Biography

The Michigan Nightingales


The Michigan Nightingales formed when lead singer and manger, J.B. Wells turned to Aires of Harmony Quartet member, Loyal Zackery, Sr. and long time friend, Johnny Owens with the hopes of composing a music group known for its traditional gospel quartet sound. Original group members included Wells' two sons, Terry and Gary, Zackery's two sons, Lorenzo and Loyal, and Zackery's grandson, Glenn Moore. The vocal arrangements sung by these men did in fact establish the traditional quartet sound Wells was looking for and would quickly become the distinctive sound for which the group would be known.


Their hit 45, "Do Lord (Remember Me)," was released in 1975 and placed them among some of the world's greatest gospel groups on a variety of platforms. The Michigan Nightingales went on to record their first album, Together Again, under the label, Champ Records. It was this project that lead them across the nation, sharing the stage with gospel greats like The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Soul Stirrers, Spencer and the Highway QC's, Willie Neal Sr. and the Gospel Keynotes, The William Brothers, The Jackson Southernaires, Paul Porter and the Christianaires, and Lil Blair and the Violenaires.


With the passing of time, The Michigan Nightingales lost their founder, J.B. Wells, and two of their most influential members, Loyal Zackery, Sr. and Garland Johnson. Several of the other members went on to pursue personal ventures, but it was only a matter of time before the group would reunite. Today The Michigan Nightingales continue performing and recording under the ministry of its founding members. Terry Wells (lead singer), Gary Wells (singer/guitar), Lorenzo Zackery (singer/guitar), Loyal Zackery (singer/bass), Bobby Wilson (singer/guitar), Terry Ozier (singer), Tommy "Champ" Lockett (drummer) and Dewayne Hill (organ/keyboard) are close to completing a new album, which promises a blend of the traditional sound, and vocal arrangement the groups foundation was built upon.