The Next Movement is an R&B vocal group formed in 1971 on Chicago’s south side. As young boys they idolized the harmony groups popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s such as The Temptations, Jackson 5, Dramatics, The Dells and The Chi-Lites. The group continued to change and became the “Next Movement” because their dance moves were so smooth they were always asked “what’s the next move?”
The young group’s 1st official release was “Girl, Why You Want to Take My Heart” in 1972 on the local Interplanetary label. Followed two years later with “Everywhere You Go (I’ll Be Around)” it earned them an appearance on the increasingly popular Chicago TV show “Soul Train.”
The group continued to perform locally and in 1976 was asked to perform in Las Vegas with Redd Fox at the Thunderbird. In 1980 they recorded “The Next Movement” album that plays like a last luscious piece of delight, appearing in the waning years of Chicago soul. The mid-tempo groove “Never Stop Dancing” demonstrated amazing string and horn arrangements by Tom Washington, anchored by a tight rhythm section featuring drummer Quinton Joseph.
In 1984, The Next Movement was signed by music industry veteran Gus Redmond and the classic stepper’s tune “More Love” was released. The following year the group had their first national hit in the formative years of the House Music movement of Chicago entitled “All I Do,” which hit the Billboard R&B charts at #49. Arranged by the legendary Tom Tom “All I Do” was a smooth R&B/Dance single which was played on radio across the country in regular rotation.
The Next Movement performed at Oprah Winfrey’s 1989 New Years Eve Party where she proclaimed them the best vocal group in Chicago. The group’s next release in 1991, “Let’s Work It Out,” became a dance classic and club hit.
The group continues to perform at the finest casinos and showrooms across the country. The current line-up features original members Cornell Haywood, Earl Shelbym and Samuel Thomas, Jr.