Roy AyersRoy Edward Ayers, Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California on September 10, 1940. Music has always been in his genes. His mother, Ruby, was a schoolteacher and local piano instructor and his father, Roy Sr., was a sometimes-parking attendant and trombonist. As it often happens in a household filled with love and appreciation for music.
Roy began to demonstrate his musical aptitude by age 5 he was playing boogie tunes on the piano. He eventually turned his attention to the guitar.
Candi StatonIn 1968, Candi Staton launched her solo career as a Southern soul stylist. In 1975, Candi began collaborating with producer David Crawford on disco songs such as "Young Hearts Run Free", which reached No.1 on the US R&B charts, No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart and went Top 20 on the Pop Hot 100 during the summer of 1976. It was remixed and re-released in 1986 reaching the UK Top 50.
Follow up song "Destiny" hit the Top 50 in the UK. Candi's version of "Nights on Broadway" hit the UK Top 10.
Robin SRobin Stone known professionally as Robin S., is an American singer-songwriter, who scored success in the 1990s with such hit singles as "Show Me Love" (which was her debut single and a number-one hit) and "Love For Love". She has had three number ones on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.
After taking time off to work on her songwriting, she began working with producers Eric "E-Smoove" Miller and Todd Terry on her second album.
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.
Kym SimsWorking with four time Grammy Award-nominated record producer Steve Hurley, Kym’s dance anthem, "Too Blind to See It", spent 12 weeks in the UK singles chart over the festive period of 1991/1992. Her well known hit single and club hit "Take My Advice" reached number 13 in the UK during 1992. In the same year, she had a more modest hit with "A Little Bit More". An album was released entitled ‘Too Blind To See’ which peaked at number 39 in the UK Albums Chart.
Drizabone Soul FamilyThe UK based band Drizabone was formed in the early 1990's by Billy Freeman and instantly they had their first hit record with "Real Love", a timeless soulful dance groove, which endures on dance floors to this day. The band followed that up with a remix of "I Love Your Smile" by U.S artist Shanice, reaching No 2 in the U.K chart. Along with producing their own prestigious album, “Conspiracy”, they also remixed the likes of Diana Ross, Mary J Blige, Kylie, Lulu and Barry White.
Kathy SledgeKathy is the lead singer of Sister Sledge who enjoyed many pop, R&B and dance/pop hits with her sisters Debra, Joni and Kim. The sisters began singing at an early age at the Williams Tempe C.M.E. church in their hometown of Philadelphia.
Grandmother Viola Williams (a former opera singer) had the girls performing at charities, civic and political affairs and other philanthropic events under the name 'Mrs. William's Grandchildren'.
Boney MBoney M’s Maizie Williams is a West Indies-born British model and singer who became one of the original members of successful 70s disco music group.
The group's toured the world extensively from 1977–1979. Maizie remained with the group until the ultimate break-up in 1990. In 1994, she formed her own Boney M group, billed as Boney M featuring Maizie Williams, taking the lead in the group's rendition of the hits "Brown Girl in the Ring" "Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday", "Sunny" and "Daddy"
AswadAswad orginally were the backing band on Burning Spear's 1977 “Live” album, recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
They became one of the UK's top reggae bands in the 1980’s. They were distinctly different from Jamaican reggae acts, in that they wrote songs that dealt with the issues surrounding the experiences of black youths growing-up in the UK; such as "Three Babylon" and "It's Not Our Wish", and the powerful jazz-influenced instrumental "Warrior Charge".
Janet KayJanet has been voted one of Britain’s Top 100 Black Britain's by the Evening Standard and has also been presented with many awards including: Silver Disc for Silly Games, Best Female Singer, Best 7” Vinyl Single, Best 12” Vinyl Single (1979), Memorial Disc to commemorate the overall success of her work in Japan (1995), Women of Merit by Darker than Blue in Association with Barclays (2002), Contribution to British Black Music Industry (2001) and Outstanding Contribution to British Reggae.
Juliette AshbyJuliette Ashby was thrilled to join the Happy Days Festival Main Stage line up of 2014.
Her taster EP "Take It Over" was released in June 2013 and included the incredible 'Drop A Baby' & 'No Regrets' produced by Jazzwad (Damien Marley & Bobby Brown, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man and Movado), 'Like A Bass Guitar' & 'Take It Over' produced by Alan Glass (Kenny G, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire.
Scarlett's RosesScarlett’s Roses are a live pop-ska band hailing from South London. The band is made up of 7 members, 3 individual vocalists, guitar, bass, sax and drums.
With their refreshing, truthful tales of London life – whether it’s the longing for what you once had (“Pulling Petals”), the urge to rekindle a flame (“Back To Disneyland”), or simply ‘Ryan your dumb son.’ (“Truth Be Told”) - there truly is something here for everyone.