Sensi Trails Band

Kyle Rising Sensi Trails

Kyle Rising - Guitarist/Lead Vocals

Growing up in Virginia, Kyle Rising loved to immerse himself in as many different styles of music as he could find. This prompted him to begin writing and playing songs of his own at a very young age.

In 2014, filled with music and inspiration, Kyle was playing his guitar on the beach while on a family vacation in Outerbanks, North Carolina. There he met E.N Young, who was on tour with Tribal Seeds. Little did he know that the chance meeting would grow into a future blessing.

After finishing a year at Radford University, Kyle decided to relocate to Outerbanks to pursue music with full focus and intention. Playing open mic nights, he began meeting like-minded musicians who were interested in starting a reggae band. Thus began his journey towards Sensi Trails.

Forming in 2016, Sensi Trails became an outlet for Kyle to express himself, while also paying homage to the bands who influenced him in his youth. These included Jack White, The Avett Brothers, Peoples Blues of Richmond, Stick Figure, and The Movement. The band recorded and released a 5 track EP showcasing songs such as Dirty Couch and New Romance.

By 2018, Kyle decided to move operations to San Diego, a mecca of sunshine and smooth sounds. Soon after, he reunited with E.N Young, and began recording new material for a full length album at Imperial Sound Studios. Finding sonic gold in the title track of the album, Just Livin' featuring Kbong of Stick Figure, Kyle began scouting the scene for new band members. That's when he found Jordan, who joined on drums, and Kaya on bass. Striving to take the songs to a new level, the group then added keyboardist Mike. Thus bringing together his dream, to breathe life into a new chapter of Sensi Trails.

Kaya Hall Sensi Trails

Kaya Hall - Bass/ Vocals

Living east of San Diego in Santee, California, Kaya was first drawn to music thanks to his father's record collection. Initially discovering what he thought were real life comic book characters in the band Kiss, he concluded that playing in a band was the ultimate way to realize his dreams.

His parents further influenced his taste by taking him to see a multitude of live concerts. It was at one of these shows that Kaya discovered reggae. Taking him to see Slightly Stoopid, he heard a completely new sound, and equally important, he felt a whole new energy in the crowd. Following this new energy led him to a reggae festival, where he felt his mind open to a different lifestyle and community of people.

Kaya began learning to play guitar, and was eventually able to deepen his study of music by taking classes in high school. After playing around in several rock bands, he formed the band Strictly Skunk, in which he plays guitar and sings lead vocals.

Inspired by bassists Marley D. Williams of Rebelution, and Victor Navarro of Tribal Seeds, Kaya played with the idea of playing bass in a West coast reggae band. It was in Bandmix, an online platform to connect musicians, that Kaya then came into contact with Kyle Rising. After the two met in person, it became clear that they both had a similar drive and determination to make music. The seemingly random connection became magic, and Kaya joined Sensi Trails. Coming from completely different places in life, it was their mutual passion for music that brought them together.

Jordon Stark Sensi Trails

Jordan Starke - Drummer

Jordan Starke was born in Colorado Springs, CO on June 15th, 1997. He was introduced to the drums as a young child by his father in the wake of his parents divorce. He was given his first drum kit at the age of 8 years old. This would be the only one he’d have until age 12. Growing up, Jordan would bang around on the drums making noise however possible! He started to take drum lessons at age 11 after receiving them as a Christmas gift from his mom. Shortly after his first few lessons, he knew DRUMMING was EXACTLY everything he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He continued studying with various instructors around Colorado Springs and Denver areas throughout high school, as well as playing in the Jazz band and Concert band for some time. He joined his first band in 2014 a metal trio in Colorado Springs called Ash of The Mind.

Jordan knew he wanted to go to California and play drums having looked up to countless bands that originated there. After graduating high school in 2015, Jordan got his first gigs with Ash of The Mind and would learn the ropes of playing drums live for a band for the first time. In 2016, he packed up his drums and clothes into a 97’ Jeep Cherokee and drove all the way to Oceanside, CA to move in with his brother who was stationed at Camp Pendleton. He would begin the grand search for a band to play drums with although it did not happen overnight. Jordan played with many a different musicians and groups before he would meet Kyle Rising from Sensi Trails in 2018. He played his first show with Kyle as Sensi Trails in September 2018 and shortly after linking up with Kaya Hall on bass, Sensi Trails began the long haul and still haulin’ on!

When home from tour, Jordan enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking good food, reading books, and practicing more drums!

John Felice

A former law school student who became a touring musician, John Felice was born on October 8, 1989 in Long Island, New York.
John began to tinker on the piano at the early age of 3 and was taking lessons by the age of 6. By the age of 12 he began taking guitar lessons. Over the next several years John was influenced heavily by classic rock and psychedelic rock bands such as Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, and more. He was also singing in the school choirs in both middle school and high school. By the time John attended Cornell University in 2007, his interests broadened into jazz and jam bands. The freedom of improvisation inspired him to listen to artists like Phish, The Grateful Dead, John Coltrane, and Bill Evans. John went on to attend law school where he felt stagnant and unhappy, but his passion and desire for musical freedom remained. He decided to leave law school and pursue music on a professional level. John was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2012, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2014.
It was not long after that John began his career as a touring musician with Mighty Mystic of Boston. John was fortunate to get an audition after class mate Salvador Pineda Jr. told him they needed a guitar player. For the next several years, John toured nationally and to the Caribbean, cutting his teeth in the roots reggae scene, opening for artists such as Steel Pulse, Yellowman, Inner Circle, Third World, and more. John also did extensive guitar work on Mystic’s album, The Art of Balance.
Eventually John parted ways with Mighty Mystic after returning to New York from Boston, until he was offered to audition for Inna Vision. John then toured with Inna Vision for the next several years, contributing to the album 2020 Vision. It was during this time that John developed a love for harmonies and began to sing more. After returning from a run in Hawaii and playing One Love festival, Covid 19 hit and put a stop to touring.
John made the decision to pack his bags and instruments, and to move to California solo in September, 2020. John networked and said yes to every opportunity he could, including shows with local artists Synrgy, Sammy Roots, and Kat Hall. Within a few months, he formed a close bond with Kyle Rising, who he had made acquaintances with at prior festivals. After some really great jam sessions and a good vibe was established amongst the two, Kyle asked John if he was interested in coming to a rehearsal. John agreed. After meeting Jordan and Kaya, and after playing a show together on New Years Eve, 2021, John began to play more and more shows with Sensi Trails until the group decided to add him as a full member.
John plays a 1964 CC Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster, which was given to him by his late grandfather Rafael Santandreu upon graduating from Berklee. John eventually swapped in Lindy Fralin split blade vintage pickups to eliminate hum. John currently uses a Kemper Profiler both on stage and in studio.
John’s guitar style is focused on subtlety and color.