Saturday, March 14, 2009

Portrait

Portrait were an R&B quartet from the 90s that originally consisted of Eric Kirkland & Michael Saulsberry (from Los Angeles, California), Irving Washington III (from Providence, Rhode Island) and Phillip Johnson (from Tulsa, Oklahoma).
In 1992, the group released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #70 on the Billboard 200, #16 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and #2 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
Their first single, "Here We Go Again!" peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #3 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 30 weeks.

The song also peaked at #37 on the U.K. Singles chart. Portrait even appeared in an episode of "Family Matters" performing the song.
The second single from the album, "Honey Dip" peaked at #102 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #18 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The last single, "Day By Day" peaked at #42 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
Portrait was featured on the "Addams Family Values" movie soundtrack with the song, "Be Thankful For What You Got" which managed to peak at #59 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1995, Portrait released their sophomore album, "All That Matters" which peaked at #131 on the Billboard 200 chart and #26 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

During that same year, Phillip Johnson was replaced by Kurt Jackson (from Aurora, Colorado).
The first single, "I Can Call You" peaked at #119 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #32 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #22 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #61 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single, a cover version of the Bee Gees' hit song, "How Deep is Your Love" peaked at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #51 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. The song also peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Portrait was featured in the Black Men United song, "U Will Know" on the "Jason's Lyric" movie soundtrack.

They also appeared on the movie soundtrack, "Blankman." They were also featured on the Quincy Jones single, "Slow Jam" with Babyface and Tamia.
In 1996, Portrait released their third album, "Picturesque" that was released only in Asia. It's unknown how or if the album was successful. After that, the group had seemed to have faded into obscurity.
In 2005, Portrait briefly resurfaced with their fourth album, "Share My Love" which they independently released.

Michael Saulsberry is a songwriter, producer and composer. He also works as a phlebotomy technician. It is unknown what the other members of Portrait are up to today.

To see the music video for "Here We Go Again," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQDUk6b7MuA

To see the music video for "Honey Dip," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwVkuKr19h8

To see the music video for "Day By Day," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMCFpzEbliE

To see the music video for "How Deep is Your Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1upXUuuQl4

To see the music video for "I Can Call You," go to:

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