Walter “Snooky” James, born on Long Island, New York was raised in Jacksonville, North Carolina. As a Theatre Arts and Physical Education major at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, he is credited with a diverse repertoire of musical and theatrical productions, encompassing Godspell, Cabaret, and Hair. A natural tenor, Walter has performed at weddings, community events, and with various choirs and has the gift of performing in various musical styles. In addition to Livehouse, Walter has also shared the stage with Jodeci, Sweet Soul Music Revue (Germany), and Clarence Carter.
Ron B Smoov is a prolific painter of romantic, alluring, charismatic, erotic-yet-smoov grooves, using a 6-string guitar, for a canvas....... ‘Ron is an artist extraordinaire. Ron, at the tender age of 13, bought a drum kit, a bass and then heard Hendrix and the die was cast. Playing with numerous musicians on Chicago’s southside, including the Chi-Lites, VA (who would later go on to write and produce for the Dells) and building a reputation as a hot guitarist with a unique sound, attack and vibe (the result of playing reversed lefty and shedding on classic rock).The music of RBS has been featured on MTV, "The Upper Room with Joe Kelley" WVOF (CT), WHPK (Chgo), Bump -N-Grind radio, Denmark Jazz, Live 365 radio and Soul-Patrol net Radio and can be found on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
Ladell Yates originally started in music playing piano at the age of 8. From the age of 12 he learned to play drums, baritone horn, valve trombone, bass, keyboards,and percussion. In 1986 Ladell concentrated his efforts on writing and production. He has since worked with a plethora of talent in virtually all styles of music and has performed with Lakeside and Slave. He has also recorded with Vanessa Williams, Shanice Wilson, Soft Touch (Background for MC Hammer), Tim Green (writer and producer with Cameo and Stacey Q), Jay Henry (engineer and producer for Heavy D, Bell, Biv, Devoe, LL Cool J, etc.), and Maria Howell (“The Color Purple”).
A native of Salisbury, NC, Brian Roberts’ love for music was made known at an early age. His need to create sound on any available surface and with anything he could put in his hands earned him the nickname “Stickz”. Although his passion is for drums and percussion, he is also skilled on brass instruments from the trumpet to the sousaphone. Brian has played for churches all his life and has shared the stage with artist such as LaRue Howard, Marvin Sapp, Clint Brown and Trent Corey, to name a few. He has also lent his considerable talents to the theater.
Thomas Robinson is a multi-instrumentalist (playing instruments including piano, drums, bass, acoustic/lead guitar, saxophone, etc.) and a vocalist. He has been playing and singing since the age of 16 and is adept at performing nearly all genres. As a solo performer he has performed songs from artists such as George Straight, Brian McKnight, Jamie Foxx, Garth Brooks, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The 4 tops, etc. Lending his many talents to the band, Thomas primarily functions as one of the lead vocalists and keyboard player extraordinaire!