Best of motown music hits Mandurah

Spectrum and Radiance team up for Songs in Key of Motown with Vivienne Scott-Ross on the left.
Spectrum and Radiance team up for Songs in Key of Motown with Vivienne Scott-Ross on the left.

VIVIENNE Ross and her fellow vocalists will transport the audience back to an era that formed the cornerstone of American music when Radiance visits Mandurah next week.

The quartet was formed to pay tribute to the disco and Motown eras and groups, including the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas and the Marvelettes.

Radiance sings everything from the memory- evoking songs of Motown and just about every successful girl group ever recorded to powerful icons like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Patti La Belle.

A member of a musical family and the youngest of seven who are all musicians, singers, dancers or actors, Ross says she has had a blessed career.

She has shared the stage with many famous names but her favourite is Nancy Wilson, “a legendary and brilliant performer and strong jazz singer.’

Engelbert Humperdinck was another.

Her mentor is Diana Ross, who has been “in the business forever”.

Ross also hopes to be in the business forever.

“Motown has such energy and will live forever,’’ she said. “I visited Diana Ross on her birthday and she can still do it at 70.’’

Topping her list of favourite songs list is the Jackson’s Five’s Be My Little Baby.

The rest of the group favour the Temptations’ My Girl and Stop in the Name of Love.

Ross also loves Australian audiences.

“They know how to go out and have a good time,’’ she said.

Radiance is supported by Spectrum, a male vocal quartet that has spent six years re-creating the songs and sounds of The Four Tops and such cover groups The Platters, the Temptations and Boyz 2 Men.