Singing group blends island flavor with South FL swag

caines | 6/6/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Pure Pressure is a local hip-hop, R&B group that is set to open for teen heartthrob Bow Wow in Hollywood [FL] later this month [June 22nd]. They were one of the featured artists last weekend during a rally honoring Trayvon Martin. And they have a hit single, I Need U, thats being played regularly in local clubs and is at the top of the charts on both 99 JAMZ and 106.7 WRMA. Its a dream come true for the four-man group whose oldest member is just 21. But according to their choreographer and designated spokesman, Joshua Josh Allen Harris, 19, it took a whole lot more than simply dreaming to get them to this exciting moment in their young lives. We are committed to this and want it as badly as a person needs food or water or air to breathe, he said. Each of us is talented and brings something special to the group, but we practice together and work ten times harder than anyone else. And were gonna push and push until we cant push anymore. Sure we talk about becoming rich and famous but what we really want is for our music to help others we want to reach people and change people. We want to be who folks talk about as the next big group.

Is Pure Pressure the next New Edition?

With a group whose members can not only sing, dance and rap, but are also articulate and handsome, they are already being compared to the likes of New Edition, Boyz II Men and Pretty Ricky. But who is this foursome that met in a Broward garage just two years ago? Besides lead and back up singer Josh, who attended Dillard High and grew up in Pompano Beach, the other members include: lead singer Xavier Xay Taylor, 19, who briefly attended Florida Memorial University, has been singing since he was five and is also a Dillard High grad; backup singer Oshane Shane Francis, 18, a North Miami resident and Miramar High alum; and rap specialist Kyron Spank Gibson, 21, a graduate of Hallandale High who hails from Miami. The group is being groomed by Travis Faison, CEO for GMF Music Group, Inc. and business partner T-DOGG who wrote Pure Pressures rapidly-rising single. Weve had a few others guys that we tried out but we finally narrowed it down to the current four because they had the right chemistry the sound and the energy that we were looking for, said Faison, who is also Spanks father. Pure Pressure hopes to kickoff a college tour in the fall, performing at homecomings, opening for already established acts and doing as many radio interviews as possible. Working so closely with these guys has taught me how to get along with others and to respect their differences, Shane said. When we hit the stage, its exciting and its fun. As for multi-tattooed Spank, his assessment of why the group continues to gain more and more fans was quite simple. We got swag, he said. Check out the group on www.purepressure954.com. Their single is #4 on Miamis Reverbnation. D. Kevin McNeir