Skipp was born in Cleveland Ohio. By age five he realized that he wanted to be a drummer. He soon auditioned for a part in his Gracemount Elementary School kindergarten Christmas play as a drummer, and received the honor of playing a single snare drum for his class, and adult visitors that came to see the play. Later Skipp went on to be mentored by a few of the swing era jazz greats, such as Chester & Thelma Clark who played alongside of the great Count Basie and Duke Ellington, and also along with "The Night Owls" swing drummer Troy Singer.
Troy Singer was very instrumental in cultivating Skipp’s ability to define and help create Skipp's four way independence and syncopation. Prior to Skipp starting grade school Mr. Singer would visit the Young's household and sit down to converse with Skipp’s parents. In doing so he would observe Skipp paying very close attention to his every movement. So with this being the case Mr. Singer would tap out various rhythms on his legs and would co-ordinate the tapping of his feet as if he were playing a set of drums. After doing so Skipp who had watched intensely would leave the room and go off to try doing what he had just witnessed the senior musician do. After attempting to play the rhythm for a while he would go back and duplicate the rhythm Mr. Singer had done so he could hear it, but in a way as to not disturb his elders conversation or be rude.
Once in the U.S. military Skipp was chosen to play the drums during non duty hours for military showcases, that featured talent from all areas of the country. This was specifically for the purpose of entertaining fellow military members and their families. This would eventually lead to Skipp being chosen at base level competition, to move forward to advanced competition that held the grand prize of going on a one year tour of duty performing for troops worldwide. Due to the birth of his new born daughter he declined the invitation to advance forward. Later in life Skipp met up with Lead Guitarist and Guitar coach Rick Higgins. This is where the rubber met the road,and a new beginning was forged as far as Skipp's ability to play and understand the guitar. Up until now all of his playing ability was strictly by ear. He now was on the road to a better understanding of scales and modalities which would be implemented and used to better define his musical portraits. Skipp has opened for a variety of act such as Public Enemy, Michael Franks, Melba Moore and has Co-produced with well known recording artist Brotha Shorty from "The Lench Mob". Skipp and fellow band members were featured in the BBC Documentary "The Life of Curtis Mayfield " which aired exclusively in the UK.
Mark Elliott Tyree, born in Cleveland, Ohio. Mark studied music Composition and Theory under a variety of mentors. Mark was determined to give the world a taste of his gift. The first mentor was his father Joseph Tyree, who played Coronet and Trumpet, and also sang the voice of Tenor as a natural second language. Mark studied the Soprano Recorder and Theory, at Gracemount Elementary School. He later studied Piano at Halle's at Severance Center with Alice Lander (Trochio) who led him deeper into Theory and Mechanics. Mark also sang Baritone in The Chorale Club
at Alexander Hamilton Jr. High under leadership of Diane Davis (McQueen) and at Emmanuel Baptist Church under Robert Thomas. The Hamilton Choral Club produced an Album in 1975. Mark became active in Sr. High with the JFK Chorale and Choraliers, where he was led into intonation by Ms. Patricia Connors (PC). In 1978 The Chorale achieved top Honors statewide as the best Public School Choir in Ohio. As a young man, Mark studied Theory with the legendary Tony King as his mentor. The experience led him to write and style his own songs. He would arrange songs to suite his own energy. Influenced by Classics, Contemporary, Gospel, and Jazz, Mark could not begin to tell you his favorite artist or style. Trained as a Classic contemporary, humbled by his own style, and thanking God for this tremendous gift. Mark would be pleased and encouraged to know you like Blaque Ahys, Old School Funky Jazz.
Muhammad Rashid was born in Columbus, Ohio. He is the son of Malva and Fareed Rashid. As a young child he was first influenced by his father Fareed who played the flugle horn and percussions for Patrice Rushin, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, and has opened for many others to include Najee. Muhammad’s exposure to music not only came from watching and listening to his father practice and create new sounds, but from both of his parents who were great lovers of jazz and R&B. This left a major impact on Muhammad's future musical journey.
Many days were filled with the music from such artist as Freddie Hubbard, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Donald Byrd & the Black Byrds just to name a few. Muhammad studied music thoughout elementary school until he graduated from Firestone High School in Akron, Ohio. Muhammad began writing and producing music when he was 15 years old creating beats for local underground artist. Muhammad continues to study Classical and Jazz piano theory and is totally grateful to all that enjoy his work in the collaborative efforts of Blaque Ahys.