Michael Lamone Bivins (born August 10, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts) is the founder and member of the R&B group New Edition and the hip hop group BellBivDeVoe. Not only does he perform in both groups, but he also discovers, manages, and produces for other acts, most notably Another Bad Creation, Boyz II Men, and 702. He serves as the music entrepreneur and A&R man of both of his own acts.
He had a minor role in the film Friday After Next, and guest-starred as a DJ on the pseudo-radio station CSR 103.2 in the hit videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Bivins was impressed by the group, and began plans to sign them to Motown Records through a production deal with his Biv Ten Records company.
Meanwhile, Michael McCary was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which limited his ability to dance at live performances; the other three members eventually resorted to having McCary seated on a stool while they did all the dancing themselves.
Their only studio LP for Universal, 2000's Nathan Shawn Michael Wanya, was chiefly written and produced by the group itself, in an attempt to update their sound and ward off critics who questioned the group's reliance on Babyface's hit-making songcraft.
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