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Also known as
  • R.A.M.P.
  • Ramp
OriginCincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Years active1976–1977, 2006–2007
LabelsABC Blue Thumb
Past membersSharon Matthews
Sibel Thrasher (deceased)
Landy Shores
Nate White (deceased)
John Manuel

RAMP (an acronym for Roy Ayers Music Productions) was an American soul/jazz band from Cincinnati, Ohio.[1][2] It was founded in 1976 by Roy Ayers, who was not a member of the group, though he did write and produce songs on their only album. The band consisted of Sharon Matthews and Sibel Thrasher on vocals, Landy Shores on guitar, Nate White on bass, and John Manuel on drums and percussion. The band is joined in the present day by Kia Bennett and Desiree Jordan.

The group released one studio album, Come into Knowledge, subsequently considered a classic among rare-groove collectors, artists (such as Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Common, PM Dawn, Tyler the Creator, A Tribe Called Quest and many others who have used RAMP samples in their music)[3] and Roy Ayers fans.

Come into Knowledge was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City and at Record Plant in Hollywood, California. The group was a vehicle for the songwriting talents of Ayers and Edwin Birdsong. Released in 1977 via ABC Blue Thumb, the set featured a version of Ayers' "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" along with the 'rare groove' track "Daylight". The LP record release of the album commands very high prices. The album was eventually reissued and re-released on CD in 2007 by P-Vine Records in Japan and by Verve Records in Europe and the United States.[4]

The group split up shortly afterwards, but reformed in 2006 for new tours and recordings. RAMP performed on June 30, 2007, with Washington, D.C. jazz pianist Will Rast, at the Central Park SummerStage in New York City. RAMP member Sibel Thrasher died in April 2020.[5] RAMP bassist Nate White died in January 2021.[6]

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


  • Kia Bennett - lead vocalist
  • Desiree Jordan - lead vocalist
  • Sharon Matthews – lead vocalist
  • Sibel Thrasher – lead vocals
  • Lany Shores – guitar
  • Nate White – bass
  • Johnny Manuel – drums and percussion


Come into Knowledge
Studio album by
Singles from Come into Knowledge
  1. "Everybody Loves the Sunshine"
    Released: 1977

Come into Knowledge[edit]

1."The American Promise"6:18
2."I Just Love You"Roy Ayers4:56
3."Give It"Edwin Birdsong4:42
4."Everybody Loves the Sunshine"Roy Ayers3:43
5."Come into Knowledge"
  • Roy Ayers
  • William Allen
  • Philip Woo
6."Try, Try, Try"Roy Ayers4:57
  • Roy Ayers
  • William Allen
  • Edwin Birdsong
8."Look into the Sky"Roy Ayers4:42
9."Deep Velvet"Roy Ayers3:39
Total length:41:48


  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Ramp | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Wikane, Christian John (December 19, 2007). "RAMP: Come Into Knowledge". PopMatters. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "RAMP". WhoSampled. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ramp (3) - Come Into Knowledge". Discogs. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "RAMP - Posts". facebook.com. Facebook. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  6. ^ ""RAMP - Posts"". Facebook. Retrieved 2021-12-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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