Denise Lease's unique high-energy vocal acrobatics provide Indigo with a one-of-a-kind sound, and an authentic blues quality. Starting in childhood singing Gospel music and musical theater, Denise moved on to singing live with both cover and originals bands in her 20's. In 2003 she joined Chicago blues band Uptown Blues Society, and her love affair with the blues began. Her main influences are Etta James, Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, and Susan Tedeschi. Denise lives in Naperville with her husband Gus, her twin teens, and her dog, Daisy.
Billy has been playing music since he was 9 years old. Originally trained as a drummer by Jazz great Mud Sarro, he played in several bands in the New York area in the ‘60’s. Billy switched to bass guitar to play the Blues before joining the ‘50’s tribute band Depoe & The Elmonts.
After taking 25 years off to raise his family and build a successful career as a senior technology executive, Billy formed INDIGO in 1998 in the south suburbs of Chicago.
Fast forward 20 years with a new lineup and he is still following his passion playing the Blues.
Blues keys/piano/organ virtuoso Gabe Sanchez started playing in bands in the 8th grade, covering styles from Jazz, Blues, Pop, Zydeco, Latin, Progressive, R/B funk and Rock. During his musical career her has performed in numerous fests/clubs/venues throughout the US and Europe.
Gabe has played in many great bands: Backdated, City Sounds, Instant Karma, B4 and after, insomnia, Dawn Okeefe-Williams, Michael Mason, and Doctor John. He also performed onstage with artists like; Jim Peterik, Alan White (from Yes), Chris Sharrok (from Oasis), Chuck Berry, and Keith Richards.
Drumming at an early age, Troy's mother was quite surprised to see a pair of 5A drumsticks emerge from her birth canal, followed shortly thereafter by the lithe baby who would go on to perform with such artists as Liquid Soul and contribute rhythmic and percussive duties for such bands as The Agents, The Cut, Slapdown, Peter Breinholt, Mike Paine, Eye Swatter, Soul Glow, Squadra Anti Mostro, The Prairie Surfers (sub), A Little Rusty, The Marshall County Trio, Members Only - The Ultimate 80s Cover Band and of course, the prescient and emerging Chicago Indigo. Preferring an emotive and playful approach to the drum set, Troy can often be seen sneaking in a sip of his favorite spirit between songs, triggering a slow descent into a tirade of expletives being shouted to random members of the audience. They always make up afterwards, though.