Hailing from Battle Creek Michigan, this five piece ensemble blends the elements of raw soul and blissful improvisation to produce interesting twists on modern and classic music.   

“The Fat Animals are a super cool new band that bring joy to your body, soul, ear and feet. This Rock/Soul/Blues band is not to be missed.” -Walk the Beat, Albion, MI   


Don Daniel is a classically trained vocalist and alumnus of the world renowned Battle Creek Boychoir. He has soloed with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and began performing professionally after his time in the US Army. Having wide vocal range and musical interests, Don has shared the stage with likes of gospel songstress Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and rockers like Mark Slaughter and Stephen Pearcy, the voice of RATT; along with a host of other world, national, and regional touring artists.

Alvin loves guitars and saw his first “real” rock show, Molly Hatchet, at 8 years old.  He was immediately hooked, with his fists pumping and screaming “Flirtin’ with disaster!” until they finally played it. Getting his own guitar at age 12 began Alvin’s guitar journey in earnest, and he has played with Danae & the Grind, 3 LB Cut, The Fennville Experts, HJLB, Whiskey Richard & the Bangalongs locally and regionally.  As a member of The Fat Animals Alvin feels he has  found musical compatriotism like he has never known. Challenge, fulfillment, depth, emotion, soul, and gettin’ weird with it. Somehow that spells THE FAT ANIMALS.

When Phil’s dad bought him a guitar and showed him how to play at age 12, his early influences were bands like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin so the guitar quickly became his obsession.  An early Led Zepplin video loaned to him by a soon-to-be brother in-law solidified Phil’s passion for rock guitar, and over the decades he played with the well-known local and regional bands Torture, Bad Oscar, SXX, and Big Love Band. Phil now finds himself with 4 amazing musicians that pour heart, soul, and mystery into the wonderful sounds they create together. “The Song Remains the Same” remains in Phil’s possession and continues to be a source of inspiration.

Bass player Shawn Kelly comes from a musical family descended from the hills of Tennessee. At an early age he attended pickin’ sessions with his father, watching him strum the six string during these communally creative events. Eventually, he picked up the bass to accompany his father while playing tunes by John Denver, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. Today Shawn brings with him his southern roots rock style and blends with it the elements of the free flowing improvisation genres creating a unique approach to a rocking bass

Colin McKernan was born in Drexel Hill,  Pennsylvania in 1992, and has been playing drums since the age of 17. Training with Mark Bass, Don Hamrick, Robert Searight, Todd Sucherman, Billy Cobham, and Matt Garstka, has turned him into a well-rounded drummer. Colin has been playing in the local and regional music scene for over 5 years and enjoys playing a wide variety of blues, rock, heavy metal, soul and funk.

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