Thursday, January 1, 2009
René & Angela
René is the brother of Rufus member, Bobby Watson and he played with the Brothers Johnson during the 70s.
Angela began singing in church and studied architecture at Howard University, singing only to earn extra money. She was also in a group called "Hot Tea" while attending Howard. By 1977, Angela changed her major to music education and recorded a demo.
After shopping the demo to various record labels to no success, but thanks to a personal introduction by music businessman, Wayne K. Garfield, the demo was heard by New York disc jockey, Gary Byrd, who knew Stevie Wonder and made the call that landed Angela a spot in Stevie's backing vocal group, Wonderlove.
While working with Stevie, Angela learned a lot about writing & arranging songs. Angela met René while she was in Los Angeles and the two of them formed a duo.
The follow-up single, "My First Love" peaked at #12 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. They had originally planned to produce it as a song for Janet Jackson's self-titled debut album, but Janet reportedly turned it down, so the duo recorded the song for themselves. In 2000, R&B singers Avant and Keke Wyatt scored a hit on the R&B charts with their version of the song.
René & Angela began writing and producing music together and individually for artists such as Janet Jackson, Stephanie Mills, Michael Jackson, and the Isley Brothers. In 1984, the duo signed to Mercury Records.
By 1986, the duo went their separate ways and focused on their own solo careers.
In 1993, Angela married Ronald Isley (lead singer of the Isley Brothers), but they separated a decade later. In 2003, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but after successful surgery and 6 months of chemotherapy, the cancer was in remission.
In 2010, Angela performed live on the "Mo'Nique Show" and on the TV One documentary series, "Unsung" where she revealed that René was violent towards her. He declined to be interview for the show.
René formed Multi-Media Communications, which operated radio stations from 2008 to 2012.
To see the music video for "I'll Be Good," go to:
To see the music video for "No How, No Way," go to:
To see the music video for "You Don't Have to Cry," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Save Your Love (For #1)," go to:
To see the music video for "Your Smile," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Imaginary Playmates," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "My First Love," go to:
[updated on 03/24/13]