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To date Soul II Soul have sold over 10 million albums in over 35 territories worldwide and have product on over 200 compilation CDs while Jazzie has accreditation on over 35 million albums in over 100 territories. They’ve performed in over 20 countries, and appeared at some of the most famous venues in the world including Wembley and New York's Universal Ample Theatre. America embraced Soul II Soul to such a degree, in 1990 they picked up two Grammy's. Jazzie was given the keys to seven cities in the US, including LA and New York, and the NAACP has honoured him. There's even a Soul II Soul day over there. Into more recent times, musically Soul II Soul has kept itself contemporary – "Keep On Movin'' was used for the high profile Renault Clio television ads. Mary J. Blige and Sean Kingston have both released cover versions of "Back To Life'; while Beverly Knight released her version of "FairPlay" in 2011. A year later, "Back to Life" was featured in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. In 2008 there was royal recognition for the Funki Dreds when, after thirty years of dedication, Jazzie was awarded an OBE for services to music. The first sound man to be honoured by Her Majesty the Queen, and probably the most deserved investiture ever. Then in the same year Jazzie won the Ivor Novello Award for inspiration, and as he stepped up to accept the trophy he was announced as "the man who gave British black music a soul of its own". 2012 saw Soul II Soul receive the PRS for Music Heritage Award with a special plaque erected on The Electric (formerly The Fridge) in Brixton, where the group played their first live gig in 1991. Without any doubt, Soul II Soul are the most influential British Soul/R&B act of all time. Led by producer/vocalist/songwriter DJ Jazzie B., Soul II Soul was one of the most innovative dance/R&B outfits of the late '80s, creating a seductive, deep R&B that borrowed from Philly soul, disco, reggae, and '80s hip-hop. Originally featuring Jazzie B., producer/arranger Nellee Hooper, and instrumentalist Philip "Daddae" Harvey, the musical collective came together in the late '80s. Two singles, "Fairplay" and "Feel Free," began to attract attention both in clubs and in the press. Featuring the vocals of Caron Wheeler, Soul II Soul's third single "Keep on Movin'," reached the U.K. Top Ten in March of 1989. Released in the summer of 1989, "Back to Life" also featured Wheeler and became another Top Ten hit. Soul II Soul released their debut album, Club Classics, Vol. One, shortly afterward. More than twenty years later, Soul II Soul are still one of the UK's biggest touring groups, performing regular headline shows and headlining festivals in the UK and internationally. [more]

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