by Larry Buford

The Waters - Red Carpet

The Waters on the Red Carpet. (L – R) Luther, Maxine, Julia and Oren

*Think you’ve never heard of The Waters? Listen again!

I first saw them live at a Neil Diamond show at The Forum…Julia and Maxine are the voices behind Diana Ross on “Someday We’ll Be Together”

If you’ve ever listened to vinyl records or CD’s, watched television or gone to the movies you have heard one or more of the voices that comprise “The Waters”  – Luther, Maxine, Julia, and Oren – a family group raised in Los Angeles, grew up in a rich musical environment orchestrated by their mother Lorena who was quite a vocalist in her own right.

Their voices have been heard on more recordings than anyone in the music industry, contributing to hundreds of gold and platinum records. On February 20, 2014, in a gala event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the group received the Ella Voice Award of the Society of Singers in recognition of their contributions – both individually and collectively – to virtually every genre of the entertainment industry.

The Award Trophy

The Award Trophy

The myriad of artists on The Waters’ credit list include such notables as Adele, Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Whitney Houston, Bobby Womack, Julio Iglesias, Donna Summers, Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, Rick James, Teena Marie, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Herbie Hancock, Anita Baker, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Preston, David Ruffin, Johnny Rivers, Don Henley, Christine Aguilera, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion, BB King, Bob Seger, Dolly Parton, and Carlos Santana.

The group’s accomplishments are not limited to sound recordings: The Waters have also distinguished themselves on stage, having performed on six continents with some of the industry’s most notable artists like Neil Diamond, John Fogerty, Paul Simon, Fame, Don Henley, Barry Manilow, Patty LaBelle, and many others. They bring a very special presence and energy to the stage. I first saw them live at a Neil Diamond show at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

The Waters with Mike Love of The Beach Boys

The Waters with Mike Love of The Beach Boys

The Waters film and TV credits include such works as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, Happy Feet, 20 Feet from Stardom, Rock of Ages, The Matrix, Avatar, Superman Returns, Ace Ventura, King Kong, Mighty Joe Young, Rocky 1 [2 & 3], Little Shop of Horrors, The Karate Kid, The Jazz Singer, The Color Purple, Dirty Dancing, Saturday Night Fever, Hercules, The Kid, Vampire in Brooklyn, Beverly Hills Cop 1 & 2, Wag The Dog, Glory, Rosewood, and Women of Brewster Place. There have also been television appearances on various sitcoms, variety shows and special award shows throughout the years.

Without a doubt, The Waters’ five decades of contributions to the entertainment industry, reflect a true commitment to the arts through music. The vocal fluency of The Waters has and will continue to enhance the listening enjoyment of music lovers all over the world.

To underscore it all, Oren Waters says “The Waters have contributed to the biggest selling album in recording history, Michael Jackson’s Thriller; the biggest selling sound track in the history movie sound tracks, Whitney Houston’s The Body Guard; the longest running sitcom in the history of TV sitcoms, The Jeffersons – Moving On Up; the most played record in the history of radio, The Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling; and the highest grossing movie in the history of movies, Avatar.”

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