The Freestyle Cruise 2021 – STAR LINEUP
Stevie B The King of Freestyle is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, who was influential in the freestyle and Hi-NRG dance music scene of the late 1980s, mostly in Miami. Stevie B had a 1990 number-one hit ballad “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)”. Stevie B gained recognition for his 1987 national club smash, “Party Your Body”. It was also the title track of his 1988 debut LP, which eventually went gold. In 1989, he had his first top 40 hits with “I Wanna Be the One,” “In My Eyes” and “Love Me For Life.” With his 1990 album, Love & Emotion, he reached the height of his success, with the accompanying single, “Because I Love You” enjoying four weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in December 1990.
Trinere Veronica Farrington better known as Trinere, is an American singer, songwriter and recording artist who had several major dance hits in the 1980s and early ’90s and who was very influential in the freestyle music genre. Today these songs are considered classics of the freestyle genre. Her most notable chart reached the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot Black Albums chart for several weeks, and her single “I’ll Be All You Ever Need”, which raced up the Hot Dance Singles and Hot Club Play charts in the summer of 1986.
Brenda Shannon Greene (born May 2, 1958),known professionally as Shannon, is an American singer and songwriter of freestyle and dance-pop music. She is best known for her single “Let the Music Play”, which topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in 1983 and was certified gold.
Debbie Deb, is an American singer and songwriter best known for her 1980s freestyle dance singles “Lookout Weekend” and “When I Hear Music“. “When I Hear Music” is a song co-written by American songwriter/producer Tony Butler and freestyle singer Debbie Deb. Released as her debut single on March 13, 1983, it was a hit in dance clubs and had major airplay across the U.S. well into the late 1980s.
Connie Martinez, better known as Connie, is a singer of freestyle music and dance-pop. Connie is best known for her singles “Funky Little Beat” and “Rock Me”. These songs catapulted the singer into the international music scene and the songs are now considered classics of the freestyle music genre.
Zapp unleashes funky, high-energy music with a contagious groove built for dancing, loving and good times. Made up of masterful musicians who have been getting down together since the late 1970s, the group’s sizzling chemistry can be attributed to the fact that it has always been a joyful family affair. The band started with Lil Roger and Lil Lester in 1962, which became Lil Roger and His Fabulous Vel’s, grew into Roger and the Human Body from 1974-1978, then became a full-fledged movement as Zapp. Now bandleader Lester Troutman, Sr. (drums), Terry “Zapp” Troutman (talkbox/keyboards/bass), Bart Thomas (talkbox/vocals/keyboards/bass), Dale DeGroat (musical direction/keyboards/ vocals), Thomas Troutman (keyboards/vocals), Riccardo Bray (guitar) and Anthony Arrington (sax) join to carry on the legacy of a tight-knit group of expert players and funk, soul and party band pioneers. Vibrating with moog bass, electrifying guitar riffs and fresh, clever lyrics, the tight-knit group’s songs demonstrate a wicked sense of humor and an unmatched ability to tell colorful stories and write solid, memorable hooks.
Heatwave is an international funk/disco band formed in 1975. It is still current and playing UK dates (2019). Its most popular line-up featured Americans Johnnie Wilder Jr. and Keith Wilder (vocals) of Dayton, Ohio; Englishman Rod Temperton (keyboards); Swiss Mario Mantese (bass); Czechoslovak Ernest “Bilbo” Berger (drums); Jamaican Eric Johns (guitar); and Briton Roy Carter (guitar). They are known for their singles “Boogie Nights”, “The Groove Line”, and “Always and Forever”.
The Dazz Band is an American R&B, funk band whose popularity exploded in the early 1980s. Emerging from Cleveland, Ohio, the group’s biggest hit songs include the Grammy Award-winning “Let It Whip” (1982), “Joystick” (1983), and “Let It All Blow” (1984). The name of the band is a portmanteau of the description “danceable jazz”. The Dazz Band has performed since 1976 and continues to perform today. Original Kinsman Dazz/ Dazz Band members included Bobby Harris (saxophonist, vocalist), Kenny Pettus (lead vocalist, percussions), Isaac “Ike” Wiley, Jr. (drums), his brother Michael Wiley (bassist), and Michael Calhoun (songwriter/guitarist).
Honey Cone was an American R&B and soul all–girl vocal group, who are best remembered for their Billboard #1 hit single, “Want Ads”. They were the premier female group for Hot Wax Records, operated by Holland–Dozier–Holland after they had departed from Motown Records. Honey Cone and Hot Wax’s debut single “While You’re Out Looking for Sugar” peaked at #26 on Billboard’s R&B chart, but the follow-up “Girls, It Ain’t Easy,” reached #8 on the same listing. Their third release “Want Ads” proved to be their biggest success, topping both the R&B and pop chart, selling over one million copies, awarded with a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in May 1971.
Sly, Slick and Wicked Since the early 1970’s, the recording group Sly Slick and Wicked has been referred to as “The King’s of Underground Oldies”. The fan craze began in 1972 when the group recorded the heartfelt song, “Confessin’ A Feeling” along with “Love’s Gonna Pack Up”, “Giving Up On Love”, “Never Had A Girl Like You”, and “Symphonic Revolution”. The combination of Sonny Daye’s soulful lead vocal, the groups harmonies and their relatable lyrics created an appeal to fans that has never diminished.