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). A pre-cursor to the Fellas was the group, Vision, founded by Luis Mercado, Ricardo Wright, Joe Rivera III & Andrew Rhoden.
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 Luis 'Blue' Mercado, a founding member of Vision. Classic Soul returns from Detroit, MI and New York City
Travel back to the 1960's and 1970's as THE FELLAS take the stage with class & style. Our show incorporates smooth choreography and tight harmonies, as it was done years ago. Be prepared for audience participation; you might even SHARE the microphone with THE FELLAS.
The Fellas can provide the following to suit your entertainment needs:
• 30 minute, 45 minute or 60 minute sets
• 1 set or 2 sets
• Perform live with our band
• Perform live with your band
• Provide charts and music to the client’s band
• Perform with tracks [+]