Grammy Award winner. Early 90’s R&B Superstar.
Joe Little III’s resume is definitely worthy of the red
carpet treatment. His career started in the late 1980’s Cleveland nightclub scene when Gerald Levert (accredited for the song Cassanova from the album, “The Big Throwdown, by Levert”) caught wind of the passionate and soulful tunes Joe was belting out, and quickly led him into a deal with Atlantic Records.
What followed was Little teaming up with Edward Lee Banks, Larry (Bingo) Marcus and Melvin Sephus to create the R&B Supergroup, The Rude Boys. The Rude Boys busted out of the gates with their 1990 debut, “Rude Awakening,” which peaked at the #10 spot on Billboard’s R&B charts and #68 on Billboard Hot 100. Their second single, “Written All Over Your Face,” solidified The Rude Boys and Little as a household name. In 1991 “Written All Over Your Face,” won the 1991 Billboard Music Award for R&B Single of the Year. In addition, “Are You Lonely For Me,” was Little’s first #1 Hit.
Rude House, the Sophomore release from The Rude Boys, featured the hit single, “My Kinda Girl.” The group continued to perform throughout the underground and top hip-hop clubs in New York City and shared the stage with the up and coming Jay Z.
Little’s solo career kicked off in 1994 with his Atlantic Records release, “Puttin’ It Down,” which included the hit singles, “The Hump is On,” and, “Me and You.” That year, Little teamed up with his mentor and friend, Gerald Levert for the group Black Men United and the result was the hit single, “U Will Know.”
In addition to his solo career, Little has collaborated with musical legends such as, Aretha Franklin, with which he has an unreleased duet, Charlie Wilson, B2K, Ginuwine, Dru Hill, Wyclef Jean and the late great Roger Troutman from the group Zapp. Little has also worked with The Temptations, Snoop Dogg and Layzie Bone from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
Little has solidified himself as vocal performer as well as a producer and writer with writing credits Men At Large, Keith Sweat and Angie Stone along with many more. Little has written music for soundtracks and scores and has produced music for hit films such as Rush Hour 2 and The Fast and The Furious.
On September 23, 2012, Little received the prestigious Ohio Hip Hop Award and Music Conference Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019, Joe Little III was inducted alongside his brothers The Rude Boys into the National Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.
Joe and newest members of The Rude Boys, Gee Lebaud and Keni Myles are currently performing across the United States and preparing to tour the UK amongst other countries.
Joe Little III’s current single, “When I Think of You,” was written as a tribute to his wife who passed away unexpectedly and for all the others who are grieving the loss of a loved one (especially spouses), divorce or any other type of heartbreak.