Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lia

Lia (born Lia Grant in New York) is a female singer\songwriter from the 80's. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Virgin Records.
In 1988, Lia released her self-titled debut album which did not to make any of the Billboard charts at all.
The first single, "Tell Me It's Not Too Late" peaked at #38 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The follow-up single, "True Obsession" peaked at #49 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.

The last single from the album, "Constantly" peaked at #68 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.

After that, not much was heard from Lia and it appeared as if she faded into obscurity. According to the "Isle of Deserted Pop Stars," Lia performed in the play "My Brother Marvin" and is working on new music.

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

To see the music video for "Tell Me It's Not Too Late," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljWhDEvkUgY

To see a fan-made video for "True Obsession," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcnPvfA6vBA

To see a fan-made video for "Constantly," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz6WjODtdMw

Tres

Tres were an R&B\pop\dance trio from Boston, Massachusetts that consisted of the Torres sisters: Glenda, Mari, and Neida. The girls were signed to Priority Records and in 1990, they released their only album, "Hold on To Your Dreams."
The first single, "I Can't Hang Any Longer" received some attention in clubs, but it's unknown how or if the single charted at all.

Their follow-up single, "Let Me Feel Your Body" peaked at #68 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

Tres also released a Spanish version album called "Dejame Sentir Tu Amor." Priority Records didn't known how to promote Tres properly and they broke up soon after that.

According to the "Isle of Deserted Pop Stars," Mari Torres has become a radio personality and doing broadcast training. She is also putting together a group, but only she'll be behind the scenes as a writer & producer. It's unknown what Glenda and Neida are up to today.

To see Mari Torres' MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/marimusic

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Positive K

Positive K (born Darryl Gibson in the Bronx, New York) was a male hip-hop rapper from the '90s.

He started his music career in 1986, making his debut on a hip-hop showcase album called "Fast Money." He was later signed to First Priority Records where he released 3 singles under the label.
On November 3, 1992, Positive K released his debut album "The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills" which peaked at #168 on the Billboard 200, #4 on Billboard's Heatseekers albums chart and #50 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA, making it his only successful album to date. Despite the reviews calling Positive K's album more than a fluke hit, it lacked perseverence on the Billboard albums chart, leading him to become a "one-hit wonder." The album is still beloved in the underground hip-hop community.
His first single, "I Got a Man" became a hit, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #12 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, topped Billboard's Rap Singles chart, and peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 24 weeks.

The song is memorable for Positive K not only providing the male vocals on the song, but the female vocals as well by raising the pitch of his voice with studio technology.

With the song making waves on the radio, Positive K was doing underground compliation appearances and doing guest appearances on other hip-hop artists' albums.
The follow-up single, "Night Shift" peaked at #101 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #17 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart.
The last single from the album, "Ain't No Crime" peaked at #16 on Billboard's Rap Singles chart, but failed to make the Hot 100 at all. In 1993, Positive K was featured on R&B group Motif's single, "You Told Me."
Positive K continued to release more singles. His last chart appearance was the single "Black Cinderella" which peaked at #92 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks. In 2006, he appeared on Nas' "Where Are They Now" remix.
Positive K's sophomore album and recent album to date, "Back to the Old School" was released in 2008 on EchoVista Records.

These days, Positive K has switched his career to stand-up comedy.

To see the music video for "I Got a Man," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvYIpa1Ulvw

To see the music video for "Nightshift," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic9pnOcTNlQ

To see the music video for "Ain't No Crime," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A3EMB4nPCM

To see a fan-made video for "Black Cinderella," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Si2_6TCAVk

Monday, May 21, 2012

Shahid

Shahid was a male hip-hop musician from the 80's. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Clockwork Records.

In 1984, Shahid released the single, "1984 (Future Shock)" which was written & by C.E. McPherson. It's unknown how or if the single ever charted. After that, it seems as if Shahid has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "1984 (Future Shock)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yas_358riZ0

Cindy Volzing

Cindy Volzing was a freestyle\dance singer from the 80's. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Clockwork Records.

In 1984, she released the single, "I Want You Every Day and Night (Fresh)" which didn't appear to chart at all. After that, it seems as if Cindy has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

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Amber Rose

Amber Rose (born in 1983 from San Antonio, Texas) was a Latin-pop\freestyle singer from the 90's. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Barb Wire Productions (through Virgin Records).
In 1997, Amber released her self-titled debut album which didn't appear to chart at all. She scored a #1 Tex-Mex hit with her Spanish version of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."
Amber released the single, "Never Again" which didn't chart at all. After that, it appeared as if Amber faded into obscurity, but according to a YouTube comment, she still lives in San Antonio and has her own cosmetic line.

To see a fan-made video for "Never Again," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HArhbdYw5o

To see the music video for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAtZNRWrM-o

To see Amber Rose's EPK promo video, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS1zbA55Q1s

Sunday, May 20, 2012

J.T.

J.T. (born Jordan Tepper in Forest Hills, Queens, New York) was a white male hip-hop rapper from the early 90's.

As a child, J.T. played guitar and drums. He attended Rosyln High School where he  was a member of the varsity basketball team. On road trips to games, J.T. and his teammates made up rhymes on the bus. He later started writing his own lyrics.

J.T. attended George Washington University, but left one year short of graduation to pursue a career in rap music. He recorded a few demo tapes and later, a family friend introduced him to Gary Baker, who worked as a lawyer for Atlantic Records who forwarded the demo tapes to the chief executive of EastWest Records America, Sylvia Rhone.
In 1991, J.T. released his debut album, "Kick the Funk." It's unknown how or if the album ever made any impact on the charts.
J.T.'s only charting song was the single, "Swing It" which managed to peak at #66 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.

His follow-up singles "Let Me Groove U" and "Brainstormin" failed to chart at all and after that, it appears as if J.T. has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since.

To see the music video for "Swing It," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYefMhTM-8U

To see a fan-made video for a remixed version of "Let Me Groove U," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzrpwabsAqM

[Updated on 01\04\2016]

London Jones

London Jones (born in New York) was a male R&B singer from the '90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Silas Records.

In 1994, he released his debut album, "For You." It's unknown how or if the album ever made the charts.
 
His first single, "Joi" peaked at #70 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The follow-up single "Save Our Love" was released in 1995, but didn't chart. London has written and produced music for artists such as the Braxtons, Jessica Simpson, Tamar, Rebekah, the Dre Allen Project, Kina, Tiffany, Ronnie Spector, and JC Chasez.

These days, London Jones continues to be active in the music business under the name Xavier Ross.

To see the music video for "Joi," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZT3uGznOts

To see the music video for "Save Our Love," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=N10PMq8OBts

[Updated on 01\04\2016]

Gyrl

Gyrl were a female R&B group from the 90's that originally consisted of the Chilombo sisters: Jamila (born on November 18, 1983) & her older sister, Miyoko along with Paulette Maxwell (born on June 17, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois).

Miyoko and Jamila appeared in Prince's music video for his song "Diamonds & Pearls" when they were kids.

Miyoko was introduced to Chris Stokes (who was the manager for R&B group Immature at the time) by appearing in Immature's music video for "Da Munchies." Jamila and Miyoko met Paulette from being in the same dance class.

The girls became backup dancers for Immature and appeared in their videos "Constantly," the remix version for "Constantly" and "I Don't Mind." The group's original name was "Innocence" and was later changed to "Gyrl."
In 1995, Gyrl released their debut single, "Play Another Slow Jam" on Silas Records, which peaked at #74 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks, but missed the Hot 100.

By 1996, Paulette left the group and new members Jeanae & Tai-Amber Woo turned the former trio into a quartet.
In 1997, Gyrl released their second single, "Get Your Groove On" (which was featured on the "B.A.P.S." movie soundtrack), peaked at #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #30 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks, becoming their highest chart appearance to date.

After that, it appeared as if Gyrl faded into obscurity.

Paulette Maxwell appeared as a dancer on the UPN series, "One on One" and in the 2002 movie, "The Master of Disguise." She was a composer on the UPN\CW series, "All of Us." She now works as the CEO of Creative Soul Productions.

Tai-Amber Woo became a member of girl group, Nobody's Angel, but it is unknown what she is up to today.

Miyoko Chilombo appeared in Immature (who later changed their name to IMX)'s music video, "Beautiful." She now works as a stylist.

Jamila (who went under the name "Mila J") joined short-lived girl group, Dame Four in 2005. She appeared on Omarion's debut album on the track "Take it Off." In 2006, she recorded her solo album "Split Personality," but it was never released.

Jamila released three singles (which are available on iTunes): "Complete," "No More Complaining" and "Good Looking Out" (featuring former Immature\IMX member, Marques Houston).

The Chilombo girls' younger sister, Jhene is also a singer.

To see Miyoko's MySpace page, go to:
http://myspace.com/mimicoco

To follow Miyoko on Twitter, go to:
http://twitter.com/miyokochilombo

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

To see the music video for "Play Another Slow Jam," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnRWSLep5Jw

To see the music video for "Get Your Groove On," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1fJgnJzE2I

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Damaris

Damaris (born Damaris Carbaugh on November 4, 1955 in New York City) was a female R&B singer from the '80s.

Damaris' mother was an evangelist and her father was a singer. As a baby, her parents moved to Cuba to serve as missionaries and later moved to Puerto Rico a year later. Damaris' childhood years were spent living between Puerto Rico and New York.

Damaris knew she wanted to sing since she was 11 years old. As a teenager, Damaris and her sisters sang together as a trio & traveled with their mother. When she was 15 years old, Damaris was asked to sign at a recording studio and she was soon in demand by producers & advertising agencies in New York.

Damaris has sung with many well-known artists in recording sessions along with performing vocals on numerous advertising jingles and commercials. In 1982, she won the American Song Festival Talent Search and got a record deal with CBS Records.
In January of 1984, Damaris released her self-titled debut album which didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts.
Her cover version of Luther Vandross' song "You Stopped Loving Me" peaked at #79 on Billboard's Black Singles chart , staying on the chart for 4 weeks. Another single "What About My Love" was released, but failed to chart.

After that, nothing much was heard from Damaris and she seemingly faded into obscurity. These days, Damaris is still active in the music scene as a gospel singer. She has released more than 15 albums in that genre. She resides in Mt. Vernon, New York with her husband and has 2 grown children.

To see Damaris' official website, go to:
http://damariscarbaugh.com/

To follow Damaris' on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/#!/damariscarbaugh

To see a fan-made video for "You Stopped Loving Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUkeSnaRTZ4

To see a fan-made video for "What About My Love,' go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_ogTURLiqU

The Honeys

The Honeys were a female hip-hop\R&B group from Atlanta, Georgia that consisted of members Iesha, Kelly, Porshe, and Sammie.

In 1991, they released their only single, "How Low Can You Go" which  peaked at #89 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.

The single was an answer song to Another Bad Creation's hit song "Iesha."

After that, it seems as if The Honeys have faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from the girls since and they never released an album.

To see the music video for "How Low Can You Go," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpCP6L7jNIA

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Domino Theory

Domino Theory were an interracial R&B group from Los Angeles, California that consisted of brothers Robin & Thomas Lyle along with Carl Crawford and Takaious (born Richard Lemacks). In 1990, they released their self-titled debut album on BMG Records.
Their first single, "Radio Driver" peaked at #43 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks, making it their highest and only chart appearance to date.
The follow-up singles "On To You" and "Spanish Lullaby" were released, but didn't chart. After that, it seems as if Domino Theory has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "Radio Driver," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USxn0D8R7Xw

To see a fan-made video for "On To You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ONy0VU4Rbs

Dolos

Dolos (born Joyce D. Stovall) was a female dance\R&B singer from the 80's. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Sunnyview Records.

In 1985, Dolos released her only single, "Night So Right" which didn't appear to chart at all. After that, it seems as if she has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

To see a fan-made video for "Night So Right," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gs8q6er6Uc

LeRoc

LeRoc (born Kenny Reyes) was a male dance\hip-house musician from the 90's. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Onna Roll Records.

In 1991, he released the single, "Move Your Body" which didn't appear to chart at all. After that, it seems as if LeRoc has faded into obscurity. His whereabouts are unknown.


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Dorian

Dorian (born Dorian Williams in Houston, Texas) was a male R&B singer from the mid 80s\early 90s. Not much information is given about him, but he released one album before fading into obscurity.
In 1984, Dorian released the single, "Stacked to the T" on Royal Shield Records. It's unknown how or if the single ever charted.
In 1990, Dorian released his only album, "This is a Party That We Gotta Get Started" on Black Forest Records which didn't appear to make the charts at all.
The only single to chart was "Thrill" which peaked at #60 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

After that, it seems as if Dorian has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since.

To see a fan-made video for "Thrill," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrpmzqd0OjU

To see a fan-made video for "Stacked to the T," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DivcK9FJmBE

Tami Davis

Tami Davis (born in Charleston, South Carolina) was a female R&B singer from the 90s. According to Allmusic.com, she was a former vocalist of R&B group, BlackGirl.

In 1998, Tami released her debut album,"Only You" on the Red Ant Entertainment record label which didn't make the charts at all.
The first single, "How Do I Say I'm Sorry" peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks, making it her highest chart appearance to date.
The title song peaked at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #31 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

After that, it seems as if Tami has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

To see the music video for "How Do I Say I'm Sorry," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xaty60_tami-davis-how-do-i-say-i-m-sorry_music

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Kaycee Grogan

Kaycee Grogan (born in 1980 in Marietta, Georgia) was a teenage R&B singer from the 90s who was signed to Columbia Records.
In 1996, Kaycee's first single, "It's Alright" peaked at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #58 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
In 1997, Kaycee's debut album "What Girls Are Made of" was released in Japan, but never released in the United States. It's unknown how well the album did Japan.

After that, it appears as if Kaycee has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

To see the music video for "It's Alright," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzApwqVGARA

Julian Flenoy

Julian Flenoy (born in Chicago, Illinois) was a male R&B singer from the 80s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to KMA Records.

In 1986, he released the single, "Turn Me Out" which peaked at #75 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

After that, it seems as if Julian had faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since.

To see a fan-made video for "Turn Me Out," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEQ-JtYbPFw

Perri

Perri was a female R&B group consisting of the Perry Sisters: Carol, Darlene, Sharon, and Lori. The sisters started performing in high school and later in local clubs.

At that time, they sang Top 40 music which they found boring which resulted in the group splitting up for a number of years.

In 1982, the sisters were inspired to sing together again after they attended a Pat Metheny concert. They put together a tape featuring cover versions of Pat's song and two days later, Pat invited the sisters to join him for a recording session.

Following live appearances with Pat in 1983 and in 1985, Perri signed to Zebra Records.
In 1986, Perri released their debut album, "Celebrate" which managed to peak at #14 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart, but it's unknown if any singles charted.

During that same year, Perri met Anita Baker through a fortunate meeting at a doctor's office. Anita invited them to back her concert for a week in Los Angeles and then later invited them for a year-long tour. They also appeared on Joe Zawinul's album, "The Immigrant."
In 1988, Perri released their second album, "The Flight" which peaked at #81 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Their first charting single, "No Place to Go" peaked at #41 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The follow-up singles "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love," "I'm the One" and "Fall in Love" didn't appear to make the charts at all.
In 1989, Perri appeared on the Spike Lee movie soundtrack "Do the Right Thing" with the track "Feel So Good" which managed to peak at #51 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

They also provided the track "Prove to Me" on the soundtrack, but it didn't chart. During that same year, Perri signed to MCA Records.
In 1990, Perri released their third and last album to date "Tradewinds" which peaked at #58 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The only single from the album to chart was "Someone Like You" which peaked at #49 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. A promotional single "It's Been You" was released, but didn't chart.

While at MCA Records, Lori Perri co-wrote the song "Touch Me Up" for R&B group, Body. Since 1990, Perri hasn't released any new music, but Lori Perry continues to record as a jazz musician.

The other Perry sisters have provided vocals for artists such as Howard Hewitt, Oleta Adams, Brenda Russell, Lenny Kravitz, George Duke, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Laura Pausini, Luther Vandross, and Dakota Moon.

To see Lori Perry's website, go to:
http://www.loriperryonline.com/

To see a fan-made video for "No Place to Go," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KXFReDSt54

To see a fan-made video for "Feel So Good," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-25ZMUnqCQ

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

To see the music video for "It's Been You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkGA69Dniio