Laila Garsys (Lead Vocalist, songwriter, rhythm guitar, harmonica, tambourine). Armed with powerhouse vocals, slick harmonica and rhythmic guitar chops, Laila continues to seduce us by mixing blues, soul and gritty rock into a sultry style of her own. Practically raised in a theater auditorium, she was first inspired to perform by watching her mom direct local musical theater. She began singing in prestigious and select choirs beginning in 5th grade, which led her to participate in a number of local, state and national vocal competitions all the way up through High School. By age 15, she toured Europe as part of her select High School Choir, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Duomo di Milano. Laila has studied vocal composition in German, Latin, English, French and Italian. Before joining Short Sleeve Heart, Laila dabbled performing rock, soul and blues in a number of bands across the country. Currently, Laila resides in Los Angeles, maintaining an active life as Yoga Instructor/Therapist and Holistic Health and Wellness Consultant.
Mike Trella (Lead Guitarist, songwriter, producer). Mike has formerly been a songwriter and lead guitarist for a number of Washington DC and NYC-based soul-rock bands, including Politicks, Stella and the Fire and Bridge City Hustle. As a member of Politicks, Mike played with legendary artists, such as The Roots, Al Green, Lauryn Hill, and Blind Melon. He recently wrote the original music for the theatrically released feature film, “The Hornet’s Nest”. His theme song for the movie, “Chariots”, was short-listed for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category for the 2015 Oscars. He recently completed the score for the forthcoming feature documentary, “Citizen Soldier” and will shortly begin work on two more feature films.
Pat Mannella (Drummer/Percussionist) was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and currently lives in Los Angeles. He began playing drums at 10 years old, performing with bands by a