About Booking R&B Groups
R&B began in the 1940s as 'rhythm and blues music'. Early on, musicians recorded both jazz and R&B music, such as the swing band of Count Basie, who had a weekly live R&B broadcast from Harlem, NYC. Other pioneers of R&B music, or soul music as it was called, were Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, James Brown and Aretha Franklin. With the transition from soul to R&B in the 1980s, Luther Vandross, Prince and Whitney Houston rose in popularity. This newer contemporary R&B combined elements of soul, funk, dance, and hip hop. The abbreviation R&B is almost always used instead of the full rhythm and blues term, although contemporary R&B is also referred to as urban contemporary.
Some things to consider when hiring a R&B Group are to make sure you listen to audio and watch video clips. This will ensure that you truly do book the best for your next event! Next, you want to get references. Talk to people in the area about the band and get feedback. Finally, get a contract. Many professional R&B Groups require a deposit to secure them at your next event. Make sure to read through the contract carefully before contracting the band for your party.