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About M People
M People emerged out of the club scene in Manchester as the eighties turned into the nineties to become the first mainstream dance act. During their ten year reign as one of the world’s biggest dance acts the band sold more than 11 million records.
The first single from M People, Colour My Life, was released in 1991, but it wasn’t until the second single, How Can I Love You More, was released that the band had top ten success. M People's first album, Northern Soul, got its name from the music genre, a mixture of styles with ingredients from dance and soul. Northern Soul was acclaimed one of the best dance albums in 1992
Northern Soul's follow-up album, Elegant Slumming produced 3 more massive hits Moving On Up, One Night in Heaven and Dennis Edwards' classic Don’t Look Any Further.
The bands line up was now completed with the addition of Shovell, a former percussionist in Natural Life, who had previously spent nine years as a plumber in South London, and Elegant Slumming went on to win a Brit Award as well as the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.
M People’s songs have been used in everything from advertising campaigns to films such as The Full Monty and Pret-a-Porter and the band were even give the Freedom of Manchester in 1999.
In 2005, the band released M People featuring Heather Small, The Ultimate Collection.