Born and raised in Detroit, Tony Womack started performing professionally in 1974 as a member of the local vocal group “The Equations” until the group disbanded in 1979. They performed throughout the Detroit area in clubs such as Mr. Kelly’s, The Latin Quarter and Stage One. From 1980 through 1991, Tony performed solo as well as serving as understudy for the role of Judas in the Gospel version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” with the Peddy Players performing at the Fox, Grand Circus and Fisher Theaters. From 1993 to 1997, he collaborated with several local artists writing and producing including a CD with Nita Jason. Her dance single, “Dance with Me” lyrics were written by Tony and charted in Europe. From 1998 to 2002 Womack performed around the world with Ali Woodson and Richard Street. In 1991, Tony joined the vocal group “The Executives” and they recorded an album entitled “Home”. The group opened for several acts such as Norman Conners, Roy Ayers and Ron Laws and performed at the Detroit landmark, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge. Sylvester Potts recruited Tony to sing with “The Contours featuring Sylvester Potts” and the group toured in Europe and played at Radio City Music Hall.
Thurman (Tee) Turner
Tee began his career in his hometown, Charlotte, N.C. singing gospel music. Success in music brought him to Detroit where he soon became part of the ever-growing acts including The Miracles, Percy Sledge, Chairman of The Board, Boys II Men, Kim Weston, The Contours featuring Sylvester Potts, Nightline and E-Life, that sought out his talents. He is a superb vocalist whose voice ranges from the haunting qualities of Marvin Gaye and David Ruffin to the current trends of today’s artists.
In 1996, Tee became fourth vocalist for The Miracles much to the delight of each and every audience as they toured every corner of the planet. “More Than One Night” is an R&B solo project with a hip-hop flavor reflecting Turner’s many moods. The CD has been internationally acclaimed and the forerunner to his starring role in “How Sweet It Is…”, which opened in 2011.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Major Sapp started, like so many others, singing in church choirs and at school. While in high school, he played trombone for the marching band, sang in several choirs, and studied drama and dance. He also worked for Jam Handy agency and acted in films and did silent spots in commercials. As a young adult, he performed in dance companies of the late Clifford Fears and Roger Fluker under Metro Arts. Major also taught dance for summer programs at the Grosse Pointe Academy near Detroit and Paterson Collagen High School in Windsor, Canada. He performed in two musicals written by John Ashby and the late Dorothy Ashby, as singer, actor and choreographer, for which he traveled throughout the east and west coasts. Major sang in several bands in Canada and U.S. as the lead vocalist and background, including Oddessy, Impulse,I nnovation, Johnny Troudeau, Joy Ride and Nightline. Major also had the pleasure of substituting in the MIRACLES Motown group for the late Bobby Rogers, and sang as a 5th member in the Contours Motown group featuring Mr. Sylvester Potts, original member of the great Motown singing group. Major’s long term plans are to continue singing as long as God allows!
Kim was born and raised in Detroit and began singing in church in the late 1960’s. In the tradition that was legend in the east side neighborhood where Kim grew up, many local vocal groups patterned themselves after groups that were recording at that time. Being blessed with the talents of dance and bass vocals, Kim’s voice was in demand with many local groups such as The Starlight’s, The Equations, The Marquations, The Floaters, The Chairmen of the Board and Upscale. Kim has performed at some of the legendary entertainment venues through the Detroit metro area such as Mr. Kelly’s, Phelps Lounge, Henry’s Lounge, Ben’s Hi Chaparral and The 20 Grand Ballroom. His talents as a choreographer and versatile background singer kept Kim constantly on the vocal scene. Most notably, Kim sang with Altruo Shelton’s Motown Review and traveled with Ali Woodson’s Emperors of Soul. Kim joined The Contours featuring Sylvester Potts and is helping keep the tradition of R&B/Soul music alive.
As a professional musician, Dave has played guitar for many years and covers a wide range of musical styles from jazz to rock & roll and everything in between. A member of the fusion jazz group, Orange Lake Drive, and for many years with the Contours as a guitarist and musical director, he has contributed his wealth of talent to strengthen the unique qualities of both.
He has performed nationally with groups such as the Miracles, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Drifters, Martha Reeves, and others at major venues including DTE Music Theater, Kodak and Wolf Trap Theaters.
In addition to sage performances, Dave enjoys studio recording work that has included commercials (“Have you drive a Ford, lately?”), video and documentary soundtracks for which he has received a Telly Award and local Emmy nomination.
While guitar is his primary instrument, he also plays and teaches the electric bass, ukulele, and mandolin.