About Us

A multi-faceted musical artist, Dwight Houston started playing professionally at the age of 13 after winning a statewide talent search with a group he organized, then three months later the prodigy was on stage performing with B.B. King. Since then, he's never looked back, and has garnered over 37 years in the music industry.
 


A Woodwind Specialist, Dwight has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance with a minor in Composition and Arranging from Texas Southern University where he studied improvisation under Arnett Cobb and did arranging under Howard Harris and Lanny Steele.

Although Dwight's principal instrument is bassoon, he has mastered the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones as well as the clarinet, oboe, flute, and wind Midi. He has performed on several PBS specials and arranged several works for Orchestra and Choir. Dwight has also served as Musical Director and Conductor for The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Central Alabama. In his spare time he conducts band clinics and teaches private lessons in the Birmingham area.  

This veteran musician has played professionally with a roster of legends including Nancy Wilson, Pearl Bailey, Herbie Hancock, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Gladys Knight,  Lattimore, and Millie Jackson. Dwight has also toured with the Isley Brothers, Isaac Hayes, and the Weather Report. Additionally, he has performed in the pit orchestra for a number of Off-Broadway productions including Cats, Ain't Misbehavin', Man of LaMancha, The Buddy Holly Story, The Lion King, and West Side Story.

In addition to his live performances, Dwight is a studio musician and producer, and his original music has been used as commercial jingles for television and radio. An educator, Dwight also  works as a woodwind / brass instructor.

On Purpose is a group of talented, versatile artists for whom music is a way of life. On Purpose can prepare a delicious blend of sounds guaranteed to satisfy your musical appetite, ranging from Jazz Fusion, Funk, and Soul to Smooth Jazz and R&B. On Purpose can provide a range of moods from the chill out vibes you want for relaxing to up-tempo grooves you need for dancing. While On Purpose can play almost any cover that you request, their original compositions are unique and are beautifully arranged. On Purpose is the band for any occasion, because success is always...intentional!

                                                  MEMBERS OF ON PURPOSE


Jeff Perry, a native of Boston Massachusetts started his musical journey at the ripe age of 4 years old. By the
time he reached elementary school he was already playing drums. He continued to develop his musical skills thru
high school and on to Alabama State University. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music
Fraternity Inc.. He was a founding member of the group Tekneek as well as E-man-u-L. Jeff played his first gig at
16 and has had the privilege of working with such artist as Kirk Franklin, Richard Smallwood, Bob Baldwin,
Marion Meadows, Eric Essex, and the Temptations.  

                     

Lenora Ramey Johnson, is a vocalist/keyboardist who's performed  around the country and in New York City and has worked as part of Anita Ward's ("Ring My Bell") band. She's a graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, she sang with the University Concert Choir and was selected Most Outstanding Soprano of the Gospel Choir two consecutive years. The Birmingham native is also a gifted songwriter and has several songs published.                              
                     
                              
Bernay Johnson, know as the "Bassman's Bassist", is a versatile bassist who plays in jazz and urban settings
throughout the Southeast region. He's a first call bass player and is known for his solid heavy playing style. Bernay
is a musician that's comfortable with any style of music. He's currently developing his arranging and writing skills. 
He also uses his God-given musical gift to play with some of the areas best church choirs.                               


Marlon Spears, alternate keyboardist and a founding member, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's
Degree in Music Technology from The University of Alabama in Birmingham. While matriculating, he performed as the keyboardist for the renowned UAB Jazz Ensemble. Marlon was a featured performer with the Lincoln Center Jazz
Ensemble in New York.        

Put these talented musicians with saxman Dwight Houston and you have a talented, versatile group of musicians for whom music is a way of life. Once you see and hear On Purpose, you want forget them. To On Purpose.
"SUCCESS IS ALWAYS.....................INTENIONAL!!!!!