Sorry for the delay in posting this one, but NBC took a while to release it. It makes me wonder if they are starting to scramble for participants.
From the official site:
Vocalist and guitarist Vera was raised in the New York City metropolitan area, absorbing the sounds of the city's extensive R&B scene. During the mid-60s he worked as a songwriter, with Rick Nelson and Barbara Lewis among the singers recording his songs. In 1967 he had a modest duet hit with Judy Clay, "Storybook Children" (number 20 R&B. "Country Girl-City Man", also with Clay (number 41 R&B), followed in 1968. A solo release, "With Pen In Hand", and an album of the same name did little upon release in late 1968.
In 1979 Vera formed Billy and The Beaters, a 10-piece aggregation comprised of Los Angeles studio musicians including ex-Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter. Two of their singles, "I Can Take Care Of Myself" and "At This Moment", became moderate chart successes. The group disbanded in the early 80s, but in 1986, "At This Moment" was used on the hit NBC comedy “Family Ties”. The song went on to sell more than a million copies, reaching number 1 and remaining on the charts for 21 weeks. Vera is now a highly respected songwriter and record producer, in addition to working as a vintage soul and R&B album compiler. He continues to tour with The Beaters and has appeared in the movies Buckaroo Banzai and The Doors.