MO­TOWN TRIB­UTE

The un­for­get­table sounds of a genre that de­fined a gen­er­a­tion will work their magic again dur­ing a per­for­mance at Twin Towns

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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.

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