Alia, Lalisha & Akissa were studying at the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York when they decided to form a group. They added Linnie Belcher, who was attending the Julia Richmond High School at the time.
For the next two years, the girls rehearsed & practiced which got them management connections which brought them to the attention of Poke (from production team Track Masters).
Poke worked with the girls and signed them to Track Masters under the name “Allure” and helped them sign with Mariah Carey’s record label, Crave Records.
In April of 1997, Allure released their debut single “Head Over Heels” (featuring rapper Nas) which peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #17 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
In May of 1997, the group released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #108 on the Billboard 200 and #23 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was certified Gold by the RIAA.
The second single, a cover version of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam’s song “All Cried Out” peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #3 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #9 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks, making it Allure’s biggest hit to date.
The last two singles from the album “No Question” (featuring LL Cool J) and “Last Chance” didn’t appear to make the charts at all. After Allure was released from Crave Records, they signed with MCA Records in 2000.
In 2001, they released their follow-up album “Sunny Days” which peaked at #68 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
The lead single from the album “Enjoy Yourself” peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The follow-up single “Kool Wit Me” failed to make any impact on the charts at all. After that, Linnie left Allure & the group signed with basketball player Ron Artest’s record label Tru Warier Records.
In 2004, Allure released their third album “Chapter III” which didn’t make the charts at all & went unnoticed by the public (even though it did get some press due to Ron Artest’s NBA suspension at the time).
The two singles released from the album “Uh Oh” (featuring reggae artist Elephant Man) and “I Think I’m in Love” (featuring rapper Joe Budden) failed to make any impact on the charts at all. After that, the group left Ron Artest’s label.
Nothing much was heard from Allure until 2010 when they released their fourth album “Time’s Up” which (according to research) has been recorded on CD-Rs & not much information is given about the album.
Allure last performed at the Barbados Music Festival in December of 2011, but currently, it’s unknown what they are up to or if they’re still active in the music business.
To see the music video for “Head Over Heels,” go to:
To see the music video for “All Cried Out,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “No Question,” go to:
To see the music video for “Last Chance,” go to:
To see the music video for “Enjoy Yourself,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Hate 2 Luv U,” go to:
To see the music video for “Uh Oh,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Going Crazy” (from their album “Time’s Up”), go to: