Images of Great Life Music Members

Contributing Artists

From soloists to a 12-piece band, Sinatra-style jazz to high-energy rock, we offer a broad range of musical volumes and styles to suit the setting. Whether leading GLM’s signature band, The Party Faithful, or tapping into the artistic strengths of their talented team of musicians, Colby and Brian work together to bring the perfect creative pitch to each event. With vocal artists who command the stage with charisma and authenticity, and skilled instrumentalists who perform with infectious energy, we bring the party to life. Meet some members of our musical team.

Meleesa Sullivan - Vocalist

Image of Meleesa Sullivan Meleesa is a Chicago native whose love and appreciation of music began at an early age, continued in her studies at DePaul University School of Music, and has led to a career that has crossed musical genres and taken her around the country. A vocalist who has performed classical, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and more, Meleesa’s influences range from Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder to Sarah McLachlan and Annie Lennox. Among the highlights of her career is sharing the stage with Patti LaBelle and the Pointer Sisters, and recently singing background vocals for R&B artist Seal on a live taping of Soundstage.

Ameerah Tatum - Vocalist

Image of Ameerah Tatum Born in Milwaukee, WI, Ameerah started singing publicly at the age of 10. Her outsized talent as both a lead and a background singer brought her nationwide recognition, and led to world tours with Alexander O'Neal, Sheena Easton, Janet Jackson (Janet Tour), and multiple stints with Paula Abdul (Club MTV, Forever Your Girl, Under My Spell). She also worked with The Brand New Heavies, eventually stepping in when lead vocalist N'Dea Davenport left the tour. After giving birth to her first child, Ameerah returned to Milwaukee where she quickly became a valued and sought after member of the local music community for original projects, special events and large festivals. She moved to Chicago in 2010 to pursue new opportunities, and we're honored to perform with her on a regular basis.

Jennifer Lowe - Violin

Jennifer Lowe A classically trained musician, Jennifer has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the Midwest, the UK, and Puerto Rico. She has also appeared as Concertmaster of several local symphonies, was a tenured member of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and was featured as Concertmaster and Soloist with the Bel Canto Chorus and Orchestra at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Before moving to Chicago, Jennifer led the 5-piece jazz-fusion band "Riverwalk." As a versatile and accomplished performer, she has shared the stage with many music icons—from Aretha Franklin and Barry White to Anne Murray and the Moody Blues. While playing electric violin with The Party Faithful, she is currently developing an instrumental cover band that puts a unique musical twist on some of rock’s greatest hits.

Pat Fleming - Guitar

Image of Pat Fleming A musician well-versed in Folk, Balkan, Jazz, Blues, and Rock styles, Pat has showcased his artistic range as a member of two of Chicago's most avant garde bands, D-Section and The Balkan Rhythm Band. Pat also toured the country with The Fareed Haque Quartet, an ensemble that opened for Sting at Switzerland’s famous Montreaux Jazz Festival. As lead guitarist for Mother Root, a band that serves up a hearty mix of original rock, he has opened for such rock luminaries as Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. He was one of four live musicians performing for “The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” a musical written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp. Pat is currently performing and recording with Howard Levy’s Acoustic Express Quartet, a group that often appeared with legendary jazz violinist Johnny Frigo. Pat is also a producer and composer of high regard. 

Carter Luke - Keyboard

Image of Carter Luke A keyboard man with a style all his own, Carter moved to Chicago 20 years ago to work with well-known orchestra leader Les DeMerle. Today, Carter plays with singer/songwriter Tom Fuller as well as GLM. He is also a teacher at the Maywood Fine Arts Association (MFAA), a not-for-profit organization that offers affordable fine arts education to young students in need. Along with its partner organization, Stairway of The Stars dance studio, the MFAA works with approximately 1,200 kids a week. Besides nurturing the musical skills of these students, Carter directs the audio production for the dance studio. This work ranges from providing full orchestration for dance shows to recording narration for the organization’s “Books Alive” program. Through “Books Alive,” the studio selects a children’s book, records a narration of the book, and then puts it to music. The students then perform this production at other area schools where students are truly starving for fine arts education.

Goeffrey Lowe - Bass

NEED PICTURE An eclectic modern bassist who spent his formative years in Colorado playing violin, guitar, piano, and basses, Geoffrey relocated to Chicago to work with a wider variety of players and composers. Since then, he has toured Europe with both jazz and classical groups, has performed with artists that range from Monty Alexander and David Fathead Newman to Clark Terry and Clarence Gatemouth Brown, and has appeared on recordings alongside David Sanborn, Fareed Haque, and Paul Wertico, just to name a few. Some of Geoff’s musical highlights include performances at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Park Tower Blues Festival in Japan, and the Spoletto Music Festival in Italy.

Scott Burns - Sax

Image of Scott Burns Possessing an energetic rhythmic feel and formidable melodic and harmonic insight as a saxophonist, Scott has been a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene since 1998. Frequently performing in Chicago with the likes of Von Freeman, Kurt Elling, and others, he has also played alongside international jazz artists such as Clark Terry, Lou Rawls, and Harry Connick Jr. As a member of the jazz/blues/soul infused band the Mighty Blue Kings, Scott has performed at venues and festivals across the nation. His latest CD of original compositions for Origin Records, Passages, has received critical acclaim. Also a dedicated teacher of music, Scott has worked with students in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute program at Gallery 37, the Northwestern University High School Music Institute, and the Near North Montessori School as well as with students of several colleges and universities in Chicago and the Midwest.