Thursday, November 7, 2013

Mes'ay

Mes'ay was a female R&B group that consisted of Angela Watley, Leticia Castaneda and Mia Ann Belle.

Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Superstar International Records label.
In 1986, Mes'ay released their first single "Ain't That Peculiar" which didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
In 1987, their second single "Climb the Walls" managed to peak at #71 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

Their last single "Give Me Love" flopped and after that, it seemed as if Mes'ay faded into obscurity. Leticia provided backing vocals on Big Noise's album "Bang!" in 1989.

As for Angela and Mia, it is unknown what they are up to these days.

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Girlfriends

Girlfriends was a dance music act from the early '90s. Not much information is given about them, but they was signed to New Image Records.

In 1991, Girlfriends released their only single "It Keeps Me (Holdin' On)" which didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Girlfriends has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

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Lori Mitchell

Lori Mitchell was a female dance singer from the early '90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to New Image Records.

In 1992, she released her only single "We've Got a Good Thing (Going On)." It's unknown how or if the single ever made the charts.

After that, it seems as if Lori has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

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Marc Sadane

Marc Sadane (born in Savannah, Georgia) was an R&B singer from the early '80s. He first began singing in the local church and later became the musical director for his local choir before moving on to doing off-Broadway acting & singing in New York.

While in New York, Marc studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but later gained an interest in music and later became the lead singer for Tungsten Steele.

In 1977, he left Tungsten Steele for a solo career and became the vocalist for the house band at Mikell's. He toured with Stephanie Mills which gained him some popularity.

Marc sang in several clubs in New Jersey before catching the attention of producers/songwriters James Mtume and Reggie Lucas.
In 1981, Marc was signed to Warner Bros. Records. During that same year, he released his debut album "One Way Love Affair" which didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
The title song peaked at #34 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks, becoming his highest appearance on the R&B charts to date.

The follow-up single "Sit Up" didn't match the success of his previous single, peaking only at #78 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
In 1982, Marc released his follow-up album "Exciting" which also didn't appear to make the Billboard album charts.
The first single from the album "One Minute From Love" peaked at #78 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.

The follow-up single, the title song peaked at #64 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
After the release of his second album, Marc took a hiatus from music until 1988 when he recorded the song "Why Can't You Believe in Me" which was produced by Darryl Payne for his showcase album "Past, Present & Future." The song also featured backing vocals from Will Downing.

After that, it seemed as if Marc faded into obscurity, According to the soulwalking.co.uk website, Marc has been keeping a low music profile and according to videos on YouTube, it appears that he continues to perform live.

To see a fan-made video for "One-Way Love Affair," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qqXLiNll80

To see a fan-made video for "One Minute From Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CC4Nyf1KHs

To see a fan-made video for "Sit Up," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnY9dJYjxeI

To see a fan-made video for "Exciting," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ3EM8H6GpM

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Yours Truly

Yours Truly was an R&B trio from the '90s that consisted of members Jerry L. Brinson Jr., Ricky Jones and Terence De Vaughn Brooks.

In 1991, they released their debut album "Truly Yours" on Motown Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
The first single from the album, "Come And Get It" peaked at #44 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks, becoming the trio's only highest chart appearance to date.
The follow-up single "Hold Me" peaked at #88 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.

After that, it seems as if Yours Truly has faded into obscurity. It is unknown what the members of the trio are up to today.

To see the music video for "Come And Get It," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akbQaSMHukY

To see a fan-made video for "Hold Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne-NhyatLi8

The Michigan Man

The Michigan Man was a hip-hop rapper from the '90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Life Records.

In 1993, he released the single "Everybody Laugh, Huh, Huh, Huh, Huh" which didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.

After that, it seems as if the Michigan Man has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since.

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3 Grand

3 Grand was a hip-hop/rap trio from the '90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were first signed to MCA Records.
In 1991, the trio released their debut album "3 The Hard Way." It's unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
The only single to chart was "Girls" which managed to peak at #93 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
In 1993, 3 Grand released their sophomore album "3 Bad Brothers" on 3 Bad Records. The album didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
The singles "Daisy Dukes!" and "Buck Wild" failed to make the charts at all. After that, it seems as if 3 Grand faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since the '90s.

To see a fan-made video for "Girls," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IIhw-sXiVo

Rick & Rich

Rick (born Rick Rodgers) & Rich (born Rich Harris) were a short-lived hip-hop/R&B duo from the early 90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Chrysalis Records.

In 1991, they released their only single "Pump (Let's Go)" which managed to peak at #82 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if Rick & Rich faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see a fan-made video for a remixed version of "Pump (Let's Go)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnIDV_Ymkkk

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Split Image

Split Image was an R&B vocal group from Los Angeles, California that consisted of Dennis Johnson, Terrence Hatter, Jackie Anderson and Dion Overstreet.

In 1987, the group released their first single "Get Ready." It's unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

A year later, they released their only album "Life in the City" which peaked at #64 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The second single "Toss It Up" peaked at #74 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
The last two singles from the album "Holdin' On" and "Players Get Played On Too" didn't appear to make much impact on the charts.

After that, it seemed as if Split Image faded away and into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see a fan-made video for "Toss It Up," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqCb2Js9CuU

To see a fan-made video for "Get Ready," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvfQb7LPY_s

Spunk

Spunk was an R&B trio that consisted of producers Jesse Boyce, Jimmy Levine and Rich Tufo. They were signed to the Gold Coast Entertainment record label.

In 1981, they released their only album "Tighten it Up" which didn't appear to make the Billboard album charts at all.
The first single "Get What You Want" peaked at #72 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.

The follow-up single "Love Looks Good On You" flopped and after that, it seemed as if Spunk faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "Get What You Want," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNlBYErq2kI

Southsyde B.O.I.Z.

The Southsyde B.O.I.Z. were a hip-hop/rap music duo from the '90s. Not much information is given about them, but  B.O.I.Z. stood for Beats Originated In the 'Zon (meaning Arizona).

In 1996, the duo released the single "Get Ready, Here It Comes (It's the Choo Choo)" which peaked at #96 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles, #43 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #62 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

After that, nothing much was heard from the Southsyde B.O.I.Z. and they appear to have faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "Get Ready, Here It Comes (It's the Choo Choo)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBj1mdXDFhY

Soultry

Soultry was an R&B group from Arizona. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Motown Records.

In 1995, they released their self-titled debut album. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
The first single released from the album "Cash Money" didn't appear to make the Billboard music charts at all.
The second single "I'll Get Mine" peaked at #93 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 6 weeks and became their only chart appearance on the Billboard charts.
The last single from the album "Where Do Broken Hearts Belong" failed to make any impact on the charts.

After that, it seemed as if Soultry faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see the music video for "Cash Money," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHAsh4z4JVw

To see the music video for "I'll Get Mine," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_APh3Jf2n8

To see a fan-made video for "Where Do Broken Hearts Belong," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xMyD718f7o

Friday, October 4, 2013

Vanessa-Mae

Vanessa-Mae (born Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn on October 27, 1978 in Singapore) is a talented violinist who was successful in the United Kingdom and managed to chart on the Billboard charts as well. Her music style is self-described as "violin-techno-acoustic fusion."

She was born to Vorapong Vanakorn (an English hotelier of Thai descent) and Pamela Soei Luang Tan (a Chinese lawyer and a semi-professional concert pianist).

After her parents separated, Vanessa-Mae's mom married a British attorney named Graham Nicholson who adopted Vanessa-Mae. She and her family moved to England when she was 4 years old. At the age of 3, Vanessa-Mae began playing the piano and the violin when she was 5 years old.

In 1989, she made her debut with the London Philiharmonia at the age of 10. When she was 11 years old, Vanessa-Mae became the youngest student to attend the Royal College of Music.
In October of 1990, Vanessa-Mae recorded her debut album "Violin" and it was finally released in March of 1991.

On the album, she performed with the Mozart Players and contributed her royalites from the album to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
During that same year, Vanessa-Mae released her sophomore album "Kids' Classics" on Tritico Records.

The album was recorded in Ghent, Belgium and recorded in association with the New Belgian Chamber Orchestra.
Also in that same year, Vanessa-Mae released her third album "Tchaikovsky & Beethoven Violin Concertos."

According to the Guinness World Records, she was the youngest soloist to record both the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky violin concertos. 

As she reached her adolescent years, Vanessa-Mae broke away from her traditional classical music influences.
In January of 1995, Vanessa-Mae released her first techno-pop music single "Toccata & Fugue" which peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart and #24 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.
In May of 1995, Vanessa-Mae released her fourth (and first techno/pop music) album "The Violin Player" on EMI Records.

In the U.K., the album peaked at #11 on the U.K. Albums chart. In the U.S., the album managed to chart at #32 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and #2 on Billboard's Top Classical Crossover chart.

The album sold over 8 million copies worldwide and was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry in June of 1995.

The second single from the album "Red Hot" peaked at #37 on the U.K. Singles chart. The last single from the album "Classical Gas" peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart.

In 1996, Vanessa-Mae released her fifth album "The Alternative Record from Vanessa-Mae" which was only released in Poland and Asia.

During that same year, she released her sixth album "The Classical Album 1" which peaked at #47 on the U.K. Albums chart, topped Billboard's Top Classical Albums chart and sold over 500,000 copies.

The only single released from the album was "I'm A-Doun For Lack O'Johnnie (A Little Scottish Fantasy)" which peaked at #28 on the U.K. Singles chart.

In 1997, Vanessa-Mae released her seventh album "China Girl: The Classical Album 2" which peaked at #56 on the U.K. Albums chart and #3 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums chart.

The only single from the album "Happy Valley" didn't appear to make the charts at all. Vanessa-Mae toured in the U.S. and made some appearances on television.
In October of that same year, Vanessa-Mae released her eighth album "Storm" which peaked at #27 on the U.K. Albums chart. The album was released in the U.S. a year later and peaked at #2 on Billboard's Top Classical Crossover chart.
The first single from the album, the title song managed to peak at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single from the album
, a cover version of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart and #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.  In 1998, Vanessa-Mae made her film debut in the movie "The Violin Fantasy."
During that same year, Vanessa-Mae released her ninth album "The Original Four Seasons And The Devil's Trill Sonata" which peaked at #5 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums chart, but didn't make the U.K. Albums chart.
The only single to chart was "The Devil's Trill/Reflection" which peaked at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart. 

Vanessa-Mae appeared on the title track to Janet Jackson's "The Velvet Rope" album. In 1999, she fired her mother as her manager and in 2000, she appeared in the television movie "Arabian Nights."
In September of that same year, Vanessa-Mae released her first compliation album "The Classical Collection, Part 1."
In May of 2001, Vanessa-Mae released her tenth album "Subject to Change" which peaked at #58 on the U.K. Albums chart, but hasn't been released in the United States.
The first single "Destiny" failed to make the charts. The follow-up single "White Bird" managed to peak at #66 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 2002, Vanessa-Mae released her second compliation album "The Best of Vanessa-Mae" which peaked at #5 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums chart.
In 2003, Vanessa-Mae appeared on Prince's album "Xpectation." During that same year, she released her third compliation album "The Ultimate Vanessa-Mae."
In 2004, Vanessa-Mae released her eleventh album "Choreography" peaked at #66 on the U.K. Albums chart.

In April of 2006, Vanessa-Mae was ranked as the wealthiest young entertainer under 30 years old in the United Kingdom in the Sunday Times Rich List, having an estimated fortune of about £32 million which stemmed from concerts and record sales of over an estimated ten million copies worldwide.

During that same year, Vanessa-Mae announced she would be releasing a new album sometime between 2007 and 2008. 

A new album was expected to be released in 2009, but it was never released. During that same year, she moved to the Swiss alpine resort of Zermatt.

In 2011, Vanessa-Mae attended a celebration in Chechyna for the birthday of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov along with other celebrities, playing excerpts from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" and reportedly received $500,000 for her performance.

Human rights groups urged the celebrities to cancel their appearances of because of human right abuses carried out under Kadyrov and were criticised by them for attending the event. The celebrities apologized and donated their fees to charity, but Vanessa-Mae has not done that.

These days, Vanessa-Mae has taken up alpine skiing. She had been skiing since she was 4 years old and wanted to compete in the Olympics since she was 14 years old. 

She attempted to represent Thailand in the 2002 Winter Olympics, but she was unable to do so because the Thai Olympic Committee requested that Vanessa-Mae give up her British citizenship which she wasn't ready to do.

In 2009, Vanessa-Mae took up residence in the alpine resort of Zermatt and began training competitively in 2010. On February 18, 2014, she competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

It's unknown whether or not Vanessa plans on releasing another album anytime soon.

To see the music video for "Toccata & Fugue," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euOu89d3npA

To see the music video for "Red Hot," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkYvdcl2gQA

To see a fan-made video for "Classical Gas," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAEx1kGAvDo

To see a fan-made video for "I'm a Doun for Lack O' Johnnie (A Little Scottish Fantasy)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ak4JWtrMdU

To see a fan-made video for "Happy Valley," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=misPSq6gQ-U

To see a fan-made video for "Storm," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWbga4f8xu0

To see the music video for "I Feel Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MnQbC0ctGk

To see the music video for "The Devil's Trill," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1fmHEQUzJs

To see the music video for "Destiny," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eCvTx5nDDA

To see the music video for "White Bird," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MNoUDNavyw

[updated on 03\02\14]