherry, Fixer, and Boyce Avenue. Willey integrates driving and aggressive guitar work in both his cover and original recordings. Latest original music can be found here: www.denythefall.com. Willey has gigged in Alabama with fellow band mate, John, for 4 years before returning to Orlando in 2013.
John Masingill: Bass Guitar, Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
John's musical versatility is only equaled by his diverse music experience. He has performed in several cover and original bands spanning from country to hard rock and hip hop. He has performed at the World Famous Oasis Bar in Birmingham and Iron Horse Saloon, Ormand Beach and has shared the stage with Uncle Kracker. He is a fixture on bass, keyboards, and rhythm guitars. He sings backing and lead vocals . . . and he can rap. Yes, you read that correct.
Chris Muller: Drums
Muller has been a part of the Orlando Music Scene for the past 28 years. His original projects have received national attention. He has worked with Andy VanDette, mastering engineer for Rush and Bowie, and was the drummer for Robert Hannon, who went on to win a grammy for engineering Outkast's "Hey Ya". He has performed across the South East, with notable appearances at Hard Rock Live. Chris is a true student of percussion. Despite his experience, he continues to hone his craft with Master Classes from experts across the globe.