Perhaps no group embodies the spirit of classic eighties Hip-Hop R and B soul more than the iconic and unstoppable Force MD’s. Anyone who has attended a Force MD’s show knows that from the first words of “Tender Love” “Here I lay all alone…” the whole crowd is instantly unified, swaying arm in arm, passionately singing the soundtrack of their lives. The first few bars of timeless classics like “Love is a House”, “Tears,” or countless other hits can transform any arena into a nostalgic soul celebration in seconds.
The group is most known for the overwhelming commercial success from the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis-penned classic “Tender Love.” The song proved to be a huge success, peaking at #2 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, remaining there for 19 weeks, and helping Jam & Lewis garner a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year. Incredibly, the group would follow this success in 1987 with their first #1 R&B hit “Love is a House.” But the Force MD’s deep catalog of classic R and B/ Hip-Hop staples including “Tears,” “Here I go Again,” “Let me Love You,” and their continued release of new anthems for all occasions has allowed them to maintain a consistent presence at radio and in the hearts of their fans.
When the Force MD’s fans listen to their music and attend their shows they frequently state that they feel like they are celebrating a story of resilience, and triumph over obstacles and tragedy. The group is a living testimony that empowers fans to face the challenges in their own lives. And the group knows challenges all too well. Tragedy struck the group four times with the passing of four of its members: Charles “Mercury” Nelson suffered a fatal heart attack in 1995; Antoine “T.C.D.” Lundy died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1998; Trisco Pearson died of cancer in 2016 and DJ Dr. Rock died under unknown circumstances. Nevertheless, the groups remaining members have transformed this tragedy into ongoing inspiration that they share generously with their audiences.
As the longest active member of the group, Stevie D is the dynamic thread that connects the group’s history, to its present and rapidly evolving future. As a powerful vocalist, pioneering freestyle artist, and electrifying dancer he exemplifies the blend of Hip-Hop and R and B that the group is known for originating. However, Jesse D an original member is currently pursuing his solo career and may join back with the group in the future. Khalil Lundy and TCD Lundy forged their vocal styles working closely together during their youth. Today Stevie D, Khalil and Zieme their nephew are continuing the legacy as the embodiment of the distinctive Force M.D.’s sound.