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"Far Cry"

The Band
Joseph "Tulue" Egland Sr.

Meet The Band

A personal look into each member that makes us the Far Cry

"Tulue" Joseph Egland Sr

Native to Beaumont, Texas and born on the 23rd day of June in 1963, Joseph, also known as "Tulue" fondly remembers his musical upbringing. At a very early age, he can recall that music has always been a part of his life. With his mother, who had a brief stint with Motown Records as a background vocalist, and his father who brought home his very first set of bongo drums, Tulue 's life has always revolved around music. Like most young children, at that time, Tulue was fascinated with the feet tapping, hip swaying sound of Ricky Ricardo, the Big Babalu, from the I love Lucy show.

Formal training started in the 6th grade for Tulue, when he began to play the trumpet. After finishing High School, Tulue joined some local bands, such as Phresh Band, Jazz Innovators, Mirage, and Eventually Stereo, gaining experience and fulfilling his love for music! He also sat in with other local groups as a percussionist. Later on he gained an interest in playing the Bass Guitar, which is what his true calling was for. He started to play Bass Guitar in the Church but soon realized that in order to achieve his goal as a bass guitar player, he would have to give up the congas and focus on his gift as a guitarist.

Venturing away from Gospel music he went to play with some R&B and blues bands (JAG, Alley Kats, Jack Ederly, Smooth Oasis, Prestige, just to name a few). And he even opened for and performed with major recording artists such as Frankie Beverly and Maze, Jessie Johnson, Michael Cooper, Latimore, Johnny Taylor, Nikki Howard, Mel Waiter, Neville Brothers, Natalie Cole, Betty Wright and many others. 

After many years of experience and learning different styles he was given the opportunity to form his own band called Far Cry.

Rob King Jr

Robert C. King Jr. was born and raised in Port Arthur, TX. Living in Southeast TX, with Louisiana so close by, music has played a major role in his life.

Starting out as a young drummer in the Baptist Church, gospel music laid the foundation of his musical beginnings. He later transitioned to piano/keyboard/organ playing by ear and picking up chords and chops from other local musicians, friends, and family. Starting in elementary school, in the fourth grade, he played alto saxophone and continued until graduating from high school where he was section leader, both junior and senior year. He and local friends have formed a gospel quartet group called the YOUNG MEN~N~CHRIST where he is a writer/vocalist/pianist. He is currently the Musical Director for a local church.

Larry Wayne Oliver Jr

Currently teaching in the Port Arthur School district, Larry Wayne Oliver Jr has had a long line of musical study under his belt at a very young age. Graduating from Memorial High School in 2007, he attended Lamar University and studied the saxophone under the guidance of Dr. Kim Ellis, and under Grammy Award Winning Songwriter Dan Rollins.

From there, Larry briefly studied under Rick Cordit before graduating in 2015 with a degree in Applied Arts and Sciences.

Not only is Larry teaching at PAISD, as the elementary band director at Dowling, but also at Sam Houston Elementary and Lincoln Middle School, where he shares his love of music with young impressionable minds.

Larry is one of the newest members to the Band Far Cry, adding the sweet sound of the saxophone to the already established group. 

Trey Reynolds

Trey Reynolds began his venture with music in church at the very young age of four years old.  He was raised in a musical home with both parents being pianists and vocalists.  

He was exposed to a wide variety of styles of music at a young age, which helped him, later in life, to adapt to playing any genre of music. He enjoys listening to and playing Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Rock, Neo Soul, Electronic Dance Music, Hip Hop, Alternative Rock, Country, Zydeco, and Smooth Jazz music.!

Maverick Neal "Big Mav"

Big Mav is a multitalented Producer, Singer, Songwriter, and Musician who has worked in the professional music industry either producing acts, playing guitar, keys, bass singing backgrounds and lead with many of the music industries greatest talents. Maverick began his music career in Junior High school by forming his first band, which included the future platinum producer Rafael Sadiq on bass guitar.

Maverick would go on to sing with world-renowned high school choir Castlemont Castleeers in Oakland California. He would win the Best Individual Vocalist at the Festival of Music in Mexico during his senior year of high school.

Finishing his music degree at Laney College under the tutelage of Elvo D'amante, he went on to work with talented artists, such as Digital Underground, Rassan Petterson, Jackie Jackson, Dwayne Wiggins, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Johnnie Guitar Watson, Rafael Sadiq, Macmall, Charlie Wilson, Club Nouveau, Jody Whatley, Keisha Cole, Quincy Jones and many others.

Big Mav is also an accomplished songwriter, writing 8 songs for Quincy Jones' group Force One Network, which was featured on the Platinum Album Boyz in the Hood. He also worked on the album Heat Album and Oakland Soul that featured Snoop Dog, Young Dre, Celly Cell, Rodney O, Tupac and more. 

Kiana Rose Robinson

Far Cry's lead singer, Kiana Rose Robinson was born in Beaumont, Texas on April 2, 1996.  Gifted from birth, she has been singing for as long as anyone can remember.  She spent most of her life perfecting her gift of song.  Some of the greatest vocalist influences that inspired her, are Sade, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and many other female singers.  

Singing with the band Far Cry allows Kiana to explore new styles of singing, making a name for herself as a serious up and coming R&B/ Soul artist.

Chris "Nu Soul" Bessard

July 23rd, 1993 marked the beginning of the extraordinary life of talented and energetic singer and rapper, Chris "Nu Soul" Bessard. Chris started in the music industry at the tender age of 7 years old when he would sing in church. There, he developed a love for music that would forever change his life.

Early on, he was influenced greatly by listening to Boys II Men, Babyface, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Prince, Smokey Robinson and many others, who indirectly became his "virtual" teachers. Not having formal training, Chris has a natural born gift to sing, rap and to excite the crowd, with his energetic and charismatic ways and sounds.

At 9 years old, Chris started to write music and at 13 he was already rapping. In 2017, he became a full-time member of the R&B supergroup Far Cry, but he also still finds time as a solo artist, under the name "Nu Soul."

Zach Gonzalez

Zach Gonzalez's love for music started at a very early age, when his father bought him his very first guitar when he was 10 years old. Starting with the acoustic guitar, Zach has a natural talent to hear and to play just about any genre of music. When asking Zach what style of music he likes the most, he joyfully responds that he loves them all. He listened to music that spanned the generations, going all the way back to the 60's, up to the 90's. There has not been one in particular artist that he says has impressed upon him; but many artists! Never being stuck on one form of music, learning to love all styles, and listening to a vast variety of groups such as the Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Glen Campbell, George Benson, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and so many more, has helped him to become the talented guitarist he is today.

Even though Zach is currently playing with country superstar Tracy Byrd, and has been for the last 7 years, he still finds time to perform with the band Far Cry and fulfill his love of classic R&B music. Zach not only plays with other bands, but is also an accomplished solo artist.