In 2003, Ubquity Records in association with Luv N'Haight Records released a compilation entitled Bay Area Funk, covering the fertile music period 1967-1976 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Artist such as Sugar Pie Desanto, Eugene Blacknell & The New Breed, Marvin Holmes & The Uptights, Johnny Talbot & De Thangs and Onyx were represented.
The liner notes describe the vocal group, Onyx, as "a tight harmony group, similar in sound and message to the Temptations". Indeed, two of the original members of Onyx (Wendell and A.J. Basey) founded the Natural Four with John January and Alfred 'Pumpkin' Bowden. A Third original member of Onyx, Malvin Scott sang with the pre-Zodiac Maurice Williams group, The Kids, with a national hit "Are You My Girlfriend".
The maiden voyage of Onyx was launched with the creation of their own record label Nia showcasing the release of the single "Break it Loose". Despite the success of their initial effort, Onyx decided not to pursue "the business" full time and the group disbanded.
When the founding members learned "Break it Loose" was having success in Europe thirty years later and was slated for inclusion in the Bay Area Funk compilation, the Basey brothers and Malvin realized that their dream was still very much alive. The group decided to unite again and released an Album titled "Right Now" in 2007 that featured Terrence Forsythe. The album was listed as number one on several radio charts in the United Kingdom.
Malvin Scott an original member of the group transitioned from time to eternity in 2013. Charles Johnson joined the group for the current release "Just For You" singing the lead with deep emotion and passion.
The music Onyx1 fits well into the Urban adult contemporary and smooth jazz formats. The sound of Onyx1 is smooth and melodic. If you like smooth melodic love music then you will love "Just For You". Take and listen RIGHT NOW!
Music Director, Lake County Community Radio
KMOB 100.3 FM