Oracle Blue was founded in the winter of 2017 and is based out of Myrtle Beach, SC. During the group's time as students they were awarded a DownBeat Student Music Award for an Outstanding Performance in the Blues/Pop/Rock Group category. Oracle Blue has performed at countless local events and recently embarked on a European tour with performances at Montreux, Umbria and Vienne jazz festivals. In February of 2018 the group was selected via competition to open for five-time GRAMMY Award winner Lalah Hathaway for her Honestly album release tour.
During their time at CCU, the group shared the stage with highly acclaimed artists including Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), and Howard Levy (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), and often had masterclasses with artist Steve Bailey (Bass Department Chair, Berklee College of Music). In the spring of 2016 the group served as both arrangers and the house band for a collaborative album with Ron Daise, creator of Nickelodeon’s Gullah Gullah Island. Upon completing their time at CCU, the group realized that they should probably choose a new band name. En route from France to Italy, CCU Jazz Combo became Oracle Blue.
Oracle Blue can be seen locally at festivals and special events, or just about every month at their residency in Nashville, TN at Rudy's Jazz Room. The band is headed to the Midwest on tour from Myrtle Beach to Denver, Colorado for May, 2019.
Liz Kelley is a producer, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. She graduated with a music degree from Coastal Carolina University where she studied guitar and voice, and worked in the recording studio. Now she teaches beginner guitar lessons, does a bit of vocal coaching, and performs in various conglomerations of her very favorite musical friends. She enjoys singing Jazz, playing fingerstyle guitar, writing, and producing music. In her spare time you can find her on the prowl for the perfect plate of barbecue.
Zachery Douglas is a 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. Zach enjoys arranging tunes, practicing, and holding weekly jams on the front porch of his grandparents’ beach house. (These jams are affectionately titled “Porch Jazz.” The neighbors sometimes enjoy them in tandem.)
Zach has an undying devotion to his dog, Ginger.
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.