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 including; urban, R&B, and Motown.  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 and many members have come and gone and some still play with us from time to time.  Presently the band consists of:

Elena Brown-Robinson and Lisa Harris (singers),Steven Robinson (lead and rhythm guitar), Ralph Balletta (keyboards), David Bivins (bass) Tanya Suttles (saxophone) and Daryn Suttles (drummer) . 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
TKO Band
The Wis Band
Pacific Point Band
Ultimate Attraction
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 
                    Theory 100-101

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
                     Robert Johnson
                     James Brown
                     Living Colour
                     Robert Cray
                     Jimmy Hendrix
                     Grant Green
                     Van Halen
                     Cameo
                     B. B. King
                     Albert Collins
                     Wes Montgomery
                     Robben Ford

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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Ralph Balletta

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


EDUCATION

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.


EXPERIENCE

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:
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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.
​Tanya Suttles (aka  --T - Bird) was born in Kansas City, Ks.  She began her musical journey in the mid 70's.  Her first stop was the church, but soon joined local bands and started playing R&B and Jazz music in clubs at the ripe old age of 12.  Her father is her number (1) fan.  He had a front row seat at every gig she played.

Tanya is the recipient of multiple honors & awards such as:

*Jamie Ambersold Jazz Camp - Outstanding             Musician
*Charlie Parker Foundation - Scholarship
*Women Jazz Festival
*KC Woman of Distinction Award
*Wichita Jazz Festival - Outstanding Performer

Mrs. Suttles made history twice.  She was the only female to participate in the Charlie Parker annual saxophone salute.  Tanya considered it to be a great honor and privilege to be amongst such a great group of KC saxophonists.  She also graced the stage with an all women's band and they performed at the famous club "The Blue Room".  The famous club of the 1940's had never had an all women's group perform in it.  Almost every famous male jazz artist had performed there at one time or the other.

In the late 80's Tanya married artist Daryn Suttles and together they had the honor of sharing the stage  with such great artists as trumpeter Clark Terry, vocalist Diana Reeves, and KC's own guitarist Pat Methany, just to name a few.

An admirer of music and always a student of the arts, Tanya looks forward to many more wonderful experiences that the music has to offer her.
​                 Tanya Suttles
     Daryn Suttles
Daryn Suttle's Musical Journey

Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Daryn began his exciting journey of music in the early 1970's.  He worked in many local bands before he decided to take his talents to Kansas City, MO, where he continued his musical studies.  Daryn worked with R&B and Jazz bands before forming his own band with his wife Tanya Suttles.

Daryn had the honor of opening for such artists as:

*Aaron Nevels
*Tony Bennett
*Harry Bellefonte
*Al Jarreau
*Chaka Khan 
and  a host of other musicians.

Daryn is an accomplished artist in many facets of his life.  In the mid 90's, Daryn's creative artistry took a different path.  He collaborated with 2 drum companies, KC Drumworks and Innovative Percussion.  He began designing drums for the companies.  His craft was recognized and published in the popular magazine known as "Modern Drums".  While pursuing his journey of customizing drums; he had the opportunity to paint for such famous drummers as:

*Charlie Watts-Rolling Stone
*Ringo Starr
*Lenny White, the Ludwig Drum Co., and many other drummers just to name a few.

Also, in the mid to late 90's , Daryn became the driving force behind the award winning group Bloodstone.

As the 90's ended, Daryn & Tanya had the privilege to perform with the legendary organist Jimm​y Smith, an experience both artist said they will cherish forever.

Daryn returned to Cleveland, OH in 2000.  He resumed his position as a versatile drummer that is always in demand.  Daryn Suttles is the ultimate true professional.