Behind the Music: Brandon Phillips by Timothy Finn. Behind the Music: Michelle Bacon by Timothy Finn. Kirshner wanted to hear the band live before signing, so he sent his assistant, Wally Gold, to check out the band at one of their local gigs. Kansas received their first recording contract after one of their demo tapes landed on the desk of recording executive Don Kirshner, one of the biggest names in pop music. When Kansas set out to make its forthcoming documentary 'Miracles Out of Nowhere', drummer and co-founder Phil Ehart wasn't expecting an epic endeavor. Kansas were never a heavy metal band though their music was often founded upon a dark, brooding intensity. She has since become one of its mainstays, a go-to musician capable of filling a variety of roles. Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind". With Jim Forbes, David Wild, Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons. Kansas' self-titled debut LP appeared in 1974; while only mildly successful, the group toured behind it tirelessly, and their fan base grew to the point that their third effort, 1975's Masque, sold a quarter of a million copies.In 1976, Leftoverture truly catapulted Kansas to stardom. By 1976, with three well-received albums to their name, the six-man group were within touching distance of major success. 0 0 0. 0 0 0. Musical artists, their careers, their highs, their lows and everything in … Created by Gay Rosenthal. The Other Americans. The band Kansas, from the town of Topeka in the state after which they were named, were somewhat unique in that their music was a mellifluous yet hummable distillation of the two styles. Left to right: Michelle Bacon, Brandon Phillips, Julie Berndsen, Adam Phillips. M ichelle Bacon entered the Kansas City music scene years ago as a novice and an outsider. And yet somehow it also felt as though the walls were closing in.