MOTOWN MOVES. MOTOWN SOUNDS. MOTOWN SOUL. THAT’S WHAT’S CALLED A SERIEUX GOOD TIME.

In 1998, Larry Griffin founded Serieux. His vision was to create a group that could bring to life the Motown style made famous by groups like The Temptations, The Contours, and The Four Tops.

He succeeded.

Serieux has been one of the most prolific American soul music vocal groups of the last three decades. With high energy singers and musicians, they’ve recaptured the excitement of the legendary Motown sound.

In 2003, the former lead singer of The Temptations, Ali Ollie Woodson, hand-picked Serieux after witnessing one of their smoothly choreographed, harmonious performances. He knew this was the group with whom he wanted to tour. Ali died on May 30, 2010, but he left his musical legacy in good hands.

In 2007, Serieux once again joined forces with another Temptation (and former lead singer of the Spinners) GC Cameron. Cameron was a key writer and guest vocalist on their first CD titled, “I Can Give You Love.” The CD has gained recognition and excited the ears of fans throughout the US, UK, Europe, and Japan.

Serieux was voted by Detroit Metro Area Musicians and Entertainment Association (DMAMEA) as the Best R&B Vocal Group in Southeastern Michigan and best R&B vocal group in Michigan by the Black Music Award Association.

The Group

Larry Griffin

Singer, Choreographer, Founder

Larry Griffin began his journey at an early age going from church to church singing on Sundays. Larry formed his first group, Admiration, in his junior high years. Admiration became known as The Casanovas and then signed a recording contract with Stax Records. In 1997 Larry and best friend, Donovan Johnson, felt Detroit, once synonymous with Motown, was missing that dynamic legendary sound and style, and from that Serieux was born.

Quintin “Q” Troutman

Baritone, lead, "The Ambassador"

Quinton “Q” Troutman, veteran performer, sings baritone and lead. Q started his career at a very young age working with Jonnie Mae Mathews who was also The Temptations’ manager. Q has grown as singer through the years. He traveled the world with Ali Ollie Woodson’s Temptation Show. Q is an original member of Serieux. He is known as “The Ambassador” of the group.

Delbert Nelson

First tenor, second tenor, baritone, lead

Delbert’s list of musical accomplishments are very impressive. He has toured with the Funk Brothers and sang background in the four-time Grammy Award winning “Standing In The Shadows of Motown”. He also performed with legendary artists such as Ali Woodson, the Isley Brothers, Mary Wilson Supremes Tour and CBS Recording Group’s, Brainstorm. This versatile performer sings first tenor, second tenor, baritone and lead. Delbert also plays keyboard.

John L Jackson III

First tenor, second tenor, baritone, lead

John L. Jackson III ( Vocalist ) is one of the hardest working performers in the business, his vocal abilities allow him to go from Michael Jackson to David Ruffin. He is a true veteran who has traveled all over the world acting and entertaining. You may have seen him traveling in plays and musicals such as My Brother Marvin The Marvin Gaye Story as a member of the group Serieux.

Odell Jones

Bass

Odell Jones, Serieux bass vocalist, has been singing and performing since he was 18 when he join his first professional group, The Step Tones, influenced by the legendary Motown artists of the time and especially the late great Melvin Franklin, bass singer of the Temptations.

In 2000, Jones joined Serieux. Together they toured the world with former Temptation lead singer, Ali Ollie Woodson. Jones left Serieux in 2004 and joined Joe Billingslea and the Contours. Returning to Serieux in 2013, Jones continues to perform the enduring classic Motown sounds and steps Serieux style.

The Musicians

John Morgan

Keyboard

John Morgan is a composer, arranger and keyboard player. He has performed with many notable artists including Damon Harris, Richard Street, The Velvelettes, The Original Vandellas, Bloodstone, Mitch Rider and The Detroit Wheels, The Platters and many others. He also composed and arranged the theme song for the radio program, ‘Sunrise Detroit’ which aired daily for almost two years on WQBH (1400 AM).

Amy Lee

Saxophone

Amy Lee is Serieux’s dynamic soprano, alto, and tenor saxophonist, though as a multi-instrumentalist, she also plays the flute and sings. Amy received her Music Education degree with Jazz Minor at Central Michigan University. She enjoyed ten years of teaching K-6 Vocal Music for the Utica Community Schools.  She received her Masters in Music Education with Kodaly Emphasis at Capital University.

Derrick Thomas

Bass

Derrick Thomas is the original bass player for the group Serieux, which has been performing since 1998. Derrick began his professional career in the mid-1970s with a group called Airport and has played with a variety of old-school artists, including Solomon Burke, Sam & Dave, Chuck Jackson and David Ruffin. In the late 1980s, Derrick, Donovan Johnson and others formed the group “The Rhythm Method” and performed mostly contemporary jazz, until presented with the opportunity to be a part of this great band Serieux.

Tony Calabrese

Keyboard

Residing in the Detroit / Windsor area, Tony has been playing keyboards professionally since the early 70s. Throughout the years, Tony has worked alongside numerous musicians as well as producers and studio engineers. They include Producer Jack Richardson (The Guess Who, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger), Producer/Engineer Eddie Kramr (Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones). Tony joined the Serieux family in 2011.

Ta Juan "Butter" Hawkins

Drums

Ta Juan “Butter” Hawkins has been playing drums since he was 3 years old. He has accomplished numerous awards including winning the DCI Snare Drum Championship. He has been an educator and clinician for over 20 years. Butter was also the club drummer in the movie Sparkle starring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks and was consultant for the movie Drum Line. Butter has a strong foundation in jazz, Latin jazz, blues, rock, R&B and reggae.

Donovan “D.J.” Johnson

Musical Director

Donovan Johnson is an original member and musical director for Serieux since its beginning in 1998. Donovan has also been the featured guitarist with jazz icon, Ronnie Laws and Smooth Jazz radio regulars and saxophonists, Paul Taylor, Pamela Williams and Justin Young. Donovan has been a driving force and key player in the success of Serieux.

Robert Grande

Serieux Road Manager

Bobby played high school (captain Jr. & Sr. yrs), college and semi pro basketball. He traveled with former Harlem Globetrotter Marques Haynes and his Harlem Magicians playing in such famous areas – Madison Square Garden, Boston Garden, Philadelphia Spectrum and Toronto Maple Leaf Garden. From basketball to Motown, from on court to on the stage, Bobby’s knowledge of entertainment lead him 1988 to become close friends with Ali Ollie Woodson lead singer of The Temptations. Ali left The Temptations in 1996 and asked Bobby to become his road manager. He continues in that capacity today as Serieux’s road manager.

In Memory

Ali Ollie Woodson

Ali Ollie Woodson was former legendary lead singer of The Temptations from 1983 to 1996. He is considered one of the greatest R&B singers of all time. He is a Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer and two-time Writer’s Music Award for “Treat Her Like A Lady” and “xxx”. Ali and Serieux joined up in 2003 and traveled the world performing his Temptation Show until his death in 2010. We miss him and through our performances continue his legacy.

Thomas Macintosh

Affectionately known as “Bassman”, Thomas Macintosh joined Serieux in 2012 and performed with Serieux until his untimely death in 2013. Bassman’s dream was to join Serieux which was fulfilled. He will always be a member of Serieux in our thoughts and hearts.

Anthony Randle

Anthony was an original member of Serieux. Anthony played saxophone and was an accomplished musician. He was a strong force in the early career of Serieux. Anthony traveled extensively with Serieux until his untimely death.

Arthur “Buster” Marbury

Musician, songwriter, producer Buster was our dear friend. He was the drummer for The Temptations. Buster was one of the writers on The Temptations Grammy Award winning CD “Phoenix Rising.” Buster received a Grammy Plaque for his contribution to the CD. Buster’s record label MarLo records produced Serieux’s first CD. In addition he wrote several of the songs on the CD. When needed Buster performed with Serieux. He was an amazing musician and even more amazing person.