The unforgettable sounds of a genre that defined a generation will work their magic again during a performance at Twin Towns
Mention singing groups like The Temptations or the Four Tops and only one word comes to mind: Motown. It’s the vocal brilliance and style of these groups that is extolled in the high-energy Songs in the Key of Motown show.
Performer Cushney Roberts, who cut his teeth singing as a boy in a church choir, says audiences will be dazzled with a show that looks like it actually had The Temptations and the Four Tops on stage.
“It’s a fun show that takes people down memory road if they’re from that era,” he says.
“It’s very authentic in terms of how it’s presented.”
Songs in the Key of Motown features award-winning vocal quartet Spectrum and their sister-group Radiance performing a tribute to Motown and R&B.
Roberts says there is great chemistry and interaction between the vocalists, who sing and dance their way through one of the most influential American song books of all time.
The show features renditions of The Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Marvelettes, Vandellas, Miracles, Stylistics and Donna Summer hits.
Roberts says the songs have stood the test of time due to a combination of great music, strong lyrics and excellent production.
“It was slick. It was well thought out,” he says of the songs. “The stories (in the lyrics) were about love and they were well written. They were mini vignettes. Each song was a story in itself.”
As to his favourite Motown song, Roberts can’t go past Bernadette by the Four Tops and My Girl by The Temptations.
“There’s so many (great) songs that it’s hard to pick one,” he says.
Songs in the Key of Motown, Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, tomorrow night
Quartets Spectrum and Radiance will work their magic in Songs in the Key of Motown.