Led by Dylan McDonald (son of five-time GRAMMY Award-winner Michael McDonald), the band’s primary musical influences are the legendary artists of the 60s and 70s, but they want to create their own path and make a distinct mark on the musical landscape.
Dylan McDonald and the Avians deliver an intoxicating brand of eclectic rock reminiscent of John Lennon and Neil Young. “That comparison is flattering,” McDonald admits. “They are such influences to use musically that it makes sense that people hear it in our music, but I am humbled anyway.”
Jackson Gillies is a 19-year old Santa Barbara resident who won Teen Star in 2016, presented a TEDx talk in 2017 entitled "Bringing HS (Hidradenitis Suppurativa) Out of the Dark" and received the Global Citizen Award from TVSB in 2019.
After the devastating Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslide in Dec '17 and January 9, 2018, Jackson co-produced and co-directed Teens Sing for the Santa Barbara Unity Shoppe.
Jackson Gillies was one of the TOP 68 on American Idol Season 2. Jackson had a blast, came home and has released 2 new singles.