Inner City Biography

This dance music outfit are built around the prolific genius of Kevin Saunderson (9 May 1964, Brooklyn, New York, USA; programming), and the vocals of Paris Grey (b. Shanna Jackson, 5 November 1965, Glencove, Illinois, USA). Saunderson, who is also widely revered for his remix and recorded work under the title Reese Project, is the son of a member of the Marvelettes. He studied telecommunications at university, firing an interest in technology that would quickly become obvious in his musical leanings. Saunderson is the creative powerhouse of Inner City, writing all the songs and playing all the instruments, although Grey was responsible for writing her own melodies. Their first single together, 1988’s ‘Big Fun’, was lying around unissued in Saunderson’s home base of Detroit until a friend discovered it while looking for tracks for a compilation album. The record-buying public homed in on the strength of the tune (possibly one of dance music’s all-time top five anthems), and with its follow-up, ‘Good Life’, Inner City had discovered a commercial career, with their debut album going on to worldwide sales of six million and both singles breaking into the UK Top 10. Further singles have included ‘Ain’t Nobody Better’, ‘That Man (He’s All Mine)’ and ‘Pennies From Heaven’. Other notable singles included ‘Back Together Again’, a stylish 1993 cover version of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s standard. Saunderson runs his own label, KMS Records, through Network Records, whose Neil Rushton is his manager. This led to Network also picking up the Inner City name when Virgin Records allowed the group to run out of contract in the 90s. A remix of ‘Good Life’ entered the UK charts at number 10 in January 1999.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.