Doug O'Connor's musical career began when he was a wee lad of 12 - playing the Conn organ for guests at his parents' house parties. In the late 1970's, he exchanged the organ for a bass guitar and began playing in the jam band, Free Reign. This led to stints playing blues with the band Seventh Son, and jazz-infused jams with The Serious Monks. In the 1990's, he was asked to join the band Headbone, where he would meet players that would one day form the popular progressive bluegrass band, McMule. He would go on to record 3 albums of mostly original music with McMule, and this is when his love of songwriting really took fire. During this period, he also began honing his guitar and banjo skills and exploring the wonderful world of ProTools and music production. He met his now-wife Ann, they began songwriting together and over time, the band Whitney Road was born.

Ann Whitney O'Connor has been singing since she was "knee high to a grasshopper" as her Grandma Matilda used to say. She graduated in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and was seen in shows from Off-Broadway to cruise ships, national tours and regional theatres such as Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Yale Rep and Theatre Factory St. Louis. She has also sung with the Staten Island and Syracuse Symphony orchestras and performed her own one-woman show in NYC. For the last decade, Ann has shared her love of music with organizations helping those with special needs, in directing children's theatre, and in teaching private vocal lessons. With Whitney Road, she has finally been able to make use of all those childhood piano lessons and piles of writing journals, and is so grateful to be creating music with her husband Doug and so many amazing local musicians.

Photography on this, the Home and Song Stories pages by Hannah Frederick.