BAND MEMBER BIOS
Connecticut native, Pierre Redding started very early in music. Being the son of professional Gospel Quartet singer George Redding as well as second cousin to the late R&B legend, Otis Redding, music was destined to be his direction.
Gifted with musicality, at age four, Pierre began singing and composing vocal harmony arrangements with older brother and fellow-musician, Preston Redding. At the age of ten, he began formal studies in percussion, becoming an accomplished drummer and percussionist in addition to playing keyboards. His vocal ability and ear for precision served him well as he toured professionally for several years with mainstream acappella bands, The Jabberwocks and The Redding Bros., sharing the stage with such renowned acts as Chicago, The Judds and Reba McIntyre, among many others.
Pierre also formed the Christian bands, Kingdom Bound and 5-Fold during the late 90’s and early 00’s, for which, in addition to performing with them, he also composed and produced the majority of their songs.
An often sought after session vocalist and producer, Pierre’s musical influences from Gospel, Jazz, Pop, R&B and Rock culminate in a vocal styling that is original, refreshing and soulful. He has an ability to move a crowd; whether it’s a smooth ballad or gritty jam, he always delivers and emotes with his inimitable style, presence and boundless energy.
Kelly has studied all forms of dance for 29 years and music for 23 years. She graduated from the Freehold Fine & Performing Arts Program in New Jersey as a dance major and studied at the NJ Governor’s School of the Arts at Trenton State University. She then continued her music and dance training at Howard University.
At Howard University, Kelly was a voice minor with a concentration in Opera (Italian). Kelly was also a dancer and Dance Team Captain with the Washington Wizards for three years and choreographed many of their dance routines. She provided choreography for the Washington Wizard Junior Dancers and assisted in helping to develop and mentor these young teenage children on behalf of the Wizard Organization. In addition, she was a Washington Redskins Cheerleader for seven years and held the position of captain. As a Wizard Dancer and Redskins Cheerleader, Kelly made several trips to the Middle East, Europe, the Balkans, Central America and Greenland to entertain our troops. Kelly has also had the honor of performing the National Anthem at numerous Redskins and Wizards games.
In addition to performing with The Groove Motive, Kelly is also currently the Director of the Lady Raiders, the dance and cheerleading squad for the Richmond Raiders Pro Football Team.
Kelly is a well-rounded vocalist and entertainer who lights up the stage with The Groove Motive with her dynamic style.
Originally from Hampton, VA, Tom began playing guitar at the age of ten but basically quit soon after. He developed and interest in other instruments and briefly began to experiment with cello and percussion but soon realized that he did indeed prefer the guitar. He returned to seriously learning the instrument, eventually studying Classical Guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University and receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education.
When not performing with The Groove Motive, Tom is an elementary school music teacher, showing the next generation the art of “groove”. He also performs occasionally in the Richmond, Virginia area in both the Classical and Pop/Jazz genres.
Tom is an extremely talented guitarist combining a solid sense of rhythm and lead playing that puts the “groove” in The Groove Motive.
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Jared Bookbinder grew up in Springfield, Virginia where he began piano lessons at age seven.
In addition to studying piano, Jared sang in many choirs from elementary to high school, and eventually picked up the guitar during his teenage years. Since high school Jared has performed in various Rock and Jazz groups as well as solo and group classical performances. In 2009, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from James Madison University. Jared has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of venues including The Kennedy Center, Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, and UVA Enrichment Voyage Ships. He also teaches private piano lessons and directs a church music program.
Jared brings a combination of technical precision combined with exceptional improvisational skills that add to the signature sound and vibe of The Groove Motive.
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Rich Lehman began playing professionally at the age of 13, and continued into high school, winning various talent shows and “Battle of the Bands” competitions. Moving on to college at Virginia Tech, he teamed up with Mike LaBarre in a band called “Outrage.” This popular party band played “classic” rock ranging from Grand Funk Railroad to The Knack.
Rich played briefly as a fill-in drummer with Ragdoll, a local hard rock band. From there, he did a brief stint with the speed metal band Malevil, then on to Naked Reign, a band that played original rock ‘n’ roll, but with a heavy emphasis on blues, The band developed and maintained a significant regional following until its sudden demise. After Naked Reign, Rich performed for a while with Chapter 11, a band that included Outrage bassist LaBarre and former “Battle of the Bands” rival Chris Buerkley.
Shortly afterward, Rich had basically discontinued playing professionally. However, in 1997, he along with former band mates Buerkley and LaBarre decided to forge a different musical direction and form a Funk band. This quartet would soon become SoulerCoaster, a band that realized a 14-year career as one of the premiere variety cover bands in the mid-Atlantic region.
Now, Rich brings his talent and many years of drumming success to The Groove Motive; where his impeccable sense of timing, technical excellence and musicianship contribute to the unique signature sound of The Groove Motive’s “groove”.
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James has a longstanding history of accomplished musicianship throughout the state of Virginia and beyond.
A veteran of stage, studio and television, James has worked primarily with several popular and well-known entities and groups. Among them are Larry Bland & the Volunteer Choir, vocalist Carlton Blount and the Total Control Band, First Impressions, Richard Green’s Showtyme Band and currently The Groove Motive. James is also a well-known musician on the gospel music front and currently supports the music programs of several Richmond churches. He previously served as bassist for the longest-running (20+ years) locally produced television show, “The Gospel Truth”, which aired on WRIC-TV 8.
James’ fluency and flair on the fret board coupled with his rhythm & “groove” provides the distinct, yet familiar, foundation for The Groove Motive’s signature sound.