SummerStage: Force MDs, Horace Brown, Jeff Redd, Marley Marl Hosted by Bob Lee

force_md'sWednesday, July 17, 2013, 7:00 PM

New York born and bred, The Force MDs began their climb to fame by singing and dancing on Greenwich Village street corners and the Staten Island ferry. Among the first R&B vocal groups to intermix catchy Doo-Wop affected consonances with Hip-Hop beats, the Force MDs versatile mix of credible urban savvy with smooth showbiz pleases both B-Boys and traditional Soul fans.

R&B sensation Horace Brown made his first break in 1991 after Jodeci’s DeVante Swing discovered one of his impressive demos. He reached popular success in 1996 after the release of his debut self titled album, which featured a number of well known artists including Sean “Puffy” Combs and Faith Evans, and included the hit single “One for the Money.” Today, this R&B veteran continues to write and perform, displaying his remarkable musical skills to all.

With a clear vision and passion for music and performing, Jeff Redd has had a long, successful musical career. As a winner of GRAMMY, American Music, Soul Train and Billboard Awards, Redd has worked as both a performer and in the production field. Known for jumpstarting Mary J. Blige’s career, Redd now has his own independent record label. His song, “You Called and Told Me” is still considered to be a top single in the R&B world. With various other projects under his belt, including a long list of soundtracks and albums, Redd’s music has always, and continues to inspire.

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.