Bandleader and lead vocalist for the EDGE for the last 20 yrs with a track record of total success stories in the private party industry. His reputation continues to be stellar and is described by satisfied clients as being confident, smooth, and charismatic when running the party, not to mention the sweet soulful tones of his voice that have people talking about the EDGE and “that amazing party” for weeks, months & even years.
Stephen Wise has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry like Stevie Wonder and was featured on two of his CDs “Jungle Fever” & “Characters”. Also either performed or recorded with names like Patti Labelle, Boyz II Men, The Roots, Britney Spears, and Teena Marie to name a few. He gained global visibility appearing and competing on Star Search reaching a semi-finalist status. In 1990, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison and appeared at the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles, CA, he performed to embrace and honor him.
Besides being the bandleader for The Edge, Stephen also a music producer has produced projects for Katriel (his artist name), where he has amassed 6 recorded albums of his own original music which can be found at CD Baby. Stephen also produces and cultivates many upcoming artists, singers, poets, and spoken word-ologists.
Most folks can recognize the names of many of the EDGE clients, like the surprise party of Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell at the Philadelphia Society Hill Sheraton Hotel. Then there was the wedding of Mellissa Katz, the daughter of Harold Katz the owner of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team who during his ownership, he brought the 76ers to their most recent NBA Championship win in the 1982-1983 season. Then there was the wedding of Khadijah Bell, the daughter of Ronald (Khalif) Bell, an original member of Kool & the Gang who was so compelled by the music that he had to get on stage with The Edge and join in on several renditions of their own blockbuster hits! Other parties of note include David & Marla Green owners of First Trust Bank, the Hess family, owners of the Hess Gas Station chain, and in June of 2012, the band flew to Miami, FL to perform for Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick’s wedding, where Vick and coach Andy Reid both said the band was “phenomenal”. The list goes on and on………… available upon request.
Grammy-nominated bassist & music producer, Doug C. Grigsby, III has had a quest to be the next "Q" Quincy Jones in this lifetime. I would say he has had more than a head start with the line up of artists on his roster as a writer, composer, and producer, in addition to touring with an incredible host of national top acts.
Another rising star, Shelia was born and raised in the city of Baltimore, MD a musical product of many influences: gospel, jazz, and soul, to name a few. A recent music graduate of Temple University Shelia started in church, singing with her siblings in the children's choir.
This rising star has been known to grace her audiences with memorable ballads, including standards, like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and more contemporary fare, such as Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky,” her signature song. “I love ballads because I think they paint a vivid picture of emotions, she says. “They give any artist the opportunity to showcase their vocals.”
Original drummer for CHANGE (Luther Vandross' first hits) – is a musician, songwriter, producer, and arranger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With a musical career that spans more than thirty (30) years, Toby is well-versed in a variety of musical styles, including R&B, Rock/Pop, Jazz, Fusion, Reggae, and Gospel.
In addition to CHANGE, Toby has worked with numerous recording groups, including, but not limited to, The Force MD’s, Chubby Checker, and Evelyn “Champagne” King.
The band's youngest member is a native of Philadelphia and has been making music since the age of nine. Although young, he is truly an "old soul" as his music and touch are as sweet as anyone in our industry.
Born in Washington D.C., Eric G was inspired to pick up the guitar at the age of 13 after seeing Stevie Ray Vaughan's Live at the El Macambo and has since immersed himself in various styles of music that take root in classic blues and R&B.