GLORY DAYS of top vocal trio Odyssey, one of the most successful soul/disco acts
of their era, culminated in the early 1980's when they topped the charts with
"Use It Up And Wear It Out", scoring several other Top Ten hits in Britain
and throughout the world.
The group actually started out being billed
as "The Lopez Sisters" when there were three of them - Lillian, Louise,
and Carmen. An agent spotted them at a concert and booked them for a five month
European tour. When they returned to the States, Carmen left the trio to marry,
but Lillian and Louise resolved to continue, and so recruited a replacement.
their debut album emerged their first smash single - "Native New Yorker",
an international hit late in 1977. Additionally, Lillian's eldest son, Steven
Collazo had become part of Odyssey behind the scenes, recording as a background
vocalist and journeyman session musician. A couple of years later, the group cut
their "Hang Together" album. It contained "Use It Up And Wear It
Out", while the flipside, "Don't Tell Me, Tell Her" received major
airplay on US Black Radio. In the UK, "Use It Up" shot to the top ten,
followed by "If You're Looking For A Way Out", "Inside Out",
and the Lamont Dozier classic "Going Back To My Roots", among others.
Performing around the UK and Europe through the 80's and into the 90's, the journey
continued, and In 1994, Steven moved up to co-front the group and produce new
versions of the Odyssey classics while appearing with Lillian on television and
touring the arenas, top hotels, clubs and major holiday villages throughout the
UK and Europe.
Lillian and Louise have since acquired new talents, interests,
and directions, making way for Steven to take the "odyssey" further,
along with Annis Peters and Jordan Bailey.
Annis has had her own successful
career as a soloist, vocalist with Billy Ocean and as a member of the very popular
Boney M. She has known Odyssey over the years, crossing their paths at various
places throughout the world. She understands its' very essence, heart and soul.
Jordan has toured the world extensively as an in demand backing vocalist to the
stars, including such greats as Joe Cocker, Depeche Mode, George Michael and David
Bowie, to name but a few.
With such a strong line-up of talent and experience,
Steven, Annis, and Jordan continue the very best of the classic Odyssey sound
with a new vitality that combines old school with a modern flava' which keeps
the music alive and flowing . Indeed, the journey that is "Odyssey"