The Supremes' music personified the Motown Sound that
influenced a generation, which has shown itself to be one of the most definitive
and enduring contributions to American Pop music history. Since 1989 The Sounds
of the Supremes led by Kaaren Ragland, a former member of original Supreme Mary
Wilson's 70s/80s group have achieved a remarkable degree of worldwide success.
London's What's On described their incomparable energy packed show featuring
more than 20 hit songs as "a non-stop bravura performance of immense vitality"
recreating "perfectly the frenetic style and sound of the original lineup".
These three American women possess a wealth of experience in recording,
television, cabaret, theater and musicals, and deliver a fantastic vocal blend
on re-worked Motown classics, standards, contemporary songs, stylish
choreography and unrivaled glamour. The sound of The Supremes' music lives on
today with The Sounds of the Supremes.
Kaaren Ragland As a member of "The Supremes" from the late 70s through the 80s
Kaaren performed at the London Palladium, for Her Royal Highness Princess
Margaret, at Europe's "Pori Jazz Festival", the "Bottom Line" in Japan, and on
the "Legends of Rock" stadium tour of Australia as part of the group's extensive
worldwide concert appearances.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Kaaren studied acting at the School of Fine
Arts, Boston University. Stage credits include the Broadway musical, "Eubie"
with Cab Calloway, and the New York based National Shakespeare Company as their
featured ingenue. Also,"Balm in Gilead" and the renown musical, "The Little Shop
of Horrors" in Los Angeles.
Founding The Sounds of the Supremes in the late 80s with whom she's appeared in
over 40 countries, Kaaren continues to lead this definitive trio whose
recordings include, Detroit-LA, Live In Germany, and a notable appearance on the
'95 Mercury/Verve release by jazz legend, Herbie Hancock, Dis is Da Drum. The
City of Springfield, Illinois, honored the group in 1998 when the Mayor of the
City declared August 21, "Sounds of the Supremes Day"; that same year, the
Australian Entertainment Industry bestowed a prestigious "Mo Award" on them, and
in 2002, Radio Regenborgen, (Germany) presented the ladies with their 2001
"Lifetime Achievement Award" for keeping the music alive.
Born in Washington DC, Kathy attended Howard University where she majored in
drama, music and dance. As a founding member of international vocal recording
group, Shades of Lace, during the 80s, she appeared on BET's "Video Soul", Don
Cornelius' "Soul Train" and "Showbiz Today" (CNN). The group was featured in
live performance at the legendary (Live At The) "Apollo" and at casinos: The
Sands, The Dunes and Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas.
In the early 90s Kathy's considerable vocal talents led to world tours with Boz
Scaggs, James Ingrams and "New Edition's" Johnny Gill with whom she also
appeared on "The Tonight Show" and "Arsenio Hall". Her sultry good looks led
Jeff "Splash" Kutash to invite Kathy to sing lead vocals in his "Cover Girls"
revue, and Donny Moore's "Playboy Girls of Rock-N-Roll". Kathy has been a member
of The Sounds of the Supremes since 1997.
Althea, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is a versatile entertainer who gained early
recognition locally as a member of "Brandywine", opening for Philadelphia's
Billy Paul ("Me & Mrs Jones"). With formal training at Cuyahoga Community
College for Voice, Piano & Acting, and as a successful Graduate of the Babizon
School of Modeling in her hometown, Althea has since performed live throughout
the USA, and as a studio singer in Florida for Sunshine Records.
A resident of Las Vegas, she has notably performed at the MGM Grand, Mirage,
Bally's and Stardust to name a few. Prior to joining The Sounds of the Supremes
her stunning, soulful, gospel tinged voice was a feature of ex-"Checkmate"
("Black Pearl"), Sonny Charles' group "The Emeralds" at the Las Vegas Hilton and
Stratosphere showrooms, and she appeared for a notable period of time at New
York, New York as a member of "Motown" legends, Martha Reeves & The Vandella's.
Althea originally joined The Sounds of the Supremes in 1997.
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