WELCOME TO THE PERSUASIONS - "Oh, And we still ain't got no band."
THIS IS THE HOUSE
OF A CAPPELLA
HOME OF THE PERSUASIONS
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! JOIN DAVE REVELS, AT JORMA KAUKONEN'S FUR PEACE RANCH FOR HIS CLASS "MASTERING THE ART OF LIVE ENTERTAINMENT." NOVICE AND PROS WELCOME VISIT www.furpeaceranch.com/workshops.html TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HIS CLASS AND TO SIGN UP FOR AUGUST 15 - 18, 2014.
The Persuasions will be appearing at SUBCULTURE located at 45 Bleeker Street, LOWER MANHATTAN on January 20 @ 7 PM CLICK LINK FOR INFO
PERSUASIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR MASTER CLASS WORKSHOPS ON THE ART OF A CAPPELLA. A PROGRAM FOR ALL AGES. LET THE PERSUASIONS INTRODUCE YOUR STUDENTS AS EARLY AS KINDERGARTEN TO COLLEGE LEVEL ON THE JOY OF SINGING. ALONG WITH PERFORMANCE AND VOCAL LESSONS ON HARMONY THE PERSUASIONS WILL SHARE THEIR EXTRORDINARY RICH LEGACY OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES. THERE IS ALSO A SPECIAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM AS THE GROUP SHARE THEIR CONNECTION WITH FELLOW ICONIC ARTISTS FROM VARIOUS MUSIC ERAS.
BELOW ARE TWO VIDEOS CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF OUR FALLEN BROTHER, "SWEET" JOE RUSSELL. WE WILL FOREVER MISS HIM.
WENT BACK TO TOKYO! Well, WE WENT back TO TOKYO, JAPAN AND HAD A FABULOUS TIME. MET UP WITH FANS FROM LAST YEAR AND MADE QUITE A FEW MORE. THANKS GOES OUT TO THE ENTIRE STAFF OF THE COTTON CLUB FOR TREATING US LIKE ROYALTY. YOU REALLY KNOW HOW TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL WELCOMED.
JIMMY HAYES WITH PAUL SIMON BACKSTAGE AT THE APOLLO PRIOR TO APPEARANCE FOR LOU REED'S MEMORIAL
COTTON CLUB TIME
ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY Y. YONEDA AT OUR COTTON CLUB PERFORMANCE, JAPAN.
Last January, we got an email from a singer/songwriter from Canada, Elena Yeung. She said she had a song she would really love to have us record with her. Initially, she wanted us to sing background on it, wasn't really sure what direction to take it as to whether to record it with a band. After listening to the idea we felt the song's melody and lyrics conveyed a powerful message that we could get behind. We also heard Joe's voice as the key ingredient to "take it to church." Why not a duet with Elena and Joe? And so, the idea took seed. She flew to New York last May to rehearse with us and then record. It was such a beautiful spring day that we decided we should just go to the park, sit on a bench and work the song through. Pretty soon people started gathering around listening. Funny thing though, it didn't turn into a performance because we kept on working out the ideas going with the spirit of the song and the people rode that current of spiritual energy right along with us. We could tell Joe was loving the song by the way he embraced it right away. As we all know, Joe Love his Gospel. The footage is raw as Elena happen to have her camera, nothing professional, just capturing the moment. We are so happy that she did. Thanks Elena for bringing such a fine song to the Persuasions and allowing us the opportunity to share that moment with Joe on his final recorded work with our friends, fans and Joe's family.
With Rat Dog at The Beacon Theater, NYC
With a career spanning half a century and showing no signs of retiring any time soon, the Persuasions continue to take on new and exciting musical projects. Over the summer of '09, it was the music of J.J. Cale, featuring the powerhouse baritone/tenor of "Sweet" Joe Russell on "I'll Make Love To You," and basso profundo, Jimmy Hayes on "Travelin' Light." Continuing the tradition of in-house self-arranging and producing, the group is now joined by Dave Revels, former member of the Drifters and long time Persuasions friend (who sang with them on their Beatles tribute CD and later arranged and produced their U2 tribute CD) as producer/arranger of the group's recording projects, along with Jimmy Hayes. Since the departure of lead singer Jerry Lawson, the "Pers" have regrouped and continue to perform nationwide to rave reviews
The Persuasions would like to thank you, their loyal friends and fans who have stuck by the group throughout the years. We also encourage you to send us your favorite photos as they relate to the group for posting to this site.
"We will forever be grateful and faithful to you."