Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Phil Storm

Phil Storm (born in Harlem, New York) was an R&B singer from the 90s. Not much information is given about him, but he released two albums before fading into obscurity.

In 1996, Phil released his debut album, "Til the End of Time" on Somethin' Serious Records. It's unknown how or if the album was successful or not.
In 1998, Phil released his follow-up album, "Quiet Storm" on Forty Street Records, which peaked at #50 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and #59 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The only single to chart was "Let Me" featuring Kim Smith, which peaked at #62 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

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

To see a fan-made video for "Let Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bBBbPQpvXk

Melissa Rowan

Melissa Rowan (born Beth Rowan Metzler in Mahopac, New York) is a former dance/pop singer from the 80s. She has been a songwriter since her high school years.
In 1988, Melissa released the single, "Somebody Like You" which appeared on the soundtrack to the Gregory Hines film, "Tap." It's unknown how or if the single made the charts.
Her follow-up single, "I Just Wanna Get Your Loving" was released, but once again, it's unknown how or if the single was successful.

Melissa published two songs: "As We Reminisce" and "Fear" which were released on the "Artist For a Cure" CD for the National Cystic Fibrosis "Great Strides Campaign" which became a number-one seller on CD Baby.

These days, Melissa (now Maggie Row) is a Christian/Inspirational music artist and two of her songs: "You Make Sense to Me" and "Did You Pray Today" made the Classic Rock and Top 10 Pop Religious charts respectively.

As of 2007, Maggie has been working on a Christian music album, but nothing much has been heard about it since.

To see Maggie Row's Broadjam.com profile, go to:
http://www.broadjam.com/maggierow


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Street Fare

Street Fare were a New York R&B trio from the late 80s that consisted of singers Manzel Lamar, Paul Christopher and Sandi Alexander.

Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Atlantic Records.
In 1987, the trio released their self-titled debut album. It's unknown how or if the album ever made the charts.
The lead single, "Come And Get This Love" peaked at #47 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
The follow-up promo single, "Out of Reach" was released, but didn't appear to make the charts at all. After that, it seems as if Street Fare has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for "Come and Get This Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXGq5ooTKWw

To see a fan-made video for "Out of Reach," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WvqKkHZIkc

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Voyeur

Voyeur is an R&B/dance act from the 80s. Not much information is given about them, but it was formed by producer Michael Calhoon.
In 1985, Voyeur released their debut album on MCA Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.

The single "Paradise" peaked at #70 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
In 1988, they released their follow-up album, "Boulevard" on Columbia Records. Once again, it is unknown how or if the album charted.
The only single to chart was "Hangin' on the Boulevard" peaked at #36 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

After that, it seemed as if Voyeur has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see a fan-made video for the dub version of "Hangin' on the Boulevard," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QGiPwCgyFk

Lavine Hudson

Lavine Hudson (born in London, England) is an R&B/gospel singer from the 80s. Her parents are the Reverend Austin and Elaine Hudson. She started singing and playing musical instruments, piano and guitar at a young age.

In 1978 at the age of 16, Lavine began singing professionally when she became the lead singer for an up and coming contemporary British gospel group called the Harmonisers after being spotted by their leader/keyboardist, Doug Wallace.

In 1983, Lavine won a scholarship to the Berkley School of Music in Boston, Massachussetts where she developed & improved her musical technique.

She returned to England in 1985 and by that time, Lavine was being compared to singers such as Whitney Houston, Randy Crawford, Deniece Williams and Aretha Franklin which sparked offers in the British record industry.

Lavine became a featured artist in a Channel 4 U.K. gospel television series, "People Get Ready."

Throughout the 80s, she worked with famous gospel artists in the U.S. such as Marvin Winans, the Clark Sisters, Derek Barkley and Andrae Crouch. In the late 80s, Lavine signed a record deal with Virgin Records.
In 1988, Lavine released her debut album, "Intervention" which peaked at #19 on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #85 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks and #57 on the U.K. Singles chart.

She appeared at the Montreaux Jazz Festival and on a BBC television documentary entitled "The Friday Report."
In 1991, Lavine released her sophomore album, "Between Two Worlds" which didn't generate a lot of success.

In the early 90s, Virgin Records was sold to EMI who pressed her to move away from gospel music to a more secular style, but she turned it down.

These days, Lavine suffers from poor health, but she continues to attend church and sing, but not professionally.

To see the music video for "Intervention," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd3vzYTp1Iw

Saturday, May 18, 2013

K-Yze

K-Yze (born Kevin Davis) was a hip-house/dance musician from the late 80s/early 90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Warner Bros. Records.
In 1989, K-Yze released his first single, "Stomp (Move Jump Jack Your Body)" peaked at #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #30 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1992, he released his debut and only album to date, "Without Warning." It's unknown how or if the album charted.
The only single to chart from the album was "Sweat Dance" which peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

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

To see the music video for "Stomp (Move Jump Jack Your Body)," go to:

To see the music video for "Sweat Dance," go to:

A.M. Dre'

A.M. Dre' (from New Orleans, Louisiana) was a female rapper from the 90s. Not much information is given about her, but it appears this rapper was signed to Solar Records.

In 1994, A.M. Dre' released the album, "Get Right." It's unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
The first single, "Don't Pimp Slap Her Bro" was released, but didn't appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
The follow-up single, "You Get's None" was also released, but failed to make any impact on the charts at all. After that, it seemed as if A.M. Dre' has faded into obscurity.

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Roni Griffith

Roni Griffith (from Bloomington, Indiana) was a female dance/pop singer from the '80s.

She was an original member of King Creole and the Coconuts before going solo, signing with Vanguard Records. Roni resided in New York from the age of 19 to 23 years old.

In 1980, Roni's first solo single, "Mondo Man" peaked at #36 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
A year later, Roni's second single, "I Want Your Lovin'/Desire" peaked at #30 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
In 1982, Roni released her self-titled solo album on Vanguard Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.
Roni scored a hit with the single, "(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up" which peaked at #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

In the U.K., the single managed to peak at #63 on the U.K. Singles chart. She also appeared in the first national Clairol commercial shot in 35 mm film for "Nice 'n Easy."

Just as Roni's first music video was about to launch on MTV, she decided to leave the secular music scene based on her morals and values as a Christian.

In 1983, she pursued a career in the Christian Contemporary music genre. She appeared on "The 700 Club" and appeared numerous times in her hometown newspaper, "The Herald Times."

In 1994, Roni became a professional photographer and opened her own talented production company, Integrity Productions.

She has been working as one of Indiana's most renowned photographers for over 10 years.
In 2005, Roni released a Christian Contemporary album entitled "Only You" which is available on CD Baby.

These days, Roni continues to work as a photographer.

To see the Facebook page for Roni's photography business, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Integrity-Productions-Roni-Griffith-Photography/67421259515

To see a fan-made video for "Mondo Man," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfLbP-uF7Os

To see a fan-made video for "Desire," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO48LxfZP-s

To see a fan-made video for "I Want Your Lovin'," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQBL7pEQI7c

To see a fan-made video for "(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lk_VnwMoeU