Sunday, October 31, 2010

Willie Max

Willie Max were a female R&B group that consisted of sisters Rose, Sky and Lyric Smith from Detroit, Michigan.

The sisters started their career in the late 80s when they were teenagers, performing under the name "The Smith Reflections."

They even opened up for Tony! Toni! Tone! and member Raphael Saddiq became the girls' mentor. The sisters changed their group name to "Willie Max" after their parents' first names.
In 1998, Willie Max was signed to Raphael's record label, Pookie Records and released their only album, "Bona Fide." It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
Willie Max scored a hit with their first single "Can't Get Enough" which peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks and #38 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
Another single "I'm Not Your Girlfriend" was released, but didn't chart. After that, they had seemingly faded into obscurity. Not much has been heard from the girls since.

To see the music video for "Can't Get Enough," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgpDq2_q94k


[updated on 05\07\12]

4Kast

4Kast was a female R&B girl group consisting of members Kisha, Kia (born Kia Jeffries), Sharissa (born Sharissa Dawes) and Tasha from New York.

The group was formed in 1995 and Kia was a member of the short-lived early-90s R&B group Oscar.
In 1998, 4Kast released their debut album "Any Weather" on RCA Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
The first single "I Tried" peaked at #105 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #46 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The follow-up singles "Miss My Lovin" and "If I Could/I Tried" didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all. After that, they had appeared to have faded into obscurity.

These days, Sharissa has a moderate solo career. In 2002, she scored her only highest Hot 100 chart appearance to date with the song "Any Other Night."

Kia is now pursuing a solo career as a singer/songwriter under the name "Babydoll." She was featured on rapper Akinyele's song "Put It In Your Mouth."

In November of 2012, Kia killed her abusive husband in self defense. She was not charged with his death. She has also appeared on the VH1 network show "The Gossip Game."

To see Kia Jeffries' Reverbnation page, go to:
http://www.reverbnation.com/kiababydolljeffries

To see a fan-made video for "I Tried," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxWIrff9HHg

As a bonus, here's the music video for Sharissa's minor solo hit "Any Other Night." To see the video, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24ZeuHUZcoc


[updated on 08/01/13]

Saturday, October 30, 2010

7669

7669 were a female R&B quartet from the early 90s that consisted of members Thicknezz, Shorti 1 Forti, E-Boog-E and Big Ang.

Their music was produced by Full Force and they were signed to Motown Records.
In 1993, the group released their one and only album "7669 East From a Bad Block." It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
The first single "So High" peaked at #35 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks, making it their highest appearance on the chart.

The last single from the album "Joy" peaked at #72 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the charts for 9 weeks. The song also peaked at #60 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single from the album "Heree Ah Cumm" was released, but didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.

After that, 7669 had faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see the music video for "So High," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RrMiUwkAnY

To see the music video for "Joy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf8P5yRmmqE


[updated on 05\07\12]

4.0

4.0 was an R&B group from Atlanta, Georgia that consisted of members Tony "T-Bone" Hightower, Sammy "Cat Daddy" Crumbley, Jason "JJ" Sylvain and Ron "Hollywood" Jackson.
In 1997, the group released their self-titled debut album on A&M Records which peaked at #100 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their biggest hit to date "Have a Little Mercy" peaked at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #28 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart.

The song was produced by legendary music producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. After that, they have seemed to have faded into obscurity.

These days, it appears if Sammy Crumbley works as a songwriter at hits4uman in the Greater Atlanta Area. Jason Sylvain appears to still be active in the music business as well. It's unknown what the other members of the group are up to these days.

To see the music video for "Have a Little Mercy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foVT4ogLBlM

[updated on 03\01\14]

The Real Seduction

The Real Seduction were an R&B vocal quartet from New Orleans, Louisiana that consisted of twin brothers Stacy & Tracy Braden along with Lawrence Pierce and Dennis Gordon.
 
In 1993, the quartet released their debut album "It's Real" on Atlantic Records. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
The first single, "Ain't Nuttin' Wrong" peaked at #82 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, lasting on the chart for 7 weeks.
The last single released from the album "Baby Where Were You?" peaked at #76 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, making it their highest chart appearance to date and staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

After the poor performance of their one and only album, The Real Seduction faded into obscurity. Nothing has been heard from them since.

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

To see a fan-made video for "Ain't Nothing Wrong," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnCeljlPEag


[updated on 08/01/13]

Robbie Mychals

Robbie Mychals (born in Richmond, Virginia) was an R&B singer from the early '90s. He had a music style similar to Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown.
In 1990, Robbie released his self-titled debut album on Alpha International Records which peaked at #71 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single "Can't Get Enuff of U" peaked at #49 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The second single "One Mile From Paradise" peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the charts for 13 weeks, making it their highest chart appearance to date. The song also marked the recording debut for Boyz II Men, who provided background vocals on it.
The last single released from the album "Do For You Do For Me" featuring singer Lori Fulton, peaked at #46 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 8 weeks.

After that, nothing much was heard from Robbie and has seemed to have faded into obscurity. It's unknown what he's up to today.

To see the music video for "One Mile from Paradise," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2SCAgYFwBE

To see the music video for "Can't Get Enuff Of U," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYPTMwKhtUc

To see a fan-made video for "Do For You Do For Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDuXl-doRv4


[updated on 08/01/13]

Geoff McBride

Geoff McBride (born on October 23, 1960 in Lexington, North Carolina) is an R&B singer from the 90s.

As a child, he sang gospel music and he even performed for the governor of North Carolina and former President Jimmy Carter. He formed his first band when he was 18 years old.
In 1990, Geoff released his debut album "Do You Still Remember Love" on Arista Records which peaked at #55 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Gotta Good Thing" peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the charts for 13 weeks. The song became Geoff's highest chart appearance to date.

The second single from the album, "No Sweeter Love" peaked at #20 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Doesn't That Mean Something" peaked at #37 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the charts for only 9 weeks.

After that, Geoff took some time off from the music biz to take personal control of his music.

During that time, he lived to Atlanta, Georgia and later got married. He sang on musician Amy Lee's two albums, was a former sax player for Jimmy Buffett and sang for North Point Community Church in various areas of service for six years & BigStuf Camps.

Geoff co-wrote songs with Ben Holst under the name "Holst & McBride" where they opened for Aaron Neville at The Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points in March of 2003 and played at the Athens Human Rights Festival in that same year too.

He also sang with Guild of Sound (who are from Lawrenceville, Georgia) with Mark Copeland, John Sussewell, Steve Freeman and Don Klayman.

Geoff also provided vocals on the album "Valentines: The Music of Jim Brickman" with singer Felicia Sorenson and did commercial jingles such as Dark & Lovely, MARTA, Coca Cola and Chevrolet.

In 2006, he relocated to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida with his family where he has been working with musicians Tim Jackson, Chris Clifton, Duke Bardell and Donny Sundal.

Geoff was also the lead singer for the Rhythm All-Stars promo recording for JoMar Records, but he left in February of 2008.

In December of 2008, he released the single "Christmas Is" which is available on CD Baby. In 2012, Geoff was a contestant on the NBC series "The Voice," but was eliminated. He continues to still be active in the music business.

To see Geoff's official website, go to:
http://www.geoffmcbride.com/welcome.cfm

To see Geoff's official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/GeoffMcBrideMusic

To follow Geoff on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/geoff_mcbride

To see Geoff's official MySpace page, go to:
https://myspace.com/geoffmcbridemusic

To see Geoff's Reverbnation page, go to:
http://www.reverbnation.com/geoffmcbride

To see Geoff's CD Baby page, go to:
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/GeoffMcBride

To see the music video for "No Sweeter Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GahLJ4WToFk

To see a fan-made video for "Doesn't That Mean Something," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SUnP_pKToc

To see a fan-made video for an extended remix version of "Gotta Good Thing," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHYRCHcB8i8



[updated on 08/01/13]

Friday, October 22, 2010

S.H.E.

S.H.E. was a female R&B trio consisting of Tyren Perry and her younger sisters Jaimee & Jania Foxworth. You might have already seen my post on Tyren Perry which is featured on the blog as well.

During their childhood, Tyren, Jaimee and Jania would always sing around the house together. When their family moved to Los Angeles, they booked gigs doing session work and performances for Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie's Children of the World project.

Jania and Tyren were even featured as backing vocalists on Quincy Jones' 1989 album "Back on the Block" on the song, "Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)" featuring Tevin Campbell.

Not only was Tyren an actress as well, so was her sister Jaimee who starred on "Family Matters" as Judy Winslow.  In 1993, Jaimee's character was written out and she was let go from the show after requesting a pay increase which the producers were unable to do & they didn't know what to do about her character anyway.

Jaimee did star on the show "Getting By," but the show was canceled after one season. Jania also acted in a few minor roles as well, but not as much as her sisters did. She even starred on the show "Amen" showing off her singing skills.

After their family put in so much for their daughters' careers, they went through some financial problems. The girls decided to form a group and start a music career together. The girls were noticed by Shaquille O'Neal, who featured them on his second album "You Can't Stop the Reign" in 1996.
During that same year, S.H.E. released their first single "My Secret Is" which got little attention. Despite that, they were able to release an album.
In 1997, they released their only album, "3's A Charm" which didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts. The girls were also featured on the soundtrack to Shaq's movie "Steel."

Soon after, the girls were dropped from the label and remained out of the spotlight which had put a strain on their family and it was rumored they filed for bankruptcy.

Jaimee later went on a downward spiral, suffering from a substance abuse problem and started acting in pornography under the name "Crave."

In 2008, she was featured on Vh1's "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" recovering from her substance abuse problem. After she appeared on the show, Jaimee got her act together and in May 2009, she gave birth to a baby boy.

During that same year, Jaimee was featured on TV One's "Life After" series. She is planning on releasing an autobiography.

Jania had done choreography for Shaquille O'Neal's shows and starred in the gospel play, "Treat Her Like a Lady" and starred in the movie, "Keepin' It Real." She has choreographed and provided background vocals for Heather Headley, even choreographing her music video, "He Is."

She starred on NBC's "Passions" as the singing voice of the character, Whitney. She also wrote a few songs with Emmy-award winning producer, John Henry and even toured South America.

In 2007, Jaina scored a dance hit with the Perry Twins called "Activate My Body." These days, she continues to be active in the entertainment business.

Tyren is now a member of the heavy metal group, Kai's Army and still acts.

To see Jania's official website, go to:
http://www.jania.net/

To see Jania's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/foxyjania

(Check out Tyren's post to see the link for her MySpace page)

To see a fan-made video for "My Secret Is," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KZzGZINRwc

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sexual Harrassment

Sexual Harrassment was a pop/dance/R&B music project from the 80s that was centered around DJ/producer Lynn Tolliver Jr (or David Payton) who also wrote all of the lyrics & music.

The project featured a changing roster of vocalists & musicians such as Alicia Starr, Charlie Inez, Dale Jackson, Kelly Albright, Lourdes Figueroa and Lynne Poole.
In 1982, they released their only album "I Need a Freak" on Heat Records. It's unknown how or if the album was successful.
The title song was released as the first single, but it is unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.
The follow-up single from the album "K-I-S-S-I-N-G" was released, but didn't appear to make any impact on the charts.
In 1984, Sexual Harrassment released the single "We Want Prince" which went nowhere on the charts at all.

The project's last musical release was in 1986 with the single "These Are the Things That I Like" on the Future Entertainment record label.

After that, nothing much has been heard from them and it seems as if Sexual Harrassment has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "I Need a Freak," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYzwnH-v2d4

To see a fan-made video for "K-I-S-S-I-N-G," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiLw9tXzlLk


[updated on 08/01/13]

Bobby Nunn

Bobby Nunn (not to be confused with singer Bobby Nunn who sang with R&B groups the Coasters and the Robins in the 50s and 60s) was an R&B\funk singer from the early 80s. He got his start as a protege for the late Rick James and played synthesizer on Rick's earlier hits.
 
In 1982, Bobby released his debut album "Second To Nunn" which peaked at #148 on the Billboard 200 chart and #14 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album "She's Just a Groupie" peaked at #104 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play and #15 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the charts for 13 weeks, making it his highest chart appearance to date.
The follow-up single "Got To Get Up On It" peaked at #36 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the charts for 10 weeks.
 
In 1983, Bobby released his sophomore album "Private Party" which peaked at #41 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song managed to peak at #50 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 8 weeks.
The second single "Hangin' Out at the Mall" peaked at #50 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The last single "Don't Knock It (Until You Try It)" was released, but didn't chart. After that, nothing much has been heard from Bobby. It seems as if he's faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "Private Party," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfLtc_k8Ec0

To see a fan-made video for "She's Just a Groupie," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CJJAEwcA3U


[updated on 05\07\12]

Ozone

Ozone was an R&B\funk group from Nashville, Tennessee in 1977 by three former members of the funk band, The Endeavors who were Benny Wallace, Jimmy Stewart and Charles Glenn.

They later recruited members Thomas Bumpass, William White, Ray Woodard, Greg Hargrov  and Paul Hines to provide instrumental and vocal support.  In the group's later years, Joe Foxworth became part of the group.

Ozone was signed to Motown Records. They was initially used by the label as backing musicians for musicians Billy Preston and Syretta before they allowed them to make records in 1980.

After touring with Billy Preston for two years, they were signed to Motown. Ozone has done musical arrangements for artists such as Teena Marie and Bobby Nunn.
In 1980, Ozone released their debut album "Walk On" which didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts.

The instrumental title song peaked at #94 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
In 1981, the group released their sophomore album "Send It" which peaked at #61 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The only single to chart was "Gigolette" which peaked at #73 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. Another single "Do What Cha Wanna" failed to chart at all.
During that same year, they released their third album "Jump On It" which failed to make much impact on the charts at all.
In 1982, Ozone released their fourth album, "Lil Suzy" which peaked at #152 on the Billboard 200 and #45 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The title song peaked at #109 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #59 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
In 1983, Ozone released their fifth and last album "Glasses" which peaked at #50 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The single "Strutt My Thang" became their highest chart appearance to date, peaking at #55 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

Another single "(Our Hearts) Will Always Shine" was quite successful in the UK and has been fondly remembered there.

Being Motown's "house band" had its advantages, but Ozone didn't receive a lot of recognition and it hindered them from becoming a household name.

With Motown not giving the group any radio or tour support at all, they disbanded and they seemed to have faded into obscurity.

To see the fan-made video for "Gigolette," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdWsfL-iIw0

To see a fan-made video for "Strutt My Stuff," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjzlQHU4KKw

To see a fan-made video for "(Our Hearts) Will Always Shine," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo9dS3Po21w


[updated on 05\07\12]