Category: 2000s


Madasun

madasunMadasun was a female pop music trio from the 2000s that consisted of members Vicky Barrett (born Victoria Barrett on February 12, 1976 in Hertfordshire, England), Abby Norman (born Abigal Norman on April 13, 1977) and Vonda Barnes (born on January 20, 1978 in Hertfordshire, England). The band got their name during the August 11, 1999 eclipse.
dont-you-worryIn February of 2000, they released their debut single “Don’t You Worry” which peaked at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart and #6 on the ARIA Singles chart in Australia (which was also certified Platinum). In the U.K., it also received considerable airplay thanks to a selection of U.K. garage mixes.
walking-on-waterIn May of that same year, Madasun released their follow-up single “Walking on Water” which peaked at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn’t appear to chart in Australia.
feel-goodIn August of 2000, they released their third single “Feel Good” which peaked at #29 on the U.K. Singles chart and #45 on the ARIA charts in Australia.
madasun-the-wayIn September of that same year, Madasun released their only album “The Way It Is”. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

Despite touring with bands such as Five, Westlife, Boyzone and Steps, Madasun were dropped from their record label in January of 2001 due to low sales and ended up disbanding.

These days, it’s unknown what the members of Madasun are up to these days and have seemingly faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for “Don’t You Worry,” go to:

To see the music video for “Walking on Water,” go to:

To see the music video for “Feel Good,” go to:

Mytown

mytownMytown was a pop music boy band from Ireland that consisted of members Danny O’Donoghue (born Daniel John Mark Luke O’Donoghue on October 3, 1979 in Dublin, Ireland), Mark Sheehan, Terry Daly and Paul Walker.

The band was first established in 1996 after original member Tony Dunne quit a successful boxing career. Tony was friends with Louis Walsh put him in touch with Paul Walker and after a couple of meetings, Tony & Paul recruited Mark Sheehan (who was teaching hip-hop dancing at a performing arts school in Dublin at the time) and Mark introduced his friend, Terry Daly, who would also join the band as well

After touring around England and Ireland, Mytown played in a showcase at the Mobius TV studios which was owned by a friend of Mark’s, Eamonn Maguire, who would become the band’s manager.

After performing at a showcase in Las Vegas, Tony departed from the band and was replaced by Danny O’Donoghue and the band later signed a recording contract with Universal Records. In 1997, Mytown released their debut single “Do It Like This” which was released in Ireland. It’s unknown how or if the single charted there.
party-all-nightIn 1999, they released their follow-up single “Party All Night” which managed to peak at #22 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Mytown’s follow-up singles “Now That I Found You” (a cover version of country singer Terri Clark’s song, which was released in the United States) and “Party All Night” (which was released worldwide) didn’t generate a lot of success.
mytown-albumIn May of 2000, the band’s debut album was released only in Australia and the United States. It was supposed to receive a worldwide release, but due to internal issues within Universal Records, those plans never materialized.

By 2001, MyTown were released from their record contract after Cherry Entertainment was dropped as a label by Universal Records and the members of the band went on to pursue separate careers.

After MyTown disbanded, Mark Sheehan and Danny O’Donoghue went on to form pop rock band, The Script and since then, the band has released four albums which managed to top the album charts in Ireland and the United Kingdom and also gained success in the United States.

As for Terry Daly and Paul Walker, it’s unknown what they are up to these days or if they’re still active in the music business.

To see the music video for “Party All Night,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Body Bumpin’,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Now That I Found You,” go to:

St. Juste

st-justeSt. Juste was a female hip-hop artist from the 2000s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Columbia Records in 2003.
5-dollarsIn 2004, she released the single “5 Dollars.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts.

According to Last.fm, St. Juste was supposed to release her debut album “The Confession Booth” (which was described as “genre-bending”), but it ended up getting shelved due to the label massively reconstructing itself.

These days, it’s unknown what St. Juste is up to these days and it appears as if she has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “5 Dollars,” go to:

ATL

atl
ATL were a teenage R&B group from Atlanta, Georgia that consisted of members Tre’Kas “Tre” Simms (who was 19 years old at the time), Marvin “Will” Williams, Jr. (who was 18 years old at the time), Cory “Danger” Griffin (who was 19 years old at the time) and Lawrence “L-Rock” Gibbs IV (who was only 16 years old at the time).  The group was formed through a talent search in the Atlanta area & got R. Kelly to produce their debut single.
calling-all-girlsIn 2003, they released their debut single “Calling All Girls” which peaked at #48 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #12 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it their only highest chart appearance to date.
make-it-up-with-loveA year later in 2004, ATL released their follow-up single “Make it Up With Love” which peaked at #21 on the U.K. Singles chart and #51 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
the-atl-projectIn May of that same year, the group released their only album “The ATL Project” which peaked at #76 on the U.K. Albums chart, but failed to chart at all in the United States.

By 2005, ATL disbanded and according to research, they were reportedly working on individual projects, but it’s unknown what they are or what the members of the group are currently up to these days.

To see the music video for “Calling All Girls,” go to:

To see the music video for “Make it Up With Love,” go to:

Pru

pruPru (born Prudence Renfro on July 14, 1970 in Houston, Texas) is a female R&B singer from the 2000s.

Raised in the South Park section of Houston, Pru’s mother encouraged her creativity and occasionally brought Pru to the nightclub she worked at as a bartender where Pru performed between acts.

Pru later attended a performing arts high school and attended college at Texas Southern University. She worked in bars & nightclubs, hoping to network with someone from the music business. After she was signed by Warner\Chappell Music Publishing as a songwriter, Pru attracted the attention of Roy Lott from Capitol Records, who was not only impressed with her songwriting skills, but her singing voice as well.
pru-albumPru was later signed to Capitol Records and in November of 2000, she released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #176 on the Billboard 200 and #38 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
candlesHer debut single “Candles” peaked at #68 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 14 weeks) and #65 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
aaromaThe follow-up single from the album “Aaroma” didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts.

After that, not much was heard from Pru and it appeared as if she faded into obscurity. It’s currently unknown if she plans on releasing any new music any time soon.

To see the music video for “Candles,” go to:

To see the music video for “Aaroma,” go to:

prophet-jones
Prophet Jones was an hip-hop\R&B group from Washington, D.C. that consisted of Patrick “P” Rowe, Kevin “K.D.” Jackson, Tony “Hollywood” Dumas and Jerome “Goldee” Lattisaw (who is also known as the brother of R&B singer Stacy Lattisaw). Both Tony and Jerome were members of the short-lived ’90s R&B group, Me-2-U.

After Tony and Jerome hooked up with music producer Kevin Jackson, they saved up enough money to record a 7-song demo which was sent to several record companies. Haaq Islam (the president & CEO of the University Records label) was looking for an R&B quartet to sign to the record label and invited Jerome & Tony to come to New York.

When they arrived in New York, the record company was expecting a quartet because of the way Tony & Jerome sang. Later on, Kevin and Patrick were added to the group, making it a quartet.
prophet-jones-albumIn 2001, the group released their only self-titled album which peaked at #86 on the Billboard 200 and #16 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
cry-togetherThe lead single from the album “Cry Together” peaked at #54 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 16 weeks) and #50 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

Prophet Jones gained exposure by opening up in shows for artists such as Mya, Eve, Sisqo and Ruff Ryders.

The two follow-up singles from the album “Woof” & “Lifetime” failed to make any impact on the charts and the group later disbanded.

These days, Patrick Rowe is pursuing a solo career and is the owner of his own apparel design business, Smook. It’s unknown what Tony, Kevin and Jerome are up to these days and it appears as if they’ve faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for “Cry Together,” go to:

To see the music video for “Woof,” go to:

To see the music video for “Lifetime,” go to:

3rd Storee

3rd-storee3rd 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.
if-everIn 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.
party tonight.jpgTheir 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.”
get-with-me-albumDuring 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.
get-with-me-singleThe 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.
1200x630bfIn 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.

To follow Gavyn Rhone on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/IamGavynRhone

To follow Kevontay Jackson on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/kjackson82

To follow Jay-R on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/itsreallyjayr

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:

The Tony Rich Project

the-tony-rich-projectThe Tony Rich Project (born Antonio Jeffries Jr. on November 19, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan) is an R&B singer who achieved in his biggest hit song to date back in the ’90s.

Tony first attracted attention through the production team of Tim & Bob who convinced Perri Reid (also known as R&B singer Pebbles, who was then the wife of L.A. Reid) to listen to Tony over the phone.

He was later hired as a house songwriter for LaFace Records, writing songs for artists such as Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men & TLC and was later signed to the record label as a solo artist.
nobody-knowsIn January of 1996, Tony released his debut single “Nobody Knows” (under the name “The Tony Rich Project”) which became a hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and #11 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart.

It also peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart, #7 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart and topped Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart. The song was later covered by country music artist Kevin Sharp.
wordsDuring that same year, he released his debut album “Words” which peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200 and #18 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It also managed to chart at #27 on the U.K. Albums chart.

Tony’s debut album and single were both certified Platinum and in 1996, he won a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Album.”
like-a-womanThe follow-up single from the album “Like a Woman” peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100, #42 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, #30 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, #28 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart and #24 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award.
leavinThe last single released from the album “Leavin'” peaked at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #53 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
birdseyeIn 1998, Tony released his sophomore album “Birdseye.” Even though the album was critically praised, it failed to chart on the Billboard 200 and managed to peak at #66 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
sillymanThe only single released from the album “Silly Man” failed to chart at all. During that same year, Tony commissioned a few remixes for the Spice Girls’ song “Viva Forever.”
resurrectedAfter the release of his second album, Tony Rich appeared to have faded into obscurity, but in 2003, he returned to the music scene with his third album “The Resurrected” which featured Rich playing guitar & singing smooth ballads.
picturesIn 2006, Tony released his fourth album “Pictures” which was considered a return to his earlier works. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
existIn 2008, he released his fifth album “Exist” on the Hidden Beach Recordings record label which peaked at #31 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and featured the download-only single “Part the Waves.”
speak-meIn 2013, Tony released his latest album to date “Speak Me” which features the singles “Breaking Glass” and “Fade Away.” As of 2017, it’s currently unknown whether or not Tony plans on releasing new music any time soon.

To see Tony Rich’s Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/thetonyrichproject/

To see the music video for “Nobody Knows,” go to:

To see the music video for “Like a Woman,” go to:

To see the music video for “Leavin’,” go to:

To see the music video for “Silly Man,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Part the Waves,” go to:

To see a lyric video for “Breaking Glass,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Fade Away,” go to:

Girls@Play

girlsplay
Girls@Play were a British girl group from the 2000s that consisted of members Vicky Dowdall (born on January 23, 1979) Lisa-Jay White (born Lisa Jane White on May 23, 1979), Rita Simons (born on March 10, 1977), Lynsey Shaw (born on June 15, 1980) and Shelley Nash (born on January 13, 1978).

The group was signed to GSM Records and produced by Stock & Aiken (also known as music producers Mike Stock and Matt Aiken).

Each member of Girls@Play portrayed a different character in their music videos: Vicky portrayed a cowgirl, Lisa-Jay portrayed an executive, Rita portrayed a mechanic, Lynsey portrayed a traffic cop from New York and Shelley portrayed a pilot. The group’s gimmick led to them being described as a female version of the Village People.
airheadIn February of 2001, the group released their debut single “Airhead” which peaked at #18 on the U.K. Singles chart.
respectableTheir follow-up single “Respectable” (a cover version of pop\dance duo Mel and Kim’s hit single) peaked at #29 on the U.K. Singles chart. During 2000-2001, Girls@Play were the supporting acts for music acts such as Hear’Say and Steps during their arena tours.

On November 18, 2001, it was announced that the group would be disbanding, but in 2014, it was rumored that Girls@Play would be reforming, but as of 2016, that it has not been officially confirmed that the group would be getting back together.

After Girls@Play disbanded, Lisa-Jay, Rita and Shelley formed a short-lived group called Friday.

These days, Lisa-Jay is seemingly retired from the entertainment business while Shelley is focusing on a career in classical music & Lynsey runs her own boutique record label called Big Finish Records, reportedly working on a solo album.

Vicky went on to form a pop duo called Neway (which later formed into a rock music act called Purple Trap), but these days, she has moved into artist management, founding VDM Management in London, England.

As for Rita Simons, after joining another short-lived music act called Charli, she went on to pursue an acting career, starring in the BBC soap opera “EastEnders” and has performed in a pantomime version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.

To see the music video for “Airhead,” go to:

To see the music video for “Respectable,” go to:

MSM

msmMSM was the contemporary latin-pop music female version of Miami Sound Machine which was created by Emilio Estefan Jr. in 2001 and were signed to his label, SunnyLuna Records.

The trio consisted of members Carla Ramirez (who is Colombian), Lorena Pinot (who is Guatemalan) and Sohanny Gross (who is Dominican). The girls met in Miami, Florida with singer\producer Jon Secada and they began working on their debut album. They were also the opening act for *NSYNC in South Beach, Florida.
im-the-only-oneIn 2002, MSM released their debut single “I’m the Only One”. It’s unknown how or if the single charted at all.

During that same year, the trio released their debut album “MSM (Miami Sound Machine)” which also failed to make any impact on the charts in the United States, but received moderately success in other European countries and the follow-up single from the album “Sobe Son” flopped on the charts.
las-miamiIn 2003, MSM released their last album together “Las Miami” which didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts. After that, it seemed as if the new version of the Miami Sound Machine faded into obscurity.

These days, it appears as if Lorena Pinot is pursuing a solo music career, but as for Carla Ramirez and Sohanny Gross, it’s unknown what they’re up to and what their current whereabouts are.

To see Lorena Pinot’s Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/lorenapinot/

To see the music video for “I’m the Only One,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Sobe Son,” go to: