Page semi-protected

God Made Me Funky

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
God Made Me Funky
God Made Me Funky.jpg
God Made Me Funky, May 2014
Background information
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Funk
Nu-funk
Rap
Years active 1996–present
Labels MapleMusic
Members PHATT Al, Dana Jean Phoenix, Ben Miller, Kaybe, Rich Grossman, Danny Argyle, Arthur Kerekes, Alan Witz

God Made Me Funky (GMMF) is a Canadian funk music group,[1] formed in 1996 in Toronto.[2] The group started as an "instrumental funk fusion experiment",[3] and developed a popular following in the Toronto music scene.[2]

Their self-titled debut album was released in 2005,[4] and was supported by a cross-Canada concert tour and airplay on CBC Radio 3.[5]

Their second album, We Can All Be Free, was released in 2007,[6] and garnered a Juno Award nomination for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2008.[7] The album featured guest appearances by Maestro, Michie Mee and Thrust.[8] The single "Won More Time" charted in the top 10 on Canadian modern rock and campus radio charts and the top 100 on the contemporary hit radio charts,[8] and the single "Luv T'Day" was featured on the soundtrack to the comedy film American Pie Presents: Beta House.[8]

Their third album, Enter the Beat, was released in 2008.[9]

The band has collaborated with a variety of female vocalists both on tour and in the recording studio, including Breanne Arigo,[10] Leah Daniels, former Canadian Idol winner Melissa O'Neil[10] and Dana Jean Phoenix.[10]

Their music has also been used in advertisements for Parmalat and Coors Light.[9][11]

Their most recent album, Funky, Fly, N' Free, was released in 2015.[12]

Awards and nominations

  • Best RnB Band, Toronto Independent Music Awards 2005[8]
  • Nominated for Favourite Urban Artist/Group/Duo of the Year, Canadian Independent Music Awards, 2007[13]
  • Nominated for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, Juno Awards, 2008[7]

Albums

  • God Made Me Funky (2005)[4]
  • We Can All Be Free (2007)[6]
  • Enter the Beat (2008)[3]
  • Welcome to Nu Funktonia (2009)[2]
  • Vive Le NuFunk (2012)
  • Funky, Fly, N' Free (2015)[12]

References

  1. ^ God Made Me Funky at Allmusic.
  2. ^ a b c "God Made Me Funky: Welcome To Nu Funktonia". Exclaim!, August 4, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "God Made Me Funky: Enter the Beat". Exclaim!, June 17, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "God Made Me Funky: God Made Me Funky". Exclaim!, August 1, 2005.
  5. ^ "Rhythm kings". Toronto Star, August 2, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "God Made Me Funky: We Can All Be Free". Exclaim!, February 20, 2007.
  7. ^ a b "Junos bring the funk". Calgary Herald, April 9, 2008.
  8. ^ a b c d "NuFunk's roots deep; GMMF's hip-hop fusion turns heads". Windsor Star, July 19, 2008.
  9. ^ a b "God Made Me Funky - In Full Effect". !earshot, June 2008.
  10. ^ a b c "Funk band develops theatre stars". Sault Star, March 27, 2015.
  11. ^ "Nine-piece funk band brings a Terrific Time". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, September 18, 2008.
  12. ^ a b "God Made Me Funky: Funky Fly 'N Free". Exclaim!, March 24, 2015.
  13. ^ "Welcome to Nu-Funkistan". The Gauntlet, February 11, 2010.

External links