Motown is coming, look out! With the vocals of Shamir aka Freddie Waddington and De Verne Williams , with John Fehling on Drum and his awesome rhythm section, we’re bringing the “Soul” to Grasso’s.
At the age of six and ready to perform Shamir, determined to play an instrument looked into himself by the age of 11 and saw what God had given him, the gift of voice. It is what stands out on all the songs this strong island native uses with the mastery of a seasoned professional. Having his first professional gig at 19, he has continued to perform with various groups throughout his career. Such as Rappid Fire, Columbia records recording artist The J. Silver Band just to begin. His talents have been highlighted on shows like Good Day New York, American Journal, 12 News and NBC News. Opening act at the Westbury Music Theater for the R&B Soul Jam, with That 70's Band for acts like Blue Magic, The Intruders, Thelma Houston, Earl Young's Tramps, Evelyn Champagne King and Lime also opening for Gloria Gaynor at the Patchogue theater, When asked who are his greatest influences he'll tell you, "It's gotta be Maurice White, Stevie Wonder", Theodore Teddy Pendergrass and of course Chocolate City records a division of Casablanca records recording artist Cameo aka (OCF) Original Cameo Family one of the most successful funk groups of all times with 7 multi Platinum LP's and 11 Gold LP’s in which he had the experience of touring the United States with. He's aspiring to be a great writer and producer, he'll describe himself as being passionate about his music while drawing his strength from God and admits to perfectionism as his weakness.
DeVerne’s melodic voice is hypnotizing in a manner characteristic of the Williams family. His stage presence is magnetic and draws in a large following. The vintagesoul’s sound is incredibly diverse, with many musically talented members unifying the band. DeVerne’s musical prowess traces back to his profoundly talented mother, disco diva Carol Williams. Carol’s exciting career spans the 60’s – 90’s; she is still popular today. And DeVerne’s father, DeVerne T. Williams, was Music Director for soul and R&B artists Wilson Pickett and Ben E. King. At just 11 years old, DeVerne Williams was the youngest drummer ever to play the Apollo Theater, performing with Loleatta Holloway, Bobby Womack, Junior Walker, among many other stars. DeVerne is also an accomplished writer and producer, having produced and played on Snoop Dog’s 2004 album, “Rhthym and Gangsta.” He has also worked on studio projects for Gloria Gaynor, and Melba Moore.