Formed in Toronto in 1996, live outfit God Made ME Funky's first incarnation was as an instrumental group, mixing funk with fusion. The group soon began to incorporate vocalists and more accessible soul/funk hits to their repertoire, appealing to a growing number of fans at their shows. Today, the group consists of a six-piece ensemble, plus vocalists Kaybe and Canadian Idol winner Melissa O'Neil, as well as rapper PHATT al. In 2005, they released their self-titled debut, and won the title of Best R&B Band at Toronto's Independent Music Award that same year. Their following album, We Can all Be Free, earned them their first Juno Award. In 2009, GMMF released their fourth album, Welcome to Nufunktonia, featuring special guests Jully Black and Instant Star's Miku Graham.