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Tony! Toni! Toné! - 100% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This swingbeat trio from Oakland, California, was formed by brothers Dwayne (14 February 1963, Oakland, California, USA; lead vocals, guitar) and Raphael Wiggins (b. Charlie Ray Wiggins, 14 May 1966, Oakland, California, USA; lead vocals/bass), and their cousin Timothy Christian (b. 10 December 1965, Oakland, California, USA; drums). They arrived with ‘Little Walter Read more

BeBe & CeCe Winans - 98% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Brother and sister BeBe Winans (Benjamin Winans, 17 September 1962, Detroit, Michigan, USA) and CeCe Winans (b. Priscilla Winans, Detroit, Michigan, USA) are the most successful members of America’s premier gospel group, the Winans. During 10 years together as recording artists the duo were garlanded with awards, including two Grammy successes. More impressively they al Read more

Bebe Winans - 98% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Christian & Gospel Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin Winans, 17 September 1962, Detroit, Michigan, USA. The seventh child of the Winans gospel family, BeBe enjoyed crossover success performing with his sister CeCe. The duo recorded two gold albums and 1991’s platinum-selling Different Lifestyles, and won several R&B and gospel awards. In 1989, BeBe won a Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male for his c Read more

Kirk Franklin - 95% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Christian & Gospel Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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26 January 1970, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. A meteoric success story in gospel music, a genre more usually associated with the longevity of its artists, Franklin made a huge impact with his 1993 debut. A fixture at the top of the US Contemporary Christian and Gospel charts, and the first platinum selling gospel album, it featured powerful performances from the 17-piece ‘Fa Read more

Teena Marie - 92% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mary Christine Brockert, 5 March 1957, Santa Monica, California, USA. A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, Teena Marie is rightly fêted as one of the few white artists to sustain a consistent career in the US soul market. Spotted by Motown Records’ Berry Gordy in the 70s, he linked her up with funk star and labelmate Rick James, and h Read more

Alexander O'Neal - 90% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 November 1953, Natchez, Mississippi, USA. O’Neal was one of the best-known soul crooners of the late 80s. In 1978, he joined Flyte Tyme with future producers Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis. The group (as Time) became the backing band for Prince, although O’Neal was soon dismissed for insubordination. During the early 80s, he began a solo career as a vocalist, making Read more

Mint Condition - 89% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Dance Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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One of a myriad of R&B-inspired American outfits who emerged in the early 90s, Mint Condition was formed by Larry Waddell (31 August 1963; keyboards), Homer O’Dell (b. 17 May 1965; guitar), Stokley Williams (b. 17 July 1967; vocals/drums), Jeff Allen (b. 17 November 1968; saxophone/keyboards), Keri Lewis (keyboards), and Ricky Kinchen (b. 7 July 1966; bass). The gro Read more

Mary Mary - 81% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Christian & Gospel R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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US vocal duo formed by sisters Erica and Tina Atkins, whose slick fusion of gospel and R&B has attracted fans from both the CCM and secular markets. The sisters were raised in Inglewood, California and followed their parents into the local church choir at an early age. Their first professional engagements were as vocalists with a number of travelling gospel shows, but by th Read more

S.O.S. Band - 81% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in 1977, the S.O.S. Band enjoyed a long run of hits on the US R&B charts during the 80s. The group originally consisted of Mary Davis (vocals, keyboards), Jason ‘T.C.’ Bryant (keyboards), Billy R. Ellis (saxophone) and James Earl Jones III (drums). They performed regularly, as Sounds Of Santa Monica, at Lamar’s Regal Room in A Read more

Ann Nesby - 79% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Christian & Gospel Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Joliet, Illinois, USA. Despite the fact that Nesby launched a successful solo career in the late 90s singing R&B-style tunes, her roots lay in gospel music. Both of Nesby’s parents were singers, but it was her mother who taught the youngster how to sing, leading to her debut at the Mount Zion Baptist Church at the age of three. Two years later, Nesby became the youn Read more

Loose Ends - 79% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1982 by Jane Eugene, Steve Nichol and Carl McIntosh, Loose End (as they were originally known) were the first all-black British band to be signed to the Virgin Records label. After several unsuccessful singles they changed their name to Loose Ends, enlisted producer Nick Martinelli, and started to make an impression on the soul/dance scene with a series of excellent r Read more

Maze - 79% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Frankie Beverly (6 December 1946, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) had an apprenticeship in several Philadelphia groups. One such unit, Frankie Beverly And The Butlers, recorded several well-received singles in the 60s, but never managed to attract more than local play. By the early 70s, however, impressed by Santana and Sly And The Family Stone, he formed a self-contained b Read more

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly - 79% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: R&B / Soul
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Ralph Tresvant - 78% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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16 May 1968, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Following the success of Bell Biv DeVoe, Bobby Brown and Johnny Gill, Tresvant became the final former member of New Edition to record a solo album in 1990. Released on MCA Records and featuring moderate swingbeat numbers such as ‘Rated R’, Ralph Tresvant did little to remove the impression that this artist was technically t Read more

Stephanie Mills - 78% match to Sounds Of Blackness

Genres: Disco Electronic & Ambient R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 March 1957, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Mills found early fame at the age of nine, winning an influential talent show at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theatre for six weeks running. Soon afterwards, she appeared on Broadway in the play Maggie Flynn. She toured with the Isley Brothers, and in 1973, recorded her debut, Movin’ In The Right Direction, for the Paramount label. Read more


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