Williams, who emerged during the late 1980s as a recording artist for Geffen Records, has scored many hit singles, notably "Promises, Promises" (1989), "Talk to Myself" (1989), and "Every Little Thing U Do" (1993). The single "I'm Dreamin'" (1991), from the New Jack City soundtrack, became a #1 single on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts. After a six-year hiatus from recording music, he returned to the music scene with Real Men Do on the indie label Renegade, in 2001. It received a glowing, flattering review in Ebony Magazine that summer.
In 2005, it was reported that Williams died of an unknown illness, but this ended up just an Internet hoax.
In between solo pursuits, he has been a contributor to Alex Bugnon's "As Promised," with a smooth jazz version of Mary J. Blige's "All That I Can Say", featured on "In Your World" with Twista & The Speedknot Mobstas, a very up-tempo track on the soundtrack of "Doctor Dolittle", and on the Cafe Soul All-Stars CD with a single entitled "Used To Be." Other soundtrack contributions include: "Tha 2 of Us" from the film "Bulletproof", "Superhero" from the film "Butter", "Boom and the Bang" (featuring R&B songstress Monifah) and "I'm Yours" from the soundtrack of the stage play "Men Cry in the Dark", and "Stranger In My Life" from the film "Gunmen". Additional collaborations throughout his career include: "Round and Round" and "No Sunshine" from the CD "Phuture Flava", "Love You More Than Words Can Say" from the CD "Soul Blitz Allstars", the duet with Mikki Howard, "I Hope That We Can Be Together Soon", the duet with Shae, "You Are So Fine", "Can't Wait To Be With You" from the DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince release "Code Red", "I Wanna B Ure Lover" from the F.S. Effect release "So Deep It's Bottomless", and "Sexual Healing", the duet with reggae dancehall queen Patra. Although he has been considered "out of the game" by some, there are countless artists from several genres who give full credit to him for writing lyrics, performing, producing, editing, collaborating, and simply "doing a favor for a friend."
Perhaps no group embodies the spirit of classic eighties Hip-Hop R and B soul more than the iconic and unstoppable Force MD’s. Anyone who has attended a Force MD’s show knows that from the first words of “Tender Love” “Here I lay all alone…” the whole crowd is instantly unified, swaying arm in arm, passionately singing the soundtrack of their lives. The first few bars of timeless classics like “Love is a House”, “Tears,” or countless other hits can transform any arena into a nostalgic soul celebration in seconds.
In addition to a surge of new tour dates, and widespread industry buzz about the forthcoming feature length documentary Force MD’s Relived, the group’s momentum has also been fueled by a slew of recent celebrity endorsements. These range from President Obama’s highly publicized acknowledgement that he keeps the Force MD’s in rotation on Air Force One, to the growing roster of entertainers who cover Force MD’s songs in their show (including Wiz Khalifa, Alicia Keys, Marcia Ambrosius, New Edition, and others). As a result, the group is experiencing a new chapter in a long history of success.
The group is most known for the overwhelming commercial success from the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-penned classic "Tender Love.” The song proved to be a huge success, peaking at #10 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, remaining there for 19 weeks, and helping Jam & Lewis garner a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year. Incredibly, the group would follow this success in 1987 with their first #1 R&B hit "Love is a House.” But the Force MD’s deep catalog of classic R and B/ Hip-Hop staples including “Tears,” “Here I go Again,” “Let me Love You,” and their continued release of new anthems for all occasions has allowed them to maintain a consistent presence at radio and in the hearts of their fans.
The Force MD’s live show takes fans beyond the groups original classics and dazzles them with an uplifting soulful tour of the best of the black music experience. With the captivating energy that took the group from the Staten Island Ferry to the top of the charts, the group rolls out spontaneous crowd pleasing renditions of songs from artists such as the Temptations, Four Tops, the Jackson Five, Al green and others.
When the Force MD’s fans listen to their music and attend their shows they frequently state that they feel like they are celebrating a story of resilience, and triumph over obstacles and tragedy. The group is a living testimony that empowers fans to face the challenges in their own lives. And the group knows challenges all too well. Tragedy struck the group three times with the passing of three of its members: Charles "Mercury" Nelson suffered a fatal heart attack in 1995; Antoine "T.C.D." Lundy died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1998; and DJ Dr. Rock died under unknown circumstances. Nevertheless, the groups remaining members have transformed this tragedy into ongoing inspiration that they share generously with their audiences.
As the longest active member of the group, Stevie D is the dynamic thread that connects the group’s history, to its present and rapidly evolving future. As a powerful vocalist, pioneering freestyle artist, and electrifying dancer he exemplifies the blend of Hip-Hop and R and B that the group is known for originating. Khalil Lundy and TCD Lundy forged their vocal styles working closely together during their youth. Today Khalil continues to carry that legacy as the embodiment of the distinctive Lundy sound. Polished R and B veteran, Damen Heyward, a long time ally of the Force MD’s rounds out the group in this exciting phase of their journey.
Jones started his career as a gospel singer, working and recording with the Florida-based gospel group, The Modulations, before managing a successful move into the R&B field. He got his recording start in R&B in 1980 when Norman Connors featured the singer on a track, "Melancholy Fire" on his album, Take It To The Limit. The song was later released as a single, climbing to #20 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Jones toured with Connors and then in 1983, signed a deal with RCA. In the same year, he issued a five-track mini-album Everybody Loves A Winner that had the top 30 R&B single, "I Am Somebody", which remains his most popular track. His first full-length album, Finesse, was released in 1984 and established Jones as a force in the industry. The single "Show Me," reached #3 on the R&B charts. The second single, "Bring Back Your Love" reached #18 on the R&B charts.
His last album for RCA was Take It From Me which came out in 1986. The title track for the album was featured in the movie, Youngblood.
Moving to Jive in 1987, Jones scored a big hit with "We've Only Just Begun" which reached #2 on the Billboard R&B chart. The track was the lead single off his album, Glenn Jones, released in 1987.
In 1992, Jones moved to Atlantic Records. During the same year, Jones released the album, Here I Go Again. Its first single, "Here I Go Again", was his only single to reach #1 on the R&B charts. The second single, "I've Been Searchin' (Nobody Like You)" was also successful, peaking at #8 R&B. His album Here I Am was released in 1994 and had a minor hit with the ballad "Round and Round", which reached #24 on the R&B charts.
Since then, Jones released the album It's Time in 1998 and Feels Good (Peak Records) in 2002, neither of which were very successful on the charts. A radio friendly track from the latter "Feels Good", the romantic wedding song "From Now On", with jazz/soul song stylist Regina Belle, got some radio airplay.
As a youth growing up in Mount Vernon, New York, I had a clear vision of my passion of music and performing. As a young man, all I had at times were the dreams and visions of performing for others to make them feel special. Thus, I decided to establish myself as a solo artist. Performing standards in various supper clubs every night within the Tri-State area (New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia), I would meet Influential people in the music industry, including Andre Harrell, the President of Uptown Records, who signed me on to a recording deal. At that time, I was working at General Motors in Tarrytown, New York. Once signed, I received a cassette tape from a co-worker by the name of Lil Jimmy. The demo tape was recorded at a local shopping mall and it featured the voice of a young lady singing Anita Bakers, "Angel." That young lady is now the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige.
Following a discussion with Mr. Harrell, I signed Mary J. Blige to Uptown Records. She traveled with me and performed as background vocalist so that she could learn the performance aspect of the business. In 1990, Uptown Records released my debut album, “A Quiet Storm,” which contained two top ten smash singles, "I Found Lovin' " and "Love High."
I was simultaneously featured on the soundtrack for Strictly Business with the certified gold single, "You Called and Told Me," which after 18 years is still a top recurring single on WBLS and WRKS-FM in New York. A rapidly and progressively successful recording and performing journey propelled me to consider the executive side of the music industry. Using this success, I submitted a proposal to both MCA and RCA Records, fully confident that I had what it takes to produce and write for artists on their label." These artists would include; SWV, Bobby Brown, Regina Belle, Allure, Field Mob and K-Ci & JoJo. With successful projects under my belt, I took on the corporate aspects of the music industry. MCA Records offered me the VP of A&R position. I was later nominated for and became the proud winner of such awards as Grammys, American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards and Billboard Awards for distinguished albums (Kci and JoJo, Regina Belle, Salt & Pepper).
Worked on soundtracks: How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Hurricane, Eve's Bayou and artists, Kci and JoJo, Regina Belle, Mary J. Blige, et. Al. Currently, I have my own independent record label, Sol Real Records, LLC, which has released a compilation entitled "The Essence of Soul" that is available on iTunes. With the success I have achieved within the music industry, my and childhood passion have come full circle. That vision is "to make people feel special.” Future plans include the release of a series of CD's, all with different themes. The 1st CD will be titled, "Take you Higher," which will be dedicated to the DJ's of the world. "I always wanted to do a CD where I would sing over breakbeats that I love from the past. My dream now is to take us all higher and make more music that will stand the test of time.