Michael Stokes (record producer)

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Michael Stokes
Birth nameMichael Lee Stokes
Also known asMike Stokes
Born (1955-01-01) January 1, 1955 (age 64)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
GenresR&B, dance, soul, disco, funk
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer, songwriter
InstrumentsKeyboards
Years active1970–present
LabelsSussex, Roadshow, A&M, Motown
Associated actsEnchantment

Michael Stokes (born January 1, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American record producer and songwriter, who is best known for producing Enchantment and Creative Source.

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Stokes first rose to prominence in the early 1970s working with Clarence Avant on his Sussex Records label, when writing for and producing acts such as Bill Withers, Creative Source, The Soul Searchers, Faith, Hope & Charity, and Dennis Coffey. When Sussex folded in June 1975, Stokes moved over to Roadshow Records. More success came writing and producing Enchantment's first three albums, along with writing songs for Brass Construction, BT Express, Shirley Caesar(1978), and then Nature's Divine on Infinity Records (1979). In the early 1980s, Stokes took over as A&R at A&M Records where he signed Janet Jackson. Stokes has continued to song-write and produce, working with L.T.D "Kickin' Back"(1981), Active Force(1983), Enchantment(1983), Magic Lady(1988), Sherrick(1987), Patti LaBelle(1991), Morris Day(1992), Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, and Jesse Powell.

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