Category: 90’s


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]

Smoothe Sylk

Smoothe Sylk were a male\female duo from the 90’s. Not much information is given about them, but they released one album before quickly fading into obscurity. In 1994, they released their self-titled debut album on MCA Records. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted. Smoothe Sylk released only one single, “You are the Best” which didn’t appear to make much impact on the charts.

After that, it seemed as if they had quickly faded straight into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “You are the Best,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVR87N_dqpc

To see a fan-made video for “U Keep Givin’ It,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZNc-cNM7hQ

To see a fan-made video for “Give it To You,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fYlNguxCq0

To see a fan-made video for “Slow,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72ZT-93ZVu8

To see a fan-made video for “Let Me Touch You,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ATPkQA5VM0

Lady Soul

Lady Soul was an R&B trio that consisted of Margo Thunder, Phaedra Butler, and Risé Engermann. Margo is from the R&B music trio, 9.9.

Phaedra Butler provided vocals for New Kids on the Block, Jean Carne & Sa-Fire. Risé Engermann provided vocals for Sa-Fire (along with Phaedra). In 1992, Lady Soul released their only self-titled album on Boston International Records. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted. Their only single to chart was “Don’t Forget About Me” which peaked at #77 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks. Lady Soul made an appearance on the “Sister Act” movie soundtrack with the song, “If My Sister’s In Trouble” (also from their debut album) which was released as a single, but didn’t chart. After that, they went their separate ways. These days, Margo Thunder continues to be active in the music business and released her debut solo album, “R&B 101″ in September of 2011, which is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

It’s unknown what the other members are up to these days.

To see the music video for “If My Sister’s In Trouble,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkrxpU4dhkc

[updated on 08-17-12]

Colourhaus

Colorhaus was a pop-rock duo from the 90’s that consisted of singer Sherrie Krenn (born August 28, 1970 in Sydney, Australia) and guitarist\producer, Phil Radford.

Sherrie opened up for Johnny Cash in Australia when she was only 14 years old. She starred as Pippa McKenna on “The Facts of Life” from 1987 to 1988 along with making a few guest appearances on television shows, films, and TV movies.

In 1992, Colorhaus released their only album, “Water to the Soul” on Interscope Records. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted.

Their only single to chart was “Innocent Child” which managed to make it to #50 on the Billboard Hot 100. A promo single, “Moving Mountains” was released, but didn’t make it on to the charts. circusgirlAfter that, it seemed that Colorhaus has faded into obscurity. Sherrie (now Sherrie Austin)moved on to a country music career, releasing her latest album, “Circus Girl” independently on November 15, 2011.

Sherrie appeared on the 2nd season of the Sundance Channel series, “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys” with her friend, Shane Stevens. It’s unknown what Phil Radford is up to today.

To see a fan-made video for “Innocent Child,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeDvoekDmj8

Room Service

Room Service was an R&B group from the 90’s that consisted of members Kevin Brown, Bobby Burroughs, June Archer, Gary Wade and Delano Davis.

Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to EastWest Records America. Their only chart appearance is the single, “Stay” which peaked at #117 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #63 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

Another single, “Sho’Nuff (Ain’t Nuthing Wrong)” was released, but didn’t chart. They recorded an album, but it was never released.

After that, it seemed as if Room Service has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “Stay,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phX3yZviuAA

[updated on 08-17-12]

To Be Continued

To Be Continued were a California R&B\funk trio from the 90’s that consisted of members M&M Sweet, Spunky D, and Wayne-Wayne. Not much information is given about them, but they released one album on Eastwest America Records.

In 1993, the trio released their only debut album, “Free to Be” which didn’t appear to chart at all on the Billboard 200.

Their only highest chart appearance to date, “One on One” peaked at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #40 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart. The title song was released as a single, but didn’t chart. After that, it seemed as if To Be Continued has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since.

To see the music video for “One on One,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZb4rxsolaQ

To see the music video for “Free to Be,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2fTDJExf9M

The Jamaica Boys

The Jamaica Boys were an R&B trio that originally consisted of producer\composer\multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller (born on June 14, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York), singer Mark Stevens, and drummer Lenny White.

Marcus Miller is known for writing and producing music for musicians such as Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, David Sandborn, Bob James, Chaka Khan, and Wayne Shorter.

He has released 14 solo albums and has done musical scores for movies such as “House Party,” “Boomerang,” “Above the Rim,” and Beyoncé Knowles’ 2009 movie, “Obsessed.”

Mark Stevens is the brother of R&B singers Chaka Khan and Taka Boom. In 1985, they released their first single, “Let Me Hold You Closer” in the UK on Cooltempo Records. It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted. In 1987, the trio released their self-titled debut album on Warner Bros. Records. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted. The lead single from the album, “(It’s That) Lovin’ Feeling” peaked at #67 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

The follow-up single, “Spend Some Time With Me” peaked at #76 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. In 1990, The Jamaica Boys released their sophomore album, “J-Boys” which peaked at #26 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

By that time, Mark Stevens had been replaced with new lead singer Dinky Bingham (born Osborne Gould Bingham Jr in 1963 in Jamaica, Queens, New York). He was formerly a member of the Christian music group, New Witness.

The first single from the album, “Shake it Up” peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

The follow-up single, “Pick up the Phone” peaked at #60 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 7 weeks.

A promo single, “Move It” failed to make any impact. After that, the Jamaica Boys disbanded and went their separate ways.

These days, Marcus continues to be active in the music business and in 1992, he won a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Song” for Luther Vandross’ hit song, “Power of Love\Love Power.”

In 2001, he won Grammy for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” for his 4th solo jazz instrumental album, “M2.”

In 1997, Marcus played bass and bass clarinet in a band called Legends which also featured Eric Clapton.

He continues to be a film score composer and even composed the music for the CW series, “Everybody Hates Chris.”

Dinky Bingham works as a full-time music producer. He has produced and remixed music for artists such as Kylie Minogue, Zhane, Fat Joe, Alana Davis, Chaka Khan, Lionel Richie, Yvette Michele, Bobby Brown, Ray Charles, Paula Abdul, Adina Howard, and his own daughter, singer\songwriter, Yummy Bingham. He has also served as the music director for Guy.

Mark Stevens has produced & written music for Edwin Starr, Vanessa Williams, Glenn Jones, Ruby Jones, and his sister, Chaka Khan. He appears to be currently active in the music business as well too.

To see the music video for “Shake it Up,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYhQZWk3t-U

To see a fan-made video for “Pick Up the Phone,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcH6twXmlw0

[updated on 08-17-12]

Ten City

Ten City was an R&B\house-dance music trio from Chicago, Illinois that consisted of singer Byron Stingily, guitarist Herb Larson, and keyboardist Byron Burke.

Their name is derived from the word “intensity.” They originally went under the name “Ragtyme” and released two singles on Bright Star Records in 1987. In 1989, Ten City released their debut album, “Foundation” which peaked at #49 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.

In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at #12 on the UK Albums chart.

Their first single, “Right Back To You” peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart in July of 1988 and #12 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. In the UK, the song peaked at #80 on the UK Singles Chart.

The second single from the album, “That’s The Way Love Is” peaked at #8 on the UK Singles Chart, topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club play chart for a week in March of 1989, and peaked #12 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks. The third single, “Devotion” peaked at #29 on the UK Singles chart and #17 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in November of 1987.

The fourth single from the album, “Where Do We Go” peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart in August of 1989, #24 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and managed to peak at #34 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

In the UK, the song peaked at #60 on the UK Singles chart.

The last single from the album, “Suspicious” failed to make the charts in the US or UK at all.

In 1990, Ten City released their second album, “State of Mind” which didn’t appear to chart at all.

The first single from the album, “Whatever Makes You Happy” peaked at #60 on the UK Singles chart, #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #53 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

The  follow-up single, “Superficial People” peaked at #96 on the UK Singles chart, only staying on the chart for a week and #22 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in April of 1991.

In 1992, Ten City released their third album, “No House Big Enough” which didn’t appear to chart all either.

The single, “Only Time Will Tell\My Piece of Heaven” peaked at #63 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the charts for 2 weeks.

“My Piece of Heaven” peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in September of 1992 & “Only Time Will Tell” peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in December of 1992.

The follow-up single, “Fantasy” peaked at #45 on the UK Singles chart and stayed on the chart for 2 weeks, moderately fairing better than the last previous three singles.

In the US, the song peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in October of 1993. In 1994, Ten City released their last album, “That Was Then, This is Now” which failed to chart at all. The first single, “The Way You Make Me Feel\Say Something” failed to make the charts at all.

The last single, “Goin’ Up in Smoke” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in June of 1994. After that, Ten City disbanded.

Byron Stingily released two solo albums, “The Purist” in 1998 and “Club Stories” in 2000. He scored 3 number-one dance hits, including a remake of Ten City’s “That’s The Way Love Is.” He is currently a school principal in Chicago.

Byron Burke decided to further his education by attending a continuing studies program at Stanford University.

In 2002, he became a member of the Body of Christ at the Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park, Illinois.

In May 2003, Byron began conducting weekly online bible teachings on AOL and Yahoo! chatrooms with individuals & groups from the US, the UK, Germany, India and Africa. Currently, he leads the BB Media Global Group.

Byron was the Co-Executive Vice President of the music division for Prelude Music & Film Works along with co-writing & producing music for artists on Atlantic Records, East West Records, MAW Records, Nervous Records, Strictly Rhythm Records, Capitol Records, Universal Records and Columbia Records.

He also became the vice-president for Burstinglaw Music Productions in Chicago. It’s unknown what Herb Lawson is up to today.

To see the music video for “Superficial People,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khrd2ob2zUs

To see the music video for “That’s the Way Love Is,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_edhEpE_YM

To see a fan-made video for “Where Do We Go,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snk3E8pfF1w

To see a fan-made video for “Whatever Makes You Happy,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3omp0EPnk2A

As a bonus, to see a fan-made video for Byron Stingily’s version of “That’s The Way Love Is,” go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFbh4zpzteE

[updated on 08-17-12]

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