New York soul songstress Meli’sa Morgan began her professional career as a backup singer, working with a number of major artists including Whitney Houston and Chaka Khan. Morgan’s debut single, a cover of Prince’s hit “Do Me Baby,” shot to the top of the charts and the album of the same name hit the top five. It showed Morgan to be an appealing, sultry singer and a developing songwriter. Following up with another hit, “Do You Still Love Me” as well as her sophomore disc, Good Love, Morgan became well known as one of R&B’s songbirds and continues to contribute guest vocals to a number of artists today.
Dance music legend Fonda Rae was famed for combining her sexy sound to hot dance tracks embarking on a singing career that has produced an enviable reputation. Rae burst onto the music scene and was introduced to the world with the song “Deputy of Love” a smash hit that climbed fast to #1 Position on the Billboard dance charts. Then she recorded “Over Like A Fat Rat” which by many was named one of the best titles of the 80s, and until this day is still loved and played repeatedly around the globe. She has performed numerous engagements with renowned artists such as Isaac Hayes, Mary J. Blidge and Carl Thomas.
Vocalist Alicia Myers was a charter member of Al Hudson & the Soul Partners, which later became One Way, before she departed in the early 80s for a solo career. She earned a top ten hit with “You Get the Best From Me (Say, Say, Say)” in 1984, although her strongest record was the Gospel/Soul album, I Want to Thank You. In 2011, Myers released a new album, entitled Peace Of Mind.
One of Hip-Hop’s first super-producers, Marley Marl was an early innovator in the art of sampling, that resulted in some of the sharpest beats and hooks during rap’s Golden Age. As the founder of Cold Chillin’ Records, Marl assembled a roster filled with some of the finest Hip-Hop talent in New York during the 1980s. His production work for those and many other artists boasted a bright, booming, and robust sound that helped move street-level Hip-Hop’s into more mainstream territory. His production credits span Hip-Hop royalty including, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Capone-N-Noreaga, and Fat Joe.
“Doctor” Bob Lee is one of the most recognized entertainment personalities in New York, with his career in radio, music and television spanning over 30 years. You can hear Lee on WBLS at midnight every Sunday through Thursday as he spins today’s R&B and Classical Soul hits until 5 A.M, and on air every day with his “Daily Dose” series tackling health issues which affect the community.
Part of SummerStage’s “This is __ Hip-Hop” series.
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