The Brand New Heavies

Originally an instrumental acid jazz act, The Brand New Heavies started in 1985 as a trio of Simon Bartholomew, Andrew Levy, and Jan Kincaid. They soon added a singer and horn section. Their self-titled debut release caught the attention of tastemakers in the U.S. A new vocalist was added in N’dea Davenport, who would front the band through many albums. Inspired by a show featuring rappers MC Search and Q-Tip, the band adjusted their sound to incorporate more of a hip-hop style. Their albums—such as Brother Sister and Shelter—and singles continue to earn spots on Billboard charts, including the track "Spend Some Time,” which landed in the #2 spot on the Dance Music chart.