Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that was founded in 1969 by jazz drummer Maurice White ( vocals, drums, kalimba ) in Chicago, Illinois.


Her style is influenced by soul, funk, R & B, African elements ( Kalimba ) and modern pop rhythms that they gathered in the Christian communities around them. In particular, they were known for their strong brass section - the Phenix Horns (sic). A distinctive feature of their sound is the falsetto vocals of their singer Philip Bailey from Denver, who joined shortly after the release of the first album the group.

After the first two albums, which ran with moderate success on the charts, Maurice White formed the band around again. But only in 1975, after the band's soundtrack album That's the Way of the World for the same film in which they starred, brought out, started her international success story. With the decoupled hit single Shining Star they stood for weeks high in many countries in the top 10, the first major success was the middle of the disco era one, with the Grammy Award - albums All'N'All (1977) and I Am - (1979). Of these albums alone, eight songs top hits and stood on the top places in the R & B charts: Can not Let Go, After the Love Has Gone, Fantasy, Wait, In The Stone, Boogie Wonderland, Star and You and I. another top hit the band had with the September published only on single and greatest hits album (1978).

Other major hits such as Let's Groove (1981 ) should follow.

The world presented stage shows of Earth, Wind and Fire recorded particularly in the 80 years through their colorful, elaborate costumes and the extraordinary choreography of.

Since 1998, Maurice White did not occur due to illness, with the band live on. After recording the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, he announced that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease.

The other band members, led by Verdine White and Philip Bailey, decided to continue the band. So Earth, Wind and Fire tour today worldwide with great success and continue to be albums. Maurice White is also a member of the band and joins the studio recordings as a singer and producer in appearance. Occasionally you see him again on stage (eg at the Grammy Awards in 2004 and during the tour of Japan 2004).

Is in September 2013 - eight years after the last studio album - Now, Then & Forever published. The second single after Guiding Lights is called My Promise, and was released on June 24.