The Fatback BandPioneers of Dance, Funk, Soul, Rap and R'n'B, The Fatback Band are the originators of the New York sound that has influenced so many. A career loaded with 35 albums worth of anthems, accolades such as; invitations from the White House, being featured on the Sopranos, Sky TVs UK Revista de la Liga and performing at New York's Lincoln Center.
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.
Carleen AndersonWhen Carleen Anderson is on stage and raises her dark voice, the warm sound to the bone cuts like a knife through butter. This is not just jazz or funk, this is an almost religious experience - to singer-side as well as listeners. In her songs, Anderson combines the powerful roughness of a Nina Simone with the playful vocal acrobatics of Billie Holiday.
Her repertoire includes not only ballads and jazz standards, Anderson experienced chart hits at the beginning of the 1990s.
UB40Ali Campbell has one of the UK’s most distinctive and recognisable voices.
As lead singer with the world-renowned group UB40, Ali Campbell has sold over 60 million records worldwide, toured across the globe, notched up four number No. 1 world-wide singles, over 40 Top 40 UK singles, released 24 studio albums and received an Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement.
The Real ThingThree original vocalists, Chris Amoo, Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith, who had three million selling hit singles in the 70s, “You To Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get By Without You” and “Feel The Force”, plus other top ten successes, such as “You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing” and “Whenever You Want My Love”. In 1986 “You To Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get By Without You” and “Can You Feel The Force” were all remixed and became huge hits again, thanks to their huge club following.
Jimmy SomervilleIn 1983, Jimmy Somerville (vocals), Steve Bronski (keyboards) and Larry Steinbachek (keyboards) formed the band Bronski Beat and established themselves firmly in London's gay community. Their memorable debut single, "Smalltown Boy" immediately drew attention to Somerville’s arresting falsetto vocal, which became the hallmark of their sound. The single climbed to No. 3 in the UK charts, faring well in the Europe and US dance charts.