Saturday, April 3, 2010

For Real

For Real was an R&B quartet from Los Angeles, California whose members consisted of Josina Elder, Wendi Williams, LaTanyia Baldwin and Necia Bray.

The quartet formed in 1986 hoping for a record deal, with no success. After greeting their manager at an airport with an a-cappella song, a person from A&M Records was at the airport and heard the quartet sing and not soon after, For Real was signed to the label.
In 1994, For Real released their debut album, "It's a Natural Thing" which peaked at #80 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The album was produced by Brian McKnight and the album earned 4 stars from "Rolling Stone" magazine. It sold over one million copies worldwide.
Their first single "You Don't Wanna Miss" which peaked at #101 on Billboard's Bubbling Hot 100 Singles chart, #32 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #28 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
For Real's second single, "Easy to Love" missed the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to peak at #65 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The last single from the album "You Don't Know Nothin" peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #80 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. The song also peaked at #54 on the U.K. Singles chart.

In 1995, For Real was featured on the hit single, "Freedom" for the "Panther" movie soundtrack featuring artists such as SWV, Aaliyah, En Vogue, and Mary J. Blige.

During that same year, they were featured in "Italian Vogue," toured with Stevie Wonder and recorded a duet with him on the Marvin Gaye tribute album "Inner City Blues: The Music of Marvin Gaye," lent their voices to the Martin Scorsese movie "Grace of My Heart," starred in the movie, "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" and contributed to the "Waiting to Exhale" and "Fled" soundtracks.
In 1996, For Real released their sophomore album "Free" which peaked at #100 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The quartet switched from A&M Records to Dallas Austin's Arista Records imprint label, Rowdy Records.
The first single from the album "Like I Do" became For Real's biggest hit to date, peaking at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, #30 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #48 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. The song also peaked at #45 on the UK Singles chart.
The second single "The Saddest Song I Ever Heard" failed to hit the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to peak at #65 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.

The last single "Hold Me" failed to chart at all on the Billboard charts. For Real earned a Grammy nomination, a Billboard Music Award nomination and a Soul Train Music Award nomination for the success of their sophomore album.

In January 1997, they won an American Music Award for their work on the "Waiting to Exhale" movie soundtrack.

In 1999, Wendi Williams lent her vocals for the Halle Berry movie "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge." After that, nothing much has been heard from them and it seems as if they've faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for "Like I Do," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L8CCUAN54A

To see the music video for "Easy to Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XQ88GLrxpI

To see the music video for "You Don't Know Nothin," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1D7sV58QXk

To see the music video for "You Don't Wanna Miss," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uzDZ_Y2imM

1 comment:

Tony Mota said...

Obrigado .Eu ia psotar a discografia delas no meu blog, mas não ache informações bacanas iguais as suas .
Obrigado !!