GUITAR Willie Fultz
"Smooth", was born in Chicago and began playing guitar at the tender age of 9, entertaining his family and neighbors during South-side Chicago functions. "Smooth" grew up listening to entertainers like Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Earl Clue, The Isley Brothers and others.
Listening closely, "Smooth" discovered his ability to play music by ear. In the early 70's "Smooth" began to make weekly appearances on the hit show Soul Train hosted by Don Cornelius and Clinton Jet.
Later, "Smooth" traveled to play and open for many legendaries such as Otis Clay, BB King, David Cassidy, Ohio Players and
Grand Central Station.
"Smooth" appeared on the Midnight Special hosted by Wolfman Jack and American Band Stand, hosted by Dick Clark. Smooth has traveled abroad to play in concert with his legendary friends.
KEYBOARDS James Edwards lll
James Edwards lll received beginner's piano lessons at age 8. Later, James attended Columbia College and received a degree in Music Theory and Composition. "GOTTA GET UP" an independent single was written and released by JAMES EDWARDS AND WANDA FOWLER. James worked with producer/ remixer/ DJ, Terry Hunter and played keyboards on "IT'S YOUR WORLD" by JENNIFER HUDSON AND R. KELLY. In addition, he also played shows such as Delfonics Tribute, Stylistics Tribute, and Intruders Tribute and various Chicago bands for Motown Tribute shows.
BASS James Thornton
James Thornton ' JT 'grew up in Chicago playing in the All City Chicago Jazz Band and went onto play with the local legend "Sax Preacher". The group became the first band to press and record Purple Rain, obtaining permissible rights from Prince himself. JT went on to tour with local groups: CHA Youth Ambassadors, Chicago Soul Kitchen, Brass Built Pop Band and then with the original Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the Intruders and Chicago's own Chi-Lites.
DRUMS Hal Jackson
Hal Jackson attended Kennedy King College as a Visual Communications major. His stick trickery derives from drum corps workouts with the Patriots. Hal went on to be a percussionist for the Junior Miss California Pageant, drummer for the legendary Eddie Holman (Hey There Lonely Girl), back up drummer for the Chi-Lites, and an opening band for the Intruders. Hal has also performed with various Chicago bands on Motown tribute shows. Hal generously works as engineer and editor on musical mix downs and performed studio works on one of the original Miracles.
KEYS/AC GUITAR Rodney Gibson
Rodney Gipson has been performing for several years. He started playing professionally when he was a teenager in his hometown, Detroit. After traveling in the U.S. and Europe with the Chairmen of the Board. In Chicago, he studied theory and composition at Harold Washington College with James Mack and performed with various jazz ensembles throughout within Chicago and beyond before leading his own ensembles.In addition to playing piano and guitar, Rodney is also a composer, arranger, and producer. He produced saxophonist Otis Willis’s record and is releasing his own sextet’s album that features his guitar work. He is also launching his own record label and publishing company.