Powerhouse vocalist David McBee will be joining the Tampa, Florida hard rock band TEER. McBee recently completed a successful audition for TEER and producer Jim Morris (DIXIE DREGS, SAIGON KICK, SAVATAGE, THIRD EYE BLIND). Shortly thereafter, TEER band members made a formal offer to McBee and invited him to become their new vocalist. "I am amazed and proud to be working with such high level professionals in this business," remarks McBee. "I believe this is a perfect fit for me and plan to do whatever it takes to help catapult this band to success." McBee is a professional singer with more than 20 years of studio and live experience with various blues, progressive rock and heavy metal bands, including BIG DIXON and SHOCKOPERA. His influences include Ronnie James Dio, Geoff Tate, Russell Allen, Ian Gillan, David Bowie and Glenn Hughes.
"After searching a year for a personable, responsible and dynamic vocalist and frontman, we finally found our guy — someone who can step it up a notch and push us to a higher level in this industry," states Nathan Boone, TEER's guitarist and songwriter about his latest choice for vocalist. Boone is a founding band member and has been with TEER since its inception in 1992.
Born and raised in Gaffney, SC, David McBee began singing when he was 15 with local bands and knew instantly he wanted to do it for the rest of his life. He went on the road for the first time with SOVEREIGN STEEL at the age of 16 and stayed on the road for nine months. Since that time, his bands included GYPSY HEART, MASTER CYLINDER, AFTER CLASS, and RELLIK. After a brief stint with GYPSY HEART, he spent a year with MASTER CYLINDER. One of the MASTER CYLINDER songs resulted in McBee moving to Hollywood in 1990 for auditions for bands being formed by current SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak and former KEEL guitarist Marc Ferrari. "Marc and James are super guys. It just didn't work out. So I just stayed in Hollywood and moved from jam session to jam session with Paul Shortino from ROUGH CUTT, Jaime St. James from BLACK 'N BLUE, and Roy Cathey from SWEAT 'N BULLETS," McBee said. "It was a lot of fun, but the Hollywood scene was rough on a Southern boy." McBee returned to South Carolina where he spent three years touring with a Top 40 band called CATCH 22. After the band left the road, McBee returned to Gaffney where he joined a Southern blues/rock band called BIG DIXON and recorded an independently released self-titled album. McBee is the former lead singer for SHOCKOPERA, a progressive rock band based in the Carolinas, and also worked briefly with guitarist Steve Ornest and producer Wyn Davis (DOKKEN, GREAT WHITE).
Originally formed in 1992 by the collaboration of John Teer, Shane French and Nathan Boone, central Florida melodic hard rock band TEER made a long-awaited return to recording and performing in 2004. TEER's signature sound of crushing guitars and driving drums mixed with soaring vocals and outstanding songwriting has developed into one of the most distinct fingerprints left on the melodic rock scene. TEER's music is embraced by fans of almost every genre of rock, and by people of nearly every age group. TEER was signed by Now & Then/Frontiers Records and released their self-titled CD in 2000 with concert appearances in the U.K. and throughout Florida. TEER was also asked to be former DANGER DANGER vocalist Ted Poley's backing band for his appearance in the U.K. In January 2004, TEER recruited bassist Rob DeVore. After recording some new demos and playing a torrent of local concerts, TEER embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom with TYKETTO, Jeff Scott Soto and DEADLINE in November 2004.
In 2006, TEER will release a new CD recorded at Morrisound Studios with producer Jim Morris, and will tour Europe and the USA extensively.