In May of 2004 they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Russell's departure from the group, in April 2000, has culminated in two separate, but equally important, events.
The first event was the release of his first solo CD, "A Matter Of Style," in September 2002, with the collaboration of Christopher Biehler, President of ForEverMore Music and Records, based in Rochester, NY.
The second event was the formation of "The New Stylistics," who are dedicated to preserving the sound of the original recordings.
As Russell Thompkins, Jr. & The New Stylistics they are committed to delivering high quality vocal performances on stage and in the studio in a professional and masterful style. Russell brings to the table an unparalleled level of talent, dedication, and professionalism. His major goal and mission is to provide his fans, friends, and supporters, who have remained loyal for over 30 years, with the same quality of music and showmanship that they have come to know and love.