JD Rust grew up in Charlotte, NC, where he started playing music alongside his father in church. From there he discovered his natural talent for writing pop and rock hooks. JD played music while attending Appalachian State in Boone, NC. JD then moved to Chapel Hill, where he met the rest of the guys who would become Heat Preacher. JD serves as the main lyrical force and hook writer of the band.
Rob DiMauro has been playing drums since middle school, even majoring in music performance for drums at Brevard University. Rob plays in a number of projects and serves as a studio drummer for almost every major studio in Eastern NC.
Hugh Swaso is a multi-instrument musician who plays bass in Heat Preacher. When he is not playing music or changing lives as a health and fitness lifestyle coach, he can be found at home hanging with his wife and two children. Hugh attended NC School of the Arts where he played viola, but also honed his chops on guitar.
Nick Stroud is a guitar, bass and keys player and serves as Heat Preacher's producer and manager. He co-owns three businesses in Chapel Hill, NC, including a stake in Local 506, a music venue on Franklin Street by UNC, and two bars downtown.