Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Rythm Syndicate

Rythm Syndicate was a pop\R&B group from Connecticut. The group consisted of singer Evan Rogers, guitarist/keyboardist Carl Sturken, second guitarist John "Noodle" Nevin, saxophonist Rob Mingrino and drummer Kevin Cloud.

Before starting the group, Evan and Rogers were already well-known for writing & producing music for artists such as Cheryl Lynn, Donny Osmond and British boy band Brother Beyond.
In 1991, the group released their self-titled debut album on Impact Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.

Their first single and biggest hit to date "P.A.S.S.I.O.N." hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #32 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #20 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. The song also peaked at #58 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single "Hey Donna" peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #79 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks. The last single from the album "Blinded By Love" peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1992, the group released their second album "Sex, Life & Love." The album also didn't appear to make the Billboard 200 chart. At this point, they changed their name to "Rhythm Syndicate" with the first letter "H" in it.
The single from the album to chart was "I Wanna Make Love to You" which peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #40 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart. The song was also featured in the movie "Innocent Blood."

After that, Evan and Carl broke up the group to focus on writing & producing music full-time which they continue to do today.

In 2005, they formed their own record label SRP Records and their first signing was none other than pop singer Rihanna (who was only 16 years old at the time). It is unknown what the other members are up to today.

To see the music video for "P.A.S.S.I.O.N," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbbyAwyXS1g

To see a fan-made music video for "Hey Donna," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMRSgAXk8Uc

To see a fan-made video for "Blinded By Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEheKiMqjTY

To see a fan-made music video for "I Wanna Make Love To You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=730-L-qT8xA


[updated on 05/31/13]

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