The Rayber Voices were a group of backing singers at Motown in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
The group was (usually) made up of Robert Bateman (bass), Brian Holland (baritone), Raynoma Liles Gordy (soprano), and Sonny Sanders (tenor).
Raynoma Gordy was Berry Gordy’s wife (and head of Motown’s publishing arm, Jobete), and the two created The Rayber Voices from a contraction of their names, Raynoma and Berry. Robert Bateman would go onto to become a songwriter and producer (he co-wrote The Marvelettes’ “Please, Mr. Postman”). Brian Holland would also become an established songwriter-producer, most notably as a member of Holland-Dozier-Holland.
Gwendolyn Murray would later join the group, along with future Andante Louvain Demps (soprano).
The Rayber Voices feature on many early Motown records, from the very first Tamla single, “Come To Me” in 1959, until the early 1960s. The ensemble backing group was then replaced with more a more permanent backing group, The Andantes.