Monday, August 31, 2009

Kathy Mathis


Kathy Mathis (born in Battle Creek, Michigan) is a former R&B singer from the late 80s. She was raised singing and playing piano at family & church gatherings and school events.

At the age of 9, she recorded her first gospel single. When Kathy was 14 years old, she recorded her first secular single which received local airplay.

When Kathy was 16 years old, a promoter from Polygram Records heard her sing. When she was 18 years old, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue her dream of secular music.
In 1987, Kathy released her debut album "Katt Walk" on Tabu Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever made the charts.
The album only produced one single "Late Night Hour" which peaked at #40 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
The follow-up single "Baby I'm Hooked" was released, but didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
 
In 1988, Kathy released her sophomore album "A Woman's Touch" which didn't appear to make the album charts at all.
The first single "Men Have to Be Taught" peaked at #80 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
The follow-up single "Got to Give It Up" was released, but failed to make the Billboard music charts at all.

After the death of her father, Kathy returned to gospel music. She moved from Atlanta to Temple Hills, Maryland where she became the Praise & Worship Leader at the AME Zion Full Gospel Church (now known as the From the Heart Church Ministries) under the leadership of Pastor John Cherry.

Kathy was later promoted to the position of Director of Music and she has remained at From the Heart Church Ministries for several years. She also earned her Bachelor's degree in Music and Psychology from the University of Maryland.

In 1999, Kathy met Pastor Ray Horry, got married in September of 2001 and have three children.

These days, Kathy (now Kathy Horry) lives in St. Charles, Missouri where her husband started the Ark of Safety Christian Church. She is currently the Minister of Music. She has recorded five gospel albums: "Faith," "A Safe Place," "It's Harvest Time," "From Grace to Glory" and "Sanctuary."
In September of 2010, Kathy released a Christmas album called "The Gift." She has also published her own autobiography called "From Grace to Glory."

To see Kathy Horry's official website, go to:
http://kathyhorry.com/

To see a fan-made video for "Late Night Hour," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCbVoTRR6zw

To see a fan-made video for "Baby I'm Hooked," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEgtqTht41g

To see a fan-made video for "Men Have to Be Taught," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s8Nx182f_M



[updated on 05\22\13]

Friday, August 14, 2009

Mista

Mista were an R&B group from Atlanta, Georgia whose members consisted of Bobby Wilson (born Robert Wilson on February 27, 1980 in Jackson, Mississippi), Darryl Allen, Brandon Brown and Bryan Reeder.

The group was managed by "09 Lives" producer Eric Johnson and former Elektra Entertainment Group A&R director, Ian Burke.
In 1996, they released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #183 on the Billboard 200, #37 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #7 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
The group's first single "Blackberry Molasses" became their biggest hit to date, peaking at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
Their second single "Lady" peaked at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #61 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. 

In 1997, Mista was featured on the "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" soundtrack with the song "About You." 

During that same year, they was working on their sophomore album, but due to management problems, the group disbanded. According to Bobby, the reason for the group's breakup was due to them not being compatible as a group and their age combinations.

These days, Bobby Wilson (now "Bobby V") has a successful solo career, releasing five albums and scoring a pop hit in 2005 with the single "Slow Down." It is unknown what the other members are up to today.

To see the music video for "Blackberry Molasses," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM6tHcZHDus

To see the music video for "Lady," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ8jH98x0lE

To see a fan-made video for "About You," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6OcBxpleNs



[updated on 04/14/15]

Rude Boys

The Rude Boys are an R&B group from Cleveland, Ohio. The original line-up consisted of Larry Marcus (the cousin of BB King), Melvin Sephus and brothers Edward Lee Banks & Joe Little. They were discovered by the late Gerald LeVert who got them a record deal with Atlantic Records.
In 1990, the group released their debut album "Rude Awakening" which peaked at #68 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single "Come On Let's Do This" peaked at #38 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The second single "Written All Over Your Face" became a hit, peaking at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for a week in March of 1991, staying on the chart for 31 weeks.

The song won the Billlboard Music Award for "No. 1 R&B Single of the Year."
The third single "Heaven" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

The last single from the album "Are You Lonely For Me" became Rude Boys' second #1 R&B hit, topping Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for a week in November of 1991, staying on the chart for 23 weeks.
In 1992, the group released their sophomore album "Rude House" which peaked at #33 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.


The first single from the album "My Kinda Girl" peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in July of 1992, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

The follow-up single "Go Ahead and Cry" which peaked at #43 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in November of 1992, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

Joe Little released a solo album in 1994 and teamed up with Gerald LeVert as a writing team on various occasions, producing & writing music for artists such as the O'Jays, the Temptations, Men at Large, Keith Sweat and LSG.
In 1997, Rude Boys released their third album "Rude As Ever" which didn't appear to make the Billboard 200 or R&B Albums chart.
The only single from the album to chart was "Nothing No One" which peaked at #74 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if the Rude Boys faded into obscurity.

In November of 2006 (after Gerald LeVert's death from an accidental drug overdose), Rude Boys reunited after performing at Gerald's funeral.

Larry Marcus decided to pursue a gospel music career along with Edward Banks & Melvin Sephus discontinued performing with the group.

These days, Joe Little and new members Gee Labeaud and Keni Myles are performing as Rude Boys. They are planning on releasing a new single & EP.

Joe is also the C.E.O., co-founder, and spokesman of Urbean Joe Gourmet Coffee, a self-acclaimed first African-American independently-owned coffee brand & franchise.

Larry Marcus is now an indie artist. It's is unknown what Melvin Sephus and Edward Banks are up to today.

To see the music video for "Written All Over Your Face," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLp0H6ckknc

To see the music video for "Heaven," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atz6wAX4bUQ

To see a fan-made video for "Are You Lonely For Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxA2yF9rZXs

To see the music video for "My Kinda Girl," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL5WFpuFNIs

To see the music video for "Go Ahead and Cry," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qvSceGwn5w




[updated on 05\22\13]

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Jomanda

Jomanda were an R&B\dance group from New Jersey that consisted of Joanne Thomas, Cheri Williams, and Renee Washington. The group released four singles from 1986-1988 before releasing an album.
In 1990, Jomanda released their debut album "Somebody to Love Me" on Big Beat\Atlantic Records. It is unknown how or if the album charted on the Billboard 200
Their first single "Make My Body Rock" peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #34 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song also peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single "Don't You Want My Love" peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #35 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #79 on the U.K. Singles chart.
Jomanda's third single and biggest hit to date "Got A Love For You" peaked at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in July of 1991 and #66 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The group's last single from the album "The True Meaning (of Love)" peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1993, Jomanda scored another #1 dance hit with the song "Don't You Want Me" featuring British DJ Felix, which peaked at #6 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song sampled the group's single "Don't You Want My Love."
During that same year, Jomanda released their second album "Nubia Soul." Like their debut album, it's unknown how or if their sophomore effort charted on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single from the album, "I Like It" peaked at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100, #29 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #45 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
 
The follow-up single "Back To You" peaked at #96 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for a week.
The last single "I Cried the Tears" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

In 1995, Joanne Thomas worked on the music project, Ruffneck as the singer and songwriter.

In 2002, it was rumored that Jomanda was coming back with a new album and single, but there hasn't been music released since that year.

In October of 2003, Joanne passed away from colon cancer. It is unknown what the other two members of the group are up to these days.

To see the music video for "Make My Body Rock," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFUUQ7mb_Qg

To see the music video for "Got a Love For You," go to:
http://www.indavideo.hu/video/JOMANDA_-_Gotta_love_for_you

To see the music video for "I Like It," go to:
http://www.trilulilu.ro/JohnyBleack/1809e71b1596f1

To see the music video for "Don't You Want My Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTuKVgGGZM8

To see a fan-made video for "The True Meaning of Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aokn3-Gut5w



[updated on 05\08\12]

Fascination

Fascination (born Elsie Rodriguez in the Bronx, New York) was a freestyle musician from the '80s and '90s.

She was discovered by music producer Todd Terry in New York City. She has also studied drama, dance and music.
In 1987, Fascination released her first single "Why You Wanna Go" on Vinylmania Records which peaked at #35 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
Her next single "Don't You Think It's Time" became another dance hit. After her two successful singles, Fascination was signed to Cutting Records.
In 1990, Fascination released the single "Remember" peaked at #27 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi Singles Sales chart & gave the singer a major endorsement deal with Coca-Cola.
Fascination released a few more singles such as "I Want You Back," "Still Miss You," and "Wasn't Love."

She was currently working on a new album, but nothing has been heard about it in quite a long time.  Despite this, Fascination appears to still perform live (like at the Freestyle Blast concert in 2009).

To see a fan-made video for "Why You Wanna," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rj6Y5ruUps

To see a fan-made video for "Remember," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPBg8_z9Zig

To see a fan-made video for "Don't You Think It's Time," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2J5ksfxq8s


[updated on 09\08\12]

Denine

Denine (born Denine Latanzo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female freestyle\dance singer from the 90s.

In 1990, she met music producer\songwriter Adam Marano. After that, she provided the vocals on freestyle music group, TPE's song "Then Came You."

Due to the success of the single, Denine was signed to Viper\Metropolitan Records, but was later released from her contract.
In 1991, she released her first single "Baby I Love You" on Tripodi Records. It's unknown how or if the single ever made the charts.
In 1993, Denine released her second single "Tearshed '93" on Viper 7 Records which also didn't appear to make the charts.
Denine's third single "I Remember You" peaked at #116 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
During that same year, Denine released her debut album "To Be Continued..." which didn't appear to make the Billboard album charts.
Denine's fourth single, a cover version of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam's hit song, "All Cried Out" peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the chart for 11 weeks and #33 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart.

She continued to release singles throughout the rest of the '90s, but later took a break from the music business to focus on raising her two sons.

These days, it appears as if Denine is still active in the music business, continuing to perform along with raising her sons.

To see Denine's Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/Deninemusic

To see Denine's YouTube page, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/user/deninemusic

To see a fan-made video for "Baby I Love You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDP-QPPKB0E

To see a fan-made video for "Tearshed '93," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuyoUtN2q3o

To see a fan-made video for "I Remember You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1a372MrUM0

To see a fan-made video for "All Cried Out," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjDZ8ah4ZfU


[updated on 09\08\12]

Saturday, August 1, 2009

H-Town

H-Town is an R&B group from Houston, Texas that consisted of twin brothers Keven "Dino" and Solomon "Shazam" Conner and their good friend, Darryl "GI" Jackson. The group's name comes from the nickname of their hometown.

Dino and Solomon started their careers singing in talent shows before a local producer sent a demo tape to 2 Live Crew rapper\record label executive Luther "Luke" Campbell and the group was signed to Campbell's record label, Luke Records.
In 1993, H-Town released their debut album, "Fever For Da Flavor." The album peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 chart, #1 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and #9 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
The group's well-known hit single, "Knockin' Da Boots" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #34 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for 4 weeks in June of 1993, staying on the chart for 27 weeks.
The second single, "Lick U Up" peaked at #67 on the Billboard Hot 100, #34 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #21 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The third single, "Keepin' My Composure" peaked at #46 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Baby I Wanna" peaked at #87 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

H-Town won a Soul Train Music Award for "Best New Artist" and during 1993, the group was part of the Coca-Cola tour along with R&B groups Silk, SWV, and Shai. They were featured on the "Above the Rim" movie soundtrack with the track "Part Time Lover" which managed to peak at #9 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
In 1994, H-Town released their sophomore album, "Beggin' After Dark" which peaked at #98 on the Billboard 200 chart and #21 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Back Seat (Wit No Sheets)" peaked at #58 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Emotions" peaked at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #11 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 23 weeks.

The group recorded a cover version of the Persuaders' song, "A Thin Line Between Love & Hate" for the 1996 movie of the same name. The song peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
In 1997, H-Town released their third album, "Ladies Edition" which peaked at #53 on the Billboard 200 chart and #12 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single to chart from the album was "They Like It Slow" which peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. During that same year, the group had cut ties with Luther Campbell.

In July of 2000, Solomon Conner released a solo album entitled, "Bringing The Heat." In January of 2003, Dino and his girlfriend, Teshya Weisent were tragically killed in a car accident in Houston. The group was finishing up their newest album during the time of Dino's death.

In October 2004, H-Town released their fourth album, "Imitations of Life." Some of the songs from Solomon's solo album were featured on the album.
Today, Shazam & G.I. continue to perform & tour as H-Town. In 2011, they released the single, "I Appreciate You."

To see H-Town's official website, go to:
http://www.htown4ever.com

To follow H-Town on Twitter, go to:
http://www.twitter/htown4life

To see H-Town's official MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/htownlegends

To see H-Town's YouTube page, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/htown4life

To see H-Town's official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/htown4ever

To see the music video for "Knockin' Da Boots," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7XPRmMIrhY

To see the music video for "Lick U Up," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_bDlpLXlBc

To see the music video for "Keepin' My Composure," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf5AVDiO81A

To see the music video for "Baby I Wanna," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOZVBjQkrUs

To see a fan-made video for "Part Time Lover," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mLYN-F2Oek

To see the music video for "Back Seat (Wit No Sheets)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM4uXiYEmyA

To see the music video for "Emotions," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXYSvyuRes8

To see the music video for "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjRXTy-stnI

To see the music video for "They Like it Slow," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riJA8m-aEaA



[updated on 05\22\13]