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R&B Band from Newport News, VA Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 7 Reviews
  • 10 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2010
  • 1 Award or Badge
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $1,200 per event

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The Difference (formerly known as 4 II C), is a group known for its unique vocal style, stage performance & smooth harmonies. The current group make-up consists of Jerry Hairston and Joe Shivers. They are currently working on their upcoming CD "Transition", produced by "Blackstreet" member Levi Little. They have released 2 singles from the album entitled "Must Be Love" & "Break Your Promise." They have also released Christmas music with other artists under the TPI Record Label entitled "TPI Christmas". As individuals, their professional careers span over 40 years in the music industry. They are quickly becoming one of the most sought-after male vocal groups. The Difference has performed at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City as well as some of Virginia's premier concert events such as The Virginia Beach Funk Fest, The Hampton Jazz Festival's After Party, held at The Hampton Convention Center, Portsmouth's Umoja Festival, The Virginia Beach Soul Fest, CIAA & MEAC Basketball Tournaments and The Virginia Beach Events Concert Series. They have contributed their time and talents to Community Non-Profit National Awareness Foundations such as; D.A.R.E., The Kidney Foundation, The Cancer Walk for Life Marathons and The Southeast Community Crime Watch Coalition. Their commitment to community service garnered them an invitation to perform at the 2009 & 2011 Summer Stage "Salute to the Legends" in Harlem, N.Y. The Honorees for these events included: Keith Sweat, Black Ivory, Freddy Jackson, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Blue Magic, GQ, The Delfonics (William Hart), The Manhattans, Melissa Morgan, & Chuck Jackson. The artists in attendance were filled with delight as The Difference performed the legendary ballads "Any Day Now", "Special Lady" & "You & I." The Difference has also opened for national recording artists such as Glenn Jones, The Manhattans, Keith Sweat, The Ohio Players, Melissa Morgan, and Cherelle. They have also shared the stage with Nationally Recognized Comedians Capone, Marc Curry, Coco Brown, Sherri Sinclair, and Kool Bubba Ice. In early 2009 they released their first single "Believe in Change" which was written & dedicated to President Barrack Obama. Jazz Saxophonist Brian Pinner was honored to have the group perform the title track on his CD "Just Being Me." This song was also selected as one of the top 50 songs requested and played on the radio in the United Kingdom in 2010. The Difference continues to put in the work, perfecting their skills & showmanship, as the road to success seems to be in front of them and they are moving "full steam ahead". The trio has been in the studio writing and recording new material. Make sure you pick up their first CD "THE INTRO (2010)" but look forward to the release of their upcoming CD "TRANSITION". PAST GROUP MEMBERS: Ronald "RK" Pierce Estee Pierce Lawrence "Duke" Sears Donald Smith


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Review by Thomas H.

ConcertReviewed on October 1, 2016From Hertford, NC

Jerry and the Difference were very professional and entertaining. They had excellent rapport with the crowd and a great stage presence. They were very accommodating to special requests and easy to do business with. Jerry was very responsive to any requests I had and was available through email or phone.

Review by Jay B.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on March 12, 2016From Wilson, NC

We hired The Difference for our Mom's 70th birthday party. They were fantastic. They showed up on time and put on a great show. They interacted with the guests and everybody was on their feet and out on the floor. My Mom was over the moon with excitement. I would recommend and hire them again and again. They really made the evening a wonderful event.


Jay, What a great time we had! Really glad your mom enjoyed the show and we were happy to be a part of her birthday celebration - felt like we were family. Please call on us at anytime -Thank you for those kind words. Jerry "The Difference"

Review by Dan W.

ConcertReviewed on October 10, 2015From Hertford, NC

We booked The Difference to do a Motown concert and THEY DELIVERED! It was a great experience working with Jerry Hairston to make arrangements and discuss how we wanted our event to work and Jerry made it happen! The show was a huge success and the music was wonderful. The extensions to the Motown playlist were appropriate and fit perfectly with the overall concert theme. The harmonies provided by the vocalists were outstanding and the energy of the entire performance was first rate. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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  • Must Be Love | The Difference
  • Make A Difference | 4 II C
  • U R The 1 | 4 II C
  • Ooh La, La | 4 II C
  • Sexy Ladies | 4 II C
  • Where Do We Go From Here | 4 II C
  • Believe In Change | 4 II C
  • By My Side | 4 II C
  • Just Being Me | Brian Pinner/4 II C
  • Thank You | 4 II C
  • Tonight | Kool & The Gang
  • It's A Love Thing | The Whispers
  • And The Beat Goes On | The Whispers
  • Let's Groove Tonight | Earth, Wind & Fire
  • My Girl | The Temptations
  • The Way You Do The Things You Do | The Temptations
  • Just My Imagination | The Temptations
  • Get Ready | The Temptations
  • In The Stone | Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Listen To The Music | Doobie Brothers
  • Brick House | The Commodores
  • Special Lady | Ray, Goodman & Brown
  • I'll Be Around | The Spinners
  • Get Down On It | Kool & The gang
  • Ladies Night | Kool & The Gang
  • Back Stabbers | The O'Jays
  • Use To Be My Girl | The O'Jays
  • Love Train | The O'Jays
  • Celebration | Kool & The Gang
  • So Amazing | Luther Vandross
  • Kiss & Say Goodbye | The Manhattans
  • Jam Tonight | Freddie Jackson
  • A House Is Not A Home | Luther Vandross
  • Silent Night | The Temptationss
  • Bad Mama Jama | Carl Carlton
  • Before I Let Go | Frankie Beverly & Maze
  • Never Would Have Made It | Marvin Sapp
  • Get Down Tonight | KC & The Sunshine Band
  • ABC...123 | Gerald Levert
  • DJ Don't | Gerald Levert
  • My Forever Love | Levert
  • End of The Road | Boyz II Men
  • It's All The Way Live | Lakeside
  • Fantastic Voyage | Lakside
  • Ready or Not | After 7
  • Sara Smile | Hall & Oats
  • Maneater | Hall & Oats
  • Natural High | Bloodstone
  • Careless Whisper | George Michael
  • Mustang Sally | Wilson Pickett
  • Under The Boardwalk | The Drifters
  • Only You | The Platters
  • Casanova | Levert
  • Easy | The Commodores
  • At This Moment | Billy Vera & The Beaters
  • Twist & Shout | Isley Brothers
  • I'll Give All My Love To You | Keith Sweat
  • Loves Train | Con Funk Shun
  • I Care About You | Milestone
  • I Love You | Lenny Williams
  • Olivia | The Whispers
  • Reach Out | The Four Tops
  • I Can't Help Myself | The Four Tops
  • I Can't Help Falling In Love | Elvis
  • Treat Her Like A Lady | The Temptations
  • Daddy's Home | Shep & The Limelites
  • Open Arms | Journey
  • Karma Chameleon | Culture Club
  • I Want To Know What Love Is | Foreigner
  • Part Time Lover | Stevie Wonder
  • One More Night | Phil Collins
  • How Do I Say I'm Sorry | 4 II C
  • You Betrayed Me | 4 II C
  • Ain't No Stopping Us Now | Macfadden & Whitehead
  • Whenever,Whatever, Wherever | Maxwell


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Past Events

December 8, 2021 • Christmas Party
Wed6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Richmond, VA
October 1, 2016 • Concert
Sat7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hertford, NC
March 12, 2016 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wilson, NC
February 24, 2016 • Time Warner Cable Arena
Wed7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Charlotte, NC
February 13, 2016 • Moneta Community Center
Sat6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Moneta, VA
October 10, 2015 • Concert
Sat7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Hertford, NC
October 22, 2014 • "Sundown At The Crowne"
Wed5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Hampton, VA
August 16, 2014 • Festival
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Cape Charles, VA
April 26, 2014 • Wedding Reception
Sat6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunset Beach, NC
April 11, 2014 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Fri7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Henrico, VA
August 17, 2013 • Fundraiser
Sat7:00 PM - 12:00 AM Virginia Beach, VA
June 30, 2013 • De Classico Restaurant & Lounge
Sun7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Paterson, NJ


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