Bio

Silver Reign

Brick, New Jersey

Silver Reign was formed in 2016 by a diverse group of Jersey Shore musicians.  Gene Molino  is a blazing lead guitarist with a flair for the classics, and Lorraine Riley is our talented and beautiful lead singer.  Mike Gonnella, a talented multi-instrumentalist, contributes guitar, keys, banjo, harmonica and vocals.  Mike Kenny keeps the band moving behind the drums and vocals, and Paul Zaimes keeps the band groovin on the bass.
 

Each member brings years of professional musical knowledge and many miles of gig experience to Silver Reign.  Our music is an eclectic combination of timeless classics and modern crowd-pleasers, and we abide by a mantra that it's gotta be "As Good or Better" than the original.

GENE MOLINO has been playing guitar for 55 years, sharing the stage with acts such as Mountain, The Allman Bros, Edger Winter, Buddy Miles, Ten Years After, BB King, Dr. John, Joe Walsh, Chuck Berry, Al Cooper, Cactus, and many more.  He toured with The Crests alongside The Platters, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Soul Survivor and others.  Gene was a member of: The Casinos, Colony, Brass Affair, Jasmine, Essence and Funkin' A.  He has gigged all over the tri-state area and beyond, played over 100 weddings and more bars and clubs than he cares to count.

LORRAINE RILEY
 grew up on the basement steps of her parent’s home, listening to her father’s band practice for upcoming weddings and bar gigs. Although she admired her father’s accomplishments and obvious natural talent on the guitar, it was the microphone she longed for. Many nights she went to sleep listening to the harmonies floating up from the basement, studying the intricacies of each note, learning the lyrics of a lifetime of love songs, and appreciating the magic present in all genres of music. In school, she volunteered for all things music, singing in chorus groups and variety shows, until one day she simply asked her father, “Can I sing for you?” Together they took to the basement, this time passing the very step Lorraine grew up on many years ago. Gene picked up his guitar, and Lorraine finally took her place behind the mic. The rest is history. Since then, Lorraine has fronted Funkin A, a local Jersey shore funk band, and most recently SILVER REIGN. Her influences include The Beatles, SWV, Lake Street Dive, Stevie Wonder, the Motown sound, and 60’s soul. She sings for all the little girls who grew up dreaming of their time to sing!

MIKE  GONNELLA started playing guitar at the age of 13.  His main influences were the Beatles and the whole British invasion.  During high school, he played in a rock band at many school dances in the Jersey City area.  After high school, he became interested in jazz, studying under Ron Pellegrini, the professor at Wagner College in Staten Island.  He then relocated to Florida, attending school and majoring in classical guitar with a minor in piano.  He began listening to a lot of blues harmonica and got interest in playing the harp.  Major influences were Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Rod Piazza, and Charlie Musselwhite.  After moving back to NJ, he made major changes in his lifestyle and became interested in gospel and contemporary Christian music, and began playing on the worship team.  He also took an interest in percussion, alto sax, cigar box guitar, banjo, lap steel guitar, and the dulcimer.  Mike plays a mix of blues harp, rhythm guitar, keyboard, as well as some vocals with Silver Reign.  He continues to play gospel music at Shore Vineyard Church.  HE looks forward to continuing to play and enjoy the love of music that's always been a great part of his life.

MIKE  KENNY - Bio coming soon...

PAUL ZAIMES - Bio coming soon...