The other members of the band consisted of singer Lorena Porter, singer\bassist Joyce Irby, guitarist Cheryl Cooley, and keyboardists Lynn Malsby & Robbin Grider.
The first line-up consisted of Bernadette, Lynn, Cheryl, Lorena, guitarist Ann Williams, bassist Denise Walk & Cheryl McLennen on congas.
Denise and Cheryl were later replaced by Joyce, who released a single called "Funk’s Gone Crazy b/w A Wild And Crazy Song" in 1980 on T.K. Records under the name "Fenderella" which came from the fact that Joyce played the Fender bass guitar. Percussionist Judy Takeuchi and Robbin joined the lineup.
The title song managed to peak at #74 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
Another single "I Want to Love You Tonight" was released as a promo, but didn't chart. Sadly, following the release of their debut album, the band had to deal with the loss of their close friend and benefactor, Cissi Nash, who suddenly passed away.
The only single to chart was "Wild Girls" which managed to peak at #78 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks. After that, Ann was dropped from the band by the record label.
A third album "Girls in the Band" was scheduled to be released in 1983, but it looks like that it was never released, despite being officially listed in their album discographies.
The only single from the album "Multi-Purpose Girls" made it to official release. Klymaxx later signed to Constellation Records and Judy left the group, reducing the band to Bernadette, Lorena, Cheryl, Lynn and Robbin.
The music video gained airplay on MTV, VH1 and BET.
The song was written and produced by Lynn Malsby and helped the album reach Platinum status. It became the 3rd biggest song on Billboard's Year-End chart for 1986.
It was rumored that a fifth single "Video Kid" was supposed to be released, but it was denied because the band was already set to release their next album.
By 1987, Bernadette and Joyce left Klymaxx for solo careers. Bernadette formed a group calld Madame X and in 1990, she released her solo album "Drama According to Bernadette Cooper."
In 1989, Joyce released her solo album "Maximum Thrust" and also wrote the song "I Will Always Love You" for R&B group, Troop. By that same year, the band was down to a trio: Lorena, Cheryl and Robbin.
Drummer Maria Martinez joined the band after Bernadette left and was featured on the album. She performed & toured with the band during that time.
Lorena provided backup vocals for albums such as Stacye & Kimiko, Mazarati, the S.O.S. Band, and on Joyce's solo album.
Joyce has produced music for artists such as Carrie Lucas, Dynasty, Princess & Starbreeze, Troop, Doc Box & B. Fresh, Glasswurk, Lateasha, and Ricca.
Bernadette continued to write and produce music for other artists such as Shalamar, Mazarati and Dolly Parton.
She also produced rap group Salt N' Pepa's song "I Am The Body Beautiful" for the soundtrack to the film "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar."
They released their seventh album "One Day" on Joyce's 1869 EP Wreckudz label. The single "All I Think About Is You" was written by Babyface.
In 2002, Cheryl fronted her own band, "Asselah" and they released their only album, "Jan-Jam."
In 2003, five of the six members from the classic Klymaxx lineup (except for Robbin Grider) met up on an episode of the VH1 series "Bands Reunited" in order to perform some of their vintage hit singles, but due to the unauthorized use & attempted trademark of the Klymaxx name by Cheryl Cooley caused disagreements with the rest of the band (particularly with Bernadette) resulted in Cheryl not reuniting or performing with her former bandmates on the show.
On November 15, 2009, all six original members appeared on the TV One cable network documentary series "Unsung" which chronicled their rise to fame.
These days, Cheryl Cooley is perforing with her own version of Klymaxx consisting of new members Danielle, Leah, Lisa, Amy, Vicki, & Robin under the name "Klymaxx featuring Guitarist Cheryl Cooley."
Cheryl also has a band called “UnRuley Cooley" which formed in 2007 that consists of Cheryl, Danielle, Amy, Rose, and April. They have released an EP called "My Way This Time" which is available on iTunes.
Bernadette Cooper currently works an songwriter for EMI and is producing, writing, & touring alongside Joyce Irby and Lorena Porter (now Lorena Stewart). They are planning on releasing a new album called "Real Divas Never Die."
Bernadette, Joyce and Lorena continue to perform together. In 2009, the trademark issue with the name "Klymaxx" was finally settled.
Joyce launched the career of R&B singer, Lloyd (who was a former member of teen pop group, N-Toon whom Joyce put together and signed to Dreamworks Records in the mid-'90s).
Lynn Malsby currently works for Macintosh (aka Apple, Inc). She was also involved with an organization called Silverlake Dog Park Association in Los Angeles, California and was the senior editor for the organization's monthly newsletter, "The Leak."
Robbin Grider is maintaining a private life outside of the music biz. As of the early 2000s, Judy Takeuchi was working for Universal Studios. Ann Williams has retired from the music business and now lives a quiet family life.
Maria Martinez is the creator, leader, & lead professor of a curriculum for Latin drumming at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California and is also a successful author & prominent member of various organizations related to the performing arts & education.
Terri Lyne Carrington has had a moderately successful career in music & education.
To see the website for "Klymaxx featuring Guitarist Cheryl Cooley," go to:
To see Klymaxx's MySpace page, go to:
To see Terri Lyne Carrington's official website, go to:
To see the music video for "The Men All Pause," go to:
To see the music video for "Meeting in the Ladies Room," go to:
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To see the music video for "Private Party," go to:
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To see the music video for "Good Love," go to:
To see the music video for "All I Think About Is You," go to:
To see the music video for "Sexy," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "I'd Still Say Yes," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Lock and Key," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Divas Need Love Too," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Wild Girls," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Multi-Purpose Girls," go to:
[Updated on 04\04\12]