Classic 60s/70's R&B Soul vocal group keeping the tradition flowing, paying homage and tribute to the pioneers of R&B Soul music.
CLASSIC SOUL brought to you by THE FELLAS
The Fellas were formed in the summer of 1991. The group consisted of founding members, Joe Rivera III (lead vocals/1st tenor), Ricardo Wright (lead vocals/1st tenor) and Andrew 'Drew' Rhoden (lead vocals/2nd tenor) and Anthony Cooper, Jr. (lead vocals/baritone/bass).
The Fellas are patterned after the Temptations, whose style allows anyone to step out front and sing lead, without compromising the harmony. Not wanting to be known as an "oldies" group, The Fellas are also armed with original material catered to the adult audience. Artists that influenced The Fellas (besides Motown acts) are The O'Jays, The Manhattans, The Spinners, Rachelle Farrell, Marvin Gaye, Will Downing and Phil Perry, to name a few.
Today in 2011, original members Ricardo Wright and Joe Rivera III have reunited to perpetuate Classic Soul music, along with JoQuae DeVonish, a member of the latter lineup of the Fellas and Roman Barksdale. Classic Soul returns from Detroit, MI and New York City.
ROMAN BARKSDALE - Roman got his first break in the industry as a member of Black & Latino Rap group THE MEAN MACHINE out of New York City. They were signed to the same record label as THE SUGARHILL GANG in the late 1970's. Roman brought his crooning skills to THE MEAN MACHINE. In 1984 he and Joe Rivera III co-founded R&B band PERFECTION. During the group's 2 year history, PERFECTION was the houseband on the record 'Don't Let Them Starve' produced by Arthur Crier, Eugene Thompkins and Jay Siegel (lead singer of THE TOKENS of 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' fame). In 2011 Joe & Roman have reunited to bring back Classic Soul.
JoQUAE DeVONISH - JoQuae began singing at a very early age. At the age of 10 he sang with the group Soul Direction and had his first stage perfomance.As a young man, in the early 90's JoQuae met Joe Rivera through mutual friend, Anthony Warr in 1993. This was when he began to sing with the Fellas. Soon afterwards the members of the group went on to lead their lives and in 2009 The Fellas reconnected. JoQuae currently sings lead & first tenor.
JOE RIVERA III - Joe started his career in high school where he co founded an acapella group. After high school he played keyboards and sang lead in a few local R&B bands. In 1991, Joe cofounded The Fellas with Ricardo Wright. The group disbanded in 1993. Afterwards Joe went on to sing with NYC doowop group Earl Lewis & The Channels from 1995 to 2009. In November 2009, the Fellas regrouped with Joe doing leads and singing 1st tenor, 2nd tenor and baritone backup vocals. He also scores out all music for the group. Joe was inducted into the DooWopp Hall of Fame in 2007 as a member of Earl Lewis & The Channels.
RICARDO E. WRIGHT - Ricardo started his singing career with his two sisters, Rosalyn and Denise as The Wright Trio. Afterwards he moved to NYC to pursue an acting career where he was a member of The National Black Theater, touring across the USA and abroad in Asia. In 1989 he joined R&B band CLOUT where he was the lead singer and he met keyboardist Joe Rivera III. When the band parted ways, he and Joe co-founded The Fellas. In November 2009, Ricardo returned to The Fellas where he sings lead, 1st tenor, 2nd tenor and baritone background
(I Know) I'm Losing You - Temptations
Ain't Too Proud To Beg - Temptations
All I Need - Temptations
Backstabbers - O'Jays
Ball Of Confusion - Temptations
Beauty Is Only Skin Deep - Temptations
Bernadette - Four Tops
Cloud Nine - Temptations
Cowboy To Girls - Intruders
Didn't I Blow Your Mind - Delfonics
Distant Lover - Marvin Gaye
Don't Look Back - Temptations
Get Ready - Temptations
Going In Circles - Friends of Distinction
Heavenly - Temptations
I Can't Get Next To You - Temptations
I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops
I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) - Temptations
I Do - Marvellos
I Do Love You - Billy Stewart
I Got Nothing But Love - Five Heartbeats
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
I Love Music - O'Jays
I Want You Back - Jackson Five
I Wish It Would Rain - Temptations
If You Don't Know Me By Now - Bluenotes
I'll Be Around - Spinners
I'll Be There - Jackson Five
It's A Thin Line - Persuaders
It's The Same Old