Thursday, January 15, 2009

Jade


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 1992, Jade was featured on the "Class Act" movie soundtrack with the song, "I Wanna Love You" which peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #27 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, #32 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #7 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart.
During that same year, Jade released their debut album, "Jade to the Max" which peaked at #56 on the Billboard 200, #19 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and #10 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers 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.
The third single from the album, "One Woman" peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #36 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #16 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 30 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Looking For Mr. Do Right" peaked at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. The group's debut album was certified platinum.
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.
In 1994, Jade released their second and final album to date, "Mind, Body, and Song" which peaked at #80 on the Billboard 200 and #16 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Five-Four-Three-Two (Yo! Time Is Up)" was moderately successful, peaking at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #23 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #13 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Every Day of the Week" peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, #13 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #12 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, and #15 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart (along with the song, "If the Mood is Right"), staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

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.
Due to mismanagement of their funding by the group's record label, Jade disbanded, but they briefly reunited to contribute the song, "Keep On Risin'" on the movie soundtrack to "The Sixth Man."

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]

1 comment:

Midnight Star 2010 said...

Thanks for that Post. I've always wondered what happened to one Of My favorite groups of the 90's. Joi seems to be doings well. I wish the same for the others.