Blaze is a house-music group formed in 1984 in New Jersey, USA formed by Josh Milan, Kevin Hedge and Chris Herbert, when Herbert introduced Milan, a member of his church choir, to Hedge, his childhood friend. Herbert was the one who left the group in 1991, leaving Milan and Hedge to carry on working together.
The group’s output consists mainly of house music songs. When the group started, Herbert was the singer, with Milan playing the piano, and Hedge on production. After Herbert left, both Hedge and Milan started to share production duties, vocals, and playing most of the instruments of the group’s tracks and albums. The group achieved notoriety with its remix of Lisa Stansfield’s “People Hold On” in 1989, after signing with Motown/MCA Records.
Blaze released their debut album, 25 Years Later in 1990, after which Herbert decided to move to a more R&B-oriented career, while the two remaining members invested in the emerging club culture, opening a nightclub called Shelter. In 1994, the group scored its first big international production success with De’Lacy’s “Hideaway”, which was later remixed by Deep Dish.
Since then, Blaze released three more albums, alongside a few scattered compilations of earlier productions and works and countless singles. They also began working with other well-known names such as “Little” Louie Vega, Barbara Tucker, Jody Watley and Full Intention. The group are best known to modern audiences by its singles featuring Palmer Brown on vocals, the oft-remixed “My Beat”, and the tribute anthem “I Remember House”. Blaze’s most recent album, released in 2005, is a mix compilation titled Found Love.