2 the Universe is a band consisting of Sebastian Maria Gerhard “Sebo” Kühn (Born February 2, 1986 in Hilden, Germany) and Raymond Scott Pardue (Born 20 June 1986 in Colombia, South America, adopted and raised in Booneville, Mississippi and later in Louisville, Kentucky (USA).) They met at a music festival in 2006 but it took them three years to unite as 2 the Universe. They started writing songs together and in 2010 they met producers Phil Schardt and Tom Olbrich. Their music is a mixture of radio-pop, synthpop and R&B melodies.
The group’s name was inspired by the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne which helps people to learn how to enjoy living a happier and more fulfilling life by believing they can. When a person really wishes for something they follow a simple motto: Send a wish to the universe and it will be answered.
On 27 May 2011 they released their debut single ‘Together in one universe’, a song written for the 20th anniversary of the DKMS (Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei), the world’s largest bone marrow donor centre. DKMS is a non-profit organization that recruits volunteer donors of bone marrow of all races and ethnicities to help leukemia patients in need of a bone marrow transplant.
In March 2012, 2 the Universe were the support act during Kim Wilde’s Snapshots & Greatest Hits Tour. They performed with a full band: Phil Schart (bassguitar) (replaced by Billy Andrews during the date in Berlin), Steffen Holl (drums) and Benny Richter (keyboards). After this tour they continued recording their debut album.
The line-up of the band subsequently changed, and now consists of Ray Scott Pardue, Taka JC, Steffen Holl and KayKay Röttgen. On 1 July 2016 they released the single ‘Black and white rainbows’ as a digital download, with an EP or album to follow later in the year.