Labor Day Weekend 1990, Lead vocalist/front-man, Robert Collier of Biloxi, Mississippi teamed up with former SPINNERS guitarist/vocalist, Andrew Thomas of Cincinnati, Ohio and formed a musical group that has transcended race, age, gender and diverse cultures. They named it… MEET THE PRESS.
In September 1993 former Dorothy Moore and Larry Graham keyboardist/vocalist, John Alford of Jackson, MS joined Collier and Thomas. In January 2000, former Jackson State “Sonic Boom” member and studio drummer/percussionist/vocalist, Xayvon “X” Lamond Jamison came on board to lay the foundation for the future of MTP’s sound.
“The Vicksburg Post” newspaper (Vicksburg, MS) named the band, “The Ambassadors of Funk.”
With a sound that is electric, soulful, funky and moving, MEET THE PRESS is the elite musical group that combines “Superior Talent, Class, Experience and Excellence” like no other band. Showcasing five part harmonies, four lead vocalist, more than seventy years of combined blended guitar and keyboard experience driven by the tightest rhythm section, MTP is the Mercedes Benz of musical groups. Now, the group has moved from being a Mississippi/Southeast United States music mainstay to being nationally recognized. Modern Bride Magazine, a New York City based national publication has name MEET THE PRESS as, “One of the one hundred and fifty hottest bands in the country!”
MTP has shared the stage with Wet Willie, The Whispers, Kool and The Gang, Peaboe Bryson, Average White Band, Night Ranger, blues legend Buddy Guy and Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame members, Little Richard and Bo Diddley. MTP has also been the on-stage band for Little Milton, and two more Rock n' Roll Hall of fame members, Percy Sledge and the one and only Jerry Lee Lewis. The group has been recognized with state declarations by former Louisiana Governor, Mike Foster, former Mississippi Governor, Kirk Fordice and former Mississippi Governor, Haley Barbour for the bands dedication to quality performances, excellence in music and as being representatives of goodwill for the State of Mississippi. Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant, paid MTP the highest compliment when he asked the boys to perform at the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion for his daughter’s wedding reception.
Starting New Years Eve 2014/15, MEET THE PRESS will kick off a yearlong celebration in honor of the band being together for 25 years.
In that time, MTP has had the pleasure of performing in over 430 wedding receptions in 8 different states. To all of the family, friends, clients and fans that have made us feel a part of your family over the past 25 years… THANK YOU, we are honored.