Jade was an all-girl R&B group from the 90s that consisted of members Joi Marshall & Tonya Kelly (from Chicago, Illinois) and Diana "Di" Reed (from Houston, Texas).
Joi was raised listening to Motown, especially Diana Ross. Tonya grew up listening to jazz singers such as Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan. Di sang gospel music anywhere she could.
The group (first known as JAD) originally consisted of Joi and two other members, Angie & Debbie.
After Angie and Debbie were dropped from the group, Tonya and Di were signed to the group by music producer Vassal Benford and the group's name was extended to "Jade."
In the U.K., the song peaked at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In the U.K., the album managed to peak at #43 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The follow-up single, "Don't Walk Away" became their biggest hit to date, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, topped Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 37 weeks.
In the U.K., the song managed to peak at #7 on the U.K. Singles chart. The success of the single landed the trio television appearances on "The Tonight Show," "The Arsenio Hall Show," and "Top of the Pops" in the U.K.
Jade was featured on R&B music act, P.O.V.'s single, "All Thru the Night" which was a moderate R&B hit.
Due to the group's popularity, Jade was given a session on BET's "Listening Party Live" which was soon made into a CD in 1993.
The album peaked at #67 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, but the sales for the album were unsuccessful and Jade was the only music act to have a "Listening Party" album released.
The song was featured on the "Beverly Hills 90210: The College Years" soundtrack and the video for "Every Day of the Week" was featured during the end credits of the show.
Due to the song's success, Jade's sophomore album went Gold.
The song peaked at #50 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
In 2004, Joi Marshall wrote a book entitled "Answers to the 20 Most Asked Questions About the Music Business."
In 2007, she released her a gospel album called "Testimony & Praise." She was also a former A&R representative for Quincy Jones' Qwest Records label.
These days, Joi is currently starting a business called BandofBusinessWomen Network.
Di Reed is a backup singer for Rod Stewart and is also a songwriter. Tonya Kelly has her own interior design firm called Tonya Kelly & Associates, LLC.
To see Tonya Kelly's interior design website, go to:
To see Di Reed's Facebook page, go to:
To see the music video for "I Wanna Love You," go to:
To see the music video for "Don't Walk Away," go to:
To see the music video for "One Woman," go to:
To see the music video for "Looking For Mr. Do Right," go to:
To see the music video for "5-4-3-2 (Yo! Time Is Up)," go to:
To see the music video for "Every Day of the Week," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "If the Mood is Right," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Keep On Risin'," go to:
[updated on 05/18/13]