3rd Storee was a male R&B group from the late ’90s\early 2000s from Los Angeles, California that originally consisted of Kevonte (born Kevonte Jackson on February 6, 1983), Lil’ Man (born Kenneth Pratt on June 16, 1986), D’Smoove (born Dante Clark on February 10, 1983) and Jay-R (born Barry Reed Jr. on December 17, 1983).
The group was formed in 1997 in South Central, Los Angeles, California, starting out as a quartet. They immediately made a breakthrough when they were signed to Yab Yum Records and went on tour with Britney Spears.
In 1998, 3rd Storee were invited to open up for *NSYNC on their U.S. tour. During that same year, they released their debut single “If Ever” which peaked at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart, #64 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart and #36 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs chart.
Their next single “Party Tonight” peaked at #63 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart. The group’s debut album was supposed to be released in 1999, but possibly due to the low performances of the two singles, it ended up getting shelved.
By the 2000s, Lil’ Man left 3rd Storee due to creative differences and two new members joined the group: Gavyn (born Gavin Rhone) and J’Son (born Jason Tyrel Thomas on May 14, 1980). Before 3rd Storee, J’Son had a solo career in the mid-’90s, scoring moderate hits on the Billboard Hot 100 such as “I’ll Never Stop Loving You” and “Take a Look.”
During that time, 3rd Storee had left their previous record label and signed with Universal Records. In 2002, they released their debut album “Get With Me” which peaked at #91 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
The title song (featuring rapper Joe Budden on the remix version) peaked at #85 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. It was the only single released from the album.
In 2005, 3rd Storee signed a record deal with J Records and changed their name to Chapter 4. By that time, Kevonte left the group to focus on acting, leaving the group as a quartet again. They released a single called “Fool Wit U” in 2006, but it failed to generate any success and after leaving J. Records, the group disbanded.
These days, Kevontay Jackson is still active in acting and even had a recurring role on the UPN\CW series “Everybody Hates Chris” along with working as a songwriter & MC.
Jay-R appears to still be active in the music business as a singer and producer. As of 2015, he was working on new music (according to his Twitter).
Gavyn Rhone is still active in the music business and has also appeared in television & films.
Since leaving 3rd Storee, Lil’ Man (now called K-Young) has gone on to write songs for artists such as Cassie, B2K, Diddy, Ray J, Chris Brown, Yolanda Adams, The Game, Lloyd and Brandy. He also owns his own imprint label, Magic Ink Entertainment.
It’s unknown what J’Son and D’Smoove are up to these days and it appears as if they’ve faded into obscurity.
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To follow Kevontay Jackson on Twitter, go to:
To follow Jay-R on Twitter, go to:
To see the music video for “If Ever,” go to:
To see the music video for “Party Tonight,” go to:
To see the music video for “Get With Me,” go to:
To see the music video for “Fool Wit U” (under the name “Chapter 4”), go to: