Broken Sky is a Country Dance Band. We play dance music, striving for a mix that pleases a wide range of dancers and listeners. Ten Steps, Two Steps, West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha's, Polkas, Classic Rock. We are also able to play a full night of Classic Rock. We feature vocalists with a variety of styles. Our lead guitarist Harold also plays fiddle, lap steel and Native American Style flute.
Broken Sky's lead guitarist, fiddler and lap steel player is Harold Hopper. Harold provides vocals for the band and has played guitar and lap steel guitar since the age of five. He has performed in Classic Rock and Country combos throughout the Northwest since the 1960's. He played bass guitar for Special Services overseas while in the Army. Harold also plays drums, bass, mandolin, Native American Style flute and banjo.
Harold has most recently begun hand making Native American Style flutes. As a prolific songwriter, he has written numerous songs for the flute and now has an album available on Amazon, CD Baby, I-Tunes and Google Play entitled “Trails of a Tear”. He is currently working on a second album. He does all our studio recording, mixing and mastering. Nancy Hopper is Broken Sky's main vocalist, emcee and rhythm guitarist, with some keyboards and percussion. Nancy sang in choirs and select choral groups throughout her school years. At Tumwater High School, she was also selected by the Stage Band members to be their solo vocalist for her Junior and Senior years. She had the honor of being the first vocalist to perform in the new Performing Arts Theater at Tumwater High School in 1977 and received a standing ovation. Nancy also plays bass guitar.
Nancy has performed at a number of Community Events including singing the Star Spangled Banner at Tumwater High School Sporting Events and an annual Spring festival at St. Martin’s College in Lacey. She also had the honor of singing 'The Star Spangled Banner' at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Labor and Industries building in Tumwater Washington in 1992. She performed at numerous churches and community events as a solo guitarist/vocalist beginning at age thirteen. She first began working in professional bands in her mid twenties. Emery Peterson, veteran musician and leader of the popular country band “High Country” fills the bass guitar position for Broken Sky and provides vocals. Emery's son Ira Peterson has joined the band on lead and rhythm guitar and vocals. Pat Lovell, longtime resident of Rainier, is Broken Sky's drummer.
Harold and Nancy have co-written and produced three albums of original country music. They appeared on a broadcast television program, “Rising Stars of the Northwest” in Seattle in 1995. They have also produced two public access television shows in Boise. They opened for T. Graham Brown and Vern Gosdin at the Evergreen Ballroom in Olympia. From 1995-2005, Harold and Nancy began to travel and lead worship in churches, tent meetings and Christian Conferences up and down the West Coast and as far east as Norwich, Connecticut. They moved to Boise Idaho in 1999 and continued to provide worship leadership in the Boise area at numerous churches and events for several years. They have produced three Christian music albums, one being currently available for purchase through Amazon, CD Baby and I-Tunes, entitled “Awakening Love”.
Harold and Nancy formed a classic rock band called Legendary Sunshine in 2007. They performed at Western Idaho venues and numerous private parties and benefit functions including the Old Time Fiddler's Festival in Weiser Idaho and various functions for the cities of Nampa and Twin Falls Idaho. Harold and Nancy were members of a variety band in Western Idaho called Freestyle in 2015 and 2016, performing at the Caldwell Idaho Elks and various private venues.