"There's gonna be no stoppin' this Southern Belle from raisin' hell..." and that's for sure. Aubrey Lynn England is well on her way to storming the Americana scene and stirring up a dust cloud of Red Dirt along the way to make sure they know that she's arrived. After years of building a solid band and sharpening her writing skills, "The Texas Songbird" recorded her first full album of original music, released in the Summer of 2011. The album is composed of songs written about the circle of life, regret, and love along the way. Backed by Yellow Rose- her band named in tribute to her Father, Aubrey Lynn has been performing on stages across Texas and Oklahoma to spread these songs that speak her mind. Now packin' her full album release and the first of a 5 disc series on her sophomore project, you can be sure to hear England's wide vocal range everywhere you go. Just keep your ears open for a sultry southern voice smothered in soul with a splash of whiskey.
Aubrey England grew up in Garland, TX and began singing at age 2. She attended a fine arts school in grades 9-12, studying music in concert band and marching band. She has performed in bands that range from country and classic rock, to blues and r&b all over the Dallas/Ft Worth area with such acts as Night Shift (blues & classic rock) Silver Streak (blues & classic rock) Larry & the Lizards (country, blues & classic rock) and The Texas Connection (country, pop, blues, classic rock – variety). Aubrey has also performed internationally with the Okinawan band, “Ni Ichi Nana” (country, r&b, blues, classic rock), and “The Pearl Snap Ramblers” (country) at local music venues on the Island of Okinawa, Japan while stationed there during her service in the United States Marine Corps. Also while on active duty, Aubrey was a National Anthem Singer for her unit and performed at official command ceremonies. As a teenager, Aubrey spent many Saturday nights performing at the Garland Opry in Downtown Garland, TX. Aubrey recorded a 5 track EP in Nashville in 2008 at Sound Emporium and Omni Studios and later completed recording her first full length album of original music at Audio Dallas Recording Studio in Garland, TX. The Album "Raisin' Hell" was released in August 2011. England's newest project "Chameleon" is a 5 part series of her most recent writing divided by genre. "Dressed in White" is the series' first disc, released on May 30, 2014.
In February 2014, Aubrey Lynn England Launched Texas Songbird Entertainment- a multi-faceted Music and Entertainment Group located in North Texas. TXSBE specializes in the booking and event coordination of their esteemed artists as well as charity events. TXSBE also manages professional services including, but not limited to: DJ's, Sound Engineering, and Graphic Design.
Aubrey married Wade England in March of 2008, she a Veteran United States Marine, the mother of 2 daughters, LaraLynn Marie: age 5, and Laretta Mae: age 1. She is the step-mother of Jordan James Martin-England: age 7. Wade and Aubrey England are also expecting their first son, Graeson Wade, October 8, 2014.
Jeremy W. McFarland grew up in Garland, TX and started his drumming career as a tot by banging on pots and pans after watching Animal from the Muppets play with Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. At age 12 he started crafting his skills on the drums by playing for the praise and worship team at his church. Shortly after college he teamed up with a few of his life long friends to start a hard rock band called ForeTold. During their four years, they played all around the Dallas local music scene and recorded an album with one of their songs making it into the rotation for 98.7 fm internet radio. Jeremy is also a self taught guitar and piano player and spends some of his free time writing songs and composing music. He also loves playing pool and singing karaoke.
Charles “Charley” Portwood grew up in a small town in East Texas. He was musically influenced early in life by his family and at the age of 15, he began playing the guitar. After three guitar lessons, he realized that structured music lessons were too slow a pace at which he wanted to learn. He then began teaching himself how to play and developed a natural ear for music and a passion for playing it. At the age of 16, he began playing in a country band called Young Country with fellow classmates. The band was part of the Future Farmers of America talent team and later changed the name to Deuces Wild. He continued playing through high school and after he graduated, he and some school friends formed a rock band called JC2. Later, a few members of JC2 and Charles formed the Reno Country Band (Charles was now playing Bass). Never having played bass before, he was hired for the position after only one audition. Reno played mainly around East Texas. Charley joined Aubrey Lynn and Yellow Rose in 2010. Once competitors in a Battle of the Bands contest, Charles has been the perfect fit to play bass and acoustic guitar for Yellow Rose.
Daren Watkins is kind of a late bloomer to the music scene. He didn’t play professionally until age 42.Daren has always been around and centered on music … participating in music in high school, and becoming classically trained vocally while attending college. He turned down an understudy position with the Santa Fe Opera at age 21 because at 18, he heard his first Stevie Ray Vaughan record and become obsessed with the guitar.
His musical influences are all over the map -- ranging from Kevin Fowler to Slipknot. But his guitar heroes were always blues and country players like Jimi Hendrix, Ty Tabor of King’s X, Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill and Jerry Reed.
Daren has played for several bands and artists including Shutdowntown, Chris Allen and Mark Allan Atwood. He is at home playing with Yellow Rose due to the eclectic nature of Aubrey Lynn’s music – ranging from the traditional country crooning of “Oklahoma City” to the full-on blues romp of “Pourin’ Whiskey.” Daren is a father of two, and an avid runner and fitness freak. He has run 7 full marathons and 8 half marathons.