Cornelius “C. C.” Crews
C.C. is a very well seasoned guitarist and vocalist originally from Newport News Virginia now residing in Rocky Mount, NC. He has four decades of skill and dedication to his craft, which comes through clearly when you hear him play. Like many musicians, he started out playing the guitar in church with his father, an accomplished musician who was a part of the world renowned gospel group the Brooklyn All-Stars.
C.C. is an accomplished musician in his own right having shared the stage with gospel greats such as F.C. Barnes and Shirley Caesar. He has also been on stage with R&B and Southern Soul acts such as Roy C., and Gwen McCray. He provided guitar licks for New Birth, Mass Production and Secret Weapon, popular R&B groups from the 70’s and 80’s. When not on the road, he does studio work on guitar, vocals and arrangement for various artists.
Alto and Tenor Saxophone
Hailing from Roanoke Rapids North Carolina, Al is a very saxy man indeed! Although he began his music career at the age of 13 on drums, he transitioned to saxophone in his 40’s and hasn’t looked back since. How fortunate we are for that! When he picks up that instrument it is literally transformed into an extension of the man himself. It becomes his voice, and what a lovely one it is. Al plays with the kind of passion and soul that cannot be matched by many.
The love that he has for the art shines through in every performance. His energy on stage is second to none. He often goes out into the audience to charm them even further with his amazing talent on the sax. Al turns music into more than just the notes being played. He makes it an experience.
Andrew “Drew” Walton
Trumpet, Trombone, Vocals
From Rocky Mount North Carolina by way of New Orleans Louisiana, Drew Walton is a dynamic and versatile artist. Influenced by his mother, who is a gospel singer, he knew early on that he was born to be a musician. He picked up the trumpet in grade school and has yet to put it down! He has studied with such greats as Hosea C. Browser, Dr. Timmy Zachery and Dr. Paul Adams, which has helped to hone his skill to a razor sharp edge.
Drew has played in countless bands with genres ranging from Jazz to Gospel. But one thing remains constant, whenever he plays, he gives his absolute all. He brings the audience with him on a high-pitched journey through music that spans generations. And when he jumps off of the stage and into the crowd, it’s party time!
Bass Guitar, Vocals
He and his brothers formed the world renowned Gospel group the Williams Brothers of East Orange New Jersey. They played sold out shows every weekend at the local YMCA. In 1975, he and his brothers won a band competition that sent them oversees to play in New Zealand for six months. When they returned the band broke up and he decided to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he learned music theory.
Osbert went on to play with such influential funk bands as the Ohio Players and Slave. He has dipped his toes into Southern Soul with Lee Fields and now, being a resident of Saratoga North Carolina, with Pressure Point. This is the definition of a funky bass man! He is an immense talent that can literally play anything on his instrument. He is also a great singer that lends his voice to background and lead. When he really feels the music, he’s also a pretty good dancer!
Brian hails from Wilson, NC and since the age of 8 has been developing his musical talent. He began playing in church at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since. Deeply rooted in the church, he still lends his talent to the marvelous George Dickens and the Gospel Disciples and can be heard on their live recordings and CDs. He has worked with artists such as Nellie Travis and Bunny Clyde. He also worked on gospel plays with playwright David Payton before his unfortunate passing.
Brian comes from a musical family, which consists of his mother, father and five siblings. His father plays piano, his sister is a singer and one of his brothers is an actor/comedian living in Atlanta. He is a talented music producer, composer and songwriter who has earned awards and accolades for his work in Gospel and R&B music. Brian goes the extra mile to make sure that whatever he plays is accurate and precise before it makes it to the stage. This dedication to the craft shows his commitment to excellence and has earned him a valued position in the Miss Mini and Pressure Point family.
When Brandon was just 3 years old, his Grandfather caught him beating on boxes with clothes hangers and decided to buy Brandon his first drum set. Needless to say, his talent was recognized early and nurtured by the musical family in which he was raised consisting of multiple drummers, singers and keyboard players. Hailing from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, you can hear him playing on Luther Barnes’ latest CD. He has also worked with Mark Green Family and Friends and Claude Gardner and Sound of Heaven.
Pressure Point is Brandon’s first venture into secular music but the strong gospel background has driven home the concept of steady but lively rhythms. He plays any rhythm with such ease you would think the drum sticks were extensions of his arms. This guy can hold a pocket like no other and when he decides to cut loose, you will only want to watch him while the band plays!