T. Conway (Keys – MFSB/Philadelphia)
Talmadge Conway, know to his friends, as T or T. Conway, is a native of Philadelphia. He started his professional career at the age of 16 as a background vocalist and became active by singing in several groups. One group in particular, the Butlers, was popular during the early sixties in the Philadelphia regional area.
He also became a part of the Philadelphia sound of the sixties. He sang background for several recording studios and record companies such as Cameo Parkway, which at that time was one of the biggest independent record companies in the country. He also did background work for such recording artists of the sixties as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydale, Fabian, Dee Dee Sharp, just to name a few.
From 1965 to 1967 T was drafted into the U.S. Army. During this time, he played in the second to none brigade combo band of Fort Gordon, Georgia and received several awards and letters of appreciation. After receiving an honorable discharge from active duty, he enrolled in the Granoff School of Music. There he studied classical and modern techniques in reading and playing the piano. He also studied voice, classical, modern harmony and theory. T graduated in 1969 with high honors.
In 1970, he began playing in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas' popular nightclubs along with several different bands. In 1973 he began searching for a different approach to commercial musical entertainment. He formed a group called "Spiritual Concept" with musical ideas that were ahead of its time. Although the group projected new ideas and images, they were in the wrong location and misunderstood. However, it was during the creation of this product that Gamble, Huff, and Bell recognized the multi-talented T. Conway and immediately signed him as a writer, arranger and producer.
During T’s employment there, he wrote over a hundred published songs, which included R&B, Disco, and Gospel. Today, some of these songs are still being played all over the world. He also produced many songs, some of which have been featured in major movies. T’s music has sold gold and platinum for various record companies making all who believe in him proud to be associated with him and his fantastic career.
Throughout his career, he has wrote for many artists such as "The Temptations", "The Four Tops", "The Whispers", "The Spinners"; "The Dells" and many more, too numerous to mention.
In 1980 T decided to give his life to Christ. Although, most of his life has been dedicated to music, he has experienced many of life’s ups and downs, successes and failures. To this ministry, of serving the Lord, he brings his multi-faceted professional talents, along with his veteran status of the recording business to serve the Lord.
Since T has been on the Lord’s side, he has played keyboard for the gospel chart winning William’s Sisters on their hit release titled "Let Every Ear Hear". He wrote the world famous song entitled "He’s A Friend" of which the great Queen of Gospel, Shirley Caesar, in 1979 released her version of it as a cover song for her album titled "Heart to Heart."
He also performed with his brother Calvin Conway, singing vocal and playing keyboard with The Mighty Huff Singers a Philadelphia hometown male Gospel quartet. This Philly local group has been a permanent fixture in traditional southern gospel music, in the Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey areas for the past fifty years. Around 1998 he was a backup keyboard player for a Philadelphia popular gospel group named "Christ Like."
T now feels that God has called him to venture into his own gospel music ministry. Moreover, he has written, produced and published his debut gospel CD titled “T. Conway and The Noah’s Ark Project.” Furthermore, the featured single sung by T is entitled “Read The Bible”. Also, T has formulated a live performance vocal group and band titled “T. Conway and Revelation”. Together they will be bringing out a new album in 2007. Inclusion, T is also very proud to have been selected by Soul Renaissance Records to be apart of the reformation of Philly’s M.F.S.B. and to have played keyboards on their first album titled “The Soulful Tales of Two Cities”, featuring some Philly and Detroit premiere R&B performers of the 60’s and 70’s. T feels it is a highlight in his music career. For info visit: www.sashcomusicpublishing.com