“The Pet Shop Boys - A lot of the backing vocals are performed by the Waters, who’ve worked with pretty much everyone. They’re kind of legendary. We love the history of Los Angeles; I’m very interested in the Wrecking Crew and all that stuff. So to draw on that history was amazing. The Waters, you know, they told us how they’d sung with the Jackson Five, and they worked on “Thriller.” But they also worked on Adele’s “21” and they’re touring with Neil Diamond. They work all the time.”
“By: Christian John Wikane A few days, ago, I had the PLEASURE of interviewing Julia Waters and Maxine Waters. My very first memory of their voices goes way back: "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman. They sang back-up on the song (along with Marti McCall). I just always loved the texture of their voices on the track. To me, they're an essential part of the song's climax ... the way they sing those chords right before the last chorus. Such a distinctive sound, and a nice complement to Yvonne's lead. (Side note: I also had a chance to interview Oren Waters and Luther Waters. Details TBA!) "If I Can't Have You" is very high on the list of my all-time favorite recordings. So much to love in those three minutes!”
"Congratulations Waters Family" Family members Julia, Maxine and Oren have been residents of Altadena for over thirty-five (35) years. The "Waters" are featured in the 2014 Oscar Award winning documentary, "20 Feet From Stardom." Background singers heard on many of the 20th century's greatest songs have a crucial contribution to the world of pop while remaining unknown to listeners. The singers take a center stage for an in-depth look at their role supporting figures in the complex process involved in creating the finishing recording. In addition to being featured in the documentary, the "Waters" received the Ella Voice Award. For more information contact: Larry S. Buford at www.eurweb.com.
“Think you’ve never heard of The Waters? Listen again! I first saw them live at a Neil Diamond show at The Forum…Julia and Maxine are the voices behind Diana Ross on “Someday We’ll Be Together” If you’ve ever listened to vinyl records or CD’s, watched television or gone to the movies you have heard one or more of the voices that comprise “The Waters” – Luther, Maxine, Julia, and Oren – a family group raised in Los Angeles, grew up in a rich musical environment orchestrated by their mother Lorena who was quite a vocalist in her own right. Their voices have been heard on more recordings than anyone in the music industry, contributing to hundreds of gold and platinum records. On February 20, 2014, in a gala event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the group received the Ella Voice Award of the Society of Singers in recognition of their contributions – both individually and collectively – to virtually every genre of the entertainment industry.”
“Best Documentary Feature - Twenty Feet From Stardom Wins”
“Three Back-Up Singers Step Into the Spotlight Oren, Maxine and Julia Waters are three singing siblings who have been featured on the soundtracks to some of the biggest movies of all time, including 'The Bodyguard', 'Avatar', and 'The Lion King.' They've built long and successful careers are back-up singers, but on today's show, Jeff invites them center stage. Check out this video to see them perform 'Absolutely Right', an original song they dedicated to their mother. ”
“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Julia Waters-Tillman (left), Oren Waters (center) and Maxine Waters-Willard prior to a special screening of "Twenty Feet From Stardom," presented at Oscars® Outdoors by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday, June 6, 2013. ”