The Cast

  • Albert Burrus
  • Anjell Nicole
  • Audley Reid
  • Bobby Thomas
  • Chiquita Talley-Almo
  • Comell Brown
  • Daniel Hunt
  • Darius Wyatt
  • Dave Saenger
  • Derrick Hayes
  • Davon Lumpkin
  • Dora Powell
  • Eric Bryant
  • Jacqueline Rivera
  • Jerald Brooks
  • John Teer
  • Shawn Faye
  • Linda Burke
  • Marcus Gentry
  • Warren Julian
  • Joe Fizer
  • Marquecia Jordan
  • Marvin Ervin
  • Jeffery Garland
  • Susan Robinson
  • DeBorah Wells
  • James Knowles
  • Chip Dubois
  • Roger Weaver
  • Bryant Turner
  • Moni Rashad
  • Cory (Wright Time) Wright
  • Paschen Luellen
  • Will Howard
  • DaVonya Holmes
  • Debra Burke
  • Lavelle Faulkner
  • Shauntia Flemming
  • Sheri Savage
  • Valerie Woodhouse
  • La Donna Watson
  • Nicole Applewhite

 

 

 

Started singing at the age of thirteen in his brother’s band. Al is also a drummer and percussionist. He sang with several groups until he became lead vocalist of the group High Performance.


The group has performed in New York at the Apollo Theatre, in Canada and a wide variety of venues. Al has performed on stage with artist such as Ray Goodman & Brown, Confunction, Jerry Butler, Betty Everett, Major Lance, Barbara Acklin and many other artists. He has performed on stage with JPA in the production “ Back in the Day When Music was Music”.

He also played the leading role in the stage play “ For Ladies Only ”. Albert is currently performing with the group “High Performance” and V. Holmes “A Tribute to the Motown Greats” singing tributes to the four Tops, The Miracles , The Pips and The Temptations

Anjell Nicole Collie

Was born September 16, on the south side of Chicago, with a precocious smile and a song in her heart.  She’s been singing and performing, in church, local talent and fashion shows, since the age of 4. Her dream is to light up the stage performing songs that have drawn comparisons to Yolanda Adams, Anita Baker, Heather Headley, and others. Just to name a few, she’s performed at Isaac Hayes’ restaurant, for televangelist

Walter E. Person, for the 100 Black Men conferences, and recorded with Just Talent, Inc. Singing is in her blood because her mother and aunts were recording artists in their youth.  Now Anjell has picked up the family’s musical torch and is forging ahead in her career. Anjell is currently singing tribute to The Supreme in V. Holmes “A Tribute to the Motown Greats”.

Audley Reid

Celebrated Jamaican saxophonist Audley Reid began his musical career over 25 years ago. Although Jamaica proclaims Reid as a native countryman, the Windy City has been home throughout his musical career. Audley's saxophone styling has afforded him tremendous opportunities in various cities throughout the

United States as well as select cities in Mexico, Asia, Canada, Europe and Jamaica. He has performed with several entertainment greats as Buddy Guy, Phil Perry, Michael White, Kim Fields, Ray Fuller, Mike Mason, Howard Hewett, A.J. Brown, Nick Colionne, Melvin Miller, Norman Connors and Slave. Most recently Audley's group was the opening act for balladeer Will Downing.

A Plays E is the title of Audley's recent independent CD release, which ranked #3 in
SmoothJazzAndMore.com's list of Top 10 CDs of 2005.

Robert (Bobby) Thomas

 

 

Was born in Newport News, Virginia. His musical interest became noticeable at the age of 10. He began singing in church and experimenting with various instruments and composing many songs.

He was involved with several singing groups and was able to secure a contract with Chess Records in 1963. His musical career expanded to include being the opening act for many great artists such as James Brown, Natalie Cole, Bohannon, the group Peter, Paul, & Mary, the Spinners, Della Reese and Jackie Wilson. He has recorded with such companies as Curtom, Mercury, RCA, and Hawk Records.
After meeting Emmett Gardner, Promotion Director for Curtom Records, Bobby became a member of the Notations. He is currently singing tribute to the Temptations in V. Holmes “A Tribute to the Motown Greats”.

Chiquita Talley-Almo

 

 

Cornell Brown

 

 

Started signing at the age of ten. He became professional at the age of fifteen after winning his first singing contest. This encouraged him to venture further into his singing career. His first singing group “The Exceptions” was formed while serving in the United States Army. During his early years he shared the stage with Barbara Acklin, Gene Chandler, William Bell, David Ruffin and a variety of artist.


He is currently performing with the group “High Performance”. This group has traveled to New York where they appeared on the TV show, Show Time at the Apollo and in Canada. Cornell has performed on stage with the JPA group in the stage play  “Back in the Days When Music was Music” and “ For Ladies Only”.

 

He is currently singing tributes to The Four Tops, The Miracles and The Pips in V. Holmes  “A Tribute to the Motown Greats”.  Cornell says he is energized by the different elements of entertainment the stage has to offer.

Daniel R. Hunt

Audiences describe Danny as stunning, stylish, charming and incredibly gifted. Born in Chicago,
he started receiving professional vocal training and performing at the age of five. By the age of seven


Danny was lead vocalist and playing drums with his brothers “The Hunt Brothers Trio”. They performed at the historical Regal Theatre in Chicago and was the opening act for Wilson Picket, BB King, Staple Singers and James Cleveland. As a young man and living in New York, he played the lead role in the off Broadway play “ Love in the Morning Sun”. Daniel has also composed over 30 love ballads and gospel songs.

He was one of the top three winners in the Chicago Gospel Icon Contest. He released a CD in Japan entitled” Daniel Hunt “ Kinda Girl” and “Something about You.  Danny is currently performing as one of the lead vocalist with the Dan Hayes Orchestra and singing tribute to Marvin Gaye in V. Holmes “A Tribute to the Motown Greats”. Listen out for Daniel’s New Gospel CD entitled “He Loves Me”.

Darius Wyatt

 

 

 

 

Born in Chicago started perusing his musical career at the age of nine. The artists of Motown influenced him at an early age. He was president of the original Jam Squad and recorded his first professional song entitled Player Player.

 

He performed at the Regal Theatre with Do or Die, Danny Boy and Da Brat. He is currently performing in V. Holmes “A Tribute to the Motown Greats” singing tribute to Stevie Wonder and working on his New CD entitled “All of Me” Listen out for this Young Man he is making his Move

Dave Saenger

 

A versatile guitarist that excels in style’s ranging from jazz to classical to rock. He began studying classical guitar with Julie Goldberg at St. Xavier University and joined the jazz band to further his interests in jazz. He transferred to Millikin University to complete a degree in Commercial Music with an emphasis in guitar performance and recording studio (engineering and performing).

 

While at Millikin, he studied both classical and jazz under Manley Mallard for three years. David performed with the Jazz Lab Band I and sat first chair in the classical guitar ensemble his senior year. He was also selected as the guitarist for the Illinois Collegiate Jazz Festival All-Star Band in the spring of 2001. David began teaching private lessons in 1998 in classical, jazz, and rock guitar and continues to do so today.

 

David recently graduated in 2004 with a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He performed with the CCPA Jazz Orchestra, jazz combos, and sat first chair in the classical guitar ensemble. He studied with John McLean for jazz guitar and Pamela Kimmel for classical guitar. He has furthered his studies and/or played with Bob Palmieri (DePaul University), Steve Houghton, David Berkman, David Friesan, and Tom Sanchez (former guitarist of Liquid Soul).

Derrick “Ringo” Hayes: Percussionist:

 

 

 

Born and raised in Chicago, Derrick started his music adventure at the age of nine.  At the age of eleven he promise his grandmother “Big Mama” if she would buy him those drums in the window that he will never stop playing. Ringo is well known for his fast hands, unique sound, jumping, splits and spinning on and around his drums. He has shared the stage with, Kindred the Family Soul, Jody Dexter from London, Sister Tamberelli, Sax Preacher, Vanessa Holmes, Twista, Sean Paul, and Ludacris . One of Ringo’s proudest moments of his career was a fundraiser for the Katrina Victims. He is currently performing with V. Holmes “A Tribute to the Motown Greats”, Essance Project Band, Marqseven , Ivory Dreams and Moni Rashad

Devon Lumpkin

 Born in Chicago, and growing up in the church, where his father played the organ for over 40 years is what encouraged Devon to become the musician he is today. H olding the pocket, feeling the rhythm is what makes a great drummer. His timing and aggressiveness is something to be desired. Devon has performed with Chicago State Gospel Choir at Chicago State University, Ivory Dreams Band, John Teer Trio, Vanessa Holmes and The University of Chicago Gospel Choir. He has recorded with LaShawn Mitchell and the New Image Choir. He is currently playing for Saint Paul Church of God & Christ and is the Assistant Musical Director for V. Holmes “A Tribute to the Motown Greats” giving tribute the Motown Funk Brothers.

Dora Washington Powell

Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, at the age of five Dora enjoyed singing and dancing everywhere she went. Venturing to Chicago with her family Dora began to pursue her musical career.  She has performed on stage as one of the lead vocalists in Forgotten Pearls, portraying Etta James (At Last). She has performed with such artist as Logic, the Dangerous Diva’s, the Notations, Vanessa Holmes, the Nickel Slick Band and the Dora Washington Jazz Ensemble. She is currently performing with the Ivory Dreams Band as one of their lead vocalist and singing tribute to the Marvelettes, Vandellas and background vocal for other acts in V. Holmes “A Tribute to the Motown Greats”. With her sultry sound of Jazz and R&B she captivates her audiences with songs that reach deep within their souls. She has also dedicated her time and vocals with other Chicago artist to help the Hurricane Katrina victims with a song entitled “ So Many Heroes”.

Eric Rapier Bryant

 

Is as serious as they come when it comes to the business of music. Truly devoted to God and thankful for the gift he has been blessed with. He strives for perfection every time he performs. Eric is the former lead vocalist and band- leader of Chicago’s own Eric & Smoke.


Eric has shared the stage with artists as, Jeffery Osborne, Ray -Goodman and Brown, Vanessa Holmes, Patrice Rushin, The Edward Hawkins Family, Al Hudson & One Way, Kool & the Gang, The Emotions, Enchantment, Bobby Blue Bland, Tyrone Davis, Little Milton and many others. He is currently performing with Orchestra KMC, Ivory Dreams Band, and singing tribute to the Temptations in V. Holmes “ A Tribute to the Motown Greats”. Listen out for Eric Rapier is new release entitled “You Go to My Head”.

Jacqueline Rivera

 

 

 

 

Jacqueline Rivera DeVeaux born and raised in Chicago started singing and performing at the age 6. This Singer, Actress and Author have performed with such artists as the Dangerous Divas, The Gold Coast Orchestra, The NU Blue Band, Nickel Slick, and Buddy Guy. She has performed abroad in the musical called Kiss Me Kate as a chores member.

She wrote and produced a children’s play called FAITH. She is currently giving Tribute to Mary Well in the production V. Holmes’ “A Tribute to The Motown Greats”.

Jerald Brooks,


Producer, songwriter and vocalist, Jerald has been playing piano for over 16 years. He started playing in church and decided to climb the ladder of success by enhancing his gift with more knowledge of R&B, Gospel and Jazz. He attended South Suburban College where he received his Associate Degree in Music & Fine Arts, A Bachelor Degree from Chicago State University where he study Music Education and is currently attending Saint Xavier College for a Graduated Degree.

 

He has shared the stage with artist such as Eric Benet, Adrian B. King and Reverence, Kenny Lewis and One Voice, Vanessa Holmes, Ivory Dreams Band and played with his Band Exquise for several years. Jerald has joined V.Holmes’ “A Tribute to the Motown Greats” band in giving tribute to the Motown Funk Brothers. Look out world for this talented young man his blessings are truly flowing

John Teer

Is an up & coming keyboardist, arranger, producer and musical director. His style spans from the traditional straight-ahead to the Motown sound, from smooth jazz to R&B. John has over 30 years of piano, organ and keyboard training and experience. His versatility along with strong sight-reading, charting and arranging skills enable proficiency as an instructor, solo instrumentalist, conductor or sideman

Shawn Faye

Writer, producer and vocalist, born on the south side of Chicago, Shawn Faye was raised in a house full of music. She caught the vision while performing the song “Oh Happy Day” for her 3rd grade classmates and has not looked back since.

 

She has shared the stage with artists as Stephanie Mills, the Gap Band, Freddy Jackson, Melba Moore , Vanessa Holmes , Brass Bullit and Atlantic Starr. As background vocalist for Aretha Franklin, Kesha Brown and Walter Jackson, she gained valuable experience and confidence in her gift. Shawn is singing tribute to Tammy Terrell and the Marvelettes in V.Holmes’ “A Tribute to the Motown Greats”.

Linda Burke

is a native Chicagoan who has been working in the Music Industry for many years. She began singing in the church and has toured the Unite States and Canada performing with her band on many Army bases along with a variety of professional artists. Linda is a Composer who has written the theme song for the "Prosperity Advocate Network" (Cable T.V Show), as well as the theme song for the "Aid For Women Organization". Linda is an accomplished producer who has performed, co-wrote and co-produced two Gospel CD's of her own; entitled "It's Time To Seek The Lord" and "Live For The Crown". She has shared the stage with Tyrone Davis, Millie Jackson, Johnny Taylor, The Dells, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Peter Guerin (Elvis Impersonator), Ivory Dreams Band, Vanessa Holmes, CP & Company and many more. Linda has appeared in the stage musicals; "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Hello Dolly" and "Good Times Harry". She is currently performing with V. Holmes "A Tribute to the Motown Greats" giving tribute to Stevie Wonder, Tammy Terrell and Marvin Gaye, singing background vocals.

Marcus G. Gentry

 

 

 

Born in Baltimore, MD has been delighting audiences worldwide with his vast abilities as an entertainer, director, writer and producer for the past 20 years. The American Conservatory of Music is where Marcus received his formal vocal training. He has appeared in film and TV productions such as “Return to Me”, “Soul Food”, “Save the Last Dance” and in R. Kelly’s music videos “ The Greatest”, “ Love Jones” and “Turks”. His writing and directing include “ the Struggle Continues”, “ Guilty by Association”, “ I Have a Dream: the Next Generation” and the television series “Simply Livin”. He is currently performing with The Notations, The Glenn Traeger Orchestra and V. Holmes “ A Tribute to the Motown Greats” giving tribute to the Temptations. Mr. Gentry is very much involved with the youth in his community, teaching his R.E.S.P.E.C.T. program, discussing drug awareness, violence reduction and developing habits of success.

Warren Julian

Warren Julian. born and raised in Chicago, he started singing at a very young age. He grew up listening to such artists as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Earth Wind & Fire. It was easy for Warren to decide what he wanted to do with his talent  “Touch people with song” which is exactly what he does with his smooth sultry five octave range. Warren has shared the stage with artist as Howard Hewitt, Vanessa Holmes, Marqseven, Room Service Band and many more.


He is currently singing tribute to Smokey Robinson & the Miracles in V. Holmes “A Tribute to the Motown Greats” and one of the lead vocalist in the up coming male vocal group 7th Ave.

Joe Fizer

 

 

Has been performing for over 30 years. He started singing with a group called the Soul Edition. He formed his own group called High Performances in 1974 and is the sole choreographer for the group.

 

He traveled to New York and appeared on Show Time at the Apollo, Canada and many other cities and states though out America. He has performed on stage with the Dells, Ray Goodman & Brown, Enchantment, Bobby Rush, Confunkshun, Dramatics, Ruby Andrew and the Moments. Joe has also enjoyed the other side of the stage, acting in various musical plays. He is currently performing with High Performance and singing tribute to the Four Tops, the Miracles, and the Pips in V. Holmes “ A Tribute to the Motown Greats”.

Marquecia Jordan

Born in Chicago as a sparkling, magnetic, sultry singer and songwriter Marqseven has been performing professionally since 1999. She has performed live in many popular Chicagoland area and national venues and has shared the stage with some of the world's most accomplished musical talent. All in one show, Marqseven delivers the best, from stirring soul classics to bold, emotionally honest originals. Through her mellow vocals, irresistible smile and contagious energy, she captivates and tantalizes her audience from start to finish, creating an unforgettable vibe and a simply incredible performance. She is giving tribute to the Supremes in V Holmes “ A Tribute to the Motown Greats”. Her EP, Synchronicity, features a smooth, honeyed blend of acoustic, soul and house tunes.

Marvin Orlando Ervin

 

It was James Jamerson of the Funk Brothers (Motown), Victor Wooten, Stanley Clark, Marcus Miller, and Jaco Pastorious that inspired Marvin to become the musician he is today.

 

Born in Chicago he decided to venture out into the Music Industry as a producer and composer to live his dream, playing Gospel, Jazz, R &B and Neo Soul.

 

He attended Chicago State University where he studied Music Education and received private bass training from the great Chuck Web. He has shared the stage with such artists as Ramsey Lewis, Brass Bullit, Carlos Cannon, Audley Reid, Vanessa Holmes , John Teer Trio and many others.

 

Marvin is currently playing for the Logo’s Baptist Church and is the Musical Director of V.Holmes’ “A Tribute to the Motown Greats” as well as the photographer and video production team of Narvell Media Group of which he is the CEO.

 

Jeffery Garland

 

Having a natural talent to sing at birth, Jeff studied acting and vocal training at the Kauumba School of the Arts in Chicago. With a style influenced by such musical greats as David Ruffin, Rick James and Luther Van Dross, Jeff’s stage performances are a unique mixture of Motown, Funk, R & B, Jazz and his personal favorite  (and his specialty) hot, tempting, love ballads.

Jeff has recorded with Alicia Peyton and Redemption, Percy Gray and the Gray Boys Productions, Chicago Mass Choir, Darius Brooks just to name a few.  Jeff has appeared on the Bobby Jones Gospel Show and won first place, singing background for Vanessa Holmes on the Jenny Jones show “Battle of the Bands”.  Jeff has also appeared in the stage plays The Other Woman and Sometimes Love Hurts. Jeff has been lead vocalist for such groups as The Nickel Slick Band, Visions, People Highly Devoted, Ivory Dreams and Malik’s Ultimate Band.  He is currently giving tribute to the Temptations and Four Tops in V. Holmes’s “A Tribute to the Motown Greats”. 

Susan Regina Robinson

Sue Robinson is an entrepreneur in Chicago, in between managing a nonprofit organization as well as a life-long learning center, she enjoys traveling, event planning and hanging with family members. She is currently performing in V. Holmes “ A Tribute to the Motown Greats” singing background tribute to the Vandellas, Supremes and the Four Tops.

 

 

DeBorah Wells

 

 

James Knowles

 

 

Chip Dubois

 

 

Roger Weaver

 

 

Bryant Turner

 

 

Moni Rashad

 

Cory( Wright Time) Wright

 

Mr. Wright Time, known as Correy J. Wright to his mother, has been entertaining and keeping his family and friends in a constant state of laughter and high spirits since his childhood. By the time he hit his eighth birthday, he was already a specialist in the arts of mimicry and comedy; a comic whiz kid. It was his natural inclination to imitate and parody everything he saw. It was therefore obvious to him, and those around him, what he was meant to do after high school graduation. He immediately set off on his mission, armed with his natural quick wit, bursting enthusiasm, charisma, and vivid stage presence.
Mr. Wright Time has performed in Chicago’s hot spots and clubs, as well as block parties and social gatherings. He is now on his way to national fame because while there are plenty of people who can tell a joke, there are only a handful of true comic naturals. Mr. Wright Time has that special innate ability, as well as the charisma and energy to be the best of his time. Listen to a sample of this extremely funny man. This incredible industry talent can be heard live on his extraordinary new talk show, 'The Mr. Wright Time Show heard only on 1049theedge..com on Tuesday 1:30pm to 3pm Chicago time

 

 

Paschen Luellen

 

 

Will Howard

 

 

DaVonya Holmes

 

 

Debra Burke

 

 

Lavelle Faulkner

 

 

Shauntia Flemming

Sheri Savage

 

Was born on September 8th, in Chicago, Illinois to Nigerian parents. She grew up listening to Afro-Caribbean rhythms, as well as R&B and Hip Hop, but it was being in the choir, and getting to sing with people and in front of people, that boosted her confidence, and exerted a very powerful influence on her artistic life.


Sheri’s eyes were opened to the opportunity in music as a profession so she studied Drama and Musical theatre. Sheri is currently singing tribute to Diana Ross & the Supreme in V. Holmes “A Tribute to the Motown Greats” and starring as “Josephine” in the Musical stage-play “WOMAN 2 WOMAN.
So be on the look out for Sheri, because she’s unstoppable

Valerie Woodhouse    

 

 

Valerie Woodhouse is emerging as one of the most electrifying performers.  Don’t let the sweetness moniker fool you-with her gutsy vocal styling high-energy percussion and sexy appearance,

 

Valerie exudes a fiery stage presence that suggests the best of Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan.  She’s equally comfortable delivering sultry ballads or lowdown funk, current R&B hits or traditional gospel.  She has performed with such groups as Brass Bullit, Popular Demandd and Eric & Smoke.  She has taken the stage at such venues as Park West, Regal Theater, and the Arie Crown as an opening act.  Valerie has travel such places as Canada,  Japan and London.  Valerie continues to give the audiences everything they want-something to hear and something to see.  If that’s what it takes, Valerie is headed straight for the top.

La Donna Watson

 

 

Know to her friends as  “LA” she was born in Chicago, IL. La Donna started singing at very young age. Although shy, she would shine on stage, as she landed the lead role in her kindergarten class production of Holly Dolly.

 

Music has always been an integral part of her life, as she grew up watching and admiring her mother Jackie “Selfish One” Ross. LA attended Columbia College where she received formal training in theater. La Donna has performed on stage with the Dangerous Diva’s, Vanessa Holmes and the group Room Service. She is currently performing in V. Holmes “ A Tribute to the Motown Greats giving tribute as one of the lead vocalist in the female group the Marvelette and the Vandellas.

Nicole R. Applewhite

 

 

 

Born in Chicago, since the age of 7, Nicole has performed many places, including the Apollo Theater.
She has recordings with girl groups as well as solo. She's traveled the globe singing background
for various artists, known and unknown. Nicole has been performing with V. Holmes.


“A Tribute to the Motown Greats” since its conception. In addition to that, Nicole is currently performing with H.Y.P.E. Productions, New Groove and Vibe bands.