It’s been more than 60 years since Berry Gordy founded the Motown label and the Motowners take you back to the time when The Temptations and The Four Tops ruled the airwaves and everyone was listening to Diana Ross and The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
The group was founded some 15 years ago by Derrick Hadley, a native New Yorker who had a family background in music of a different kind. His maternal grandmother attended the New England Conservatory in Boston in the 1920s and his mother, who had the greatest impact on his music, was an accomplished pianist and choral music teacher. Hadley’s vocal talents were first developed and nurtured while singing gospel in his Youth AME church choir. He went on to the Dillard School for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale and spent the early part of his career acting off Broadway and performing a one-man singing act, which he developed after working for the Songs of Broadway Company.
The Motowners feature powerful vocalists and a tight rhythm section and perform all the best of soul and blues classics with style. Their show is sing-along-able and family-friendly and they are familiar faces on festival stages, cruise ships and casinos. In 2010, they opened for the legendary Spinners and in 2012, they performed for First Lady Michelle Obama.
Get ready for the Motowners. You’ll be dancing in the streets.