Circle The Earth is a multicultural band on the rise….and you will not be disappointed. The five-piece outfit showcases an array of talents, all while bringing their diverse influences into their own brand of music. The result is a high energy explosion of Rock n’ Roll goodness.
Recently taking over the stage at the infamous Viper Room in Los Angeles, Circle The Earth has become not only known for their stellar recordings, but their captivating live performances as well. Playing at other notable venues such as The Troubadour, the group has quickly proven themselves as a band to watch as they take the music scene by storm.
Circle The Earth’s name is fitting as the diversity of the artists in the band shine through. Fronted by the astonishing Khadia Handon, she brings a vocal performance that is bold and charismatic within each and every song they pen. Accompanied by guitar virtuoso Kazuki Tokaji, band founder and bassist Michael McBay, drummer extraordinaire Sandro Feliciano and keyboard genius Sandy Chao Wang, the group creates a bold and energetic sound that is truly their own.
Handon hails from Washington, DC, where she has proved herself as a vocal powerhouse from the very beginning. She has performed with world-renowned artists such as Janelle Monae, Prince, Mya, Andy Grammar, and most recently, Kanye West at his Sunday Services. Her vocals are explosive and help to bring the essence of the band to life.
All the way from Japan, Tokaji started playing guitar at the early age of 7, and started to establish his name rather quickly. Garnering endorsements from ESP Guitars, Hughes & Kettner Amplifiers and EMG Pick Ups, he has become a guitarist to keep an eye on. With a versatility and energy like no other, he has shared the stage with Marty Friedman, Chuck Wright and Derek Sherinian.
McBay is the founder and heart of Circle the Earth, as he took his vision and brought it to life. Combining a variety of cultures, ethnicities and generations, he brings his own musical journey and life experience into the mix. Taking the reins on Circle The Earth he believes there is a space for a band that not only promotes a positive and diverse outlook, but offers a giant dose of Rock n’ Roll as well.
From Brazil, Feliciano started playing the drums at age 13. Moving to Los Angeles in the late 90s to attend the prestigious L. A. College of Music, his path led him to hone his craft by working with Grammy-award-winning producers and engineers including Roy Thomas Barker (Queen, Rolling Stones), Lamont Dozier (who has 76 #1 Billboard hits) and Benny Faccone (Santana, Ricky Martin). His undeniable strength, spirit and power as a drummer adds an intensity and vitality to Circle The Earth.
Wang is a native of Taiwan and has thrived as a keyboardist since moving to her latest landing pad in Los Angeles. Serving as a Musical Director through various tenures has given her the experience and wisdom to become a powerful force on stage….and it certainly shines through. Currently she is impressively endorsed by Roland, and she helps to give that youthful edge and originality every rock band needs. There is no doubt about her fashion prowess and style either…she’s a whole new level of cool.
To add even more to their impressive repertoire, Circle The Earth have been working with acclaimed producers Jim McGorman (Avril Lavigne, Goo Goo Dolls, New Radicals), Mikal Blue (One Republic, Colbie Caillat), and songwriters Una Jensen and Sean Gould.
Their video for “Dead” has garnered an impressive 1.1 million views on Youtube and their single “Diamonds” has reached over 600,000 listens on digital outlets. As we head into 2022, Circle The Earth leads the way…and our ears are eagerly waiting….