In 2004, music mogul, Mathew Knowles, pioneer of the Grammy Award winning, Multi-Platinum group Destiny's Child, offered the Bama Boyz a deal immediately after personally witnessing the trio in action in the studio. This opportunity came about when Mathew accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker and judge for a leadership seminar and talent showcase hosted by Eddie, Jesse, and Jonathan at their college, Alabama A&M University. Highly impressed by the trio's professionalism and marketing tactics, Mathew invited Eddie, Jesse, and Jonathan to do an internship that summer at his company in Houston, TX. "I remember the day after school was out we packed all our stuff in our cars, I mean clothes, music equipment, everything, and we drove from Huntsville [AL] to Houston not even knowing where we was going to stay….
hell, it didn't even matter cause we was too excited just to be going," says group member E-Trez. Accustomed to the consistent money of their weekly club hustle in Bama, it didn't take long for the trio's instinct to kick in while living in Houston. Exactly three weeks after being in Houston and studying the nightlife, the Bama Boyz begin supporting their expenses of rent, food, and other necessities by creating, promoting, and operating a successful teen night at a local club in Houston. While interning at Mathew's company, Music World, the trio jacked Beyonce's Acapella for her then current single Crazy in Luv and produced an entirely new beat under her vocals.
"At that time, Mathew didn't even know we produced, so one day, we just walked in his office, put our [Crazy in Luv] remix in his stereo, turned the volume up and hit play," says group member Jesse. "I remember his [Mathew] face squinting up and his head bobbing like crazy while the remix was playing…he was crunk," says E-Trez. "After that, he told us that we could use his studio anytime we wanted." Shortly after the trio began using Music World's studio, Mathew popped in one night just to see what the young trio was doing. "By the time Mat came in the studio, we had already set up three workstations for all of us to be making beats at the same time," says group member Jonathan.
"He stopped at each of our spots and what trip me out was that he listened to the entire beat. A few days later he invited us to his boat on Clear Lake and that's where he offered us our deal." Since then, the Bama Boyz have worked with recording artists, such as, Beyonce and Destiny's Child. The Bama Boyz are currently in the studio with several Music World/Sanctuary Urban artists and developing new artists, such as Quanda (female rapper) and Kallie (female R&B), who are signed to the Bama Boyz's newly formed production company, My Turn Entertainment. Also lookout for the Bama Boyz self-titled Album Coming Soon.
In conclusion, to know the Bama Boyz, you must listen to their music. The Bama Boyz's music is a combination of their past, present, and future. Even though the trio grew up in different households, growing up in the same neighborhood with each other has given them similar backgrounds. "Our music explains how we grew up, who we are, and who we hope to be in the near future," states Eddie "E-Trez" Smith III.
"Our music has no filter…so we invite you to listen to our most inner thoughts, feelings, secrets, and opinions." www.bama-boyz.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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