Hailing from Philadelphia, Tawatha Agee sang lead vocals on Mtume's million-selling single "Juicy Fruit" as well as her own hits "Thigh Ride," "Are Your Serious," and other hits produced by Mtume leader/jazz-based keyboardist James Mtume and Reggie Lucas. Mtume's first charting single was "Just Funnin'" on Epic; though the single was played in Chicago and other major markets it stalled at number 93 R&B in summer 1978. The next charting single, "Give It on Up (If You Want To)," hit number 26 R&B in summer 1980. The follow-up, "So You Wanna Be a Star," went to number 60 R&B in late 1980. Both were included on their 1980 Epic LP In Search of the Rainbow Seekers issued September 1980. It would be three years before Mtume would have another charting single, but what a "charting" single it would be!