The Velvelettes were a 60's femal vocal group founded in 1961 by sisters Carolyn and Millie Gill with cousins Bertha Barbee-McNeal and Norma Barbee (both from Flint, Michigan) on the Western Michigan University campus, where they were students. The group signed to Motown Records, but weren't given top priority, as other female vocal groups were attracting audiences and recording hits. While the group awaited their chance at stardom, they recorded backing vocals for more established Motown girl groups, including The Marvelettes, Martha & The Vandellas, and The Supremes.
Joy Joseph is a singer, drummer. percussionist and steel pan player based in East London. She was born into a musical family as the daughter of Trinidadian Calypso legend Alexander D Great, and learned her chops playing with her father's Great Band, and with various steel bands from an early age. Joy plays steel pan and percussion and sings backing vocals for Mr Hudson & The Library, and appears on their debut album 'A Tale Of Two Cities'. She also drums and sings backing for I Blame Coco (with Sting's daughter Coco Sumner), and has written and sung for The HeartShake (alongside Jo Maeva).