With hits like “Dream Merchant,” “It’s Been A Long Time,” “I Can Understand It,” “It’s Impossible” and “Wildflower,” the ever soulful and sensual New Birth has continually maintained a strong presence in today’s musical market as evidenced by the repeated use of their music. Either as re-makes or as samples, their music and musical style has experienced a resurgence via some of today’s most popular artists such as Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, KC & Jo Jo, Master P, Something for the People, and De La Soul, to name a few. Originally New Birth was comprised of several separate acts that combined their talents to become a force to be reckoned with. Known for their captivating ballads as well as their funky, upbeat tunes, the group was also known for their phenomenal stage shows.
Today’s New Birth consists of the nucleus of the New Birth sound. Brother’s Leslie and Melvin Wilson (lead singer and 2nd lead singer/writer/producer respectively) have reformed the group and are happily back to doing what they do best… making and performing the music we all love to hear.
Having been in the music business for so many years, Melvin and Leslie have seen their share of coming and going. The thing that makes New Birth extraordinary is the classic, timeless beauty of the songs they perform and the memories they evoke in people. Music has always been New Birth’s first love, and that’s why they put a special effort into every show they do. It’s all about the audience.
It is almost impossible to count the times that fans have approached Melvin and Leslie to let them know what their music has meant to them, how it has become a marker in their lives, a first kiss, a first love, the birth of a child and so much more. To them, this is the real reason they continue to bring New Birth to the people… it makes them feel good to make us feel good. “Although it’s been an up and down road, I wouldn’t have missed a minute of it,” Melvin reflects. “New Birth will never stop.”