Sunday, December 27, 2009

Brownstone

Brownstone is a Grammy-nominated female R&B group from Los Angeles, California. The original members of the group were Monica "Mimi" Doby, Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell and Nichole "Nicci" Gilbert.

The group met each other after going to separate auditions around the city. They were signed to Michael Jackson's MJJ Music record label and were featured on labelmates Quo's single "Quo Funk" as vocalists.
In 1995, Brownstone released their debut album "From the Bottom Up" which peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single "Passin' the Love" peaked at #42 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #58 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
Brownstone's second single and biggest hit to date "If You Love Me" peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #2 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 34 weeks.

The song topped the charts in New Zealand and was moderately successful in France, Australia and the Netherlands.
The third single "Grapevyne" peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The last single from the album, a cover version of the Eagles' song "I Can't Tell You Why" peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100, #18 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 17 weeks.

Brownstone won a Billboard Music Award and received a Grammy nomination and a "Soul Train Lady of Soul" nomination. They were also featured on the hit single "Freedom."

After touring all around the globe, Mimi Doby left the group due to internal problems with the other two members of the group. She was later replaced with singer Kina Cosper.
In 1997, Brownstone released their sophomore album "Still Climbing" which peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200 and #16 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. .
The first single from the album "5 Miles to Empty" which peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100, #39 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #38 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #24 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
The last single from the album "Kiss and Tell" peaked at #102 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #41 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

Kina Cosper left the group to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Kymberli Wright (who is now the lead singer of female jazz group Straight Ahead). She released a self-titled solo album and is working on her sophomore album.

Charmayne Maxwell had a sporadic career as a recording artist in Europe. Monica Doby left the music business and is now a teacher.

In 2007, Brownstone attempted to make a comeback which included new member Racquel Roberts & they performed in New York City, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

In 2013, Nichole Gilbert announced that the group was reuniting for a new album & tour. Sadly on February 28, 2015, Charmayne Maxwell passed away from unknown causes.

To see the music video for "If You Love Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91NExZP5dZI

To see the music video for "Grapevyne," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E5bg02oauA

To see the music video for "5 Miles to Empty," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkcQtFKUF48

To see the music video for "I Can't Tell You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioWHKWyyb7A

To see the music video for "Kiss and Tell," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdA0rixGszU

[updated on 03\02\15]

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