Meet Our Main Stage Crew
Rodney Priester, President/Chief Executive Officer
Rodney was born and raised in Jacksonville, NC. He learned to play the violin at age seven. One year later, he found himself playing his sister's piano more than his violin and started composing almost immediately. In junior high, Rodney took up percussion. In high school, he fell in love with writing drum cadences while serving as the Captain of the drum line for the White Oak Marching Vikings. He also formed, along with his life long friends Robbie Jones and Matt Adams, the musical group Devotion which performed at pep rallies, talent shows, and private concerts. Devotion was wildly popular due to the charismatic nature of it's members and their ability to write music for other local groups.
It was also while he was in high school that Rodney began DJ'ing in the area's largest venue. He is proud of the fact that his dance floor was only empty when he was instructed by the club's ownership to "clear it off" which encourage club patrons to buy drinks. Following his graduation from White Oak High School, Rodney attended the prestigious Full Sail Center for Recording Arts in Orlando Florida. While in school studying music and video production, Rodney worked as a DJ and ran a recording studio along with some of his fellow classmates.
After graduation, Rodney was encouraged to move to Miami with his good friend and manager, Sean Chambers, to further pursue his career in the music industry. He was offered a job as a live sound engineer with Roxy Productions. His manager then introduced him to Noel G. Williams, also known as King Sporty, who was married to Betty Wright and the co-writer of Bob Marley's hit song, Buffalo Soldier. King Sporty became Rodney's mentor. Rodney began to write and produce music for King Sporty and other Miami talent in the 38th Street Studio. During this time he got the opportunity to work with some of the 90s hottest A-List musicians in the business.
After working in Miami for awhile, Rodney felt a strong desire to return back to Eastern North Carolina. He began performing with the Christian based musical group, IWT, as a sound engineer, writer, producer, and keyboardist. Rodney and IWT traveled all over the United States performing songs from their two albums. After working with IWT for over 5 years, Rodney and fellow group member, Timothy Rainor, formed Latter Rain Productions.
Latter Rain was a local studio that operated for 8 years producing music for local artists. They also produced a local television show called, As We Speak, which aired weekly on Fox and Time Warner Cable.
In 2000, Rodney joined the media department of Coastal Carolina Community College. There he shoots and edits video, facilitates online remote classes, and runs sound for events. He has produced countless training videos, local non-profit campaign videos, commercials, and social media content videos.
In 2010, Rodney returned to DJing as a way to rediscover his love of performing music live and in 2013, Rodney begun 225 Lake Cole Productions which specialized in small to medium scale full video productions. In 2015, Rodney decided to incorporate all of his service lines under one umbrella. and Take the Stage NC Entertainment LLC was born.
Kindlo Priester, Vice President of Productions
Kindlo was born and raised in Jacksonville, NC. He is a proud graduate of Southwest High School and is presently a student at Coastal Carolina Community College majoring in Music. He is a gifted drummer and piano player and has been performing his original musical compositions since the age of six.
Kindlo began learning music and video production from his father and has literally grown up in the music studio and video editing room. He began shooting film with his father when he was just fourteen years old.
Kindlo has performed as a local DJ for the last few years and has been seen spinning onstage at some of the largest and best nightclub venues in Jacksonville.