The Grammy Museum pays tribute to Legends of Motown: Celebrating The Miracles —
The prestigious Grammy Museum continues to explore the matchless legacy and limitless influence of Motown Records by unveiling of Legends Of Motown: Celebrating The Miracles.
WARREN “PETE” MOORE PRESENTS
THE MIRACLES FEATURING SYDNEY JUSTIN
House of Blues, Dallas, TX Jan. 28, 2016 — Wadsworth Theater, Los Angeles, CA Feb. 11, 2016. Madame Walker Theater — Feb. 14, 2016, Indianapolis, IN –Clayton County Schools, Mar. 12, 2016, Atlanta, GA — Green Valley Ranch Casino, Mar. 20, Las Vegas, NV — Charleston Coliseum, May 7, 2016, Charleston, SC — Agora Theatre, May 21, 2016, Cleveland, OH (schedule not complete — more dates coming)
Composer Warren “Pete” Moore, an original member of the world-famous Miracles, presents the new Miracles featuring Sydney Justin, a romantic balladeer who sports a smooth, melodic falsetto. Cordell Conway, Eric Swindle, and Kerry Justin complete the cast of THE MIRACLES 2016 and beyond. They are in the midst of a 9-city tour that a well-known industry insider described as “the best show of its kind. It is a captivating musical spectacle, simply beautiful!”
Motown super-group The Miracles have been attracting enthusiastic audiences from sea to shining sea for the better of four decades. Their spectacular show has been described as “the best show of it’s kind on earth!” The amazing quartet continues to spread abroad the Motown gospel with their slew of hits, including “Shop Around,” “I Second That Emotion,” “Tears of A Clown,” “Love Machine,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Ooh Baby Baby,” and countless more awesome creations.
In 1956, childhood friends Pete Moore, Smokey Robinson, Claudette Robinson, Ronnie White, and Bobby Rogers formed the Miracles and embarked on a musical journey that would surpass their wildest dreams.
Shortly thereafter, Motown founder Berry Gordy recorded and released “Shop Around,” a #1 smash on all the Billboard charts, giving the company its first gold record and perpetuating the Miracles sensational legacy.
In addition to radio play, the timeless music of the Miracles gained in popularity through movie soundtracks, such as The Big Chill, Platoon (“Love Machine”), and Donnie Brasco.
In 1978, Smokey Robinson chose to go it alone, making room for new lead singer Billy Griffin to join Pete Moore, Bobby Rogers, and Ronnie White. A few years passed when Griffin also departed the group, leaving the door open for college senior Sydney Justin to fill his boots. However, Justin did not join the group immediately in order to fulfill a commitment to play in the NFL.
After a serious gameday injury, Justin left the NFL and joined R&B group Shalamar, who were planning a world tour. During this period, he also sang, produced, and wrote songs for movie soundtracks, such as Wild Cats (starring Goldie Hawn) and Lambada.
But as fate would have it, in 1994, Bobby Rogers and Claudette Robinson rediscovered Justin while reuniting the Miracles who had disbanded for a couple of seasons. This is not unusual as the The Eagles and Elvis had breaks in their iconic careers.
The “original” Miracles were not only the first act to sign with Motown Records, but they were a major inspiration for the greatest group to emerge from the United Kingdom, The Beatles. And that’s not all: The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and the Spinners owe their existence to the Miracles. Here’s why: The Miracles were Motown’s original songwriters, penning hit after hit for the aforementioned acts and a plethora more, including their own recordings: “Shop Around,” “I Second That Emotion,” “Tears Of A Clown,” “Love Machine,” “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me,” “The Tracks Of My Tears,” “Ooh Baby Baby,” and countless more.
The Miracles featuring Sydney Justin performances at the Nassau Coliseum, the Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C., and the 4th of July celebration at Duke University, with over 60,000 fans in attendance, were simply beautiful!
FLASHBACK to the early years of The Miracles: In 1956, Bobby Rogers, Smokey Robinson, Claudette Robinson, Ronnie White and Pete Moore, childhood friends became The Miracles, and embarked on a career that would surpass their wildest dreams. Berry Gordy, Motown’s founder, recorded and released “Shop Around,” which became a number one smash on all the charts, establishing The Miracles and giving Motown their first gold record.
Through the course of the years, The Miracles continued to record chart-topping hits, including “Ooo Baby Baby”, “Going To A Go-Go”, “More Love”, “Mickey’s Monkey” and “Tears Of A Clown”. The Miracles established themselves as one of the greatest groups of all times.
In 1971, Smokey Robinson announced his retirement to spend time with his growing family. Billy Griffin replaced him and The Miracles continued to be successful recording hit records, with such renowned producers as Marvin Gaye, Willie Hutch and Freddie Perren. In the fall of 1976 their hits consisted of “Do It Baby” and “Love Machine”, The Miracles were now on top of the POP, R&B and DISCO charts.
The Miracles timeless music continued to gain in popularity through movie soundtracks such as “The Big Chill”, “Platoon” and “Donnie Brasco” (In 1993, Motown honored the group with a 35th anniversary retrospective greatest hits CD box set).
In 1978, upon the departure of Billy Griffin, the group, consisting of Pete Moore, Bobby Rogers and Ronnie White auditioned Sydney Justin to become their new lead singer. But previous commitment to play in the NFL postponed his musical venture for four years. His football career was shortened because of an injury, but not before he earned a ring in Super Bowl XIV.
Shortly after his retirement from Pro Football, Justin signed with the the recording group “Shalamar.” He recorded, wrote and produced songs on their last two CD’s and performed concerts around the globe as a lead singer.
During the same period, Justin also sang, produced and wrote songs for movie sound tracks such as “Wild Cats,” featuring Goldie Hawn, and “Lambada.”
In 1994, as faith would have it, Bobby Rogers and Claudette Robinson again would locate Justin on a quest to reunite The Miracles.
With Justin, whose style is reminiscent of a cross between Smokey Robinson & Marvin Gaye, along with Bobby Rogers, Ron White and Claudette Robinson, The Miracles embarked on a second wave of success. Unfortunately, in 1995 Ron White one of the original members lost a fourteen-month battle with leukemia and was unable to see the groups continued success and legendary performances with new lead singer Sydney Justin.
The Miracles featuring Sydney Justin have made endless television appearances in the US and abroad, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, George & Alana, Donnie and Marie Show, the Pat Bullard show, PBS specials, and the Home & Family show, to name a few.
The foursome has also have had nationwide television commercials for large entities such as Denny’s restaurant chain. And they have performed in some of the most notable venues across America, such as Las Vegas hotels (The Rio, Star Dust, and the Freemont Street Experience). In Washington D.C., they performed at Constitution Hall and at The Library of Congress, (where they were the first R&B group to be inducted). They have also toured Europe with the United States Air Force Orchestra, and they continue to perform ceaselessly throughout the Americas.
One of their greatest tributes was in 1997, when they received their star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame. They were also Detroit’s first Motown group to be commemorated on it’s Walk of Fame. The group received the Pioneer Award from the philanthropic Rhythm & Blues Foundation.
The Miracles featuring Sydney Justin recently recorded a new Greatest hits CD, a Live performance, and a Christmas album.
It’s not surprising that The Miracles featuring Sydney Justin are loved throughout the world. Even Motown founder Berry Gordy has giving Sydney Justin the endorsement as one of its brightest stars.
The Miracles present lineup includes Sydney Justin, Kerry Justin, Cordell Conway, and Melvin Bridges, and they have upheld the lofty standard set by the original Miracles in the late 1950s.
Terrestrial harmonies and precision choreography are two of their proudest assets, and the Miracles will continue to enrapture a worldwide audience with state-of-the- art recordings and one of the greatest live shows of its kind in the galaxy.