The objective of our organization is to please, tantalize, surprise and entertain our audiences, so they will come back again and again.
Motor City Gold comes to you with a diverse combination of all styles of music focusing on; Oldies, urban, R&B, and Motown but including many other genres depending on the venue theme. We have been performing together for almost a 20 year period. Motor City Gold infuses their music into a unique, cool, high-energy soundscape. Our band has gone through many transitions over the years as most bands do, and many members have come and gone and some still come back to play with us from time to time. We love what we do and want to continue for as long as we can......Presently the band consists of:
Elena Brown-Robinson and Lisa Harris (lead and background vocalists), Steven Robinson (lead and rhythm guitar), Ralph Balletta (keyboards, lead and background vocalists - on personal leave at this time), David Bivins (bass, band leader) James Washington (keyboards) Terry Wade (drummer) Joe Jenkins (lead and background vocalist), and Dan Renolds (saxophone). As always we continue to pay homage to our singer and friend John Todd who has passed on (John we still miss you very much).
While working on our style and originality, we are incorporating our artistic talents to create and elevate our style of music to a refined live performance platform for an anticipating audience.
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David Bivins discovered the music scene at 15 years old when he saw his brothers singing group. He had always looked up to his older brothers and wanted to sing also, and having family members in the music world made it very easy. So, when he picked up the bass guitar, his father demanded that he stop. He said "it was a waste of time, get back to the books", so I stopped , but living on a street where there were 5 or 6 bands, it was very hard.
One day in school, the teacher wanted everyone to write a mini-biography of what we wanted to be. Three teen students, which I did not like at all, played instruments, one played guitar, one played drums, and one played keys. Nevertheless, we became the best of friends and formed a church band, and the rest is history, and there began my career in music.
While learning to play the bass guitar, keys, and drums, I was trained by some of the best:
Mr. Bernard Williams - Bass
Mr. Alvin Howell - Drums
Mr. Samuel Holt - Bass
Mr. Clarence Boyd - Bass
Mr. Larry Marcus (BKA Bingo) - Guitar
Mr. Larry Stanley - Drums
Mr. Charles Carter - Guitar
The bands I have performed in are as follows:
Inchant Aces Band
The Wis Band
Pacific Point Band
Mother Witt Band
True Desire Band
Motor City Gold (present, 18 years and still going strong)
Steven Robinson - Guitarist
Style: Rock, Blues, R&B, Jazz, Contemporary Music
Education: Community College - Two years of Music
Experience: The National Music Center - Awarded Scholarship Jazz Studies - Instruction
Bob Frazen, 9-19-88 to 1-89
Berklee College of Music, Boston, Mass
Summer Program (4 weeks) - Instructor
- Tim Goodrich
Fairmount School of Music, 9/88 - 10/88 - Instructor - Kevin Richens, Blues, Fingerpicking
Cleveland Music Settlement - Classic Guitar
Instructor - James Cuicici
Sodja Music - Rock Guitar - Instructor - Spike Martin 7/86- 8/86
Dick Lurie School of Music - Guitar - 10/78 - 1/79
Influences: Stevie Ray Vaughn
B. B. King
Bands: The Doug King Band 1988-1990
Dancing With Bombs; Hard Rock, 1994-1995
Mother's Witt Band; R&B
Motor City Gold Band; Motown, R&B 1999- Present
E-Package Showband; Pop, R&B, 2016- Present
Elena Brown-Robinson is a singer, performer/entertainer, born and raised in Cleveland, OH. Elena was introduced to music in church at a very young age by her father who was a singer and choir director, and that's where a lifelong love of music began.
There was a fear at first with her shyness and being young, but as the years went by, she overcame the fear and went on to start an ongoing musical journey.
She started singing in church and local talent shows and events in and around the Cleveland area, and after reaching the legal age, she began performing professionally in a variety of venues in Cleveland and out of town.
Elena's favorite genres of musical influences are R&B, oldies, Funk, and 70's music, the music of her era, with special favored interest in male vocal groups. She has been involved in a variety of either dancing or singing groups and bands along the way starting from age 6 to the present. The first professional group as an adult was The Black Magic Band, and continued including the following: Ultimate Attraction VU (Voices Unlimited) Ready or Not and Motor City Gold (present) which has been together since 1999.
Presently she performs with Motor City Gold (MCG) on the weekends while working her full-time job, and hopes to be able to continue singing full time after retirement from working.
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Former Substitute Teacher at Akron Public Schools
Studied at New York University
Went to James Monroe High School
Lives in Akron, Ohio.
From New York, New York
Graduate James Monroe High School, June 1969 with Academic Diploma. Graduate New York University School of Education June 1973 with Bachelor of Science in Education specializing in Music.
Classically trained on the French Horn, played first chair for All Bronx Borough Orchestra and Band, All City Orchestra and Band 1966-1969, The New York Brass Ensemble, N.Y.U. Orchestra, Band and Third Trombone (on French Horn) for N.Y.U. Jazz Ensemble 1971-1973. Keyboards and Vocals for The Pearl Box Review, playing the Harlem circuit, January 1962 - September 1965. Keyboards, Vocals and Trumpet for Equinox, playing the Long Island dance circuit, September 1965 - September 1973. Keyboards, Vocals and Trumpet for The Cleftones in association with Richard Nader Productions, playing the 50's Review concert circuit, September 1973 - February 1994. Have backed up performers such as Little Anthony, The Tokens, Johnny Maestro, LaVern Baker, Lenny Coco & The Chimes, Bobby Lewis, Arlene Smith, for this same review circuit, September 1993 - February 1994. Performed Solo for The Pelican Cafe at The Seacrest Motel March 1994 - August 1994. Keyboards, Vocals, Master of Ceremonies for Little Royal, James Brown's half brother, August, 1994 - January 1995. Keyboards and Vocals with The Party Sharks, at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront Pool Party March 1995 -September, 2000. Keyboards and Vocals with The Outer Mongolians, a Myrtle Beach Club Band, September 1995 - September 2000. Keyboards & Vocals for Roy Roberts Quest Blues Band, renowned Blues Artist out of Greensboro, NC, January 2001 - July 2001. Keyboards & Vocals for Rock N Roll Express, House Band at Corky's Thomastown Café, September 2001 – 2003. Keyboards & Vocals for Rory Wesney (Country Artist) 2003 - 2004. Two house gigs in and around Akron on Thursdays and Sundays. Currently playing with The Calypso Gypsies, Motor City Gold and The Sharks, performing a variety of styles of Music. Video, Audio, and Pictures at:
I also write my own MIDI Sequences using a Computer. I use these sequences to perform a Single. There are groups and performers using my MIDI file all across the United States. Have professional equipment and transportation.
Ms. Lisa Harris is a lead/background singer, performer and entertainer in the Motor City Gold Band. She is called the "spark plug" of the band because of her infectious and excitement when performing on stage. She has been singing and performing in various venues and social engagements for over 30 years and you can loves to perform as you can tell from her stage presence.
She has a wide vocal range and enjoys various styles of music and artists which varies from oldies to pop.
She loves what she does as you can see from the photo which shows the passion and love she has when performing.