Category: 90’s


Solé

Solé (born Tonya M. Lumpkin on July 17, 1973 in Kansas City, Missouri) is a female rapper who got her career started during the 90’s. Before her music career, Solé worked at various jobs such as AT&T and as a spa coordinator for a salon.

During the summer of 1999, Solé was featured on rapper J.T. Money’s single, “Who Dat” which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard’s Rap Singles chart, and #2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart in May of 1999, staying on the chart for 25 weeks. Solé was featured other artists’ albums such as Terry Dexter, Before Dark, Kane & Able, and Tech N9ne.

In the fall of 1999, Solé released her debut album, “Skin Deep” which peaked at #127 on the Billboard 200, #27 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, and topped Billboard’s Heatseekers albums chart.

The lead single from the album, “4,5,6” featuring J.T. Money and R&B singer Kandi Burruss, peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, #24 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, topped Billboard’s Rap Singles chart, and #9 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart in November of 1999, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

The follow-up single, “It Wasn’t Me” featuring R&B singer Ginuwine, missed the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to peak at #19 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #44 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in May of 2000, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

In 2000, Solé became engaged to Ginuwine and in 2001, she gave birth to their first daughter together named Story. In November 2002, their second daughter, Dream was born. (Solé has two daughters from a previous relationship, De’jan and Cypress while Ginuwine has a son, Elgin from a previous relationship as well). In 2003, Solé and Ginuwine got married.

After the release of her solo album, Solé focused on her family, stepping aside from the music biz, but in October 2010, she announced that she was working on new music.

To see the music video for “4,5,6,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VCrSBtzfDg

To see the music video for “It Wasn’t Me,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIFQ1VOW89M&ob

As a bonus, to see the music video for “Who Dat” (featuring Solé), go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHIqveatztY

 

[updated on 08-17-12]

Before Dark were a female R&B trio from the late 90’s\early 00’s that consisted of members Arike Rice (who was a member of another 90’s girl group, The Voices), her sister Jeni “Jeni G.” Rice Genzuk, and their cousin, Mia Lee.

In 1999, Before Dark released their first single, “Come Correct” which peaked at #93 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in February of that same year, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks, but failed to make the Hot 100. Their follow-up single, “Baby” featuring rapper Solé, missed the Billboard Hot 100 once again, but managed to peak at #48 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in June of 1999, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

In 2000, Before Dark released their third single, “Monica” which managed to peak at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100, #22 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #41 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in May of 2000, staying on the chart for 13 weeks, making it their highest chart apperance to date.

The trio was featured on the covers of “The Cheetah Girls” novels by Deborah Gregory and also appeared on Christina Aguilera’s “In Concert” tour.

During that same year, Before Dark’s debut album, “Daydreamin” was released. It was originally supposed to be released in 1999, but due to the low performance of the first two singles, RCA Records decided to delay their album. The album failed to make the charts and the group later disbanded.

Arike Rice continues to have an active career, dancing for musicians such as Usher, Kanye West, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Ciara, Missy Elliott, Fergie, The Black Eyed Peas, P. Diddy, Kelly Rowland, Amerie, and Ludacris. Arike also appeared in the films, “Hairspray,” “Dreamgirls,” and “Center Stage 2.”

Jeni works as a writer for the CW\BET television series, “The Game.” It’s unknown what Mia Lee is up to these days.

To see the music video for “Baby,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw1StKCDdKw

To see the music video for “Monica,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50lMKGz4bOI

To see a fan-made video for “Come Correct,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfRvpnUVcWM

[updated on 08-05-12]

The Adventures of Stevie V

The Adventures of Stevie V were a British dance group from Bedfordshire, England that consisted of producer Stevie Vincent, singer Melodie Washington, and multi-instrumentalist Mick Walsh.

In 1990, they released their self-titled debut album on Mercury Records. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted.

Their biggest hit to date, “Dirty Cash (Money Talks)” peaked at #2 on the UK Singles chart. In the United States, the song peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the dance charts. The song was co-written by Mick Walsh.

The follow-up single, “Body Language” peaked at #25 on the UK Singles chart, but missed the charts in the US. The third single from the album, “Jealousy” peaked at #58 on the UK Singles chart. In the US, the song peaked at #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard’s dance charts. The last single from the album, “That’s The Way It Is” failed to make the charts. satisfymeIn 1993, the group released their follow-up album “Satisfy Me.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts.

In 1993, The Adventures of Stevie V released the single, “Push 2 the Limit.” It’s unknown how or if the song ever charted. A year later, another single “Paradise” was released, but once again, it’s unknown how or if the song ever made the charts.

In 1997, a remix of “Dirty Cash (Money Talks)” was released and managed to peak at #69 on the UK Singles chart for a week.

Today, Stevie Vincent is a music tech teacher at Bedford College. Mick scored another #1 dance hit with the song “Set Me Free” by Clubland and currently lives in New York. In 1995, Melody Washington released a solo single, “Love Gone Wild.” It’s unknown how or if it made the charts.

To see the music video for “Dirty Cash (Money Talks),” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OkoQv9Onoc

To see the music video for “Jealousy,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIp0cMtl8Ng

To see the music video for the remix of “Dirty Cash (Money Talks),” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6N28KwhT4s

[updated on 11/21/13]

Visagé

Visagé was a male freestyle\dancer singer from the 90’s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Onna Roll Records.

In 1991, Visagé released the single, “In Your Eyes.” It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted. After that, it seemed as if Visagé has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from him since.

To see a fan-made video for “In Your Eyes,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8xCQdYudqU

Coryne Elise was a female freestyle\dance singer from the early 90’s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Onna Roll Records. In 1990, Coryne released the single, “A Little Bit of Love.”

It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted. After that, it seemed as if Coryne Elise has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.

To see a fan-made video for “A Little Bit of Love,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKz4BcVD8u4

Jennifer Paige

Jennifer Paige (born on September 3, 1973 in Marietta, Georgia) is a female pop singer who is considered to be one of the 90’s biggest one-hit wonder singers. Jennifer started singing with her older brother, Chance Scoggins when she was only 5 years old at local coffeehouses and restaurants.

Jennifer attended performing arts school Pebblebrook High School to study voice, dance, and drama. When she was 17 years old, Jennifer toured the country with a Top 40 cover band called Vivid Image and she eventually moved to Los Angeles.

In August of 1996, Jennifer performed in Atlanta in front of 50,000 people at the Olympic Games with a cover band called Joe’s Band. During that same year, she teamed up with producer Andy Goldmark and together, they made a dance cover single of Aretha Franklin’s classic hit song, “Chain of Fools.”

The song caught the attention of indie record label, Edel Records’ president, Jonathan First, who was looking for a fresh-faced pop act to establish an overseas presense. He was so impressed with Jennifer’s singing that he flew to Los Angeles and gave her a record deal.

After Jennifer recorded the song, “Crush,” Andy Goldmark took a copy of the single to radio station KIIS-FM. During the first week in May of 1998, KIIS-FM was the first radio station to play “Crush.” The song sold 20,000 copies quickly and became the most requested song on KIIS-FM. During the next few weeks, “Crush” was added to the daily rotation of other major radio stations. In early June of 1998, Jennifer signed to Hollywood Records.

“Crush” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #23 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, #19 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart, and #7 on Billboard’s Top 40 Tracks chart. Internationally, the song was successful, especially in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, where it topped the charts. In the United States, the song was certified Gold, Platinum in Australia, and Silver in the UK & France.

In August of 1998, Jennifer released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #139 on the Billboard 200. Internationally, the album peaked at #67 on the UK Albums chart, #44 on the Australian ARIA Albums chart, #40 on the Swiss Albums chart, and #73 on the Dutch Albums chart.

The second single from the album, “Sober” failed to make much impact in the United States as “Crush” did, but it managed to chart in the UK at #68 on the UK Singles chart. It also moderately charted in Australia and New Zealand.

The last single, “Always You” managed to peak at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. In 2000, Jennifer recorded the song “Beautiful” for the “Autumn in New York” movie soundtrack. Jennifer toured all over the world, sang for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, and was nominated for “Best New Artist” at the World Music Awards where she also performed at.

In 2001, Jennifer released her second album, “Positively Somewhere” which didn’t appear to chart at all on the Billboard 200. The album wasn’t noticed until its European and Asian album release in the summer of 2002 due to bad timing and lack of promotion from her American record label.

Jennifer released a cover version of Australian pop group Bardot’s hit song, “These Days” which managed to peak at #34 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart. It’s unknown how or if the single charted internationally.

Jennifer’s second single from the album was a cover version of singer Plumb’s song, “Stranded.” The song received massive airplay in Europe, mostly in Germany where it reached Top 10 positions on airplay charts. The song managed to peak at #79 on the UK Singles Chart and #83 on the Dutch Single Top 100 chart. It was also popular in Japan and Italy.

In 2003, Jennifer released a compliation album “Flowers: The Jennifer Paige Hits Collection” as a result of leaving her record label. In October of that same year, Jennifer stated that she was no longer signed to Hollywood Records. She continued writing songs for other artists and compiling songs for a new studio effort.

In 2008, Jennifer’s third album, “Best Kept Secret” was released in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The first single from the album, “Wasted” was successful in Italy. Jennifer released two more singles from the album, “Underestimated” and “Ta Voix (The Calling)” featuring French singer, Lââm.

In November 2009, “Best Kept Secret” was re-released as a deluxe version and featured a new single, “Beautiful Lie” with former Backstreet Boys member, Nick Carter and a new version of “Crush” remixed by DJ Kore sung in French.

In 2010, Jennifer announced she formed a band called “The Fury” with singer Coury Palmero. Their debut single, “Silent Night” was released on iTunes in November of that same year. Another single, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was released in November 2011.

To see Jennifer’s official website, go to:
http://www.jenniferpaige.com/

To see the Fury’s official website, go to:
http://welcometothefury.com/wp/

To see the music video for “Crush,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIhSnaqou0I

To see the music video for “Sober,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gom7uru2voM

To see the music video for “Always You,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZiZFfuiEnk

To see the music video for “These Days,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weKk4hIo8Xs

To see the music video for “Stranded,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEBUBO3Jt9k

Lé Gent

Lé Gent were a New York R&B quartet from the 90’s whose members consisted of Larry Gatling (the brother of Timmy Gatling, who was a member of R&B group, Guy), Ron Wilson (the son of late R&B singer, Jackie Wilson), Scott Weatherspoon, and Eric White.

In 1991, the group released their self-titled debut album on Reprise Records. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted. The first single, “Time For Love” didn’t make much impact on the charts.

Their second single, “Woman’s Heart” managed to peak at #85 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in August of 1991, staying on the chart for 4 weeks. After that, it seemed as if Lé Gent has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “Time for Love,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uAK3ResgLk

To see a fan-made video for “Mama Done Told Me,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d11ejKO-zQk

To see a fan-made video for “Need a Good Woman,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pexdu7AcH2I

[updated on 08-05-12]

Def Con 4

Def Con 4 were a 90’s R&B trio from the Bronx, New York that consisted of members David “Def Melody” Sanchez, Guy Vaughn, Kenny Bobien and Steven Ray.

Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Reprise Records. In 1990, they released their self-titled debut album which didn’t appear to chart at all.

Their only chart appearance was the single, “Say U Love Me” which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

After that, it seems as if Def Con 4 has faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for “Say U Love Me,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbC4KEHMdbM

[updated on 08-17-12]

Bruce Saunders (from Cincinatti, Ohio) was an R&B singer from the 90’s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to RCA Records. In 1992, he released his only debut album, “Touch You There” which didn’t appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts.The title song peaked at #60 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. The follow-up single “Lady” peaked at #97 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.

After that, it seemed as if he has faded into obscurity. Not much has been heard from him since.

To see the music video for “Lady,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWKc2PwwcG8

To see a fan-made video for “Touch You There,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OmfrDWmAok

[updated on 08-17-12]

Tim Owens

Tim Owens (born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) was an R&B singer from the 90’s.

Not much information is given about him, but he released one album on Atlantic Records in 1991 before fading into obscurity.

The first single released from the album, “I’m Hooked” peaked at #76 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.  His highest chart appearance to date was the follow-up single, “Smile” which peaked at #31 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Smile,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EcbFoVvA50

To see a fan-made video for “Let’s Get Blue” (a cover version of Jaki Graham’s song), go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTpWjQzEjLY

To see a fan-made video for “Forever My Love,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ba_ezaepZ5Y

[updated on 08-17-12]

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