|Genres:||Christian & Gospel|
This UK pop soul band was formed by the Newcastle-based duo of Tunde Baiyewu (25 November 1968, London, England), a vocalist of Nigerian descent, and songwriter and musician Paul Tucker (b. 12 August 1968, London, England). They met while working at nightclub bars in the north east of England, at which time Tucker was also recording his own compositions at home in his spare time. They formed a partnership in early 1993 after being introduced by a local soul DJ. After hearing a tape of the bands Ocean Drive played down the phone, Polydor Records A&R director Colin Barlow recognized their potential, particularly in the mainstream album market, and signed them to a long-term development contract. Influenced by artists such as Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, the duo made their debut in May 1995 with Lifted, which entered the lower reaches of the UK chart. This, like their debut album, was produced by Mike Pedan, formerly of...