Another '70s soul group whose commercial track record doesn't do its music justice, the Ebonys made gripping, dramatic ballads that no soul fan undervalues. On the Philadelphia International label during an era when they routinely cranked out transcendent, genre-smashing hits, this New Jersey vocal group started in 1968. Jenny Holmes, David Beasley, James Tuten, and Clarence Vaughan formed the lineup, and Leon Huff discovered them. They scored their first hit with "You're the Reason Why," a number ten R&B single in 1971. Their greatest song, "It's Forever," appeared in 1973.
The Ebonys vocal dynamics will easily raise a goose bump or two as each member adds drama and drive to the group’s performance on stage. Each singer has their own distinctive style and versatility that brings new life to the sound of The Ebonys. The current Ebonys are: William “Smoke” Howard, Ken Chaney, Neva Wilks and Ray Keniebrew.