|Birth name||Bryce Wilson|
|Also known as||Bryce Luvah, MC Luvah|
|Origin||New York City, New York, U.S.|
New jack swing
|Occupations||Producer, actor, musician, rapper|
|Labels||Capitol/EMI Records (Mantronix)
Epic/SME Records (Groove Theory)
|Associated acts||Groove Theory
Bryce Wilson (born in 1972) also formerly known as Bryce Luvah, is a record label executive/producer, actor, musician, and former emcee. He was formerly half of late 1990s contemporary R&B duo Groove Theory, and emcee/keyboardist for early 1990s dance music/electro funk/old school hip hop group Mantronix.
Mantronix MC and keyboardist
Following the departure of electro funk/old school hip hop group Mantronix's original rapper MC Tee, Wilson, (then known as Bryce "Luvah", or MC Luvah), and D.J. D, the cousin of the remaining Mantronix member, Kurtis Mantronik, joined Mantronix for 1990's This Should Move Ya. The album spawned two top-10 hits on the British singles chart, "Got to Have Your Love" at #4, and "Take Your Time" at #10. In the United States, the album reached #61 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Wilson was the primary rapper on all of the rap-based tracks that appeared on the album, and was responsible for the lyrical content.
Mantronix's final release, with vocalist Jade Trini replacing D.J. D, was The Incredible Sound Machine in 1991. The Incredible Sound Machine, which tended to favor R&B, new jack swing and house music over hip hop, was considered both a critical and commercial disappointment. Shortly after the tour and promotion related to the release of The Incredible Sound Machine, Mantronix disbanded.
Following the demise of Mantronix, Wilson paired with Amel Larrieux to form the contemporary R&B duo Groove Theory. In 1995, the group released its self-titled debut album Groove Theory. The album featured the hit, gold certified single "Tell Me" which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart.
Larrieux left the group to pursue a solo career in 1999, and was replaced by Charlotte-bred singer Makeda Davis. The duo originally signed with Epic Records but left the label in 2001. Subsequently, Wilson signed Davis to a solo deal with Interscope and then DreamWorks Records.
In 1996, Wilson collaborated with legendary R&B/pop hitmaker Babyface, and the two co-produced "You're Makin' Me High," a smash hit single for Toni Braxton that went #1 on both the R&B and Pop charts. He also appeared in the video as Toni's love interest. Rumors of a romance between the two were unconfirmed. Wilson then went on to produce such acts as Mary J. Blige, Amerie, Whitney Houston, Mýa, Changing Faces, and many others. Wilson's production sales have exceeded 50 million as well as 2 Grammy Awards.
Since 1995, when he made a guest appearance with Groove Theory on an episode of the television drama New York Undercover, Wilson has acted in a variety of films and television shows. Most notably, Wilson appeared as James, in the 2005 film Beauty Shop, which starred Queen Latifah.
Film and television work
- Jury Of Our Peers (2008) (as Vic)
- Stick Up Kids (2007) (as Hands)
- Show Stoppers (2007) (as Fabian)
- The System Within (2006) (as Rollins)
- Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club (2006) (as Amp)
- Beauty Shop (2005) (as James)
- All Shades of Fine: 25 Hottest Women of the Past 25 Years (2005)
- Hair Show (2004) (as Drake)
- Retrosexual: The 80's (2004)
- Guilty by Association (2003) (as Kenny)
- Weekend Vibe (2002)
- Trois (2000) (as Robert)
- New York Undercover... aka Uptown Undercover-Grim Reaper (1997) (with Groove Theory)
- Wynn, Ron. "Allmusic This Should Move Ya Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2006-11-22.
- Henderson, Alex. "Allmusic The Incredible Sound Machine Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2006-11-22.
- "When Recorded Hip-hop was in its Infancy, One Man was Responsible for Really Pushing the Sonic Envelope. It's Been Far from Plain Sailing Since, But the Mantronix Legacy will Run Forever". cheebadesign.com (original article printed in Hip Hop Connection Magazine). 2002-07. Retrieved 2006-11-22.
- Huey, Steve. "Allmusic.com Groove Theory Biography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2006-11-22.