Born in Cincinnati and raised in a household ringing with the sounds of gospel music, The Isley Brothers
began performing together in the 1950s as teenagers. This was perhaps not surprising as their father was a professional singer and their mother was a pianist who accompanied the family in church. They first made waves in 1959 with "Shout" (eventually a million-seller) but didn't fully break through until 1962, with the Top 20 hit "Twist and Shout" (later made even more famous by The Beatles).
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
is an American R&B musician, singer–songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits throughout his career. He has won 10 Grammy Awards. Babyface was in the studio for about two years with Ashanti to produce her album The Declaration.
He worked on the Lil Wayne album Tha Carter III, on the Kanye West-produced "Comfortable." He also worked with R&B singer Monica for her sixth studio album Still Standing.
In 2013, Babyface served as producer for Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly, producing majority of her songs, including her second single, "Baby I".
In September 2014, Babyface served as collaborator for Barbra Streisand's album Partners, performing duet for "Evergreen" track and background vocals for other album track.
Monique Barrino, commonly known simply by the mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004. Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe," which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and garnered Barrino three Grammy nominations.
Eric Benet Jordan
, known professionally as Eric Benet, is an American R&B and neo soul singer-songwriter, who has received a total of four Grammy nominations to date for his musical work.