Check out the Amazing Talent of Funk Opus !
DIRECTOR, BASS PLAYER: Phil Clemons
Phil began playing music 10 yrs. old, starting on saxophone by the teaching of Mark Fernandez. He also played with his junior high marching band on drums, In the high school jazz band as the lead alto sax player and later as jazz bass player. At that time he and Paul Bonam started a band, entering shows for awards and record contracts. Winning a local contest to be on a Hollywood show titled ” Big Breaks” by Natalie Cole.
Throughout the years Phil has crafted his skills on 4, 5 and 6 string bass, drums and keyboard. He has recorded and played with great musicians, such as Kevin Mccord, Andrea Austin, Paul Bonam, Mike Bynes, Rod Byrd, John Unger and Rayse Biggs. His musical influences include Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Jaco, Victor Wooten & Wayman Tisdale. As Director and Bass player for Funk Opus, he keeps the Groove in the Pocket and the Band Tight.
DRUMMER: Chad Sturdivant
Chad has been playing drums for close to two decades. It’s his main passion in life! The array of styles he plays is impressive. A Repertoire of funk, metal, swing, reggae to bluegrass – it’s all the same to him! He has toured internationally and all around the state of Michigan. Chad knows that dance music starts with the drums, so you can count on him to get things Jammin!
GUITAR: Frank J. Morris III
From the age of 3, after discovering Prince, music has been his life. He hasn’t looked back since! A self taught guitar player at the age of 12. Over the years he has dabbled with the bass and drums. Frank has played in select bands around the Metro Detroit area. His musical influences are wide ranging from Prince and Jimi Hendrix to Bob Marley, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Laura Nyro. He embodies his Mentors in Sight and Sound!
VOCALS: Sheila Clark Rhodes
Playfully known as Shockashe/MVP, performs Background, Co-Lead, and Lead Vocals. Born in Albion, Michigan, she began singing in choir as a youth in church and school. She has been singing both professionally and as a hobby since then. Sheila developed her love for all types of music through her father’s influence and from the diverse ethnic background of her home town. She is known for her Smooth and Melodic Sound.
VOCALS: Hank Davis
Hank “Hi-Definition” Davis performs Background, Co-Lead and Lead Vocals. Born in Ann Arbor and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Hank has been singing since the age of two. In high school, he was an All-State singer two years in a row for the Michigan State Honors Choir. He continued his love for music and singing through his college years and on to the present. When not performing with Funk Opus, Hank is employed at the University of Michigan Health System. His musical influences are S.O.S. “STRICTLY OLD SCHOOL