New York, NY (June 2021)
Sonic Explosion announces the release of the remastered 1976 record, “We Belong Together.” The soulful arrangement of “We Belong Together” epitomizes the first stirrings of love and garnered huge success for the group internationally. Following hospitalization and near-death encounter with Coronavirus, Jameel McKanstry (A&R and lead songwriter for Music Unlimited) decided to focus on what could be a uniting factor between him and his father, Hayward Rashaad (one of the founders of the popular soul group Sonic Explosion) – music.
Between differences in religious ideologies and the abusive relationship that Rashaad had with his wife, the relationship between father and son was non-existent. Now, as Rashaad battles the onset of dementia, the two men have reconnected and are working together to re-introduce this song and band to the world. “We Belong Together” is now available on all digital platforms and everywhere music is sold. # # #
About Sonic Explosion American soul band Sonic Explosion was formed in the late 1960s in Tuscaloosa, AL. riding the wave of Soul, Blues, and R&B. Members Hayward Rashaad (saxophone), Marvin Oliver (trombone), Thomas “TJ” Jefferson (bass), Gary Browmlee (drummer), Eugene Patton (lead guitar), Reginald Parker (trumpet), and Dwight Hines (keyboard, vocals) wrote, arranged and
performed their music that would continue to be influential for decades to come. The group, best known as the performers of the rare record “We Belong Together”, headlined international tours
and opened for notable artists such as Junior Walker and the All Stars, Bobby Bland, and Albert King. They also performed at the Howlin Wolf Festival, the King Biscuit Blues Festival, andthe
WC Handy Festival of Muscle Shoals.
Jameel McKanstry is a singer/songwriter, teacher, and author. Hailing from Tuscaloosa, AL, McKanstry earned his Bachelor’s of Music Education with a specialization
in Choral Music from Florida State University. McKanstry relocated to New York City and earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Theatre at New York University. Currently, McKanstry teaches in the New York City public school system. Additionally, McKanstry is the A&R and Songwriting Lead for Music Unlimited Entertainment, a full service music company.