Conversation Piece gives people something to talk about! The band is a successful and respected staple in Charlotte with a loyal following.
Conversation Piece members include Willie Walker on bass guitar and vocals, Carl Ratliff on saxophone and flute,, Darryl Peyton on Trombone, Kevin Homesley on keyboards and Christian Whitley on drums.
Conversation Piece has been performing as a quintet for more than a decade. The five talented individuals with impressive musical backgrounds combine for a unique sound. Walker, Paige, Ratliff, Peyton, Homesley, and Whitley bring together not only their love of music, but also, years of experience in the musical industry.
Willie Walker, the group's founder and leader, is a student of electronic music and composition. Walker has performed with Clarke Terry, George Howard, Barbara Weathers (formerly of Atlantic Starr), Sibyl Lynch, Najee and Dick Smith (formerly of Earth Wind and Fire). He performs vocals and plays bass on Discography: Alive and Kick In, Anthology of Beach Music, by Grammy Winner General Norman Johnson and the Chairman of the Board, with whom he also toured. In his early career Walker was a staff bassist for Sound Lab Studio with Tom Rowan, producer for Norman Conners. Walker is a former elementary general music teacher.
Currently Walker is composer and arranger for Conversation Piece Discography: Inside My Mind, Live at 831 and is sideman for Grammy nominated Tom Browne, known for his hit Funkin' for Jamaica, Thighs High. Walker serves as staff bassist and orchestral arranger for Friendship Missionary Baptist Church with a membership of 8,000.
Paige has toured extensively with several national bands in the United States and abroad. Among his credits include a performance in the Oscar nominated motion picture, "The Color Purple. " His character was a saxophonist in Shug Avery's band under the direction of Quincy Jones. Baker a brilliant and talented musician. He is one of the most requested studio musicians in the United States and abroad. Whitley, a native of Hartford, Connecticut has recorded numerous cd. His musical interests have taken him from Washington DC to Los Angeles and east to New York where he continued to develop his skills as a Percussionist, performing at various clubs, locally and internationally. Conversation Piece the band everyone's talking about!
In addition to Charlotte, Willie Walker & Conversation Piece will also travel to Pineville, Matthews, Fort Mill, Indian Trail, Waxhaw, Monroe, Paw Creek, Rock Hill, Catawba, Bowling Green, Belmont, Gastonia, Cramerton, Harrisburg, Midland, Mc Adenville, Clover, Edgemoor, High Shoals, Lowell, Mount Holly, Newell, Wingate, Cornelius, Lancaster, Stanfield, Huntersville, Lincolnton, Marshville, Mount Mourne
and many other locations in and around the Charlotte area.
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