Club Nouveau (which is French for "New Club") is an R&B\pop band from Sacramento, California that was formed by producer/artist Jay King in 1986 after the breakup of his previous music project, the Timex Social Club.
The band consisted of Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Samuelle Prater, and Valerie Watson.
In the U.K., the song peaked at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song won a Grammy in 1987 for "Best R&B Song."
The song has been sampled by various artists such as Luniz, Puff Daddy, Ashanti, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Simpson.
After the release of Club Nouveau's first album, Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy left the band to form their own production team & focused on working with other artists.
Samuelle eventually left the band as well to pursue his solo career. David Agent and Kevin Irving came to the band as replacements.
Foster & McElroy continued to produce music and they recorded music under the name "FMob."
While working on their debut album in 1989, they made plans to put together a girl group that would be a modern-day version of the Supremes and produce records for the group that mixed classic soul-style vocals with hip-hop beats.
After several auditions, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson & Terry Ellis were chosen by the duo to become the members of En Vogue, who has become one of the most successful girl groups of all time.
These days, Jay King has various Internet radio shows that air on his Jay King Network. He also manages artists such as Karyn White, Larry Dunn, and Darius McCrary.
In 2008, he released his solo album, "Open Book" which is available on iTunes. In 2004, Valerie Watson released her solo album, "Urbal."
As of 2011, the current lineup of Club Nouveau consists of Jay King, Valerie Watson (now Valerie Watson English), Samuelle Prater (who also provides vocals for Timex Social Club), and James L. Richard II.
These days, Club Nouveau continues to perform and as of 2012, they are getting ready to record new music material.
To see Club Nouveau's official Facebook page, go to:
To see the music video for "Jealousy," go to:
To see the music video for "Situation #9," go to:
To see the music video for "Lean on Me," go to:
To see the music video for "Why You Treat Me So Bad," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Heavy On My Mind," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "It's a Cold, Cold World!," go to:
To see the music video for "No Friend of Mine," go to:
To see the music video for "Oh Happy Day," go to:
[updated on 02/27/13]