Remember when music was real and the words meant something? For the artist who had pride and joy for the one he loved, he made sure the whole world knew about it. If he lost his love, the singer poured his heart to every note he sang, pleading for his love to come back. Artists did not have to call their loved ones inappropriate names, even if their hearts were broken. THE FELLAS have come to perpetuate Classic Soul of the 1960s/1970's. You won't see sagging pants on stage or hear any profanity coming through microphones. Class and Style return when THE FELLAS take the stage.
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), 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 and incorporate smooth choreography. Not wanting to be known as an "oldies" group, The Fellas are also armed with original material catered to the mature 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 2017, original member Joe Rivera III continues to perpetuate Classic Soul music, along with JoQuae DeVonish, a member of the latter lineup of the Fellas, Roman Barksdale and Donald "Baby Ray" Moyer. Classic Soul returns from New York City.