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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