M People

M PeopleCountry: UK
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Dance, Pop, House, Soul
Labels: Deconstruction (from 1990 to 1997), M People Records (from 1997 to 1998)
Members: Heather Small (vocals), Mike Pickering, Paul Heard, Shovell (Andrew Lovell)
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Official Website: mpeopleofficial.com
Info: This band, formed in 1990, was based in Manchester, England. They had many successes in the early 90's. The name M People is inspired by the initions of Mike Pickering, the former of this group who already produced dance music.

Begin years
Mike Pickering was known as one of the original DJ's at the Ha├žienda and as member of the dance group 'Quando Quango' under Factory Records. Paul Heard was a member of the acid jazz band 'Ace of Clubs'. Andrew Lovell known as 'Shovell' was a member of the collective 'Natural Life'. Heather Small did the vocals in an English soul band called 'Hot House'. The original plan was that every song would have another lead singer. But the members noticed that Heather brought the best vocals so they decided to have Heater as lead singer for every song they will produce.

First release
The first released song by the M People was 'Colour My Life' and came out on white label in a limited edition. Despite the small success with this song they where noticed by people in the dance scene. Their second single 'How Can I Love You More?' was a bigger success and their first album 'Northern Soul' followed quickly.

Moving on Up
By releasing 'One Night in Heaven' in 1991, that peaked on number 6 in the national charts, the group was recognized by the whole world. A moment later they where ready to release their biggest hit 'Moving on Up'. It became a world classic hit. A second album 'Elegant Slumming' was in the making. In the summer of 1991 the band got a Mercury Music Price for that album.

First World Tour: Come Again Tour and the US
In 1995 they did their first world tour called 'Come Agian Tour'. It gave their selling's a boost and they decided to re-issue the 'Bizarre Fruit II' album. Because of the world tour, they had success in the United States with 4 number one hits.

Greatest Hits compilations and last single
After releasing the album 'Fresco' in 1996 and 'Angel St' in 1998 it was time to make a 'Greatest Hits' compilation that was released in 1998 together with 3 new tracks 'Testify', 'Dreaming' and 'What a Fool Believes'. In 1999 they released their final single called 'Dreaming'.

Solo career
At the end of 1999 the band split and Heather Small recorded her first solo album called 'Proud'. In 2006 she released her second album 'Close to a Miracle'.

Reunion at the Forest Commission's 2007 Forest Tours
In 2007 the M People where reunited to support the Forestry Commission's social and environmental programs by touring in many Forrest.

Greatest Hits Tour
In April 2013 the band announced that it would undertake a fourteen date 'Greatest Hits' tour in the UK but without Pickering.

Awards and winning prizes
1991 - Mercury Music Price for their 'Elegant Slumming' album.
1994 - Brit Award for Best British Dance Act
1995 - Brit Award for Best British Dance Act