Ready for the World is an R&B band from Flint, Michigan, who hit the height of their success during the mid to late 1980s with a series of hit singles that fused pop, soul, and dance music into their sound. The band was founded by vocalist Melvin Riley and guitarist Dean Sorensen. The duo went on to recruit guitarist Gordon Strozier, keyboardist Gregory Potts, percussionist Willie Triplett, bassist John Eaton and drummer Gerald Valentine. The band began performing while still in high school, entering local talent shows and playing at local venues.
The band's first single, “Tonight,” appeared in 1983 and became an underground hit and gained the band some attention from the major labels. MCA Records signed the band in 1984. Their debut album, “Ready for the World” was released in 1985. The band is well known for their hit single, “Oh Sheila,” which peaked at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart, Pop chart, and the Hot Dance Club Play chart.
1986 saw the band's second offering, “Long Time Coming,” which spawned the hit single, “Love You Down,” peaking at #9 on the Pop chart.
Despite the band's promising start they disbanded in 1991, with Riley going on to pursue a solo career. In 2004 as the band released a reunion album, “She Said She Wants Some,” and began to tour and perform live again. 2011 marked the release of the band's sixth studio album, “Love, Money & Music.”