Born on February 7th in Flint, Michigan, Lige Grant Curry is the eldest of 6 siblings. Lige developed a passion for music at an early age, influenced by his mother who played music all the time at home, fueling his desire to be a part of the music world.
He started out singing and playing guitar for his many aunts, uncles and grandparents. He soon picked up the bass guitar. In Flint Michigan, there were harsh winters and the only thing to do was stay inside, play and pretend.
“The church was one of the only outlets to perform or show off your talent. OTHER THAN THAT, it was the times when my folks would have company over, and I would perform for them until it was time to go to bed. It was great! Blues, Pop and Gospel music filled my early years.”
At the age of 10, the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio where life began anew. Lige went to school in Cleveland while playing in local bands. After graduating from John Marshall High School in 1975, he continued to study, perform and develop his craft.
Lige and his cousin decided to bring two bands together, adding a drummer to complete the trio. Playing any and every event that they encountered locally, the band won many accolades as a local sensation.
Soon they became “The Electric Sparks Band” which led to a chance encounter with one of their musical heros. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic attended an after party given by the band. Lige and Co. had performed the P-FUNK classic “Maggot Brain,” which impressed Mr. Clinton.