Published on 15 Feb 2013
out of mobile,alabama the band fantastic new groove show and band play motown classics ,blues ,party favorites ,r&b ,rock and so much more
contact info Alfred hawthorne(228 )437-7461
Fantastic New Groove Show and Band Biography
Band formed in 2009 from a wide array of talented musicians. The band is based out of Mobile, Alabama. There have been many changes in members but the talent still remains superb. This band is unique in that all members can sing as well as play their instruments.
Alfred Hawthorne- Born January 4th 1963, started his musical career at the age of 12. While in middle school, played the viola and on through high school where he graduated in 1981 from Williamson High School in Mobile, Alabama. Al fell in love with playing the guitar and has been a hit ever since. Since the age of 16 he performed in the southeast region, the east and west coast. Mr. Hawthorne (Sweeney) performed with the following groups throughout his career: Men of Distinction, Visions of Tomorrow, Alive and Kickin', Stone Jam, Real Deal, also has stood in with bands such as 2nd Coming, Perfect Image, and Emerge. Some of his influences have been, Prince, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn. Mr. Hawthorne is the band leader of Fantastic New Groove. Al enjoys, anything having to do with music, and traveling.
Conoray Hampshire-Also called "Ray", is the base player.This 58 year old talented musician, has played with Cosmic Funk, Power House, Four Barrels of Funk.He has over 20 years of experience playing base and has performed on opening shows with the O'Jays, and The Gap Band.
Mechel Portis- They call this talented lady "Me'Me'. Age 43, started her musical career at the age of 8 as a classical pianist and entered the music industry at the age of 13, performed for different venues in the southeast region, east, and west coast. Me' Me' has performed with a number of bands to include :Ace Show and Band, Mix Match, Exposure and Real Deal. Throughout Me' Me's career, she has collaborated with a variety of artist. She has worked closely with Patty Labelle's producer and has done opening acts for celebrities such as Lionel Ritchie, Gerald Levert, Brian McKnight, and many more. When not performing, Me'Me' works full time as the HR Business Partner for the Hertz Corporation, primarily managing the southeast region. Me' Me' is also the proud mother of two children, a 17 year old son and a 10 year old daughter. In Me' Me's spare time, she enjoys walks on the beach, fishing, downtime in the Jacuzzi, and being surrounded by water. Ms. Portis is one of the talented singers in this group.
Kelvin Taylor-This young man is 25 years old. He is a quiet man who is involved musically with the church in his community. He has performed with groups such as Real Deal and Emerge.Mr. Taylor is the keyboardist.He enjoys recording music in his spare time.
Cheryl Hunter- Has been singing since the age of 5, and has been in the music scene for fifty two years mostly in gospel. Ms. Hunter has performed with Mobile Metro Mass choir and was backup singer for Ron Kenolye In Houston.Another one of the band's talented singers, she has also sung backup for 2nd coming. Some of her hobbies are fishing and shooting pool.
Adrian Houston- The band's lead male singer is 38 years old. He has performed with groups such as James Payne, Geno Wesley, PowerHouse, and backup singer for artists such as Jeff Floyd and many more. His hobbies are singing and fishing.
Charles Smith- 27 year old "Trey" can lead the band with his beautiful vocals as well as play hard on the drums. He has played with SO for Real, Flyte Time, Love Under Cover. Trey has been playing since the age of four, starting out in the church. Some of his hobbies are fishing, riding horses.
George McMalman-The band manager has been in the music industry for 30 years. Mr. McAlman manages other bands such as Real Deal. He is a mortgage broker in Mobile, Alabama. The management also provides services such as sound and lighting to other bands.
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