Level 42At the beginning of their career, Level 42 was squarely a jazz-funk fusion band, contemporaries of fellow Brit funk groups. By the end of the '80s, the band whose music was instantly recognizable from Mark King's thumb-slap bass technique and associate member Wally Badarou's synthesizer flourishes had crossed over to the point where they were often classified as sophisti-pop and dance-rock.
Billy OceanBilly Ocean achieved a string of rhythm and blues pop hits in the 70s & 80s, scoring 4 UK top 20 successes and 3 US number ones. Billy took his stage name from the Ocean Estate, Stepney where he was living at the time.
He appeared at Live Aid in 1985, singing "Caribbean Queen" and "Loverboy". His 1986 album Love Zone included the successful singles "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going". In 2010, he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MOBO Awards.
Soul II SoulSoul II Soul is a 2-time Grammy winning act that emerged at the end of the 1980s from London. The group initially attracted attention as a sound system, playing records at house and street parties. Founded by Jazzie B and featuring a changing roster of other musicians - notably Nellee Hooper, Simon Law, Phillip ‘Daddae’ Harvey and Caron Wheeler - Their experiments in music-making of their own resulted in the dub plate “Fairplay,” which secured them a deal with Virgin Records.
Jocelyn BrownAppearing initially as a soloist in Church with various Brooklyn gospel choirs, Jocelyn made the crossover into Disco music early, going on to perform with bands including Kleer, Inner Life and the Salsoul Orchestra. Jocelyn has worked with many of the best Soul, Raregroove and Disco producers, artists and musicians of our time, a list that includes; Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, George Benson, Roberta Flack, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Gilles Peterson and John Lennon amongst many others.
Maxi PriestMaxi Priest is a British reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent and best known for singing reggae music with a R&B influence, becoming one of the most successful reggae fusion acts of all-time.
His musical career began with him singing on the South London reggae sound system Saxon Studio International. His first major album was the self-titled Maxi Priest (1988) which, along with his cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World", established him as one of the top British reggae singers.
Joyce SimsNew Yorker Joyce Sims is a musician, songwriter and vocalist who rose to fame on the strength of such club anthems as “Come Into My Life”, “All and All” and “Lifetime Love”. Her career offers a unique perspective into the music industry having worked on projects with many well know artists inc. Jimmy Castor and Kurtis Mantronik (Mantronix). Her music has been used by some of the biggest artists and in the movie “Species”
Joyce Sims has had UK charts success with her club classic “Lifetime Love"
D-TrainJames "D-Train" Williams along with Hubert Eaves III had their first single, the brilliant “You’re The One For Me,” in 1981. Their first album was released in 1982. The album stormed the club charts and produced three 12″ singles, besides the stunning title track, it also featured “Keep On” and the much-covered “Walk On By.”
“Music,” D-Train’s second album, followed in 1983. They enjoyed three UK Top 30 hits with “You’re The One For Me” (1982), “Music, Part 1″ 1983) and “You’re The One For Me"
Gwen McCraeGwen McCrae for over three decades, has been a soul and blues powerhouse singer and set her music in a Blues and Soul category of its own.
Gwen toured with the likes of Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross, James Brown, The Temptations, The O Jays, Spinners, James Cleveland and more.
Gwen's hit song "Rockin' Chair" earned her a Grammy nomination, sold over 3 million records, and went to #1 on Billboard's R&B charts. Gwen has recorded over 20 albums, with 9 of her songs in Billboard's top 100.
Colonel AbramsColonel Abrams moved with his family to New York City when he was ten years old due to his father (a construction worker) getting a job there. The family moved to the East Village in Manhattan on East 13 Street. From an early age, he began playing the guitar and piano. He was in several early bands, among them was Heavy Impact which he played both guitar and keyboards, Later he formed Conservative Manor (mid-1970s), 94 East (featuring Prince on lead guitar), and the band Surprise Package.
Light of the WorldLight Of The World has been performing their unique brand of Jazz Funk & Soul for over 30 years. Their shows have become legendary for their high energy and awesome musical showmanship.
Modern RomanceIn 2001 Andy Kyriacou reformed Modern Romance joining the expanding 80's revival scene. Andy has put together a line-up of top flight musicians, to make Modern Romance the perfect 80's band for the 21st Century.
Modern Romance was formed in 1981 from the ashes of punk band The Leyton Buzzards. Andy Kyriacou joined the band just eight weeks before the band charted with their first hit record, "Everybody Salsa". Next came "Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey" which made the top ten singles chart in the UK.
HeatwaveHeatwave were an international funk/disco musical band featuring Americans Johnnie Wilder, Jr. and Keith Wilder (vocals) of Dayton, Ohio, Englishman Rod Temperton (keyboards), Swiss Mario Mantese (bass), Czechoslovakian Ernest "Bilbo" Berger (drums), Jamaican Eric Johns (guitar) and Briton Roy Carter, (guitar).
They were known for their successful songs "Boogie Nights" and "Always and Forever" and "The Groove Line”.