Soul II Soul is an R&B/soul group from London, England, that got its start in 1988. Throughout the late 80s and 90s, the group made a name for itself not only in the United Kingdom, but also in the United States. In fact, Soul II Soul is often referred to as an R&B legend.
Soul II Soul puts on several shows each year, and though the group plays far and wide, it most frequently performs in London, Manchester, Canterbury, Bristol, and Melbourne. Soul II Soul's tour lineup varies, but the group often tours with the likes of Kool & The Gang, Rick Astley, and The Bees.
Soul II Soul received five nominations at the American Music Awards in 1990 and five more at the Brit Awards between 1990 and 1991. However, it was at the Grammy Awards and the Soul Train Awards that it took home some wins. At the 1990 Grammy Awards, the group was nominated four times and won twice in the R&B category. In the same year, it won three out of four Soul Train awards for nominations in R&B categories.
Soul II Soul didn't start out as a music group. Instead, it started as a loose collaboration of multiple artists who came together to make and play live music. Jazzie B founded the initial collaboration and, in 1988, he and some of his fellow collaborators came together to put out a single dubplate, called "Fairplay." That song not only brought Soul II Soul attention in night clubs, but also landed the group a contract with 10, a label owned by Virgin Records. This took the musicians from an experimental collaboration to an official group. Made up of Nellee Hooper, Simon Law, Phillip Harvey, and Caron Wheeler, Soul II Soul made music together until 1997, when the group officially went its separate ways. Despite that, Soul II Soul comes together for live tours, and has done so since 2009.
Two singles, "Keep on Movin'" and "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" are credited with giving Soul II Soul its initial push into the limelight. "Keep on Movin'" made it to the 5th spot on the UK Albums chart and the 11th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" made it to No. 1 on the UK Singles, Billboard Dance Club Play, and Billboard Hot Black Singles charts. These singles helped propel the group's first album, Club Classics Vol. One, to platinum status.
From 1989 to 1995, Soul II Soul released four hit albums. Besides Club Classics Vol. One, which made it to No. 1 on both United States and United Kingdom charts, Vol. II: 1990 - A New Decade went platinum in the United Kingdom and gold in the United States. Volume III Just Right took the No. 3 spot on the UK Albums chart and achieved gold status. Volume V Believe made it to No. 13 on the UK chart, and the group's 1993 compilation album, Volume IV The Classic Singles 88-93, also went platinum in the United Kingdom.
With rich vocals that fill the air whether in a concert hall or at a festival, Soul II Soul comes on the stage prepared to entertain the audience with its unique combination of R&B and soul. With Jazzie B still in the lead, the group plays favourites from each of its albums as well as catchy new songs, encouraging the audience to not only sing but also dance along. The group members incorporate a bit of chit chat to help the audience get to know them, finally closing the show on a song most with Soul II Soul tickets know, such as "Back to Life."
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