These Keller area kids know how to rock

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Six Keller area kids are making a name for themselves on the local music scene.

Their band, Zero Gravity, will play at 6 p.m. Friday at Taste of Keller at Keller Town Hall.

Reese Hyatt, a 13-year-old student at Timberview Middle School, started the band three years ago.

“I wanted to start a band because I’m really involved in music,” Reese said.

Reese, who plays keyboards, started with lead vocalist Clotile Harrison, 13, an eighth grader at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School. They were brought together by Jason Nolen, owner of Stomp Music Studios in Keller where he teaches lessons and records music. They were both taking lessons at the time, learning the same music, and Nolen thought they would sound good together.

The duet had fun but soon looked to expand the group.

Clotile said, “I felt we would get more exposure as a band.”

Enter Reese’s little brother Ethan, 10, a student at Eagle Ridge Elementary, to play drums and Logan Bryant, 12, a Timberview student, to play guitar. The four young musicians formed the nucleus of the band.

Grant Woodson, 11, a Parkwood Hill Intermediate student, joined a year ago to play guitar and Timberview student Cooper Williams, 13, came on to play bass a few months ago.

Zero Gravity won its age group in Battle of the Bands two years ago, a competition that raised money for the Keller school district’s drug abuse prevention program.

Since then, the band has played at talent shows, PTA meetings, Bronson Rock and a number of other venues. Earlier this month, KVIL radio after DJ Tony Zazza played clips of their music after he heard them perform at a school talent show.

Reese has written a couple of songs, “You Only Live Once (Y.O.L.O)” and “Magic of Each Moment.”

His goal is to write more songs so the group can record a full-length album.

Nolen said, “The thing that’s unique about these kids is they’re so young, but they’re really good at gigging.”

He said they usually have a tip jar available with proceeds going to repay their parents for equipment.

Reese and Ethan’s mom, Wendy Hyatt, said, “They all work really hard because they want to make sure they don’t let the other kids down.”

Clotile’s mom Amy Harrison said the kids are critical of themselves after performances but don’t criticize each other.

Clotile said, “I just hope to have people know who Zero Gravity is and to have more exposure. I want to be a superstar when I grow up.”

Sandra Engelland, 817-431-2231 Twitter: @SandraEngelland

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