Born in New Orleans and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Sydney Justin comes from a very talented and athletic family. Sports and music play a major role in his life. Participating in high school talent shows, the performing arts and attending the Otis Art Institute for gifted young artists molded his musical talents.
Football and music are his passions. Athough Sydney never played high school football, his natural athletic gifts brought him a football scholarship to Long Beach State University. He was blessed to sign with the Los Angeles Rams and in his rookie year played in Super Bowl XIV. Afterwards, Sydney signed to play in Canada with the Winniteg Blue Bombers, The Buffalo Bills, and finally the Indianatolis Colts.Unfortunately, a neck injury ended his career after only 4 seasons. His dreams and aspirations of becoming a singer, songwriter and producer were in his future.
While in high school, Sydney’s musical talents led to his performing on a movie sound track, singing the songs “Shout” and “Shama Lama Ding Dong” that the characters "Otis Day and the Nights" lip-synced in the toga party and club scenes of the now famous classic cult movie “Animal House”.
After football, Sydney re-directed his musical talents to songwriting, singing and producing. Highlights include being part of the songwriting team Sylverspoon productions working with such artists as Glen Jones, Shalamar, The Whispers and Lakeside; Later Sydney joined the pop group Shalamar as their lead singer. Working with record producers L.A. Reid & Babyface on the song ”Loves Grown Deep” from Shalamar’s Circumstantial Evidence CD, this song became Asia’s number 1 hit for over 5 months straight. Many Songwriting and producing opportunities followed. He wrote songs and produced soundtracks for such movies as Lambada and sang on Bobby Brown’s hit songs “Every Little Step I Take” and “I wanna Rock wit Cha baby” achieving a Platinum record. Sydney also performed in concert with other artists such as The Gap Band, Roger & Zapp, Alexander O’Neil, Rose Royce, and Earth, Wind and Fire and many, many others.
As the lead singer for The Motown Miracles, Berry Gordy has passed the torch of leadership from Smokey Robinson to Sydney Justin. He takes the sound and songs to new heights with his mesmerizing sexiness, excitement and energy. He is a consummate performer, always striving to offer the world his absolute best. Sydney Justin, was at one time voted one of the sexiest men alive. He enjoys playing basketball and coaching defensive backs but golf has become a new passion. He recently wrote a how to book on playing defensive back called “The Lost Art. Sydney loves God, trusts God and believes all things are possible through faith in Jesus Christ...and Miracles are always possible.
Born in New Orleans Louisiana into a very talented family of musicians, vocalist and athletes. K.J. as he is known, sang with his brother Sydney in high school, with a group by the name of “The Five Enlightens”. Kerry went on to college on a football scholarship to Oregon State University where he accomplished many honors as a defensive back. After college he signed a contract as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks and played in the N.F.L. for 9 years. He also played in the newly formed U.S.F.L. with the New Jersey Generals where he achieved recognition as one of the leagues best defensive players.
Kerry joined the legendary Motown Miracles and is playing an important role as background singer and dancer. His presence, professionalism and leadership has given the group the strength to continue The Miracles history and legacy. K.J. is also a believer and has faith in God’s word he definitely knows Miracles do happen.
Cordell Hamilton Conway, vocalist, drummer, actor, writer, producer and educator. Cordell got his start in the entertainment world as a young musician in Richmond, Virginia playing drums for acts such as Tina Turner, Little Richard, The Isley Brothers, and at 19 years old he even played for “ The Miracles”. He has also played a feature role as one of the lead vocalist with world famous jazz artist Dennis Rowland. Cordell was co-leader of the pop-reggae group “Sanctuary,” where they performed throughout California, the Southwest and the Caribbean Islands.
As an actor, Cordell has had roles in theatre, commercials and feature films such as: Posse, Wyatt Earp, Waiting to Exhale and The Kingdom with co star Jamie Foxx. Cordell attended Virginia Union University and has a achieved a B.A. and M.A. from Arizona State University. He is also a former high school teacher and now resides in Phoenix, Arizona. From Coast to coast Cordell has created Miracles with his talent and The Miracles continue. Cordell is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Mel Bridges, born and raised in South Jersey, has always had music in his blood. Growing up singing in church and performing all the way thru college, he’s always known that music and performance would take the lead in his life. A singer, actor, songwriter, dancer, and percussionist, Mel has performed with the likes of Al Green, Journey, The Chi-Lites, and a host of other accomplished musicians and entertainers.
His theatre journey, includes appearances in many variety productions and has also blessed him with a Zoni award in the award winning 5 Guys Named Moe.
With an everlasting urge to give back, for all of his many blessings he’s celebrating 25 years of volunteer teaching and dedication to Kawambe –Omowale an African Drum and Dance Theatre troup. After a successful corporate career, he began his professional career as a vocalist and songwriter in 2001. Mel joined The Motown Miracles in July of 2011 and is continuing “living the dream of Miracles”
Special guest star the first Lady of Motown
On November 7, 1959, Claudette Rogers married The Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson who became one of the major figures in Detroit’s Motown record label.
Smokey Robinson originally co-wrote the number-one Motown single “My Girl” with The Miracles member Ron White in dedication to Claudette, a song performed most notably by The Temptations. The song was originally intended to be recorded by The Miracles but became a major hit for the Temps. Ultimately the song “More Love” became his dedication to her.
Claudette and Smokey have two children, both named in honor of Motown: Berry William Borope Robinson was named after Motown chief Berry Gordy with his middle name in honor of fellow Miracles group mates Bobby (Rogers), Ronnie (White)and Pete (Moore) . They also have a daughter Tamla Claudette Robinson was named after Motown's original record label Tamla records.
Smokey and Claudette were divorced in 1986, after 27 years of marriage. Motown founder Berry Gordy gave Claudette the official title of the "First Lady of Motown", as noted in his autobiography, because, as a member of the Miracles, (Motown's first group and first recording act), she was the first female artist ever signed to a Motown-affiliated record label (Tamla).
Several years ago, Claudette began writing her autobiography, A Miraculous Life, a book of her memoirs, and of her life with the Miracles. She is a board member of the National Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the H.A.L. Awards. Claudette still performs and makes selected appearances with The Motown Miracles. She is a beautiful and spiritual lady and a true Miracle.
With this combination The Motown Miracles, featuring Sydney Justin are the entertainers of the decade. The performance of this act is exciting, romantic & full of energy. That is why venues like, Disney World, The Hilton Casino & Resorts, The National Kidney Foundation, Children's Hospital Foundation, Myrtle Beach Golf Classic, Las Vegas Casinos, Duke University, The American Bar Association, The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) and many more have invited The Motown Miracles to entertain for their many concerts and events.