Duane Stephenson started out with his High School pals in a group called To-Isis who emerged from the performing ensemble Cathy Levy Players. To-Isis (to everything beautiful) was formed within the Cathy Levy Players in 1996. The members of the former 7-member group, (now 5) were all major players in this company. The group embarked on their recording career with the release of their debut single Ghetto Pain, in 2003 and its accompanying music video. This song was written by Duane Stephenson, produced by Dean Fraser and arranged by Ewan Simpson and Dean Fraser.