Happy MondaysHappy Mondays are an English alternative band from Salford, Greater Manchester. Formed in 1980, the bands original line-up was Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, his brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day, keyboardist Paul Davis, and drummer Gary Whelan. Mark “Bez” Berry later joined the band onstage during a live performance after befriending Shaun Ryder and served as a dancer/percussionist. Rowena Satchell joined the band to provide backing vocals in the early 1990s.
The BeatOne of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone movement, The Beat present a wall of sound that transcends time and ska fusion rhythms to ignite a crowd. They play with the sole aim of connecting with and entertaining their appreciative audience with their relentless energy and world class musicianship.
The Beat are known the world over for a string of hit singles, including "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Too Nice To Talk To", "Can't Get Used To Losing You", "Hands off She's Mine" and "All Out To Get You".
From The JamThe Jam had amazing chart success with 18 singles and 7 albums to make the top 40 in the United Kingdom from their debut in 1977 to their break up in 1982. Their last 5 albums were all top ten hits and their last 8 singles made it into the top 10. Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero? made the charts at no 8 as an import and remains the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK.
The SelecterInfluential and platinum-selling 2-Tone veterans The Selecter released Too Much Pressure, their debut album, in 1980 and it remains a classic touchstone for a generation of ska lovers. Mixing punk, ska and reggae it contains the irresistible hits "On My Radio", "Three Minute Hero" and "Missing Words". Too Much Pressure successfully reflected the social and political issues of the early Thatcher years in Britain and gave a voice to disaffected youth across the racial divide.
Neville Stapleeville Staple is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice.
Neville Staple’s thirty-five year career in the music business is well documented. From the early days with The Coventry Automatics, The Specials, & FunBoy3 in the late ‘70s and 80’s, to The Special Beat and various other collaborations during his solo career from the 90’s up to the present day.
Lisa StansfieldAfter nearly a full decade performing in the music industry, singer and actor Lisa Stansfield reached the mainstream as the featured vocalist and co-songwriter on Coldcut’s 1989 single "People Hold On," a number 11 pop hit in the U.K. and a number six hit on the U.S. club chart. Later that year, the solo single "All Around the World" gave Lisa tremendous boost by reaching number one in several countries, as well as in the U.K.
ShalamarJody Watley was born in Chicago, Illinois and heavily influenced by Diana Ross. Watley made her first stage appearance at 8 years old with family friend and godfather Jackie Wilson. She got her start on the TV dance show Soul Train at the age of 14. Documented by Ebony magazine in 1977 as a part of "The New Generation," Jody Watley was one of the most popular on the show and recognised as a trendsetter for her style and dance moves.
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.
Cece PenistonCeCe Peniston established herself as a successful dance music and R&B artists in the early '90s and is considered one of the most successful dance club artists in the history of the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play, scoring five major number one hits in the chart within three years.