MEET THE BAND
Valerie Powley - Lead Singer
Val is a power house to say the least. Val can sing anything from Country to Rock but when you hear her Thunderous vocals on Led Zeppelin's Rock N Roll or AC/DC's Highway To Hell, it will send chills down your spine. Val is also known for looking like and sounding like Janis Joplin. Val began singing at a very early age in her bedroom when her mom would send her there for not listening and she sure took advantage of it. Val has sung for many successful bands around town which includes Sea Fox and Patches. Although Obsession is her main band, she continues to work with other musicians around town. Val lives and breathes music and always will. She says she is having the time of her life singing her heart away on the weekends and she sees no end in sight.
Jim Michaud - Bass / Vocals
Jim always had music as a major part of his life. He took bass lessons at an early age and soon after, he started to excel at his instrument. Jim moved to Sudbury for many years to work and where he also played in several bands. After many years away, Jim returned to the Sault and immediately began playing with top notch acts such as Shades of Blue and Rumours. After a successful run with the following acts, Jim decided to be his own boss and in 2005, started Obsession which now has a huge following and who has been going strong ever since. Jim's has a wide range of influences but his first love will always be Reggae and the love of Bob Marley. Jim has no intentions of retiring from music and will continue to lay down the bone rattling bass groves for Obsession for as long as he can.
Steve Porco - Drums
Steve began playing drums at the age of fourteen when his dad surprised with a set of drums. His father showed him a simple beat and that was all he needed. Steve grew up around country music and shortly after beginning to drum, he was playing out with his father Nick Porco, a well-known and respected local country music artist in Sault Ste. Marie and around the Algoma area. Steve put together a band during high school and, soon after, started playing with many different bands around town. Moving away, he later played in bands while living in Thunder Bay and Ottawa before returning to his home town, Sault Ste Marie. Once he resettled in the Sault, he began playing with different acts around town such as Whiskey River, REDLINE and eventually joining OBSESSION in 2014.
Gabe Tessaro - Guitar / Vocals
Gabe is the newest member of Obsession, joining in 2017. He started playing the guitar at the tender age of 8 years old and by fourteen, he played his first professional show. Since then, he has played in many bands including the well known That's Chester and Agave Blue, Gabe went on the road for 4 years and also did some Studio work as well as appearing 3 times on a Variety show in Thunder Bay. Over the years, he has played a multitude of shows, from the bar scene to being a musician in the stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar in ( 2003 ) and recently in the stage production of Tommy ( 2015 ). After taking a little hiatus from the music scene, he has come back full force and he couldn't be happier playing along the members of Obsession and looks forward to long future with them.
OBSESSION has been around a long time and for good reason, when you hear them play, you will see & hear a professional band that plays a wide arrangement of music from country to rock and guaranteed to get you talking. They always put the people first and play songs that you will easily recognize and relate too and may even bring back a few memories.
In 2005, OBSESSION came to life in Sault Ste. Marie, ON when Jim Michaud, the bands founder, decided to start a band that would change everything. Although the original line up is gone, the band is better than ever. Each member in the band brings years of experience along with a diverse genre