Meet Our Band from Upstate SC

David Edwards

I started playing guitar in 2011 off an ole’ hand-me-down acoustic my dad gave me. It quickly became a passion for me! I’ve been blessed in being able to develop my own playing style.

I’m a big Eric Church fan as you can probably tell from watching my videos, as I do a lot of covers of his songs. His big influence on me is his song writing. I take that from him, he taught me how to write my own songs.

 I have a 5 piece band and we tour around my state (South Carolina) and neighboring states. All I’ve ever wanted to do is play as much music as I can for as long as God will let me. I hope I can bring the same happiness to everyone of you like it does to me. 

God bless you guys, David

David Locke - Singer/Guitarist

 

 

I’ve grown up around music my whole life. 

My mom, dad, and grandparents all played or sang, so it was natural for me to pick up the music trait. I started playing drums at the age of 5. I played drums at my church, often switching with my dad. 

When I turned 16, I told myself I wanted to start singing and learning the guitar. So that’s what I did. I started out singing gospel at my church and that’s where I developed my style of singing. 

I grew up listening to all sorts of older music, mainly classic country and Elvis. Anybody that knows me knows I am an Elvis fanatic. He’s the one artist that has inspired me more than any other. I guess I can thank my grandma for that. 

After a short bout of having my own band and doing solo stuff, I joined the band in late September 2020, and it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made musically. Since joining the band, I have grown, and continue to grow as a musician. 

I wouldn’t be able to do what I do with music if it wasn’t for a great support system around me. My wife and my two kids are the best support system anyone could have.

Benjamin Edwards - Keyboardist

My interest in music production began when I was about 8-years-old messing around with audio processing software on my 486 PC, all while having a strong fascination with electronic music. 

I started teaching myself how to play keyboards on my parents Steinway Grand Piano in 2010, and bought my first synthesizer in 2011. I learned how to program electronic instruments and create new sounds from scratch. 

David took up guitar around the same time, and we formed our studio duo, The Cover-Up Operation, once we learned our way around our instruments.

 I took up bass guitar in 2012, and we became better at writing our own material, often venturing into the areas of progressive rock. My main passion is production, and I love spending time in the studio crafting and perfecting an album. 

The interaction between members of the band and the whole process of putting an album together is super enjoyable. The main people who have influenced my production style are Alan Parsons, David Hentschel, and Hugh Padgham.

Johnny Bedford - Bass Player

Started playing bass in the Memphis area back in the ’70s and after putting it down to raise a family, moved to the Carolinas, and my boys grown decided to pick it back up again. Been playing ever since!

Cody "Smoky the Bear" Schroeder - Drummer

Cody was born in the small town of lincolnton, GA and now resides in Anderson SC. He started playing drums at the age of 6 and has played with several different bands throughout his career including styles ranging from metal and rock to country and pop. As far as his favorite style of music, Cody says “I’ve always enjoyed playing all different types of music. From High energy to laid back ol country” It’s an honor to be in an Innovated original band. And play with caliber of musicians I get to every night. I honestly look forward to every show, every opportunity to do what I love. Play drums with an amazing group of people. Hope to see y’all at a show soon!