Zoom was an R&B\funk band from Los Angeles, California that consisted of singer Nolan J. Semien, keyboardist S. Todd Duncan, bassist John Haynes, lead guitarist Floyd Bonner, drummer George Mitchell, keyboardist Marcus Robinson, Henry Prejean (who played woodwinds) and Darryl Williams (who played the trumpet).
Before Nolan joined the band, he sang at local bars.
In 1981, Zoom were signed to Polydor Records and were taken under the wing of session drummer James Gadson (who was a former member of a music group in Kansas City called the Carpets). During that same year, the band released their debut album “Saturday, Saturday Night” which peaked at #44 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
The follow-up single “Love Seasons” peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks, becoming the band’s only highest chart appearance to date. In 1983, Zoom released their sophomore album “Blasting Off” on MCA Records which didn’t appear to chart at all. The only single released from the album was “Sexy Sassy” which also didn’t chart. After that, it seemed as if Zoom faded into obscurity.
These days, Nolan J. Semien goes under the stage name “Dr. Simco” and is the minister of music at the Genesis Church in Oceanside, California.
Darryl Williams has produced music for artists such as Brandy, MC Lyte & Vanilla Ice. It’s unknown what the other members of the band are up to these days.
To see a fan-made video for “Saturday, Saturday Night,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Love Seasons,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Sexy Sassy,” go to:
As a bonus, here’s a video of Zoom performing “Saturday, Saturday Night” on “Soul Train”: