The Hues Corporation

There is no better time to bring some joy to the world than now. 2020 has been a year. We can move into 2021 after the gift of music that The Hues Corporation and their special guests will bring on December 19, 2020 at 6:30 PM. The We Love Music Concert will stream live at 6:30 P.M. on New Year’s Eve for FREE for the world to enjoy. Let’s take a journey to learn more about the artists who will take the stage to make you forget your worries for a little while and enjoy the music.


The Hues Corporation, a pop and soul trio, began in 1969, under the leadership of its founder, Wally Holmes in Santa Monica, California. The original name, “Children of Howard Hughes” – a pun on famous millionaire Howard Hughes – ran into some legal roadblocks when it came to incorporation.  Since he could not legally use the millionaire’s full name, he came up with, “The Hues Corporation.”

Group members Flemming Williams, Bernard “St. Clair Lee” Henderson, and Hubert Ann Kelley began their music career performing at the Las Vegas Circus Circus Casino as an opening act for such artists as Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle, Nancy Sinatra and Glen Campbell.

Under contract with RCA Records by 1972, The Hues Corporation also appears as the awesomely funky soul group performing in a nightclub scene, in the groovy horror Blaxploitation movie, “Blacula.”

In 1973, their debut single “Freedom for the Stallion” hit #63 on the Billboard charts.

In 1974, the band scored a massive smash success with “Rock the Boat”; the infectiously bubbly and upbeat tune hit #1 on the Billboard charts, sold a million copies, and remains one of the first major hit disco songs from the 70s. “Rock the Boat” is the band’s lasting legacy. The exquisite pop song is incredibly hooky and has harmonies that went on for days. It leads to a new, danceable sound that became a forerunner to the disco beats that would arise soon after.

“Rock the Boat” is found on several movie soundtracks, “Roll Bounce,” “Man on the Moon,” “Lawn Dogs,” “The Devil’s Own,” “Carlito’s Way,” “The Spirit of 76,” and “The Martian.”

The song is also in M&M commercials plus episodes of the television shows; The Sopranos, The West Wing, Ed, and The Simpsons.

The follow-up songs did well on the charts as well: “Rockin Soul,”  “Love Corporation” and “I Caught Your Act.”

By 1978 their recording career began to stall. In 1989, The Hues Corporation came on strong with lead singer, Wendell E. Anderson, Sr., St. Clair Lee and Teresa Brown who later left the group and was replaced by Marie Elaine Woodard. They performed on various television specials, major U.S. venues and overseas. The group appeared in a 2004 PBS “My Music Series” television program. The group would take another brief hiatus.

In 2015 the group would return to the music scene now based out of Cincinnati, OH, the hometown of Anderson. They would perform at the 40th Anniversary of Dance Fever. In September 2019, The Hues Corporation along with other national artists performed a live Saturday Night Dance Fever Disco show in Sacramento, California hosted by Denny Terrio with the Urban Guerilla Orchestra (UGO) as the backing band. They would also perform at the 2019 World’s Largest Disco in Buffalo, New York with current members, Wendell E. Anderson, Sr., Jinnerva Shelery, and Deondra Means.

The group is scheduled to perform at the Saturday Night Dance Fever Disco Show on March 28, 2020 at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage, California.

The group is also scheduled to perform on the 2021 Ultimate Disco Cruise.

The Hues Corporation had various combinations of singers over the past fifty years including Karl Russell, Tommy Brown, Kenny James, Bruce Glover, Brenna Parker, Julian Johnson, Anthony Louis, Charles White, and Victoria Lynch. As of this writing in November 2020, the status of the original members and founder follows: Flemming Williams passed away in 1998. Bernard “St. Clair Lee” Henderson passed away in 2011. Wally Holmes, age 92, still lives in Los Angeles, California. Hubert Ann Kelley still resides in Los Angeles, California.

By 1978 their recording career began to stall. In 1989, The Hues Corporation came on strong with lead singer, Wendell E. Anderson, Sr., St. Clair Lee and Teresa Brown who later left the group and was replaced by Marie Elaine Woodard. They performed on various television specials, major U.S. venues and overseas. The group appeared in a 2004 PBS “My Music Series” television program. The group would take another brief hiatus.

In 2015 the group would return to the music scene now based out of Cincinnati, OH, the hometown of Anderson. They would perform at the 40th Anniversary of Dance Fever. In September 2019, The Hues Corporation along with other national artists performed a live Saturday Night Dance Fever Disco show in Sacramento, California hosted by Denny Terrio with the Urban Guerilla Orchestra (UGO) as the backing band. They would also perform at the 2019 World’s Largest Disco in Buffalo, New York with current members, Wendell E. Anderson, Sr., Jinnerva Shelery, and Deondra Means.

The group was scheduled to perform, along with other national recording artists, at several Saturday Night Disco Dance Fever Shows during 2020. All performances were cancelled due to COVID19. Check our website, www.nattyrecords.com and Facebook Page @TheHuesCorporationforreal for rescheduled performance dates at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage, California and New Mexico. The 2020 Ultimate Disco Cruise has been rescheduled for 2022.

The Hues Corporation had various combinations of singers over the past fifty years including Karl Russell, Tommy Brown, Kenny James, Bruce Glover, Brenna Parker, Julian Johnson, Anthony Louis, Charles White, and Victoria Lynch. As of this writing in November 2020, the status of the original members and founder follows: Flemming Williams passed away in 1998. Bernard “St. Clair Lee” Henderson passed away in 2011. Wally Holmes, age 92, still lives in Los Angeles, California. Hubert Ann Kelley still resides in Los Angeles, California.


MASTER GEE

The music world changed forever in 1979 when Master Gee and the Sugarhill Gang penned the iconic “Rapper’s Delight” – a song NPR calls one of the 100 “most important American musical works of the 20th century.”

Little did the humble kid who grew up playing drums and DJing parties in Hackensack, New Jersey realize his gifts with a Numark Mixer, a Technics turntable and a knack for smooth vocal delivery would land him a part as the first Hip Hop act featured on Dick Clark’s Bandstand, the first Hip Hop single to ever go Gold and Platinum, and make him an inductee in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Master Gee actively performs worldwide with the Sugarhill Gang and as a solo DJ in over 100 shows a year, and is a highly sought after public speaker and storyteller.  He is not slowing down either.  “I’m far from finished. I’m so thankful for the past, and embrace life every day, doing my best to bring great joy and positive emotion wherever I perform.”

Master Gee and The Hues Corporation are collaborating on the new “Rock the Boat”. The song will again ignite the music industry building a wider fan base. What could be a better fit, the group that is said to have started Disco and the group that introduced the world to Rap.

Today, Master Gee is currently working on his podcast which should launch by the end of 2020.


TAPPESTRY is more than the sum of its parts. It is a collage of talent dedicated to the art of entertainment. They perform an eclectic mix of covers, artist tribute segments, contemporary top 40, R&B, original compositions, and standards from the 50’s up to today. Slick vocal arrangements and well-crafted musicianship leave the listener wanting more. Tappestry is the backing band for both The Hues Corporation and Wendell’s One-man show. When it’s all said and done you will know that Tappestry did “Put some sauce on it.”

Live Music and Entertainment is our Aim. We Are Now!

Tappestry members are Wendell Anderson, Sr., Jinnerva Shelery and Eric Ruffin out front, musicians Gideon “Guitar” Watson on lead guitar, Steve Richardson on bass guitar, Hayden Floro on drums, Ryan Jones on keyboard creating a sound of their own.

Wendell E. Anderson, Sr. born in Cincinnati, Ohio, music provided him the opportunity to travel the world becoming an exceptional singer/songwriter.  From 1979 – 1985 he toured with and worked for Air Force Entertainment Tops In Blue.  As a songwriter, Wendell penned, recorded, and produced the singles, “America, There’s Only 1”, “Without You”, and “This Christmas Song’s For You” with a superb team of musicians based in the Kingston, NY area.  Wendell’s performed live on camera with Robert Guillaume on “Pacific Station” where he received his first song writing credits for television. In 1989 Wendell became and remains the lead singer of The Hues Corporation. Their biggest hit “Rock the Boat” is still played on the air and in movies all over the world. In 2010 Wendell began building Natty Records Entertainment and Media LLC signing to the Natty Records label iconic artists, The Hues Corporation. In late 2018 he started his new band, TAPPESTRY.

Jinnerva Shelery is an accomplished singer, dancer, and actress; she is currently a member of The Hues Corporation. Jinnerva fell in love with music at a young age singing in the Jerriell Baptist Church choir. Jinnerva played the role of Sarah Vaughn in the musical, “100 Years of Divas in American Music” and Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”, to name a few. She has been an entertainer for Carnival Cruise Lines during the 90’s. Jinnerva was a member of a quartet that performed in a music video for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Jinnerva is a member of The Hues Corporation performing all over the country and on cruise ships.

 

 

 

Eric R. Ruffin, who was born in Fort Bragg, NC and grew up in Cincinnati, OH, enjoys a wide range of music including gospel, R&B, country, jazz – and the Motown greats. He has experience as a soloist and in male choruses – plus weddings and funerals.  Eric also did a stint in a community theater. Eric always felt there was something more missing. He is on a mission to reach the listener’s heart and soul. Eric is excited about contributing to his family legacy by touching others through song. He is the nephew of David Ruffin, former lead singer of the Temptations and Jimmy Ruffin, who was also a recording artist.

Meka Terry, born in Cincinnati, Ohio sang in the church choir with her family for years. This experience gave her the opportunity to sing background vocals for national recording artists, Midnight Star and local gospel artists. In 2015 Meka attended Ohio Media School to become a radio programmer, DJ and a commercial creator. She used this education to DJ weddings, back to school events, women conferences, high school home comings, proms and more. In April 2018 she was given the opportunity to have her own jazz concert at the Cincinnati Arts Museum hosted by Kingdom Productions. Meka has a radio program on WAIF 88.3 on Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Her show called “Out of the Box” consists of playing gospel, jazz, old school hip-hop, comedy and real talk. When opportunity and drive connect, Meka works hard to find herself in the mix.

Gideon “Guitar” Watson, a Cincinnati native has been playing the guitar professionally for over 30 years. He has played at the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church for over 30 years. Gideon is the lead guitarist for the late Grammy Award Winner, Dr. Charles Fold and The Charles Fold Singers. He has also played for renowned gospel singers, The Late Rev. James Cleveland, Dr. Cheviene Jones, Dr. Mark Williams, Dr. Joe Pace, and Dottie Peoples. Gideon has played for many local groups over the past 30 years including the well-known gospel jazz band, The Muzic Company, that has opened up for Fantasia, The Whispers, Babyface, New Edition, just to name a few.

 

Steve Richardson, a Cincinnati native is an accomplished bassist that started his musical career playing drums at the age of two. In 2007 Steve decided to make the leap from drums to bass providing him the opportunity to work with some of the best musicians and artists in the Cincinnati area. Steve comes from a musical family where his mother was the lead singer and choir director; his father was the band leader and choir director at their church during his childhood. Since picking up the bass guitar, Steve has opened up for New Edition, Fantasia, and Mary J. Blige. He also played behind gospel artists, Donnie McClurkin and Marvin Sapp.

 

 

 

Ryan Jones is a pianist originally from Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, where his musical roots lie. Jones currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he sits in with local groups such as the Blue Wisp Big Band and the Flying Circus Big Band. Jones has been fortunate enough to receive the opportunity to perform with renowned musicians such as: John Schneider, Jimmy Walker, Bill Huber, John Fedchock, Vince DiMartino, Chris Vadala, Tia Fuller, and Christian Tamburr. Jones received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Western Kentucky University where he studied classical piano with Dr. Zachary Lopes. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where he is studying with the great jazz pianist, Steve Allee. Jones is happily married to his wife, Kristen, of 3 years and enjoys biking, cooking, and eating.

Hayden Floro is a fourth-year student attending the University Of Cincinnati College Conservatory Of Music pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a jazz emphasis. He grew up in Centerville, Ohio and has been playing the drums for over twelve years. During that time, he’s studied under many great drummers including Jim Leslie, John Von Ohlen, Art Gore, John Taylor, Steve Houghton, Carl Allen, and Jeff Hamilton. He’s played in the University of Cincinnati CCM Jazz Orchestra which has taken him to Brazil to play alongside Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Hayden is very well versed in soul, funk, rock, jazz, and Latin music. He also has a classical background which he utilizes in pit orchestras all around Ohio and Kentucky.

 

 


Chocq. T born as Craig Thompson, Jr. aka CJ hails from Cincinnati, OH. CJ started singing in church at a young age. CJ was also involved in modeling and acting with Heyman Talent. He performed in musicals with the Cincinnati Children’s Theater Company, and had a breakthrough performance with the Cincinnati Black Theater Company in their production of “A Tribute to Motown”. He portrayed a young Stevie Wonder and a young Michael Jackson.

After high school, CJ started college in 2014 and spent 4 years at Tiffin University studying Arts Administration with a focus in the Music Industry. In 2015, he even started creating his own self-produced, engineered, and mixed demos. Chocq. T released his debut single, “Masquerade” on October 1st, which was produced, engineered, written and mixed all on his own. Chocq. T strives to bring a new and revived sound to the industry. He calls it Neo-Nostalgic Soul. Music is about creating moments between the message and the listener, connecting on as many cylinders as possible and Chocq. T plans to do just that!

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Date:

Sat, December 19, 2020

Time:

6:30 PM

Price:

$50

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