Instant funk formed in the early 70s by Raymond Earl, Scotty Miller and guitarist Kim Miller originally called The Music Machine. Music Machine started out backing local Philladelphia act, The TJN’s. In 1971 their manager Jackie Ellis decided to rename the band Instant Funk because of their ability to, “find a groove and lock in to it instantly.”
Bunny Sigler discovered the band and they became his backing band before becoming a feature band in their own right. They released their first independent album, “Get Down With the Philly Jump,” in 1976.
Wade first started playing drums with my family as well as local bands around Chicago. That lead to tons of session work in must studios throughout the Chicagoland area (I was the go to drummer). Somehow I started writing songs with a record company called Black Hole Records which lead to me singing. I was never really serious about singing as I really wanted to focus on drumming and song writing. These experiences lead me to open commercial 24 track recording studios which lead to me working with people like Al Hudson and One Way, Pop Staples, etc. My production skills were growing and I decided to try my hand at releases an album on myself. That’s how “Brown’s Bag” was born. Of course, Brown’s Bag was the catalyst for Ward Brown, “Where I Should Be”.