The music influences and the stage presence that gave birth to the legendary group “The Gap Band” flows through “Gap Experience The Band” (GapX) founding members. The names recognized by the Gap Band nation — Oliver Scott, Raymond Calhoun, Billy Young, Roman Johnson, Baby Gap and Terry Scott unite to come to the stage once again!! The core group who wrote, recorded and toured the world as The Gap Band are bringing the original rhythm and funk back!!
This is no ordinary “tribute band” and The Gap Band nation should accept no substitutes. The original GapX members toured the world and blazed the charts with amazing hits like Outstanding, Burn Rubber On Me, You Dropped a Bomb On Me, Early In The Morning, Yearning For Your Love and Party Train. With newcomers lead singer Max C and Guitarist Marlon McClain, GapX appeals to old and new followers by staying true to the heart of their music classics and infusing contemporary production and styling that produces a sound and live performance show that is undeniably electric.
Oliver Scott is truly one of the music industry’s best-kept secrets. His musical talent was nurtured in the small Pentecostal church he attended as a child in Waco, TX. As a young man his talents blossomed along with his desire to write songs. In 1977 he and his brothers formed the band “Bloodline” while living in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Los Angeles.
Oliver’s musical talents and influence were introduced to The Gap Band in May of 1979 when he auditioned and won a position as trombonist with The Gap Band. His three and one-half years with the band saw him pen the R&B classic “Yearning For Your Love” as well eight other “album cuts” for the group while ascending to the role of The Gap Band’s Musical Director. Oliver was also privileged to have the performance of his song “Where Are We Going” from The Gap Band V album, nominated for a GRAMMY AWARD in 1984 in the category “Best R&B Instrumental Performance”.
As a staff-writer and producer, Oliver earned opportunities to contribute to significant recording projects by several other popular R&B artists as a songwriter and producer, (e.g. “Billy Paul”/Total Experience, “Yarbrough a & Peoples”/Total Experience, “Switch”/Total Experience). He has since produced and written five solo Gospel projects and three gospel choir albums.
Now, Oliver is involved in helping to organize GapX The Band and has reunited former musicians and writers of The Gap Band and, under his musical leadership once again, produces the “sound” that cannot be duplicated or recreated by anyone else.
Raymond James Calhoun
Drummer, producer, songwriter Raymond James Calhoun joined The Gap Band in 1979 after a two years with The Manhattan’s and a one year stint with Peaches and Herb. For the last 33 years Raymond has contributed his on-stage presence to Gap Band performances world-wide.
Raymond, as a prolific songwriter for The Gap Band, wrote Outstanding, All of My Love, I Found My Baby, Sweeter Than Candy, You Told Me That & more. Two of the band’s album’s on which Raymond is credited, The Gap Band III and Gap Band IV, achieved platinum selling status.
Raymond’s composition “Outstanding” originally appeared on the group’s platinum-selling 1982 album Gap Band IV. It is one of The Gap Band’s signature songs and biggest hits reaching the number one spot on the U.S R&B Singles Chart in February 1983. “Outstanding” peaked at number fifty-one on the Billboard Hot100. To Calhoun’s credit as the songwriter, Outstanding remains one of the most sampled songs in hip-hop history and has been used by over 150 artists ranging from Madonna to Kyle Minogue, Usher, R. Kelly, Backstreet, Soul for Real and Tina Turner, Snoop Dog, Puff Daddy, Nas, Spice Girls, All Saints, Dr. Dre, George Michael, Christina Aguilera and Bob the Builder and others. During the last presidential campaigns, The Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson used “Outstanding” at a political fundraiser with lyrics adapted for the occasion.
Raymond has also performed or shared the stage with The Dazz Band, Roy Ayers, Stephanie Mills, James Ingram, Yarborough & Peoples, Michael Bivens, The Spinners, Sunfire (group member), Taste Of Honey, Anita Baker, Glen Jone, EnVogue, The Dazz Band, Karyn White, Christopher Williams, Miki Howard, Troop, Pamela “The Saxtress” Williams, Masumi (Japan), Miki Asakura (Japan) and Marine (Japan). Raymond has also toured and worked with his close friend Tito Jackson of the legendary Jackson 5.
Keyboardist Billy Young career includes 22 years with the original Gap Band that started in 1981. Billy’s talents and contributions to the Gap Band sound can be heard on Gap Band IV, Gap Band V, Gap Band VI, Gap Band VII, Gap Band VIII, Gap Band – Straight from the Heart, Gap Band – Live from Atlanta, and also such recordings as Round Trip, Live & Well and Y2K Funkin Till 2000 Come. Billy also lent his talents to Billy and Baby Gap – the only spin off group from the Gap Band and produced by Charlie Wilson.
He has also worked with other artists on the Gap Band’s label Total Experience, including Yarbrough & Peoples, Penny Ford and Will King. Billy has also recorded with Stevie Wonder, Eddie Murphy, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, Pebbles, Boz Skaggs and Snoop Dog. Records with Eddie Murphy, Earth Wind and Fire, Pebbles, Ramsey Lewis have gone platinum.
In addition to Billy’s tours with The Gap Band, he has also toured with Bobby Womack, Phil Perry, Tony Terry, Howard Hewitt, Glen Jones, The United We Funk Allstars, SOS Band, Con Funkshon,The Dazz Band and The Bar Kays.
Anthony “Baby Gap” Walker
Anthony Walker, aka “Baby Gap”, joined the GAP Band in 1979, performing as a dancer, and contributing as a choreographer and song writer. For the next 23 years, he traveled the globe with the band and performed on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, Don Cornelius’ Soul Train and Solid Gold. In 1985 Charlie Wilson, lead singer of the Gap Band, produced the album with Baby Gap and fellow GAP Band member Billy Young titled “Billy & Baby Gap”, which was the first album released as a collaboration of members of the GAP Band. The single, “Rock the Nation” hit the charts at #3 with a bullet!
Anthony grew up in Chicago, Illinois. During the 70’s he formed the break dancing group “Tidal Wave”. They won multiple awards, beating out leading groups like “New York City Breakers” and others. Anthony also taught break dancing and moon walking in the early 80’s at John Travolta’s dance studio. During his career, Anthony also collaborated with Rick James and George Clinton, programmed beats for Pebbles, and played percussion on the single “Snoop Upside Your Head with DJ Pooh”. In addition, he worked for Disney as a choreographer.
Anthony is now performing with GapX – the Band and other former members of the Gap Band, lending his talents, energy, his awesome moves, and love for the GAP Nation, the GAP Band funk and his music as a dancer/hype man/rapper.
Writer, producer, arranger and keyboardist Roman Johnson’s talents run though The Orginal Gap Band. His talents and influences are part of the original sound that evolved while Roman was the Musical Director for the original Gap Band.
He began his time with the group in 1983 and from there went on to have great influence in the music industry with many different artist.
Roman has also been Musical Director for The Isley Brothers, En Vogue, Toni Braxton and Babyface. His credits as a writer, producer and arranger include Impromp2, The Temptations, Natalie Cole, Deborah Cox, Steely Johnson, Death Row Records and Sekou Bunch. Roman has toured or shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, B.B. King, Sting, Prince, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Donnie McClurkin, New Edition, and the late Teena Marie. He now tours with Stevie Wonder and as well serves as Co-Musical Director for GapX The Band.
Guitarist/pianist/vocalist Terry Scott is yet another member of The Gap Band that has been featured for his dynamic guitar contributions. Terry’s guitar skills are so overwhelming that his vocal and other musical skills and contributions are often overlooked. Joining The Gap Band in 1992, Terry has appeared with The Gap Band on their world-wide tours and his work includes credits on some of the more recent The Gap Band albums.
Terry has also enjoyed success as a solo artist, from the 80’s self-titled LP Terry Scott on Electra Asylum Records, through today (his current contemporary jazz single Nirvana is currently available on iTunes and CD Baby). In addition to working as a touring musician with The Gap Band, Terry also appeared with Eddie Hazel from Parliament Funkadelic, Lenny Williams (Tower of Power), Wilson Pickett, New Birth, Eddie Kendricks and Dennis Edwards (The Temptations) and The Isley Brothers. Terry also played bass with Jamie Bernstein at the Kennedy Center in a show honoring her father, composer Leonard Bernstein.
Charles “Max C” Salter
In a world already filled with remarkable vocalists, Charles E. Salter (pka) Max’C is truly in a class of his own. Originally hailing from Louisville “Dirty South” Kentucky USA, Max is a Multi-Talented Singer/Songwriter/Actor/Entertainer, who has spent a majority of the last decades working and performing in Europe.
With his smooth four octave tenor vocal range, and a sound very close to R&B Legend and Gap Band founder, Charlie Wilson, Max will definitely make you sit up and pay attention. Based in Helsinki, Finland for many years, Max became one of the most sought after voices in the EDM, House & Soul music arena. Working with the greats like Swedish House God Father, StoneBridge (“I Believe”), Axwell (“I Found U”), David Guetta (“Where Is The Love”), R3hab (“Sending My Love”), Fedde Le Grand (“Feel The Love”), and so many, many more, Max is now set to hit the next level in his long Career.
Having secured the spot as the lead singer of GapX Max is set to make his mark and bring back “The Funk” to the music industry world-wide!
Marlon L. McClain
In an impressive career spanning more than four decades, Marlon L. McClain (also known as “The Magician”) has produced, arranged, performed on, or written songs for artists including Kenny G., En Vogue, Toni Braxton, George Clinton, George Benson, Ronnie Laws, Jeff Lorber, Swing Out Sister, Brandy, Maurice White, Tower of Power, and Joan Baez, resulting in his name having been associated with records that have sold a combined more than 50 million copies worldwide.
Getting his major break as the leader and guitarist for Portland, Oregon-based Pleasure, which was known for being a risk-taking, horn-driven band that often brought jazz overtones to its funk/soul foundation, McClain helped lead the band to a Top Ten Billboard R&B hit with “Glide,” Pleasure’s biggest hit.
In 1981, McClain released his first solo record, Changes, on Fantasy Records, and has since then released subsequent projects TBD (2010) and TBC (2014). His skills as a musician, producer and songwriter keep him in high demand. Marlon joined his formidable gifts with GapX The Band in 2016.
Prepare to experience “GapX The Band” soon in a city near you.