As an integral member of the Isley Brothers and As an integral member of the Isley Brothers and Isley/Jasper/Isley, and as a successful solo artist, Chris Jasper has been at the forefront of progressive R&B music since the early 1970's. His professional career began in 1973, when the original Isley Brothers vocal trio expanded to include younger brothers, Ernie and Marvin, and brother-in-law, Chris, to create the musical component of the newly-created, self-contained group, the "Isley Brothers".
The Isley Brothers made their vinyl debut that same year with the groundbreaking "3&3" album, followed by a series of modern R&B classics such as "Who's That Lady," "Fight the Power," "Live it Up," and "For the Love of You." Chris Jasper was the key instrumentalist, arranger and songwriter on all of the Isley Brothers material, including the gold and platinum albums "Showdown"," "Go all the Way," and "The Heat is On." In January 1992, Chris Jasper was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his accomplishments over the 13 years he was with the group, with 11 gold and 4 platinum albums to his credit.
In 1984, the Isley Brothers split up and Chris, Marvin and Ernie formed Isley/Jasper/Isley. Chris, the lead vocalist on most of IJI's recordings, was responsible for the majority of the writing and production for the new group. The trio released three high-quality albums on the CBS Associated label, including "Caravan of Love", which featured the #1 out-of-the-box title hit, written and sung by Chris and subsequently covered by English recording group, the Housemartins, who made "Caravan" an international #1 pop hit. "Caravan Of Love" has also been used in the Dodge Caravan commercials. Caravan of love ' was also recorded by Marvin Sap (appears on the WoW 2000 gospel album).
In January 1988, IJI disbanded and Chris Jasper went solo, forming his own independent record label, Gold City Records. In the short time following, Chris released two-high quality albums on the Gold City/CBS label, entirely written, produced arranged and performed by Chris. His first solo project, entitled "SuperBad", featured the #1 out-of-the-box hit.
Chris has also produced, performed and written music for other artists, including Liz Hogue's debut album entitled "Vicious & Fresh" for the Gold City/CBS label; and "Make It Last" for Chaka Khan's "CK" album. Albums produced by Chris Jasper and released and distributed independently by Gold City Records include Praise The Eternal (Chris Jasper); Out Front (Out Front); Deep Inside (Chris Jasper); Faithful & True (Chris Jasper); The Best of Chris Jasper..With Love (Chris Jasper); Amazing Love (Chris Jasper) and Brotha 2 Brotha (Brothaz By Choice)
In recent years, major recording artists have covered many of the songs primarily co-written by Chris Jasper, including Aaliyah ("At Your Best You're Love"); Whitney Houston ("For The Love Of You"); and The Doobie Brothers ("Need A Little Taste Of Love"). In addition, his songs have been used as the primary foundation for releases by both new and established Rap and R&B artists, including Fantasia; Gwen Stefani; Notorious BIG; Slick Rick; Da Brat; Black Sheep; Rob Base; Remy Salaam; Boss; Keith Murray Bone Thugs 'N' Harmony; Will Smith; Queen Latifah); Ice Tea; Usher; Whitney Houston; 702 and many more.
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