MEET THE UNIFICS…
AL JOHNSON is a consummate songwriter, composer, arranger, producer and respected vocalist from Newport News, Virginia. Al formed a group called “Al & The Vikings” which eventually became THE UNIFICS. Al has continued to honor the music industry by releasing three solo albums. A prolific writer, he has produced and written for such artists as The Dells, Whispers, Roberta Flack, Jean Carne, Bloodstone, Norman Connors and many others. Al has also acquired a gospel following as a result of his recent tour with Harpist, Jeff Majors. Al gave a sizzling, soul stirring vocal rendition of “the 23rd Psalm”.
CHARLIE LOCKHART is an extremely talented vocalist, also from Newport News. “Lock” delivers a signature sound ranging from first tenor to bass that stimulates the soul when heard. He performed many years as a member of the group known as En’Ovation. Lock has performed and traveled with Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, and many other artists of Philadelphia acclaim. He has worked with the O’Jays, Norman Connors, Kool and the Gang, Levert, Marlena Shaw, Jean Carne, and Stanley Clarke.
TOM FAUNTLEROY and Al Johnson co-founded “Al & The Vikings”while both attended Howard University. The group later became THE UNIFICS. “Faunt”, also from Newport News, is proudly acknowledged for his contributions to the sharply choreographed stage presence and the unique harmony of THE UNIFICS. A man with musical vision and foresight, Faunt has aligned himself with Al Johnson, during the last 35 years, to create an impressive catalog of songs, several of which have been covered by Al and various other artists.
GARRETT HALL , another talent from Newport News, majored in music at Elizabeth City State University. “Chink” fine-tuned his musical talent while playing the trumpet in the marching band, symphony orchestra, jazz band, and singing with several local R&B groups and a gospel group. The signing of a professional singing contract with a Philadelphia label in the late 70’s solidified Chink’s ascent into the entertainment business. His experience, professionalism, and soothingly seductive tenor voice assure THE UNIFICS the competitive edge to which they are accustomed.