'Be Free' is the work of Byron Stingily and Marshall Jefferson
Original Chi-town house pioneers Ten City have reformed (kinda), releasing their first single in 25 years.
Formed in Chicago in 1987, Ten City (also known, during their earliest days, as Ragtyme) consisted of vocalist Byron Stingily, guitarist Herb Lawson and keyboard player Byron Burke. With production from Marshall Jefferson, their singles Devotion and That's The Way Love Is were anthems on the early house scene, with the latter going to No 8 in the UK Top 40. But Stingily eventually left to go solo, and there hasn't been any new Ten City music since 1996's All Loved Out.
Now, though, Stingily and Jefferson have joined forces once more to produce Be Free, an uplifting, disco-tinged houser with a positive lyrical message which dropped yesterday on Ultra Music. Stingily says of the song:
"Be Free encompasses the spirit of dance and house music! Many times people focus on our differences, but Be Free speaks to how we are more alike than different. It is a song about respecting and appreciating our differences!"