• Ben Harper B&W Portrait. Photograph (c) 2022 Michael Halsband

    Ben Harper

    Full name: Benjamin Charles Harper
    Instruments: Vocals, Slide Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
    Current Rig:

    Martin Ben Harper Signature Model 0000-28 acoustic guitar
    Monteleone Radio City Special Deluxe lap steel guitar
    Fraulini Leadbelly 12-string acoustic guitar
    Asher Ben Harper Signature lap steel guitar

    Birthplace: Claremont, CA
  • Juan Nelson

    Juan Nelson

    August 24, 1958-June 9, 2021
    Beloved husband, father, musical genius, BHIC band member of 27 years, and the finest man I've ever known. It's near impossible for me to put words to this pain and loss. Rest In Glory our beloved Reverend Juan.

    In lieu of flowers the family set up their own GoFundMe page. For more information about Juan's life and legacy, please visit here.

    Instruments: Bass
    Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH
  • Leon Mobley

    Leon Mobley

    Leon Mobley, percussionist for BHIC, has made his mark in the music and performance industry for many years.

    At the tender age of seven, Leon studied under the tutelage of Babatunde Olatunji, world renowned Nigerian master drummer. By age ten, Leon was a cast member on the Emmy award winning PBS t.v. program entitled ZOOM. He got the opportunity to perform with Duke Ellington and for Coretta Scott King at this age as well. He also performed with Boston's Dancing in the Street for many years growing up in Boston.

    Leon went on to study music and education at UMass Boston before moving to California where he started his dance company Djembe West African Drummers and Dancers, which has been featured on the t.v. shows Northern Exposure, A Different World, and the movie Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. He also began his own musical group Leon Mobley and Da Lion which went on to produce six cds and has had countless performances throughout the United States.

    Leon was selected to be "Art Envoy" by the U.S. State department, under President Barack Obama, which sponsored the Innovative MIMA programs, where he traveled abroad doing workshops, recordings, and performances throughout Africa and South America.

    He has had his own REMO signature series Djembe drum for over twenty years, selling millions around the world.

    Throughout his career, he has recorded and performed with many notable artists, to include Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Mick Jagger, Madonna, Damian and Stephen Marley, the Temptations, Dave Matthews, Joss Stone, and Stevie Wonder just to name a few.

    Instruments: Percussion
    Toured, performed and/or recorded with:

    Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Mick Jagger, Madonna, Damian and Stephen Marley, the Temptations, Dave Matthews, Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder, Jack Johnson, G. Love, Da Lion, Piers Faccini, Watts Prophets, The Last Poets' Umar Bin Hassan, Rebelution, Kamasi Washington, Trevor Hall, Teki, Paula Fuga, Tenelle, Sammy Johnson, Robey Theatre Co., Zoom, Peter Wolf

    Birthplace: Roxbury, MA
  • Oliver Charles

    Oliver Charles

    Instruments: Drums
    Toured, performed and/or recorded with:

    Gogol Bordello, Lonnie Jordan (War), Rakim, De La Soul, Talib Kwali, Mos Def, Common, Ghostface Killah, L.P. (Singer), Michael Franti and Spearhead, Daniel Lanois, Family Man Barrett, Mariachi El Bronx, Piers Faccini, Rhythm Roots All-Stars, daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, Project 1836, Bingewood, After Hours, Ocean 11, Cree Summer, The Soul of John Black, Weapon of Choice, Action Figure Party, Groovin High

    Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA