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Alan Steward

"Electronic World Fusion", an exotic mix of funk, jazz, world music and electronica" Alan Steward is a producer, songwriter and recording artist who produced hits for Grammy-winning and Platinum-selling artists like the multi-platinum selling Baha Men and five-time Grammy winners Dennis Edwards and Eddie Kendricks, both original members of the The Temptations. Their single, "Get It While It's Hot," co-written by Jermaine Jackson, became a club hit and went on to spawn four remixes.

Steward is credited by many as one of the early pioneers for electronic dance music, touring with an elaborate setup of 13 or more keyboards, synthesizers and rhythm boxes (at a time when the drum machine wasn't even invented yet). Unlike the other pioneers of electronica like Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, Alan's music was always very danceable, full of R&B and soul influences and indeed the forerunner of what is now termed House Music. Alan's musical style today is best described as electronic world fusion, as it combines exotic instruments and voices with jazz and funk grooves and electronica.

As a producer, Steward recorded hits for David Black (Capitol/EMI Records), who went on a world tour opening for Mc Hammer and also appeared on his album Too Legit to Qui; Isaac Adams (former vocalist for both the Bar Kays and Cameo)

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