With an impressive list of clients that includes Babyface, Gerald Levert, Brandy and Dave Hollister, writer/producer Mike City was poised to make a major career move. City, who produced a pair of certified gold tracks for Dave Hollister ("One Woman Man and "Keep On Lovin' Me"), sealed the deal when he signed with a new record label, Soulife Entertainment.
With City's vision, the Charlotte, NC-based company, run by Grammy-winning producer Mark Sparks and his partner Chris Dawley, hopes to make a return to the roots of r&b and soul music carved out by artists like Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and Joe Tex.
Mike City will be wearing multiple hats at Soulife, working as a writer, producer, arranger and artist. In addition to the Hollister tracks, City's credits include production on "I Wish," a song he wrote for Badboy Records artist Carl Thomas. "I Wish," the platinum single that topped the charts in December of 2000, just a few months before the success of the Dave Hollister recordings, was an afterthought, according to City, who notes: "When I came up with the song, the album was over. They had to open it back up to put the song in."
Based on the heat of his recent track record, producers - especially those at Soulife Entertainment - will most likely be holding slots for Mike City tracks open for quite some time.