Ralph MacDonald grew up in Harlem, where he was exposed to many musical traditions. As a drummer, he focused on his African roots and as a songwriter he relied on his soulful understanding of the blues. Ralph wrote "Where Is the Love", the Grammy winning song made popular by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. Ralph also wrote "Just the Two of Us" for Bill Withers and "Jam on the Groove". Ralph was just 67 when he passed away in 2011 of lung cancer.