Related Information for Persuasions The Persuasions are the undisputed heavyweight champions of a cappella. They are, as the L.A. Weekly wrote, "to singing what Muhammad Ali was to boxing—invincible, innovative, original, beautiful."The original five Lawson, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Russell, Jayotis Washington, and Toubo Rhoad—fell together by chance in 1962, harmonizing on outdoor basketball courts in Brooklyn after pick-up games. They went on to release 18 albums, and to perfor.. read more