Charles “Sonny” Banks
– aka Charlie- sings Lead, 1st and 2nd Tenor and Bass. Charlie is responsible for the harmonies and the sacred Bassline arrangements that are the foundations of all of our songs .
Philosophy: God is Good. Believe it!
Advocation: Grand kids, Resting & Dressing, Golf, Singing and More Golf.
Educaton: Veteran – U.S. Air Force. (Special Services, Singer). A retired Supervisor and City Transportation Specialist for Seniors. Charlie is The Wisest member of the group
Charles Sonny Banks is the undisputed Elder Statesman of the group. He’s the “Real Deal” when it comes to exemplifying “Old School Cool.” His authentic, smooth vocals and elegant/classic delivery is unmistakeable. Charlie was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. ( also lived in Houston.) There from the beginning; he started singing in church and on the street corner in the early 1950’s during the hey day of Doo Wop and Rock & Roll and has perfected his style throughout the years. While in the Air Force, Charlie traveled extensively entertaining the troops and further developed his skills in harmony construction and wooing the ladies. “Man I’ve been singing a long time” He says. I’ve sung with some of the best cats in the business. I was an original member of the group Friends of Distinction (“You got me going in Circles”) I sung with Ollie Woodson and Richard Street’s Temptation Revue. (That was a big thing to me because those guys were in Otis Williams’s Temptation and Otis was the man who started the original group.) So you see this music is all in me so I can’t do anything but let it out.”
Charlie never fails to live up to his mistakes. He says “When you’re doing well and everyone is watching you, you have a responsibility to tell people about the bad that you’ve done. That way you can inspire those who are down, helpless and hopeless. Everybody has a story. We didn’t all start out on top and doingwell; so it helps if people see the road you took. I was a smart kid and had good parents but still I made some bad decisions and ended up an addict. By the grace of God, I got help after joining the Fellowship. There I met Tony Snead and a lot of influential people: Judges, actors, all kinds of professionals who are in my network today. Tony and I even sung in a play called “The Day Santa Got Clean & Sober, staring a whole slew of “A-List” Hollywood actors from every race, ethnicity and social strata. That was in 1990. I’ve been sober for 28 years now; one day at a time. That aint’ nothing but God man. I’m always available to talk to and help anyone who needs it. Life is good for me and I don’t mind being an example of what can be. Look; I sing, I play golf and I don’t want for anything. It doesn’t get any better than that.