Sonja Hicks - Lead Vocals

Sonja has one of the most versatile voices in the Chicagoland area.  Sonja has been performing for various groups for many years touring with Barry Manilow’s “One Voice Tour”, JoAnn Castle from the “Lawrence Welk show”, The Rick Warren Orchestra, and The Newt Graber Band. Sonja now stays closer to home performing with local bands like The Connexion Band, The Sounds of Soul and other groups doing top-40 dance music for clubs, corporate parties, weddings and special events.

Darryl Armistead - Lead Vocals and Keyboards

Darryl moved to the Chicago area from St. Louis in 2003, and has been entertaining area audiences as the lead singer and keyboardists for bands such as Dupage Band, Chicago OGD, Barry White and Friends, Amy Kelly Band, Bill Ande Band, and Special Purpose.

Darryl brings ‘hot buttered’ soul vocals and tasty keyboard chops to every performance!

Thomas Witte Jr. - Lead Vocals and Guitar

Tom returns to his adult hometown of the Chicago area after nearly a decade in California, where he played Latin infused R&B with the Groove Masters, high energy blues with Bluesberry Jam. Tom’s guitar influences include Robben Ford, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, and Carlos Santana.  His musical interests range across many styles, but are most grounded in pop/rock, blues, and R&B.   

Tom had great experiences playing festivals and venues across central California, and he is pleased to bring his guitar and vocal contributions to Gold Standard, and hopes you truly enjoy the band!

Frank Neigel - Background Vocals and Drums

Frank hails from New York City with over 45 years of drumming, touring and recording experience. In his career he has played concerts, clubs and venues all across the USA with various pop rock, dance and show bands. Frank’s drumming influences include Bernard Purdie, Jim Gordon and Art Blakey among others. He also studied with Bernard Purdie and then Stanley Spector when he was based in NYC.

Since moving to the Chicago area, Frank has played with several contemporary Christian praise teams and currently plays with Barry White & Friends and Chicago OGD. As the drummer and background vocalist for Gold Standard, Frank gets to play all of the styles of drumming he loves.

Greg James - Background Vocals and Bass Guitar

A Bass player with an open mind when it comes to music, Greg is adept at playing all genres, but prefers Jazz, Funk, Blues, and R&B. Starting out as a Bass player in high school. Greg also played Trombone while in High School and college, and earned a BA in Music from The University of Washington. He is a former member of the North Shore Convert Band, Northwest Symphony, Highland Park Symphonic Winds, Willow Creek Orchestra, and Skokie Valley Symphony on Bass Trombone. He has also played Bass with a number of area bands, covering genres ranging from Afro-funk to Blues to Jazz to Rock and Roll. Greg has also studied Bass with Paul Merar, and currently teaches Bass at Antioch Music. Greg's musical influences include Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, Roscoe Beck, James Jamerson, Louis Johnson, Freddy Washington, Nathan East, Jaco Pastaurious, and Ron Carter.