Now, Then & Forever is the 20th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released on September 10, 2013, by Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music. This is the first Earth, Wind & Fire album without musical input from founder Maurice White, although he supplied liner notes. Larry Dunn, another founding member, joined the production team on this album lending his signature style as the keyboardist for several tracks. The first release from the album was "Guiding Lights" which premiered in 2012. In 2013, the second single "My Promise" was released. Band members say that this album is a return to the old Earth, Wind & Fire sound and formula while mixing in some new innovations as well.
Illumination is the 19th album by R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire. It was released in September 2005 on Sanctuary Records. It featured collaborations with several artists including Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Kenny G, Kelly Rowland, will.i.am, and Brian McKnight. Illumination debuted at #32 on the Billboard 200 Chart, and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.
The Promise is the 18th studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire. Released on Maurice White's label Kalimba Records, it was their first of new material in six years. The album reached #5 on the Top Independent Album Chart and #19 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart. It also featured collaborations with Angie Stone, The Emotions, Gerald Albright and Paulinho Da Costa. The album's cover art was designed by Morito Suzuki. The track "All About Love" is a different song and not a remake of their 1975 song of the same name from their album That's the Way of the World. The album cut produced and written by Tim & Bob Hold Me was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.
20 Tracks recorded by different artists either produced or written by Earth Wind and Fire. Dee Dee Bridgewater ‘Tequila Mockingbird’, Alton McClain and Destiny ‘ Answer To My Prayer’, Pockets ‘Got To Find my Way’ , Valarie Carter ‘City Lights’, Sylvia St James ‘let Love Groove Me’ and Emotions ‘There’ll Never Be Another Moment’ sit alongside instrumentals Ramsey Lewis ‘Sun Goddess’, Gene Harris ‘Theme For Relana’ and Caldera ‘Ancient Source’. A great tribute to one of the album great bands.