Meet the Band
Lead vocals and guitar
Fiddle and backup vocals
Drums and backup vocals
Anita Lofton was recognized as one of the top DJs in the Bay Area and mentored with the legendary DJ Page Hodel. She maintained numerous residencies in San Francisco’s top nightclubs including The Box, Club Universe, Ruby Skye and 1015 Folsom. She opened for world renowned Djs Little Louie Vega, Derrick Carter, Roger Sanchez, Dj Dan and a host of others. Lofton performed nationally and abroad at numerous exclusive private events for clients such as LeAnn Rhimes. Lofton was a music editor at SF Weekly, music assistant to the program director at KMEL radio, and dj record store manager at Soundworks.
In 2003, she became one of the founding members of Sistas in the Pit, the black girl rock band. The trio toured China and Europe, and took an infamous national tour supporting a certain James “Iggy Pop” Osterberg and the Stooges during that band's reunion in 2007. The Anita Lofton Project was established over 8 years ago, illustrating an energy & Bay Area based bounty of styles, & rich instrumentation that stretches from current day fascinations to vintage rhythm & blues rock traditions. The talented guitarist, singer-songwriter and band leader also had the pleasure of composing a commissioned performance for Big Mama Thornton that was attended by 4 generations!
Sharon Williams has played classical music for most of her career. Sharon has been (and is currently) a member of what's affectionately known as the "freeway philharmonic." If you haven't heard of it, it's when musicians play for many regional orchestras in the area. Beyond that, Sharon has extensive experience playing opera and musicals "I really enjoy when music enhances the stories that are told with voice. This really requires the utmost sensitivity: moving with and anticipating the timing of the singer to create those climactic moments" for the viewer." Sharon has also performed internationally with The Rome Festival Orchestra and the San Francisco Sinfonietta.
Maurice Miles: Raised in San Jose, California, Maurice Miles is the heartbeat of Times 4. Maurice combines complex elements of jazz, funk and soul in his playing to create a sophisticated, syncopated backbeat. The desire to lay down the groove called out to Maurice from an early age. Mostly self-taught, Maurice’s deep-pocket groove emanates from a combination of feel and his appreciation of many different styles of music. Maurice has played in a diverse range of musical projects, including the R&B band Protégé, acid jazz group Congo Square, and he has toured and recorded with Kofy Brown. His musical inspirations are Dennis Chambers, Vinnie Colaiuta, Will Kennedy, Billy Cobham and Jack DeJohnette, to name a few.
Kevin Lofton is the root and harmonic foundation of Times 4. A San Jose native, Kevin has been playing bass since his early teens. Listening to everything from gospel to hip-hop to metal and jazz, Kevin strives to bring each of these flavors to the Times 4 table. Career highlights include touring the U.S. and Canada with Protégé, Stevie B, and Jahi and the Life along with drummer Maurice. Their years of musical friendship produce a rhythmic conception and energetic foundation from which Times 4 launches their adventurous improvisations. Kevin’s bass influences include Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Bootsy Collins, Jaco Pastorius, and Stanley Clarke.
Brian Hill (guitar) has been performing rock, jazz and a variety of other styles of music in the SF Bay area and beyond for more than 20 years. Besides the Anita Lofton Project he's currently a member of 4 Now, an original jazz/funk quartet. Brian is also a member of Murray, RJFski and Hill a jazz/groove improv trio which has toured Thailand as performers in the Southern Thailand Jazz and Blues Festival. He was formerly the guitarist with the Kofy Brown Band in which he performed across the U.S and in the Netherlands and played on her CDs "Area 32", "Love Warrior" and "Live in San Francisco - The Mecca Session”.