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The Brand New Heavies began in the 1980s as an instrumental acid jazz group called Brothers International.
The group came up with the Heavies name after signing their first record contract, borrowing from a liner note on a James Brown single declaring the artist "Minister of New Super Heavy Funk".
They gained a cult following in the London club scene and soon signed to a record deal as acid jazz replaced rare groove in clubs.
The band issued a debut recording in 1990 with Jay Ella Ruth as lead singer.
The single, "Got to Give" was released to critical acclaim.
The band signed to a division of Chrysalis Records in the UK and N'Dea Davenport joined the group.
A revamped version of the first album with vocals by N'Dea Davenport was released, and the singles "Dream Come True", "Never Stop" and "Stay This Way", all with Davenport on lead vocals, became hits on both sides of the Atlantic.
"Stay This Way" was released with a music video directed by Douglas Gayeton that saw heavy rotation on MTV.
The Brand New Heavies then released their greatest hits album, Trunk Funk – The Best of The Brand New Heavies (2000) with Carleen Anderson on vocals for some newly recorded songs.
For We Won't Stop album, The Brand New Heavies relied on singer/songwriter Sy Smith for the bulk of the female vocals.
Original member Jan Kincaid takes the lead on three of the tracks, and Los Angeles-based poet Gina Loring makes several appearances on the album.
Where the Heavies typical sound had typically been more 1970s funk-styled and acoustically driven, We Won't Stop saw the band experimenting with more electronic elements and contemporary R&B.
The album marked the first commercial release of "What Do You Take Me For", the band's lone track featuring former flagship lead vocalist N'Dea Davenport.
The sound and musical arrangement heard on these first releases of "Music", "Love Is...", and the title track "We Won't Stop" were re-recorded with new leads on N'Dea Davenport's 2006 return to the band for the comeback album Get Used to It.
In April 2006, the Brand New Heavies reunited with N'Dea Davenport and former label Delicious Vinyl.
A new album, Get Used to It was released in 2006 via Starbucks and more traditional music retail outlets.
The album was recorded in New York and London; and the lead single "I Don't Know Why (I Love You)" was issued in early May.
The single was notable for being one of very few late releases to feature the trademarked A Tom Moulton Mix, as he had been asked to contribute remixes.
Later that year, their Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1 album track "Jump 'n' Move" featuring Jamal-ski was featured on the soundtrack for the 2006 computer animated feature film Happy Feet and the in-game soundtrack for 2004's NBA Live 2005 and 2009's NBA 2k10.
The Brand New Heavies released a download instrumental album called Dunk Your Trunk in November 2011.
The Brand New Heavies eighth studio album Forward was released in 2013. Lead vocal duties on the album are divided evenly between N'Dea Davenport, who features on the first single "Sunlight", Jan Kincaid and Simon Bartholomew, making his debut as lead vocalist on this album, and new UK vocalist Dawn Joseph.
The Brand New Heavies ninth studio album Sweet Freaks, with Dawn Joseph on vocals, was released in 2014.
Jan Kincaid and Dawn Joseph both left The Brand New Heavies in late 2015 and N'Dea Davenport rejoined shortly thereafter.
The band also announced their intention to release Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 2 in 2017, a follow up to their groundbreaking 1992 album Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1.
In November 2018 the band started touring with Angela Ricci on vocals.
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