Oracle Blue is a collective drawing from elements of Neo-Soul, R&B and #BAM. Bandleaders Liz Kelley and Zach Douglas draw from a wide range of musicians while touring, creating a different soundscape each night of original compositions and arrangements. Their album Gilded Kingdoms (2018) is available on all streaming platforms, and is comprised of original works, as well as two reimagined jazz standards.
Though the official start of the band was in 2017, many of the members began performing together as university classmates in 2013. As students they received a DownBeat Student Music Award for an Outstanding Performance in the Blues/Pop/Rock Group category, and embarked on a European tour with performances at Montreux, Umbria and Vienne jazz festivals.
In February of 2018 Oracle Blue was selected via contest to open for five-time GRAMMY Award-winning Lalah Hathaway. Oracle Blue performed opening sets at the Knight Theatre at the Levine Center of the Arts (Charlotte, NC) and at the Cone Denim Entertainment Center (Greensboro, NC) as part of Lalah Hathaway's "Honestly" album release tour.
Recently relocated to Nashville, TN, the group spends an average of 20 days per month on the road. During their time at home, they can be found performing a residency slot at Rudy’s Jazz Room, or in their home studio writing and recording new ideas.
Liz Kelley is a producer, tech enthusiast, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. She enjoys the band's time on the road, but always looks forward to settling into her home recording setup and working out new creative ideas. When she's not on a stage, she can be found in nature, or in the kitchen cooking up new recipes.
Liz is endorsed by Traveler Guitars and Aston Microphones.
Zachery Douglas is a producer, composer, trumpeter, and arranger based out of Myrtle Beach, SC. Zach started studying trumpet at age 11 and continued his music education at Brevard college and Coastal Carolina University where he studied trumpet performance and jazz.
JP Taylor began studying music in the 4th grade. (Fun fact, JP and Zach have been playing together since around then!) He attended UNC Greensboro and Coastal Carolina University where he graduated with a music performance degree. He plays piano, flute, trumpet, has a smooth ole singing voice that he sometimes spits through the talkbox, and (best of all) plays the flumpet. JP’s favorite genres of music are Jazz, R&B, and Hip Hop.
Most days you will likely find JP wearing flip-flops as he believes vehemently that closed-toed shoes are “foot prisons.”
Mckinley Devilbiss has been playing bass for around 15 years. He recently graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Music Performance degree. Though his primary instrument in Oracle Blue is bass, McKinley will sometimes hop over to electric guitar to play/sing one of his original compositions with the band. His favorite styles to play are Reggae, Rock, Funk, and Jazz.
McKinley probably watches Spongebob a little bit too much, which may or may not fuel his jokes that slip out between songs at concerts.
Wade has been playing percussion since the age of 12 and continued his education at Coastal Carolina University. He has been a professional touring drummer for the past three years, performing anything from country music to hybrid electro-soul. Wade enjoys practicing, surfing, cooking, and playing music with friends.
Literally and figuratively speaking, Wade McMillan is a man who wears many hats. In his younger years ("younger" in this case meaning "much, much younger") he enjoyed the art of shag dancing, occasionally entering competitions. He is also a master at table tennis.