Dale is from Dalton, a small town in North GA known for being the carpet capital of the world. He began to sing at an early age and dabbled with the piano and drums before settling on the bass guitar, as his choice instrument. He played with several bands during his teenage years touring across the US and Canada including the CCM Band The Rock City Boys and Secret Service. Dale later became tenor vocalist and a founding member of the Chattanooga based band, Poet Voices. He has made appearances and performances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, TBN, Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN, Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville, TN, Music in the Rockies, Estes Park, CO, GMA Week and Carowinds Music Park in Charlotte, NC among others. Dale has shared the stage with such artists as Marty Raybon of Shenandoah, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ron Kenoly, Phil Driskoll, Bob Carlisle and Nicole C. Mullins. He is a member of the Tri-State Music Hall of Fame. When not on tour, Dale enjoys session work in the studio doing background vocals. With vocal influences by artist such as Luther Vandross, Michael McDonald, Steve Perry, Bobby Kimball and Merle Haggard, just to name a few, Dale has developed a unique vocal style all his own.
The youngest member of Past II Present, Clay Duke comes with an array of experience. Born in Tennessee, Clay has spent most of his life in North Georgia developing his craft. A born entertainer, he most recently earned a place in the Governor's Honors Program as a vocalist and was awarded Top Male Soloist for the State of Georgia. He has been a featured performer with Etowah Jazz Society, BBC (Big Band Contractors) and his own Motown/70s band, Clay Duke Orchestra. Clay's playlist spans Allen Stone, John Mayar, Michael McDonald as well as classic Motown, Jazz and Blues. He is passionate about quality music, enjoys collaborating on stage and in the studio, and is currently enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Rusty Duke started playing in his first band in 1980 (with Ward Wilson). Throughout the 80's and 90's he played several professional gigs including Joe Lofts and The Pinks and Secret Service. He then joined Christian Country Band Brave Heart (before Mel Gibson stole the name) and went on to receive several record deal offers by Christian Country Labels.
After taking a sabbatical from full-time touring in 1998 to spend time focusing on family, he has spent the last few years playing guitar leading worship at many churches across the region. Four years ago, he picked his bass up again declaring, "It's my first love!"
When not touring with Past II Present Rusty enjoys working with his son and daughter who sing in a 1960s Motown Band called the Clay Duke Orchestra (CDO) which consists of a full band with a live horn section.
Rusty's musical influences include Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Eagles, Steely Dan, James Jamerson, Ross Valory, and John Mayer.
Before moving to Nashville in the 80’s and embarking on a fairytale career in the music industry, David grew up on a farm in Texas in a family full of love, music and fun.
“Music has always been a part of my life. Our family reunions on Mom’s side of the family were all musicals. Everyone played something and we’d all sit around playing old standards and gospel tunes. I, of course, was the long haired rocker.”
Sax was David’s first instrument, but he discovered the guitar around age 17 and took off running making it the centerpiece of the rest of his life.
David has worked his entire adult life as a touring guitar player, guitar tech, and guitar builder/repairman. He’s toured the world and/or worked in the recording studio with the likes of Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Amy Grant, Peter Frampton, Reba, Rascal Flatts, and the list goes on and on.
“Boston was the first band to really get my attention with their first album,” David says. “The guitar sounds, vocals, and orchestration of all the music parts coming together to create such a masterpiece changed everything for me. My top 5 favorites have always been Boston, Van Halen, Journey, Toto, and The Eagles.”
Favorite quote: “Life is a song and God’s love is the music.”
As for his favorite guitar, “Well, they are all my favorites!”
Mike 'Juice' Kyle is originally from Indiana. While not on the road playing keyboards with Past II Present, you will find him playing keys for Brooks and Dunn or front of house for Reba McEntire or The Petty Junkies. He has recently been engineering/tracking vocals for Ronnie Dunn's upcoming solo release, all the while managing his own production and mixing company. His favorite song of all time is "Africa" and "Evil Woman" by ELO was a strong influence as well. Favorite artists include: Toto and Paul McCartney.
For Ward Wilson, starting to play drums at age 10 was an easy choice as growing up in central Arkansas, the only other option was a career in cow tipping!
Ward has played for many Grammy Award-Winning Artists in both CCM and Mainstream Music. His mile-long list of credits includes James Ward, Secret Service, Ron Kenoly, Phil Driscoll, Higher Ground, Greg Voltz and Dave Boyer (Joey Stevens of Sinatra's Rat Pack), Anita Bryant, Michael Martin, Brave Heart, Southern Comfort and Bob McGrath (Sesame Street). In addition, Ward has years of corporate convention and show band work including one of the original drummers in the 40 year running dinner theater "The Station House" (Chattanooga Choo Choo) for 18 years.
As a custom drum builder who opened his first shop in 1985, his drums have been heard on many of the Grammy Award-Winning Tracks from Alabama and Amy Grant. His custom work has been on tour with the Rolling Stones and the Broadway Production of Elvis. In his spare time, Ward produces a few new instruments per year, restores vintage drums, and works in the decorative wood industry. While not touring, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 35 years.