Started by singer, songwriter, producer, arranger, keyboardist, guitarist and Philadelphia native Frankie Beverly in 1970, Maze is a legendary soul band. After relocating to San Francisco, they met Marvin Gaye, who made the group his opening act and helped them sign a major-label record deal with Capitol Records. They released their debut album, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, in 1977, which included the hit single "Happy Feelin's." They released subsequent successful albums Golden Time of Day in 1978, Inspiration in 1979 and Joy and Pain in 1980, each of which went gold. Maze had their first number-one hit in 1985 with "Back in Stride" and in 1989 after the death of Gaye, the group recorded the Top 5 R&B hit "Silky Soul" as tribute. Over the years they've achieved chart-topping success, sold millions of records and built a loyal fan base. In 2012 BET honored them with the Lifetime Achievement Award.