By the age of 10, it was recognized that Cathy had a voice and she was
soon invited to sing on stage at events and festivities in
San Antonio.  Although she shied away from singing in the limelight, Cathy
pursued other avenues of performance in which she also excelled.  She
performed in musical drama with Joyas Lyricas under a performance art
grant and dance performance with Sarita’s Ballet Folklorico Dance
Company.  Cathy has always exhibited confidence in front of an audience
and it was not until Melody Ackerman approached her about singing and
fronting the band did she consider getting back to her vocal roots.  Cathy
stepped up to the challenge and has been the voice and a dynamic
entertainment force that sets MC & The Mystyx apart from other musical
groups and bands.
Melody began her journey as a musician, at the age of 11, when she started
playing guitar.  It was not long before her passion for music and the guitar
led her to establishing her first band at the age of 13 – The Melody
Wranglers.  John T. Floores hired the band to play Sunday dances at
Floores Country Store and the band performed at the Cabaret in Bandera,
the Texas Star Inn, and the Farmer’s Daughter - to mention a few.  Melody
went on to establish other dance hall bands that backed up the late Mel
Street, and she has shared the stage with Leon Rausch,  Willie Nelson,
Augie Meyer, W.C. Clark, Billy Mata, the Drugstore Cowboys and Johnny
Rodriguez.  She also worked with Nashville songwriter Conrad Pierce, new
age artist Michael Thomlinson, and recorded with Vicki Carr.  Melody has
backed artists, on stage and in the studio, playing many demanding guitar
styles ranging from country to blues and folk to fusion.  Her years of
experience and exposure to various artists have made her a guitarist whose
style and solos continue to engage and entertain audiences.
About the Band Members
“Texas Tim” is one of the 1st electronic drum clinicians in the world with over
35 years of experience with electronic drums & percussion.  He has played
drums with artist like Dr. John, The Band, Tom Coster, Anita Bryant/David
Benoit, and Peter Rivera (Rare Earth) – and performed over 300 clinics
worldwide including percussion duo’s with Bill Bruford, Chester Thompson,
and Vinnie Colaiuta.  His electronic drum expertise has been used by
Journey, Van Halen, The Eurthmics, Stevie Wonder, Joe Zawinul, La Mafia,
Jim Keltner, and many more.  Tim is the Global Product Manager for Alesis
electronic Drums.

Tim grew up in Houston, Texas and started playing drums at the age of 10.  
He later studied drums and percussion at the University of Houston and
University of Texas at San Antonio - and has studied privately with Keith
Karnacky, Randy May, Joe Raynor, Joel Fulgum, and Ed Soph.
Tim is a power house drummer and his broad skill set makes him the perfect
fit for MC & The Mystyx's diverse repertoire.
Phil Hearn is a multi-instrumentalist from a musically talented family.  He
started at the age of 6, learning piano and eagerly moving on to guitar,
bass guitar, drums, and the family of clarinets – becoming a valued
musician in school band programs.  He developed his vocal skills in church
and school choirs.  Looking to satisfy his music appetite after he left
college, he continued to perform in various groups and adding the
saxophone to his arsenal along the way.  Phil played guitar, bass, and
saxophone for 23 years in a company sponsored music program performing
a variety of country, rock, jazz, and pop music with different bands and

Phil Hearn is now laying down the groove for MC & The Mystyx.  His diverse
musical background, musicianship, and rock - steady grooves, make him a
critical member of the rhythm section.