Aurra

Aurra was formed in 1979 by Steve Washington with members from the super-group Slave and originally consisted of Starleana Young, Curt Jones, Charles Carter, Tom Lockett & Buddy Hankerson. After 4 successful albums for the Salsoul label Steve, Starleana & Curt learned they were not receiving royalties from the record company for album sales. This caused a lot of conflict within the Aurra camp which led to Steve leaving the group and offering to sell the Aurra trademark to Starleana & Curt to continue recording and performing using the Aurra name. There was interest from the two lead singers, but a deal was never made. Steve decided to record a new Aurra album with his wife Sheila, and Mark Stevens (Taka-Boom, Chaka Khan). Their new album was to be released on Quincy Jones’ newly formed Qwest Records. When Starleana & Curt found out about this new album they claimed ownership of the Aurra name and Qwest Records wiped their hands of the project to avoid future conflicts. Steve Washington was the true owner of the Aurra copyright, and had to pursue legal action to stop Starleana & Curt from using the Aurra name in future recordings. The group reformed as DEJA and reached #2 R&B, #54 pop in the US with the single “You And Me Tonight.” Steve continued producing this time for George Clinton on Capitol Records in 1985 for R&B Skeletons In The Closet, writing & producing Do Fries Go With That Shake & Pleasures Of Exhaustion as well as writing and producing with the P-Funk family for the Jimmy G. And The Tackheads album. Aside from performing with George Clinton & P-Funk, Sheila has continued her success as a solo artist under the name Amuka. She reached #1 U.S. Dance Airplay & #7 U.S. Club Play for her 2003 song “Appreciate Me.” Her second solo single “U Ain’t That Good” was produced by Peter Rauhofer (Cher, Madonna, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey.) While Steve’s influence on R&B and Funk has been written about and celebrated over the years, not much information about the lost Aurra ‘Satisfaction’ album exists. It was written and recorded in Ohio over a 5 month period, features Mark ‘Drac’ Hicks, original Aurra touring member A. C. Drummer and is a unique blend of Funk, Boogie, Electro and R&B. In 2012 Family Groove found the Master Tapes for these sessions in an abandoned recording studio in Columbus, Ohio. The music was returned to Steve & Sheila and has been mixed and compiled for release on 2 albums titled “Satisfaction” and “Body Rock" available now on LP, CD and Digital Download.