Biographies

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It all started when Kat and Clay began playing music together shortly after they married in 2012, but they always knew they wanted more to their sound. When Kat and Michelle began singing together spontaneously at a dance in 2015, they knew there was something special happening. Finally, David and his family moved to Tennessee from Florida and the four jammed out. That's when they knew their little musical family was complete and they've been evolving and growing together ever since.

Kat Starr

Kat lives and works in Cookeville, Tennessee and is married to the love of her life, Clay Faris.  Kat has worn many hats over the years from directing the choir of First Christian Church in Livingston, TN to being a regular at Jammin' at Hippie Jack's Americana Roots festival. After earning her degree in Music Education from Tennessee Tech University in 2008, Kat taught strings in the Oak Ridge public schools for a year.  Since then she has taught privately at Kat Starr Music, offering lessons on violin, viola, cello, ukulele, guitar, and piano. Kat also founded, composes for, and directs the Cookeville Community Folk Orchestra ‚Äč– a non-profit teaching orchestra dedicated to the performance of folk music since 2014.

Michelle Smith

Michelle has been in love with music and singing for as long as she can remember. Michelle works in Nashville, but keeps her heart and home in Cookeville. Michelle studied a combination of Music Education and Psychology, before finally deciding on her career path with a degree in Psychology. Michelle is a passionate supporter of music, art, and theater, especially locally. Michelle has been lucky enough to be a part of many shows in Cookeville, such as Cabaret, Rocky Horror Show, Avenue Q, Vagina Monologues, and Round Trip. Michelle feels so lucky to be a part of such a special band as Indus. She finds joy in not only singing but dancing to wonderful music as well. She hopes that you are filled with inspiration and joy when you hear the sound created by Indus, just as she is.

David Klein

David Klein was born & raised in South Florida and began his acting & singing career at the young age of 5. David continued with theatre through high school and did everything from acting, to building sets, to stage managing full productions. David always had a knack for singing & dancing but began pursuing playing instruments at 16 years of age, discovering the healing qualities in percussion, specifically African & Middle Eastern drumming. David joined Jerrods Door in 1999. Jerrods Door produced two albums and toured up and down the east coast. Following David’s departure from JD and after the birth of his son, a former band mate told him he was starting a new musical project called SOSOS. David took part in the recording of SOSOS’s debut album ‘Abigail’ and then ‘For You’ and the third ‘Naturally’. David provided percussion & vocals but has added playing the pump organ, banjo and harmonica. Between JD and SOSOS, David had the honor of sharing the stage with greats Ray Manzereck (The Doors), Richie Havens, Keller Williams, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Blues Traveler, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Donovan Frankenreiter, Blind Melon and many more. The newest chapter in David’s life involved relocating his family to middle TN. David was fortunate to have a friend as a realtor and a bass player, in Clay Faris. David lends his percussion, vocals and ukulele to the band and loves every moment of it!

Clay Faris

Born and raised in Tennessee, Clay’s love of music began early, starting with the trombone in middle school.  Drawn to the low tones, he continued on with the acoustic bass guitar when he began playing music with his girlfriend, then wife, Kat.  Clay enjoyed playing with the band Ditty Road, a Hippie Jack’s favorite.  Transitioning to the upright bass under the guidance of Tennessee state fiddle champion Jim Wood, Clay now enjoys letting his eclectic taste in alternative styles shines through in his playing.
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