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RAMP is an American soul/jazz band from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.[1] The band's name stands for "Roy Ayers Music Productions" but Ayers was not a member, though he did write and produce songs on their album.[2]

The group released one album, Come Into Knowledge (1977), subsequently considered a classic among rare-groove collectors, artists (such as Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Common, PM Dawn, A Tribe Called Quest and many others who have used RAMP samples in their music) and Roy Ayers fans. Featuring the vocals of Sharon Matthews and Sibel Thrasher, the album was recorded in New York City and California. The group was a vehicle for the songwriting talents of Ayers and Edwin Birdsong. Released in 1977, the set featured a version of Ayers' "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" along with the 'rare groove' track "Daylight". The LP release of the album commands very high prices. The album was eventually re-released on CD in 2007.

The group split up shortly afterwards, but reformed in 2006 for new tours and recordings. RAMP performed on June 30, 2007, with Washington, DC, jazz pianist Will Rast, at the Central Park SummerStage in New York City.

In 2008, the song "Daylight" featured Grand Theft Auto IV on the fictional radio station The Vibe 98.8.

RAMP added new school member vocalists, Kia Bennett and Desiree Jordan to the mix and is currently working on new material.


  • John Manuel (drums and percussion)
  • Sharon Matthews (lead vocals)
  • Sibel Thrasher (lead vocals)
  • Nate White (bass)
  • Landy Shores (guitar)



  1. ^ "Ramp - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Come into Knowledge - Ramp - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 December 2017.