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Cody Wilder

IAM Local 735, unioNation™ Co-Chair and inspiration of unioNation
Mother and Daddy gave me my first guitar at age 5 and from my earliest memory knew my life would revolve around music. My musical influences include Bob Seger, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, and Elvis Presley. Over the years I have performed throughout the United States from Atlantic City to Las Vegas. While appearing at the Dunes in Las Vegas, I was surprised when Dean Martin’s Golddiggers joined me onstage. (Remember…”What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”) I recorded “Illinois Central Line “on a compilation CD titled, “Christmas Across America,” each state having its own Christmas song. I have recorded several jingles for radio and television winning a Gold Addy Award. I also sang the theme song for “Super Driver,” an audio magazine for truck drivers all across America, selling over a million copies. My original music has reached both the European and Australian markets with 4 songs hitting # 1 on the playlist. I live in Nashville, TN. where I continue to write and perform.

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Melissa Campbell

Sky Harbor Lodge 2559
Melissa Campbell is a member of Sky Harbor Lodge 2559 in Phoenix, Arizona. Lead singer, backup singer, and lyricist.

Shelley Cooper

NFFE Lodge 2052
Shelley works for the Bureau of Land Management in Boise, Idaho. She has been singing in public since the age of 3.

Martin Eddy

IAM Local 774
Martin currently lives in Wichita, Ks. and has lived in Kansas most of his life. Martin has been a member of the Farmers Union, (FU), AFSCME, and currently IAM LL 774. Union steward, Safety Advocate, and currently serving on the Exec. Board.

Plays keyboards and bad jokes. Married for 31 years to Sue Anne.

Greg Goold

IAM Local 778
Local Lodge 778, Kansas City, MO, President: Have been a unionist for 30 years in 3 different unions. First with Steelworkers, then the IAM with the TWA at the Overhaul base in Kansas City. When American Airlines took over TWA, I joined the TWU and was laid off. I then rejoined the IAM at LL778 and work at Honeywell FM&T in Kansas City.

“I have been a musician since I was 10 or 11 in grade school playing trombone in the band, up through the 11th grade. While in high school I started to pick up the guitar, then during my enlistment in the U.S. Air Force, I really started to play guitar. I was in a band during my time in California playing rock & roll covers. I now sing in a church choir and play and sing occasionally out at open mike nights and with friends.”

Alastair Haythornthwaite

IAM Local 692
I am a thirty-four-year member of LL692. My wife and I have five children and three grandchildren. I am a Machinist by trade and have been a Business Representative with District Lodge 250 since 2006. I live in North Cowichan, BC, Canada and represent IAMAW members on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

Lisa Hyde

IAM Grand Lodge
Lead Singer, Back-up vocals, Lyricist. Guitar and mandolin. Lives in Maryland.

Bill Kent

IAM Local 2323
Bill has been involved in the music industry for over 30 years. From early involvements with high school bands and musicals to touring with Up With People, Bill has worked as a singer/songwriter and guitarist in his own band Double Exposure as well as recently

Being a member of Air Canada’s Airborne 11.

Camron Lewis

IAM Local 794
Camron Lewis is a retired member of Local 794 Albuquerque, NM. Camron is a singer, songwriter, and drummer.

A. Michael Martinez

IAM Local 794
A. Michael Martinez Biography, Local Lodge 794 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, area Steward for ten years.

I recorded my first major label L.P. in 1970 on Mainstream Records called “Drive It” with my group Lincoln St. Exit. This was the first label Janis Joplin was on. 

In 1971, I recorded at the Hitsville Studio in Detroit for Rare Earth Records, a subsidiary label from Motown, an album entitled “Plight of the Red Man”. We changed our name to XIT.

This album was a history of the American Indian and became an anthem for the American Indian Movement. I sang all the vocals and played guitar on the album. 

I was fortunate to meet some of Motown’s legendary artists, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and Mary Wells, also the legendary producer, Norman Whitfield, who produced my vocal session.

As a performer, I shared the stage with many artists of the time: Three Dog Night, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steve Martin, Redbone, Chief Dan George, 

The Beach Boys, Grand Funk Railroad, ZZ Top, Rare Earth, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Black Oak Arkansas, Crow, And Floyd Red Crow Westerman.

In 1999 I was awarded a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Native American Music Awards. In 2010, I was nominated for Best Native Contemporary for “I am Happy About You” at the New Mexico Music Awards from my CD “neXt eXit” and Best Producer. In 2010 I had four songs in a movie called “Pete and Cleo” a Holt-Hamilton production. In 2011, also from the Native American Music Awards, I received an award for my participation in Jan Michael Lookingwolf’s video “Live as One”.

In 2012, I had two songs nominated “The Ballad of Chili Yazzie” for Best Native and “Fire Dance” at the New Mexico Music Awards. I also had “Song of Freedom” selected for Rock the Vote for a video to solicit Native youth to register to vote in the 2012 National Elections.

In 2012 I had the very special opportunity to become one of “unioNation™” founding members. Initially, I played a song of mine from my “Factory” CD, “Who’s an American?”. “Who’s an American?” was nominated for Best Song at the 2013 New Mexico Music Awards. Since my being with “unioNation™” I have had an amazing journey, playing music with all talents from around the U.S. and Canada. We shared the stage at the 2012 IAMAW Grand Lodge Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Some of us also played the 125 Atlanta IAMAW

Celebration in 2013. The major highlight is, we all got back together to record our first CD in Maryland the summer of 2013. I contributed two songs, ”A Woman’s Place” which I wrote and had Lisa Hyde sing the lead vocal and “unioNation™” a dedication to our great and wonderful union, which I also wrote. I am eternally grateful to Henry Bagwell and Cody Wilder for all their hard work and persistence to make this all happen. May “unioNation” live on forever.

Ron Messner

IAM Local 11
Work at Avcorp industries as a structural aircraft technician and lives in Vancouver, B.C. and is married with 3 children.

Bob Mitchell

IAM Local 778
Bob Mitchell is a retired member of Kansas City, MO.  He is a musician playing the harmonica, banjo and dobro (Resophonic Guitar).

Tonya Hoffman

IAM Local W223
Tonya Hoffman is a third cousin to Billy Ray Cyrus and a member of Local Lodge W223 in White Lake, WI. Tonya is a lead singer, backup singer, and lyricist. 

Kevin Nickles

AFM
Kevin is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College with two bachelor degrees pertaining to music and music recording. He currently performs with unioNation™, The Headliners, The Josh Tindall Orchestra, and several other bands in central Pennsylvania. Kevin also plays multiple instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, saxophone, and mandolin.

Neil Parent

IAM Local 2323, Ontario
Born in Kapuskasing Ontario, Neil Kristian showed early signs of musicianship as a child. His Parents sent him to Saint Michael’s Choir School where he learned rudiments of music theory and harmony and to really hear and appreciate music. He continues to show a love for arranging and composing music and an undying passion for listening to music. Neil has enjoyed learning and performing all over the world with his closest friends in the acapella group ‘FATE’ and all over the greater Toronto area with the ‘Uptown Swing Band’ and dear friend and pianist Norman Amadio. Recently Neil joined the ranks of Airborne 11 as team captain for the hit television series by Global – Canada Sings. Airborne 11 was able to win the contest and raise 10,000 dollars for their charity of choice- Ronald McDonald House with their rendition/mashup of My Girl & Just the way you are. Neil arranged and recorded vocals for Sony Music Canada’s artist Emilio Fina in 2013 and is currently putting the final touches on his own debut album of original music set to release this summer!

Brad Ziggy Segfried

IAM Local 1857, Ontario
Brad “Ziggy” Segfried Brad comes from Vancouver Island, where he works at Kenworth Local 1855. He is an avid fly fisherman and plays locally with his band Minetown Band.

Alex Stone

IAM Grand Lodge
Alex Stone is a member of the Grand Lodge and works in Network Operations. He is a singer/songwriter and guitarist.

Virgil Tomson

IAM Local 794
Virgil is an educator and communicator for IAM Local 794 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Virgil learned the accordion as a child and now plays banjo, dobro, guitar, mandolin and is an avid music historian.

Carol Tindall

Carol Tindall is semi-retired from the Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. Performs vocals and is a percussionist for unioNation

George Tindall

AFM Local 401-750
George is a member of American Federation of Musicians, Local Number 401-750 in Lebanon, PA. In the 60’s was a member of the band, Jay and the Techniques (“Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie”). His current band, “The Headliners,” is one of the best known and consistently booked bands in the mid-Atlantic region.

Craig Tuten

IAM Local 601, Anchorage, Alaska
Craig was born and raised in the Daytona Beach area of Florida. In 2003, he graduated from Florida State University, where he played trombone in the Marching Chiefs and the basketball pep band, Chiefly Brass. He moved to Anchorage, Alaska, with his wife Rachael in 2006. After holding seven different jobs, from deli worker at Wal-Mart to a two-week stint in the Coast Guard, Craig became a member of the IAMAW in 2008 with his employment at Alaska Airlines.