One of the most notable showings of Cleaves talent, would come in 1972, when she joined The Earth, Wind & Fire and recorded "Last Days & Time" and "Head To The Sky" and in 1976, joined Funkadelic and recorded a several albums.

Born December 10, 1948 in Los Angeles, CA to Gladys Wilkerson and Lane C Cleaves. In 1966 she joined Harry Elston, Floyd Butler and Barbara Jean Love into "Distinctive Friends" changed to "Friends of Distinction" later. From 1969-71, she recorded four albums with Friends Of Distinction, one of the groups earlier singles being "Going In Circles" from their 1969 album Grazin' written by the legendary Grammy-Award winner Jerry Peters.

It was announced in 2012, that Cleaves' godson director Armand Araujo is scheduled to begin filming her life story, "Jessica Cleaves, My Friends of Distinction."

Jessica Marguerite Cleaves


December 10, 1948 - May 2, 2014