With Super Freestyle Explosion at the Stockton Arena this weekend, let’s take a trip down memory lane of the Freestyle movement from the late 80’s and early 90’s. Freestyle is a type of dance-pop or electric dance music that emerged due to the ending of disco. German techno pop group Kraftwerk was said to be one of the pioneers for the electric dance movement in the late 70’s with their album “Trans-Europe Express;” but, freestyle became known around 1983 when Shannon’s “Let the Music Play” hit the radio and was a huge success, especially with the underground clubs. It was then that freestyle was adopted by the Latin and Italian-American audiences and became a source of pride for both populations and hit peak popularity. The genre of freestyle is now making a comeback and inspiring new artists to find themselves in the music just like the 10 freestyle music legends appearing at Super Freestyle Explosion did back in the beginning.
The Stockton Arena will be hosting Super Freestyle Explosion on August 14th, 2015 where fans will get to see performances by:
· Native of South Florida, Stevie B is a singer, songwriter, and producer who commonly receives the title as the “King of Freestyle Music.” Stevie B’s debut song “Party Your Body” in 1987 became a huge hit in clubs across the nation and kick started Stevie’s career; but, in 1990 Stevie reached the pinnacle of success when he recorded “Because I Love You (The Postman Song).” Stevie B’s accomplishments include: 3 RIAA Platinum Albums, 13 Top 40 dance and/or pop singles, and 1 Classic #1 hit.
· A pioneer for Latin artists, Lisa Lisa is commonly acknowledged as the originator of the Latin Hip Hop/Freestyle genre. At a young age Lisa was introduced to the band Full Force and brought on as a singer and her path to super-stardom began. Lisa Lisa eventually went on to produce popular hits like “I Wonder If I take You Home,” “All Cried Out,” “Can You Feel The Beat” and “Lost In Emotion.” Lisa Lisa’s accomplishments include: 6 top selling albums and more than 20 million records sold worldwide.
· A female vocal trio group consisting of Jeanette Jurado, Gioia Bruno and Ann Curless, with Latin-flavored dance-pop music and adult contemporary ballads. Although the group has had different members from the beginning in the 1980’s to now, the group has had great success. In 1984 Exposé released their first single “Point of No Return” which was a huge success in clubs and was a definite example of the Latin Freestyle genre. Other singles include “Exposed to Love,” “Come Go With Me” and “Seasons Change.” Exposé’s accomplishments include: first album (Exposure) sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. alone and a number one single on Billboard’s Pop Singles Chart.
· Native to Miami, Trinere was in the hot spot for post-disco club music when she helped popularize Pretty Tony (who helped build the electro legacy in Miami) when he produced her single “I Know You Love Me” in 1984. Trinere’s other successful hits were “They’re Playing Our Song,” “I’ll Be All You Ever Need,” and “How Can We Be Wrong.” Trinere’s accomplishments include: Top 15 Hits on Billboard’s Club Chart and she crossed into the Hot Black Singles chart.