Friday, May 2, 2008

Deja

Deja were a male-female R&B duo from Dayton, Ohio that originally consisted of members Curt Jones and Starleana Young.

Starleana was a member of the band, Symphonic Express and while touring with the group, she and Curt (who was a member of the band) were asked by producer Steve Washington to join his funk music band, Slave in 1977.

Since Slave was such a large group, Washington created another group called Aurra in 1980 and asked Starleana & Curt to be in it.

Aurra scored some moderately successful R&B hits including their only Billboard Hot 100 chart appearance, "Make Up Your Mind." They released four albums on Salsoul Records and then took a break. During the break, Starleana released her first solo single, "Heartbreaker" under her full name in 1983.

The duo later moved to Next Plateau\Ten Records and released their last album as Aurra in 1985. Due to legal battles over their group name with Steve Washington, Curt and Starleana renamed themselves Deja.
In 1987, Deja released their debut album, "Serious" which peaked at #186 on the Billboard 200 and #27 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their first single, "You and Me Tonight" peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100, #39 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The second single, "That's Where You'll Find Me" peaked at #17 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.  
Another single, the title song was released, but didn't chart at all even though a music video was made for it. Starleana left the duo to pursue her solo career and was replaced by Mysti Day.
In 1989, Deja released their second album, "Made to Be Together" peaked at #96 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #23 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Going Crazy" peaked at #57 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 6 weeks.
After that, nothing much was heard from Deja. Starleana released her solo album in 1991 which didn't appear to generate a lot of success. These days, she is married to lead singer of Kool & the Gang, James "JT" Taylor and has a son. According to further research, she also has a beauty parlor with her sister-in-law.
These days, Curt Young continues to be active in the music business. He has released two solo albums: "360 Degrees" in 2006 and "Solo" in 2010.  Both albums are available on CD Baby and iTunes.

To see the music video for "You and Me Tonight," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPlcCThLPkI

To see the music video for "Serious," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw15E0xx-_s

To see a fan-made video for "That's Where You'll Find Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyrVq73fy_w

To see the music video for "Made to Be Together," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFLPdQjBzNU

To see a fan-made video for "Going Crazy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xc6si7YDlI



[updated on 08\08\12]

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