from left to right) - Barton French, Carla Benson,
Zach Zachary, John Ingram, Dennis Harris; (second
row) -Damon Bennett, Terry Tyler, Keith Benson, Michael
Clark, Jim Gallagher
singing, playing drums, and playing piano in his father's
church, at the age of three. A true prodigy by the age of
seven, he even played the tuba for his elementary school
band. By the time Johnny was twelve years old he was performing
professionally throughout the Delaware Valley with his four
Johnny traveled the world performing with R&B legends
Al Green and Patti LaBelle for over fourteen years. In 2002
he was featured in the Grammy Award-Winning Film, "Standing
in the Shadows of Motown," about Motown's prodigious
studio band–the Funk Brothers. Johnny toured the world
with the Funk Brothers until 2004 when he left to assume
the role of lead singer with MFSB. Johnny
has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and has
a cameo role in the first-run movie, "A Soldier's Story."
is an original member of MFSB. She sings
the top note on most of the Philadelphia International Record's
hits. She has a Bachelor's degree in music from Rowan University,
and is a highly-trained classical vocalist (soprano). On
more than a few occasions Carla would have to sing hit songs
by day, and full operatic arias by night.
Carla sang with Patti LaBelle for seven years,was featured
in the movie, along with Johnny, "Standing in the Shadows
of Motown," appeared on the soundtrack of Eddie Murphy's
Beverly Hills Cop, toured with the Funk Brothers, and appeared
on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She left the Funk Brothers
in 2004 to reclaim her roots— MFSB.
Carla has the distinction of appearing on more hit records
with more name artists than any other vocalist in the history
of the record business.
grew up in Newark, New Jersey and officially began his performing
career headlining at the Tropicana Hotel Casino, in Las
Vegas, in 1989. A dynamic and energetic performer, Mike
broke attendance records at the Tropicana and was sent to
Atlantic City's Trump Marina Hotel Casino where he continued
to gain in reputation, until he was finally connected with
the Philadelphia (MFSB) musicians.
Mike is a huge hit on the hotel circuit and has been a New
Year's Eve tradition for the pst five years at Philadelphia's
Ritz Carlton Hotel. He also toured with the Funk Brothers.
So when his friends, Johnny and Carla asked him to join
them, with MFSB, he too made the move.