the summer block party
Known as the Bad Boys of R&B, this four-piece saw huge success during the Nineties with their mix of musical genres that took influence from R&B, soul, gospel, and new jack swing. Comprising two sets of brothers (Cedric and Joel Hailey on vocals and Donald and Dalvin DeGrate in producing), the Haileys saw further success as R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo. Despite slipping into obscurity during the Noughties, the guys are back on the road touring with SWV and Dru Hill on The Summer Block Party kicking off this summer!
The band has cited new jack swing pioneers Keith Sweat and Teddy Riley in inspiring what is known as the "Jodeci style", with other influences coming from Bobby Womack, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Bobby Brown and New Edition. They received high acclaim with Stevie Wonder's 1981 song, Lately, as one of their biggest peaking hit, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100.