Brackish Creek is a band that loves to sing, write music and perform together. The cover and original songs they play feature guitars, violin, harmonica and mandolin. The band consists of Sharon Novatnak (lead vocals/fiddle/harmonica), Stanton Porter (drums/vocals), Mike Ballif (lead/acoustic guitars/vocals), Doug Morgan (acoustic/electric guitars/mandolin/harmonica/vocals/songwriter) and Randy Moser (bass guitar/acoustic guitar/vocals/songwriter). Brackish Creek Band is perfect for your wedding, backyard party, small or large event! Book now!
A Quick Look
Brackish Creek is a five-piece band that rocks cover and original songs and can also set the mood for an acoustic affair. No stage is too large or too small for this very versatile group.
Sum of Talented Parts
Fans all over the world have grown to love Brackish Creek and the amazing music they create. From their charismatic stage presence, to their memorable song lyrics, the band members have always found a way to make their mark within the industry. Get to know the talent behind the music. Get to know the band that is Brackish Creek.
As a musical theater geek in her youth, Sharon Novatnak now sets the stage as the leading lady of Brackish Creek Band. Whether it was playing the sax or oboe while in school, or singing the leading roles in productions such as Lili in Carnival! Sharon has always had music in her heart and in her home. She was a founding member of a traveling performance group called Aurora Productions, which brought vocal delights to venues near her hometown of Hawley, Pennsylvania. Since her move out west to the Park City, Utah area, she has soloed for GottaSing vocal studio and placed second in a Con Brio vocal competition. Sharon now lives the dream as a rockstar but won’t give up her day job as a nurse in a busy ER. Look for her to write some more tunes with her talented gents in the band and pick up a few new instruments to toot, strum or drum. Sharon would like to say thank you to her parents for church choir, drumming on jars at the dinner table, and drum corps.
Doug grew up in Salt Lake City, UT. His parents listened to music from Roger Miller, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and the Big Bands. He dabbled with the guitar a bit, then put it away for many years. In the 2000's he picked up his guitar to play with co workers in the "AirMed band". From that point he started to play regularly and began writing songs. He loves to write songs about experiences and tell stories. His musical influences are: Classic Rock, Americana, Folk and Oldies. He lives in Park City, UT with his wife, Sharon.
Stanton Porter lives in Olympus Cove, Utah. He started playing drums at age 14 for the Salt Lake City Letter Carriers Post Office Band. He continued to play drums in the high school band. From there, he played in bands such as Troglodytes, 4 and a Gal and Smoke Aces. He enjoys the decades of 50's, 60's, 70's music. His musical influences are The Beatles, Queen, Metallica, Guns and Roses, Gin Blossoms, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Brett Dennen. Stanton really enjoys playing with Brackish Creek Band.
Lead Guitar/Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Mike Ballif is from Millcreek, Utah and plays electric guitar.
In previous incarnations Ballif played lead guitar with the band Clear Sky, bass guitar for Granma Peachee’s Wildflower Preserves, and lead guitar for Still Rain, Fine Line, and Outrageous among others.
Mike’s influences are The Beatles, The Doors, The Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top, John Mayer, The Beach Boys, The Allman Brothers, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett, Bruce Cockburn, Billy Idol, Ten Fe, Stick Figure, War on Drugs, Little Big Town, Pat Metheny, Joe Satriani, Acoustic Alchemy and all the members of Brackish Creek.
Ballif plays a Fender Stratocaster named Blondie and uses Boss pedal effects.
Bass Guitar/Acoustic Guitar/Songwriter/Vocalist
Randy has been playing music in and around the Salt Lake area for the past 15 years. He studied guitar at Utah State and has played in pop punk bands Wet Cement, Anesty and Red Lights and Cathedrals in the mid 2000's.
Please get in touch to learn more about the members of the band.