Sunday, November 4, 2012
Yarbrough & Peoples
Calvin and Alisa met when they were children. They both took lessons from the same music teacher and attended the same neighborhood church where they both sang solos in the church choir.
After their college years, Alisa worked a regular job while Calvin played keyboards & sang in a band called Grand Theft. Musicians Robert, Ronnie, and Charlie Wilson (who would later be known as the Gap Band) were in the audience for one of Grand Theft's shows and offered Calvin a job as a background vocalist on the Leon Russell tour they were a part of.
Once the tour ended, Calvin returned back to Dallas and played local gigs with Grand Theft. Around 1977, Alisa sang a song with the band during one of their club dates.
In 1977, the Wilson brothers joined Total Experience Records as the Gap Band & went to Dallas to perform a concert.
Later that evening as they were winding down after the show, they caught Calvin and Alisa performing and as a result, Total Experience Records owner, Lonnie Simmons invited them to Los Angeles where they began playing in clubs around Southern California. Two years later, the duo signed to Total Experience Records.
The title song peaked at #20 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 13 weeks.
After that, Calvin and Alisa left Total Experience Records and got married the following year.
They returned to Dallas and started their own music production company called Yarbrough & Peoples Productions and they continue to write & produce music, perform concerts and mentor other gifted newcomers.
Most recently in 2009, they appeared in the off-Broadway musical, "Blind Lemon Blues" at the York Theatre in New York where Calvin portrayed the role of Lead Belly.
To see the music video for "Don't Stop the Music," go to:
To see the music video for "Guilty," go to:
To see the music video for "Don't Waste Your Time," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Heartbeats," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "I Wouldn't Lie," go to: