We all have dreams. Some will never follow them, some will...we did.
Tom and Denise both started their musical careers in high school. Like most musicians, they played at high school parties, competed in Battle of the Bands but spent most of their time in a garage or basement. And like most musicians, they put their dreams of being rock stars on hold when they started their families.
Tom and Denise met in early 2010. Tom had already ventured back out onto the music scene as a solo act. Denise had not performed in public since 1988. Just friends at the time became "Just Us" an acoustic duo. Inspired by each other, it was the beginning of their musical adventure. Tom and Denise found they loved the same music, same artists, same styles and many other things. As an acoustic duo with unsurpassed vocal harmonies, "Just Us" quickly became popular in Sussex and Bergen County.
A tragedy hit this duo when Denise's 21 year old son, Jeremy died in a motorcycle accident. For some, dreams die along with such a loss. The mellow acoustic music was no longer motivational. Tom was not going to allow their dream to die. Knowing Denise's true passion in music was rock, he changed their direction and decided to form a full Rock band.
Together this group of diverse musicians formed Rated R, which performs everything from Rock, Funk, Blues and Soul!