Miss Sydney & the Downtown Saints formed in 2017 with shared interests in music and serving their local community around Edmonds, Washington. Led by Sydney Jensen, the band covers a range of soul & rock & roll classics from the past 60 years. Backed by a group of rock & roll veterans including legendary bass player Gerald Johnson (Steve Miller Band, Crosby Stills & Nash, John Fogerty, etc.), Tyler Vander Ploeg and Ben Keller, the Downtown Saints craft the instrumentation to best suit each song with style, energy, and soul.
Being rooted in the northwest, the band’s core focus is serving their local community by playing for local charitable activities and private events, but also enjoy playing occasionally at their neighborhood pubs and other venues.
SYDNEY JENSEN – VOCALS, GUITAR
- Originally from: Coeur d’Alene, ID
- Musical background: 5 year musical degree (specifically in voice). Lots of choirs.
- Some favorite musical artists include: Norah Jones, PageCXVI, Head and the Heart, Elton John
- Currently listening to: Johnnyswim
TYLER VANDER PLOEG – GUITAR
- Originally from: Lynden, WA
- Musical background: Played guitar in several bands around Seattle (Blenderhead, Ten Times Fast, etc) over the past 25 years.
- Some favorite musical artists include: The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, The Clash
- Currently listening to: Leon Bridges
GERALD JOHNSON – BASS
- Originally from: Washington, DC
- Musical background: Performed and recorded with many bands over the past 50 years, including The Sweet Inspirations, Elvis Presley, Steve Miller Band, Crosby Stills & Nash, John Fogerty, Gregg Allman, Dave Mason, The Pointer Sisters, and more.
- Some favorite musical artists include: The Beatles, Elton John, and so many others!
BEN KELLER – DRUMS
- Originally from: Everett, WA
- Musical background: Started drumming at age 4 and has played drums in and around Seattle for the past 25 years.
- Some all-time favorite musical artists include: Rush, Sting, Bruce Hornsby, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Chick Corea, and Genesis.
- Currently Listening to: Ramsey Lewis Trio