Roy Carter (HEATWAVE)
An iconic name amongst Motown singers, Roy Carter is widely known for his involvement with many legendary soul acts. Having excelled in various roles for bands like Heatwave, The Foundations and The Drifters, audiences have been eager to see the legend in action. Utilising his incredible singing voice and his unrivalled understanding of the soul repertoire, Roy Carter’s performance makes for a magnificent celebration of the soul sound.Roy’s musical performance is an absolute delight to witness. Performing a mix of the country’s best-loved soul numbers, Roy has made popular appearances for music venues, corporate events and wedding entertainment. Having blown away crowds all over the world, his musical talents have seen him be hailed as one of the United Kingdom’s favourite soul singers and immensely talented entertainer, Roy has been developing his incredible musical abilities for decades. His wonderful singing voice has acquired him a loyal following amongst music enthusiasts, cementing his popularity as a premier stage performer. His natural talents were further honed through his attendance at Goldsmith Music College, helping him lay the basis for his on-stage success.Over the course of his involvement with Heatwave, Roy played a pivotal role in propelling the group to fame. Enjoying considerable commercial success, the group penned a variety of audience favourites, including The Groove Line, Mind Blowing Decisions, Ain’t No Half Steppin, All You Do Is Dial, Always and Forever, Gangsters of the Groove and Happiness Togetherness. As the guitarist for the group, Roy’s musical talents afforded him a rewarding career amongst the soul elite. However, Roy’s musical pedigree does not stop there. Prior to his work with the Heatwave band, Roy was also a member of iconic soul acts The Drifters and The Foundations.Excelling both on and off the stage, Roy has also found success running a television music production company, where he performed and prepared music for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erroll Brown and Janet Jackson.The perfect booking for a wide array of events, Roy Carter’s magnificent vocal range is able to impress time and time again. Fiercely committed to every performance, he continues to build upon his legendary status as one of the original icons of the soul and motown genres.
Touring the London nightclub circuit billed as Chicago's Heatwave during the mid-1970s allowed them to refine their sound, adding a funk groove to disco beats. In search of a fuller sound vocally, Johnnie Wilder called upon his brother Keith Wilder (who was performing in a local band in Dayton, Ohio) to join the band on vocals. The group signed to GTO Records in 1976 (Epic Records would handle GTO's releases in the states). They were paired in the studio with GTO house producer/session guitarist Barry Blue and rhythm guitarist Jesse Whitten. Rhythm guitarist Roy Carter replaced Whitten after Whitten was killed in a stabbing incident. They began creating their first album Too Hot to Handle in the fall of 1976.