As founder of the Chosen Few DJs and longtime music industry professional, Wayne has helped shape popular music and dance culture. His music career includes work as a DJ, producer, and A&R executive with Trax Records, Jive Records, and RCA Records. Wayne is a recipient of an NAACP Image Award for his work with Aretha Franklin and was nominated for a GRAMMY award in 2014 for his work with Jennifer Hudson. He continues to produce music and perform at event and clubs across the globe.
Jesse is a founding member of the Chosen Few DJs who is recognized as the producer and performer of the first Chicago House Music record, “On & On”, in 1984. His production credits include “Love Can’t Turn Around”, one of the biggest-selling House Music records of all time, and “Higher”, which reached the top of the Billboard dance chart in 219. In 2020, his book, “In Their Own Words”, which features interviews with House Music DJs, producers, dancers, club owners, and promoters, debuted at #1 on Amazon’s dance music book chart.
Tony got into music by DJing for family functions with his younger brother, Andre. In fact, the Hatchett family’s annual Fourth of July reunion was the site of the first Chosen Few Picnic. After meeting a group of DJs who called themselves “The Chosen Few”, he joined the crew in 1980. Tony’s career as a DJ includes performances at several Chicago clubs that were pivotal in the formation of House Music. Today, Tony resides in Houston, Texas, where he continues to spin at local events and at the annual Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival.
Known as a “lawyer by day, DJ by night”, Alan is an original member of the Chosen Few DJs. He regularly plays at clubs and events throughout the United States and beyond, including his popular internet mix shows on SoundCloud and Twitch. As Vice President of the Chosen Few DJs, Alan has represented House Music culture in many ways, including having the Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival formally acknowledged by former U.S. President Barack Obama, and serving on the advisory board of the Frankie Knuckles Foundation.
After first DJing for his parents’ bowling league and other musical experiments as a teenager, Andre followed his older brother Tony’s footsteps in joining the Chosen Few DJs in 1982. Known as the “legendary Andre Hatchett”, he remains one of the most beloved and popular DJs in Chicago and can be heard at various clubs and parties around the city.
After starting his DJ career as a teenager, Terry produced his first House Music release, “Madness” in 1990, which became an underground hit. His talents have helped produced dozens of original songs and remixes for top artists, including dance hit, “Wonderful”, featuring Terisa Griffin, and the celebrated remake of House classic, “In The Beginning (There Was Jack)”, featuring Chuck Roberts and Monique Bingham. He is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award for his work with Aretha Franklin and was nominated for a GRAMMY award for his production of Jennifer Hudson’s 2014 hit, “It’s Your World”. In 2006, Terry became the first new member of the Chosen Few DJs in nearly 30 years.
As a teenager, Mike produced his first House Music release, “Dance, You Mutha” in 1987, and went on to build a reputation as a leading producer with a string of hit releases and remixes across the House Music, R&B, and hip hop musical genres. His weekly residency at Reynolds’ Lounge is a staple on the Chicago House scene, and his first new album in more than 25 years, “My House from All Angles”, received international acclaim when it was released in 2017. Mike is the newest member of the Chosen Few DJs, having joined in 2012.