Full Force may have last had their own big hit in the 80’s but they’ve been a successful production unit ever since. Thirty years in the game and the group of brothers from Brooklyn have redefined what it takes to be successful in the music business.
After working with everyone from Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam to CeCe Peniston, the group has put together a new release with help from some very talented friends. Faith Evans, Sheila E., Shanice, Will Smith,Raphael Saadiq, Tisha Campbell, Cheryl Pepsi Riley and Me’Lisa Morgan with a special interlude that includes Blair Underwood, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Omari Hardwick and Big Daddy Kane with Najee are all guests on the record Full Force With Love From Our Friends.
This release is particularly special as it marks not just their third decade in music, but Paul Anthony’s recovery from cancer.
“It’s a celebration of life an love and that’s why its called ‘With Love From Our Friends,’’’ Paul Anthony says. He attributes his recovery from cancer to several things, including God.
“Mind, body and spirit, just tying it all together, staying focused and moving like it’s already done, and then a beloved bone marrow transplant from my brother Lou.
He donated 9 million bone marrow cells to Paul, who only needed 6 million. The risks and warnings of donating marrow have daunted many prospective donors, but African-American donors are very much so needed.
“They said some siblings have pulled out,” says Lou. Bone marrow transplants are necessary to cure certain cancers, including leukemia. Lou says despite the risks and procedure, he’d do it again. “I’d die for my brother,” he says.
Full Force hits the road this fall, with a show at BB King’s in New York City. The House Party Reunion Concert happens on September 6, with Kid and Play.