|Birth name||Bryce Wilson|
|Origin||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Labels||Capitol/EMI Records (Mantronix)
Epic/SME Records (Groove Theory)/ SIZE Records
|Associated acts||Groove Theory
Bryce Wilson (born 1972) is a record producer/entrepreneur and actor. He was formerly half of late 1990s contemporary R&B duo Groove Theory, and former artist on the early 1990s dance music/electro hip-hop band 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.
Record producer & Entrepreneur
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, Lupe Fiasco, Beyonce, Pharrell, and many others. Wilson's production sales have exceeded 50 million as well as 2 Grammy Awards.
Bryce has successfully leveraged his music platform by entering into the tech space to create a diversified business portfolio that includes Sound Ventures Technology and Twtmob. As a partner and strategic consultant, Wilson has helped raise the brand profile of Twtmob, a social-influencer advertising platform into an interactive viral powerhouse with celebrity partnerships ranging from Diddy to Kim Kardashian, and garners over 200 million impressions per day.
Using music as a vehicle, Bryce Wilson has also helped to manage the careers of superstars like Brandy, The Game, and Lupe Fiasco. He simultaneously sculpted their images by securing corporate partnerships and applying strategic marketing tools to both drive and further assist them in capitalizing on their careers.
Teaming up with Josh Pickard of The Green Apple Group and restaurateur/ lifestyle impressario Serge Becker (Ms. Lily’s, La Esquina, and The Box), Wilson also acts as one of the majority owners of the West Village live music club Joe’s Pub (NYC), a nightlife staple for over fourteen years. He’s previously invested with his partners in Volume, a club establishment formerly located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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)
- The Stick Up Kids (2008) (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). July 2002. Retrieved 2006-11-22.
- Huey, Steve. "Allmusic.com Groove Theory Biography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2006-11-22.