Nashville, Tennessee brought these musicians together with the idea of playing classical instruments in a contemporary way. After all of the string players played in Belmont University's Jazz String Quartet under Tracy Silverman (Turtle Island String Quartet), founder Tim Kampen decided to add electronics and the best drummer they could find.
The idea of Reignite began while Tim Kampen was on a world tour with Barrage 8. After the tour ended, Tim began to recruit colleagues from the commercial string program at Belmont and put together a cast of electric violinists with the support of Kayleigh Moyer on drums.
Presently, Reignite is touring the US playing shows and conducting educational programs to inspire the next generation to find their passion.
Tim Kampen - Cellola and 5 string Cello
Tim Kampen is the founder and cellist of Reignite. While attending Belmont University in Nashville to study entrepreneurship and pursue his dreams of playing contemporary cello, his playing was featured on PBS as a solo cellist in Belmont Strings. He studied with Tracy Silverman in the Jazz String Quartet where his playing became influenced by upright bass and the Turtle Island String Quartet. This quartet gave him the vision to expand strings outside the box they are typically put in.
Upon graduation, Tim’s contemporary styles were sought out by Barrage 8 for the 2017-2018 tour. During this tour, he was an artist in residence and courtesy faculty at FGCU . Tim was later selected to be one of two cellists to play in China with the Hollywood Film Music Orchestra for the 2017 Nanjing Forest Festival series with the principal touring conductor of La La Land in Concert. Tim has played for artists such as JohnnySwim, Brantley Gilbert, Devin Dawson at world-renowned venues like the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. and Orpheum Theatre. He now is innovating a new tuning for cello and is composing for his jazz group, Expedition along with Reignite.
Kayleigh Moyer - Drums and Percussion
Kayleigh Moyer is a Session and Live Percussionist/Drum Kit player and Clinician based in Nashville, TN. When she is not on the road playing for breakout country and pop stars and innovative string groups, Kayleigh works as a session player and instructor out of many revered Nashville recording studios, as well as her own state-of-the-art home studio. In the studio, Kayleigh has had the pleasure of working with legendary producers Glenn Rosenstein (U2, Madonna, Talking Heads) and David Kalmusky (Journey, Shawn Mendes, Keith Urban) out of legendary studios Addiction Sound and Ocean Way Nashville.
Kayleigh is featured playing marching snare on ESPN College Gameday’s intro song alongside country legends Big & Rich, aired weekly across ESPN and ESPNU. She has recorded videos with Post Modern Jukebox, performed at the Grand Ole Opry multiple times with country artist Ashley Clark, and completed a two-year world tour with Barrage 8, where she was also named Courtesy Faculty and Artist in Residence at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her performance alongside Keith Urban at the CMT Artists of the Year 2015 Live TV Awards show was nominated for CMT's Performance of the Year.
Learn more about Kayleigh and see a list of her endorsed gear at kayleighmoyer.com
Samuel Brock - Violin
Samuel Brock speaks music as a native language. Growing up in a family band, he began studying Suzuki violin at the age of three and started improvising and playing by ear soon after. Samuel has travelled to dozens of countries with his family, teaching and performing as “Musicianaries.” He also plays keyboard and guitar and has been leading spontaneous worship for over 10 years.
Samuel has studied violin with globally acclaimed teachers Alice Joy Lewis, Rhonda Cole, David Russell, Elisabeth Small, Tammy Rodgers King, Billy Contreras, Buddy Spicher, and Tracy Silverman. At Belmont University, Samuel was a member of Tracy Silverman’s Jazz String Quartet, a jazz fusion string quartet that pushed the boundaries of string instruments. He also served as concertmaster for the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra and represented the school in classical performance for the National Association of Schools of Music.
Kyle Pudenz - Violin
Nashville violinist Kyle Pudenz brings a unique sound and style to each musical project he pursues. Whether in the studio, on stage, or in composition, arranging, and songwriting, Pudenz’s diverse array of experiences and training in both popular and classical styles, as well as the experience of building his own instruments, have enabled him to formulate a musical idiom that is entirely his own. Kyle regularly performs on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and most notably, his own line of custom-built 7-string electric violins. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music from Belmont University, and his professional ventures have taken him from nationally recognized venues such as Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Carnegie Hall, and the Grand Ole Opry to legendary Nashville musical centers like Ocean Way Nashville, Blackbird Studios and RCA Studio B.
Kyle is currently on tour with Nashville recording artist Jared Blake, performing live with Jared's band on violin, mandolin, guitar, and backing vocals. He also performs select dates in Nashville and around the United States with a variety of independent Nashville artists. http://www.kylepudenz.com/bio
Tim Hayes - Fiddle
Tim Hayes was born and raised in Connecticut where he studied classical violin under Liz Fey, and fiddle music under Grammy winning dobro player Stacy Phillips. Tim graduated Belmont University in 2016 with a degree in Commercial Music. He studied under Elisabeth Small, Billy Contreras, Tracy Silverman, Buddy Spicher, and Tammy Rogers King. During the last three years at Belmont, Tim was in the Belmont jazz string quartet, directed by Tracy Silverman. Tim has appeared on PBS as a soloist with belmont strings and as a violinist in the PBS documentary; Band of Courage.
Tim has been touring full time with Sammy Kershaw since June 2016, and has recorded and played with artists such as Drake Bell, Brian Setzer, Big Star, Maddie and Tae, Firebird Trio, James Otto, Aaron Tippin, Collin Rae, and more.