Rock Sugar (band)

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Rock Sugar
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresHeavy metal, Hard rock
Years active2010 (2010)–present
MembersJess Harnell
Alexander Track
Ken Cain
Chuck Duran
Past membersJohnny Santoro

Rock Sugar is a Los Angeles-based band known for their mashups of pop music and heavy metal from the 1980s.


The band's fictitious backstory claims the sound was achieved when the metal band was stranded on a desert island in 1989 with a CD player, plenty of batteries, and the CD collection of a 13-year-old girl. The band signed with Paradigm in April 2010.[1][2] In April 2012, the band signed with ARM Entertainment (Artist Representation and Management).[3]


Lead singer Jess Harnell is better known for his voice work in film and television than his musical career. Harnell voiced Wakko Warner in the Animaniacs cartoon series, voiced Secret Squirrel in the 2 Stupid Dogs shorts and is the current official voice actor for Disney's Brer Rabbit. He has also served as the announcer for America's Funniest Home Videos for more than 10 years and has voiced the titular protagonist of the Crash Bandicoot series since 2005. In 1995, he released a solo album entitled The Sound of Your Voice.

Drummer/keyboardist/vocalist Alexander Track received a Master of Music Degree from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria and won a Grammy Award for engineering in 2006. He is the President and CEO of Track Entertainment Studios in Los Angeles, California. He co-produced, recorded, engineered and co-mixed Rock Sugar's debut CD: Reimaginator.[4]

Lead guitarist/vocalist Chuck Duran does voice over demos and dubs Steve Valentine's singing voice on the Disney XD series I'm in the Band. He is the co-host of the voice-over web series VO Buzz Weekly alongside Stacey J. Aswad.

Original member, bassist Johnny Santoro aka Johnny Five joined Rock Sugar in 2009. He left the band on August 29, 2011.[5] On December 12, 2011, the band introduced their new bassist, Ken Cain.[6]


The band's tour schedule includes rock festivals, once sharing the stage with members of Guns N' Roses.[7] In April 2010, the band appeared on the Food Network show Private Chefs of Beverly Hills in an episode where the chefs prepare food for the band's CD release party.[8] In April/May 2010, the band performed at the Melodic Rock Fest 2 in Elgin, Illinois sharing the stage with melodic rock bands Danger Danger, Y&T and Winger among others. The band has performed for foundations including the Toby Keith Foundation in Oklahoma and Larry the Cable Guy's Git-R-Done Foundation (Florida). In May 2010, the band performed two shows at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee.[9] Along with securing residencies at the House of Blues,[10] Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles and in Las Vegas,[11] Rock Sugar shared the stage with the Scorpions and RATT in Memphis,[12] Queensrÿche in Colorado,[13] Poison in Idaho,[14] Tesla in Albuquerque,[15] Kid Rock, Saliva, Skillet and Hinder in Wisconsin,[16] Cinderella in Montana[17] among many others. Rock Sugar has been featured on the Fox Television Network on Fox & Friends performing in New York, Avenue of the Americas.[18] On 12 June 2010, Rock Sugar played at the Download Festival at Donington Park, England. They appeared at the festival again in 2011. Performances in 2012 included the Mid-South Rally for the Wounded Warrior Project, Mississippi[19] and shows in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Arkansas, Montana and at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.[20]



Reimaginator is the band's only album to date, released in 2010. Each song is a mash-up of two or more songs. Each song has at least one rock or heavy metal song and one pop or pop rock song.

1."Don't Stop the Sandman" (Don't Stop Believin' by Journey + Enter Sandman by Metallica)4:59
2."We Will Kickstart Your Rhapsody" (We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen + Kickstart My Heart by Mötley Crüe)5:45
3."Crazy Girl" (Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne + Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield)3:47
4."Voices in the Jungle" (Voices Carry by 'Til Tuesday + Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses)4:33
5."Here Comes the Fool You Wanted" (Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi + Here Comes the Rain Again by Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics + Nobody’s Fool by Cinderella)5:37
6."Shook Me Like a Prayer" (You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC + Like a Prayer by Madonna)4:49
7."Straight to Rock City" (Detroit Rock City by KISS + Straight Up by Paula Abdul)4:13
8."Prayin' for a Sweet Weekend" (Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi + Working for the Weekend by Loverboy + Sweet Child o' Mine by Guns N' Roses)4:57
9."Heaven and Heaven" (Heaven by Warrant + Heaven by Bryan Adams)4:40
10."Breakin' the Love" (Breakin' the Law by Judas Priest + I'm Not in Love by 10cc)3:28
11."I Love Sugar on Me" (I Love Rock 'n' Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts + Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard)3:33
12."Round and Separated" (Round and Round by Ratt + Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) by Journey)5:39
13."Dreaming of a Whole Lotta Breakfast" (Dream On by Aerosmith + Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin + Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin + Breakfast in America by Supertramp)4:05


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  4. ^ Joe Reinartz. "A Piece Of The Rock (Sugar)". Pollstar. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
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  6. ^ "Rock Sugar introduces Ken Cain on their Facebook page". Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  7. ^ "Slash among latest additions to Download 2010 festival bill". Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Rockin' Rolls". Food Network. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  9. ^ Christopher Blank (2010-05-02). "Forecasts worse than weather for Beale Street Music Festival". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  10. ^ Joe Reinartz (2010-07-14). "Steady Diet Of Rock Sugar". Pollstar. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  11. ^ "Las Vegas Tours & Buggy Rentals". Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  12. ^ "Scorpions at Mud Island Amphitheatre (Memphis, TN) on 11 Jul 2010 –". 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
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  14. ^ "Poison — Idaho Falls — Sandy Downs — 10 August 2011". Songkick. 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  15. ^ "Tesla in Albuquerque, NM - Jul 2, 2011 7:00 PM". Eventful. 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  16. ^ [2][dead link]
  17. ^ "Rock Sugar Rocks The West". VO Buzz Weekly. 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  18. ^ "Rock Sugar Performs On Fox & Friends Summer Concert Series - Pictures". Zimbio. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  19. ^ "mswwpr Resources and Information. This website is for sale!". Retrieved 2014-08-22.
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