With the Lee Williams as the lead singer, 1992 and 1993 saw The Manhattans touring and performing extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Under the direction and mentorship of original Manhattans member Edward "Sonny" Bivins, the group worked hard to re-establish the Manhattans sound, and the many performances and appearances gave them the perfect venue to perfect the sound that made The Manhattans so successful.
The "Manhattans Now" CD was released in 1994 under the Hektoen Label. It was a collaboration with producer Steve Washington (of The Ohio Players and Slave fame). The Group members wrote many of the songs for the CD. In 1996, The Manhattans contract with Hektoen Records would end and The Manhattans would go in a different direction. After their release from the contract they started their own company, Manhattans Entertainment Inc. In 1998, The Manhattans were requested to perform at the White House Christmas Party for The President of the United States and the First Lady, Bill and Hillary Clinton. During the mid-1990's The Manhattans would continue to tour extensively throughout the United States, Europe, The Caribbean and Japan.
The Manhattans - 1994
In February 1999, The Manhattans were inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, California. Also sharing the honors that year were fellow inductees Isaac Hayes, Patti Labelle & The Bluebells and Ashford and Simpson. They also received the Lifetime Achievement "Pioneer Award" as a testament to their longevity and outstanding contributions to the industry. In March of that year, "Sister 2 Sister" magazine did a full page spread on The Manhattans performance at the White House Christmas party the year before. Also that year, The Manhattans would work with the "Feed The Hungry" Project. A non-profit organization that was started some 30 years ago by the late civil rights activist, Mr. Hosea Williams. Every year in Atlanta, the organization would feed and clothe the homeless and underprivileged, provide health care screening and treatment and provide haircuts. The Manhattans helped serve the food and gave a free concert that evening.
The following year in March of 2000, The Manhattans performed a free concert for the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama. They received a personal tour of the Museum and made the symbolic walk across the Edmund Pettus bridge, the same bridge Dr. Martin Luther King led those brave souls across in the Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery. A long and arduous trek that began with what come to be known as "Bloody Sunday". It was very deeply moving experience for all.
In 2003: The Manhattans performed another free concert, this time for the Underground Railroad Museum in Peekskill, NY. This was an historical moment. The Manhattans were given a very informative tour of the Museum. Very few people are aware that Peekskill was a major stop on the Underground Railroad. The concert that night featured The Manhattans, The Escorts and The Persuaders. Later that year, on August 9th, each member of The Manhattans received a citation and community merit award from the Mayor and City Council of Davidson, N.C. Two weeks later, The Manhattans found themselves Cruising the Caribbean with The 2003 Classic Soul Cruise. Among the Ports of Call were Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Cancun. Also on the show were Bloodstone and Heatwave, along with Comedian M.C. Lightfoot.
In 2004, The Manhattans kicked off their 40th anniversary in the business with a 6 day tour of Jamaica. The performances were so amazing and well received that video tapings of the performances continued to air on Jamaican television for months. Thank you Jamaica for starting off The Manhattans’ 40th year with a bang. The Manhattans also began starring in the hit play, “Girl, He Ain’t Worth It” w/ Me’Lisa Morgan (“Do Me Baby”), Ted “Wizard” Mills (Original Lead Singer for Blue Magic) and Tito Jackson (formerly of The Jackson 5). The play is touring throughout the U.S and will be in a city near you.
The Manhattans - 2005
In 2005, The Manhattans became a more permanent fixture in the 70's Soul Jam Tour. They performed along the East Coast and Canada in the early months and part of the Mid-West and West Coast legs of the Tour. In the Spring of 2005, The Manhattans were invited to perfom at the World Famous Wilshire-Ebert Theater in Los Angeles CA as part of the Classic Soul Concert. Also on the show was Blue Magic. In September, they traveled to St. Maarten, N.A. to perfom to a sold out audience at the Casino Royale in the capital, Phillipsburg. The concert was met with such spectacular reviews, that word of the performance quickly spread throughout the Carribean. As a result, The Manhattans found themselves performing in the Carribean quite frequently. Over the next several months, in addition to the numerous engagements on the U.S. mainland, The Manhattans performed in St. Thomas, St.Croix, Anguilla, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Grenada, Barbados and Tortola. They were and are still being sought by other islands in the Carribean as well as previously visited islands in serach of return engagements.
Early in 2006, The Manhattans were contracted to perform in another hit musical play, "Chicken Shack". Afterwhich, they returned to touring. In June The Manhattans were asked to perform at the Annual Hullabaloo at Raley Field in West Sacramento. Typically a Rock Concert, The Manhattans added the old school R & B flavor to the mix. Also on the line up were, Eddie Money, Rare Earth, Blue Oyster Cult and Maxine Nightingale.
The Manhattans are also in the middle of a Recording Project, so look out for the new CD sometime next year. You can be sure that
The Manhattans will be:
Blazing the Scene in 2013!
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