Get ready for the San Diego Soul Music Festival 2019 with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly; Keith Sweat; Stephanie Mills and more!
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly Fast Facts:
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly has had close to 30 hit singles since 1977, including nine that have charted in the R&B Top 10, and eight of the group’s 10 albums have gone gold. That success was backed by the classics “Running Away,” “Love Is The Key,” “Too Many Games,” “Can’t Get Over You,” and “Silky Soul.” The 1985 single “Back in Stride” was able to reach No. 1 on the R&B charts and has been the group’s biggest hit. Beverly says “I guess beyond what we’ve done with Maze, the second thing I’m most proud of is that we’ve supported other artists. We were the first group to give Natalie Cole a chance during her comeback years (in the mid-’80s). We took Anita Baker out as our opening act on her first national tour and did the same thing with Regina Belle and Toni Braxton…and it makes me feel great to see how each of those artists has gone to have great success.”
Keith Sweat Fast Facts:
Keith Sweat is one of the earliest practitioners, and some would say the inventor, of “New Jack Swing” music, a style of rhythm and blues that fuses soul singing and hip-hop beats. It should come as no surprise that “New Jack Swing” music became extremely popular, or that Sweat has enjoyed considerable success. Financial success has always been one of the keystones in Sweat’s life, from his days working at the New York Stock Exchange to his career in music.
Stephanie Mills Fast Facts:
As a small child, began singing gospel music at Brooklyn’s Cornerstone Baptist Church.
At the age of 9, made her Broadway debut in Maggie Flynn.
Won the Amateur Hour talent contest at the Apollo Theater for six consecutive weeks at the age of 9. As a teenager, dated Michael Jackson.
In 1974, originated the role of Dorothy in the Broadway production The Wiz.
In the early 1980s, went on tour with Teddy Pendergrass and the Commodores.
Has released numerous R&B albums with several of her singles have reaching #1 on the Billboard charts, including “I Feel Good All Over” and “Home.”