Shaylon – Who we are?

We are a symphonic rock/metal band originally from San Francisco (CA), USA. The name Shaylon comes from ancient Gaelic and means “admirable”. We formed in July 2014 with the initial intent to blend together the power of rock and heavy metal with the symphonic spirit of classical music and the great melodies of modern pop.

 

Tina Diggs – Vocals

Tina Diggs is a lyric soprano who has been surrounded by music her whole life. She was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brasil in a musical household, which made it easy to lose herself in song and this love of music lead her to try new thing such as musical theater. Using her voice to convey emotion and story telling became a passion of hers. Tina was eager to learn more and joined several choirs and community theaters, along with taking vocal lessons from accredited vocal coaches. As Tina got older, she discovered metal! That was somewhat of a life changing event for her. All that she had learned about singing and using her soprano voice didn’t seem to work well with the metal she was listening to until she was introduced to bands like Nightwish, Within Temptation and Dream Theater – just to name a few. She knew at that moment, this was the type of music she was born to sing! In 2014 she joined Shaylon.

 

Charly Urso – Guitars, Keyboards

Composer, Author, Singer, Keyboardist and Guitarist, Charly started playing guitar at the age of 12 inspired by Richie Sambora, Kai Hansen and Brian May. Born in Milan (Italy) he grew up listening with accurate interest any kind of music since an early age. Even though the melodies of Greek composer Vangelis had a huge influence on his musical background, it is with the discovery of Rock and Heavy Metal that the flame within became a burning passion. After winning a scholarship, he graduated in Composition of Pop Music at CET (Centro Europeo di Toscolano) a very unique specializing Italian school for Composers, Authors, Interpreters and Arrangers directed by legendary author, Mogol.
After more than 20 years of experience and collaborations with several artists, in 2014 he formed Shaylon, a Symphonic Rock/Metal project inspired by bands like Nightwish, Helloween and Muse.

 

AlexSandor Tamas – Bass

Surrounded by classical and rock music since childhood, he connected with the magic of sounds at an early age. At 5 yo he recalls drawing pictures of amps and electric guitars and by the age of 10, determined to play the instrument, he built his first guitar in his small hometown Satoraljaujhely, in Hungary. His first show with his home made electric guitar took place at his elementary school’s cafeteria. His inspirations and favorite bands are: The Beatles, U2, Deep Purple, Accept, Helloween, Queensryche, Bon Jovi & Dream Theater.
When in 1992 his original band lost the original bassplayer he switched to bass and immediately fell in love with it. He is one of the founding members of the very successful Hungarian rock band Essex.
After moving in the UK he joined the Chuck Brown Band from 2002 to 2005.
In 2006 Sandor relocated to California and continued playing countless gigs and festival shows with different bands.
In 2014 Sandor joined Shaylon and a new story begun.

 

Kurt Becker – Drums

Born in Oakland, California, Kurt grew up in a musical family. He started playing drums at age 9, just trying to keep up with his big brother. It wasn’t love at first beat, but thanks to a persistent mom and Metallica’s Black Album, he finally saw the light. Musical influences include Metallica, Dream Theater and Meshuggah. Kurt’s been playing in bands for the better part of 25 years. His repertoire includes Jazz and Blues, pop and symphonic, but his passion falls with rock and metal. He joined Shaylon in 2016. \m/