Guitar / Vocals
JJ Mason has always had an innate sense to perform. Music attracted him initially and he began playing guitar in 3rd grade and honed his craft throughout his life performing in bands, acoustic acts and by himself. After graduating college with highest honors with a degree in education, JJ became a certified elementary and middle school teacher and used his classroom as his stage. Realizing that more time was required to properly pursue music, he soon completely devoted himself to his music career. Since then, UNDERCOVER has grown to be one of the best and most popular cover, rock, dance bands in the area and his solo act, Just JJ – Acoustic is equally acclaimed. Both acts combined perform over 100 shows each year. His business, Starving Artist Entertainment.com houses all his music endeavors.
JJ Mason is native to the Pittsburgh area and still resides just east of the city. In 2018, JJ was cast in the iconic role of Woody Guthrie in the movie, 116 MacDougal the Movie which is about the “Gaslight Café” in Greenwich Village, NYC in the 1950’s & 60’s where many famous artists performed including Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul & Mary. The soundtrack for the film, produced by 6-time Grammy winner Jimmy Hoyson will include “This Land is Your Land” recorded by JJ at the Vault Studio on Neville Island.
Bass / Vocals
Barron has been performing in bands since his high school days. Graduating from Music Tech, he toured most of the country with his college colleagues in Leg Hound" before returning to his native PA mountain region. From there he met up with JJ via chance and joined UNDERCOVER (then known as Justinhale) and he has been a vital component ever since.
With his innate ability on the bass and his training as a guitarist, Barron has always delivered thundering popping licks that compliment the music and fill out the songs. His amazing backing vocals and high harmonies accent the songs perfectly. And his stage presence and experience shine through with every performance. Always fun and funny! Barron is a true asset to UNDERCOVER indeed!
Jason has been performing music most of his life. Joining the UNDERCOVER line-up over 6 years ago after returning from the LA scene, UNDERCOVER has been steadily growing its fan base ever since!
Hailing from the Johnstown region of PA, Jason helped establish live Rock and Roll in the mountain areas and is excited to be part of the local PA, WV, MD music scene.
With Jason's experience and energy, stage presence and charisma, and outstanding vocal ability, he will no doubt continue to be hailed as one of the best live performers and front men in the business.
It is my opinion that Jason was born to be on stage and the audiences react to that and try to join him there as much as possible! Jason welcomes them all and makes the show about the people by interacting and involving them throughout every performance. He turns every show into a "PARTY" and the crowds want to be part of that party. Jason is by definition a "Rock Star" and UNDERCOVER is so thankful that he there every night keeping the party going!
UNDERCOVER Band Members
CHUCK "Cheese" SLOAN
Drums / Percussion
Chuck "Cheese" Sloan performed music with JJ for 25 years and with JJ & Barron for almost 20 years until he lost his life in a tragic accident on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 while driving to work.
Cheese was more than our drummer. He was our friend, our family. Although we still perform, not a show goes by without us remembering him as we quote his favorite phrases and utter his meaningful mumbling.
Charles Beatty Sloan Jr. was a Latrobe native, he was accepted into Berkley for his perfect meter and solid beats. He performed in all versions of UNDERCOVER over the years.
Always consistent, powerfully precise, the left -handed drumming Cheese always pushed to keep the show on track from behind his custom dw kit.
We will miss him...
Dean brings such amazing, positive energy to the band. His attitude, skill and professionalism are tremendous assets along with his abilties as a drummer. Not only is he a pleasure to work with but he is just a great person and he makes UNDERCOVER better with every performance!
Dean has been performing for decades with many accomplished acts including Into the Arena, as well as original acts Chronic Groove, Negative 13, Camp Element & Downside. Dean has had the opportunity to tour with bands who have opened up for some of the country's most popular bands through the years such as: Kid Rock, Bif Naked, Murphy’s Law, Living Colour , RUN DMC, Coal Chamber, Orange 9mm, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Papa Roach, 40 Below Summer, 36 Crazyfists to name a few. His musical career started taking off at the age of 21 when he began touring with Chronic Groove, who toured on the 1997 Vans Warped Tour. Dean has been influenced by many different styles of music from Hip Hop, rock, metal and everything else in between. Some of his biggest musical influences are Buddy Rich, one of history's most prolific drummers from the big band era, Stewart Copeland of the Police, Gil Sharone, John & Jason Bonham to name a few. But the biggest influence that Dean would like to thank is his family, not just from a musical standpoint but also for the encouragement to be the person that he is today.
The FRIENDS and FANS
UNDERCOVER has been fortunate to with stand so many years of performing. We hope to continue to grow and evolve and always try to find time between tours to learn new songs to play for our returning friends and fans! Thank you to all of you for being there for us and for your constant support. Without you, clubs and bars would not hire us no matter how good we thought we were... We NEED our fans and friends and we hope to continue to grow our fans into our friends as we continue to tour to new towns and new places and find new people and new faces. But we cannot thank all of you enough and know we are aware of your vital role in all our performances! We Love you!
Thank you for reading our Bios Page and as aways,
"We'll see you at the Show!"