About Regina Zernay Roberts
Bass player Regina Zernay Roberts is the lead singer and bassist for Detroit Diesel Power. From 2013-2015, she played bass with the house band for national TV talk show The John Kerwin Show. Regina was the touring bass player for Cee Lo Green from 2010-2011. She was also the bass player for New Orleans rock band Cowboy Mouth from 2007-2010.
Detroit Diesel Power's debut EP "16:16," produced by Patrick Burkholder (Christina Aguilera, Snoop Dog, Powerman 5000) has been receiving airplay across the country, including KXLU'S LIVATION (Los Angeles), KXSC (USC Radio, Los Angeles), KJRW (Seattle), The Peter Pinho Radio Network (PPRN), Troy's Room Radio Show (LA Talk Radio), and more. The band is currently playing throughout Southern California and the West Coast, with shows at the main stage at the House of Blues Anaheim (opening for The Ataris), The Viper Room, Silverlake Lounge, the House of Blues Sunset (Main Stage, Foundation Room & Parish Room), and legendary punk rock dive bar The Double Down (Las Vegas).
From 2013-2015, Regina appeared as the bass player with the house band for TV talk show The John Kerwin Show. Regina has joined the band backing up several musical guests, including Vicci Martinez (The Voice), Will Champlin (The Voice), Brandon Rogers (American Idol), Russ Irwin (Aerosmith), Austin Brown (The Jackson Family), and up & coming artist Charlie Greene.
From 2011-2012, Regina filled in on bass for several tour dates with Igor & Red Elvises.
From 2010-2011, Regina played bass with Cee Lo Green. During the year and a half she played with Cee Lo, Regina performed on "Saturday Night Live," "The Today Show," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Good Morning America," "Ellen," "Jimmy Kimmel," "The Colbert Report," "NBA All Star Saturday Night," "Later with Jools Holland," "VH1 Storytellers," and more. She's also recorded with Cee Lo at the legendary BBC Studios. Live shows included opening for Prince at Madison Square Garden, opening for the Foo Fighters at Wembley, and participating in Red Bull's "Sound Clash" with The Ting Tings.
In Fall 2011, she appeared in Pharrell's "Start Pure" commercial for Smirnoff Vodka.
On July 11, 2011, Regina was the featured interview at ForBassPlayersOnly.com. In January 2011, Regina was interviewed and given the front cover of German bass magazine "Bass Quarterly." In March 2011, she was pictured with Cee Lo on stage at Wembley in NME magazine.
Before working with Cee Lo, for three and a half years Regina was a member of Cowboy Mouth. Playing over 200 shows annually, Cowboy Mouth traveled the U.S. a half dozen times while she was with them. They also performed internationally, doing a USO tour of military bases in Kuwait and Iraq in 2009.
Cowboy Mouth appeared twice on "Regis & Kelly," as well as many local TV shows nationwide. The band's live performances included Jazzfest, Voodoofest, the Superdome, and House of Blues shows throughout the country.
Cowboy Mouth has been featured in numerous publications. In 2010, the band was pictured as a cartoon in "The New Yorker." That same year, the band was given front page coverage in the Chicago Tribune's Entertainment section. In April 2010, Regina was selected for Notreble.com's Bass Player Spotlight. In 2009, Pollstar.com featured a picture of Regina performing at Voodoofest on their front page. In 2008, Relix magazine included a live picture of Regina in their Jazzfest recap. The band released the DVD "The Name of the Band is Cowboy Mouth," and the full-length CD "Fearless" during her time with them.
As a solo artist, Regina fronted the band MECHANT (the French word for "wicked"). The band has released two records. Mechant's music was featured in the films "Outta Moves" and "The People I've Slept With." Garageband.com selected Mechant songs as "Powerpop Track of the Day" twice. Commercials for Mechant's record "Fate and The Arsenal" aired in Los Angeles on MTV, Comedy Central, and VH1.
Regina's earlier bands include hip hop/rock band Jam Balaya (who appeared on the TV show "Half & Half"), and Dreamworks / Megatronic band Halfcocked.