Category: 2000s


Brenda Russell

Brenda RussellBrenda Russell (born Brenda Gordon on April 8, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York) is an R&B singer\songwriter who began her music career in the ’70s.

Brenda was born & raised in Brooklyn and moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada when she was 12 years old. As a teenager, she performed in local bands and also sang in a girl group called the Tiaras. In her late teen years, she joined the Toronto production of the musical “Hair.” During that time, Brenda began playing the piano.

In the early ’70s, she married musician Brian Russell and the two of them formed a duo called Brian & Brenda. Together, they released two albums and were featured as backing vocalists for Elton John’s 1975 concert at Wembley Stadium. By the late ’70s, Brenda and Brian divorced, so she moved on to pursue a solo career.
so good so rightIn 1979, after signing a record deal with the Horizon Records label, Brenda released her debut single “So Good, So Right” which became a top 30 hit, peaking at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #15 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 19 weeks). The song also managed to peak at #51 on the U.K. Singles chart.
brussell79After that, Brenda released her self-titled debut album on A&M Records which peaked at #65 on the Billboard 200 and #26 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
way back whenThe follow-up single “Way Back When” peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

One of the tracks from the album “If Only For One Night” was covered by Luther Vandross in 1985. Another track from the album “A Little Bit of Love” has been sampled by artists such as Big Pun, Thalia and Ariana Grande.
love lifeIn 1981, Brenda released her sophomore album “Love Life” which didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts.
love the one you loseThe only single from the album to chart was “If You Love (The One You Lose)” which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart. After that, Brenda left A&M Records and signed a new record deal with Warner Bros. Records.
two eyesIn 1983, Brenda released her third album “Two Eyes” which also didn’t generate a lot of success.

One of the tracks from the album “It’s Something” was covered by Lalah Hathaway in 1990 under the title “Somethin’.” After that, Brenda’s contract with Warner Bros. Records ended, so she moved to Sweden where she began writing songs for her next album.

Throughout the ’80s, Brenda has written songs for artists such as Anita Pointer, Kenny Loggins, Chaka Khan and Donna Summer. By 1988, she returned to A&M Records.
get hereDuring that same year, she released her fourth album “Get Here” during that same year. The album peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 and #20 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It also managed to peak at #77 on the U.K. Albums chart.
piano in the darkThe first single from the album “Piano in the Dark” (which featured vocals from Joe Esposito) became Brenda’s only top 10 hit song to date, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #8 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 19 weeks).

In 1989, the song earned Brenda two Grammy Award nominations, including one for “Song of the Year.” The song has also been covered and sampled by various artists.
gravityThe second single from the album “Gravity” peaked at #77 on the U.K. Singles chart and #42 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 9 weeks).
get hereThe third single “Get Here” peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 16 weeks). Three years later in 1991, Oleta Adams covered the song which became a hit on the music charts.
le restaurantThe last single released from the album “Le Restaurant” peaked at #93 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (which stayed on the chart for 4 weeks).
kiss meIn 1990, Brenda released her fifth album “Kiss Me with the Wind” which peaked at #65 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
stop running awayThe only single to chart from the album was “Stop Running Away” which peaked at #13 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #34 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 12 weeks).

In 1991, Brenda was featured on singer Gerald Alston’s song “Tell Me This Night Won’t End” which peaked at #69 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for only 5 weeks).
greatesthits92A year later in 1992, Brenda’s greatest hits compliation album was released. The album was the last album of hers that was released under A&M Records.

After that, Brenda signed a record deal with EMI Records and released her sixth album “Soul Talkin'” in 1993. The album didn’t chart, but one of the tracks “No Time for Time” managed to peak at #46 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

After the release of her sixth album, Brenda took some time off to record her own music and composed songs for other artists. She also contributed to the score for the 1998 film “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” In 1999, she appeared in the film “Liberty Heights” where she performed two songs that were written for the movie.
paris rainIn 2000, Brenda released her seventh album “Paris Rain” which was released on the Hidden Beach Records label. The album featured collaborations with artists such as Sheila E., Dave Koz and Carole King.

In 2003, Brenda signed a record deal in the United Kingdom with the Dome Records label where she released another compliation album called “So Good, So Right: The Best of Brenda Russell” and her eighth album “Between the Sun and the Moon” in 2004.

In 2005, Brenda wrote the score to the Broadway musical version of “The Color Purple.” She & her co-writers were nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Score” and a Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album.”

In 2009, she released three tracks from her ninth studio album “This is Real Life” on her official website, but as of 2017, nothing much further information is given about the album and whether or not it will be released.

These days, Brenda continues to be active with her music career. In 2015, she moved from Los Angeles, California to Austin, Texas.

To see Brenda Russell’s official website, go to:
http://www.brendarussell.com/

To see Brenda’s official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/brendarussellmusic/

To see a fan-made video for “So Good, So Right,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Way Back When,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “If You Love (The One You Lose),” go to:

To see the music video for “Piano in the Dark,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Get Here,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Le Restaurant,” go to:

To see the music video for “Stop Running Away,” go to:

To see the music video for “No Time for Time,” go to:

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Ren

renRen (born Joseph Postell from Chicago, Illinois) was a male R&B singer from the early ‘2000s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to the Music Mind Records.
ren albumIn 2001, Ren released his self-titled and only album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
calling my nameThe only single to chart from the album was “Calling My Name” (featuring artists Christina Sanchez & Rhyme) which peaked at #92 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for only 24 weeks.

Another single “Breathe Again” was released, but didn’t chart. After that, it seems as if Ren has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he is up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Calling My Name,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Breathe Again,” go to:

Jennifer

jennifer
Jennifer was a female R&B singer from the 2000s. Not much informations is given about her, but she was signed to the B-Town Records label.
jennifer album
In 2000, she released her debut and only album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.

The two singles released from the album “Y U Calling Me” and “Feel Like Making Love” also flopped as well.

After that, it seems as if Jennifer has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

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J’Leish

J'LeishJ’Leish was a female R&B music trio from the United Kingdom. Not much information is given about them, but it looks like they were signed to the Washington Classic record label.
aint got the timeIn 2001, they released their only single “Ain’t Got the Time” which didn’t appear to make any impact at all.

After that, it seemed as if J’Leish had faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of the trio are currently up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for a remixed version of “Ain’t Got the Time,” go to:

Tika

tikaTika was a female R&B artist from the 2000s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she was signed to the Doe Mac Records label.
never ending storyIn 2002, she released her only album “The Never Ending Story.” It’s unknown how much impact or publicity the album received or if & any singles were released from the album at all.

After that, it seems as if Tika has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she is currently up to these days.

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Ty England

Ty EnglandTy England (born Gary Tyler England on December 5, 1963 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is a former country music singer from the ’90s.

During his youth, Ty first began playing the guitar, sang in various bands in high school and performed in his school chorus. While attending Oklahoma State University, Ty met fellow student and future country music artist Garth Brooks at a coffee shop he worked at. Soon, the two of them became roommates and performed together until poor grades forced Ty to return home.

Ty eventually got his degree in marketing and later worked as a auto plant representative. In 1988 (while working at the auto plant), he got a phone call from Garth Brooks (who just signed a record deal in Nashville, Tennessee) and after that, he moved to Nashville where he became Garth’s guitarist and backup vocalist.
ty england albumIn 1995, Ty left Garth’s band to pursue a solo career of his own and signed a record deal with RCA Records Nashville. In August of that same year, he released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #95 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
220px-Tyengland.shouldveaskedherfasterThe lead single “Should’ve Asked Her Faster” became his first charting single, peaking at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and #121 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

The follow-up singles from the album “Smoke in Your Eyes” (which peaked at #44 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart) and “Redneck Son” (which peaked at #55 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart) fared moderately.
two ways to fallIn September of 1996, Ty released his sophomore album “Two Ways to Fall” which peaked at #54 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, but missed the Billboard 200.
Irresistible YouThe lead single “Irresistible You” peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The follow-up single “All of the Above” peaked at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

After that, Ty left his record label and signed another record deal with Capitol Records (which just happened to be the label Garth Brooks was signed to at the time).
highways and dance hallsIn November of 1999, Ty released his third album “Highways & Dance Halls” under the name Tyler England. The album didn’t appear to chart at all and the only single to chart was “I Drove Her to Dallas” which managed to peak at #53 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
tyenglandAfter that, not much was heard from Ty until 2007 when he released his fourth album “Alive and Well and Livin’ the Dream” on Triple T Records. The two singles released from the album “Redneck Anthem” and “The Perfect Girl” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

These days, it appears as if Ty England is working as a realtor in central Oklahoma.

To see the music video for “Should’ve Asked Her Faster,” go to:

To see the music video for “Smoke in Her Eyes,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Irresistible You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “All of the Above,” go to:

To see the music video for “I Drove Her to Dallas,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I’d Rather Have Nothing” (from Ty’s third album), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Redneck Anthem,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “The Perfect Girl,” go to:

3 of Hearts

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3 of Hearts was a female country music trio from Texas that consisted of Blaire Stroud (born Ashley Blaire Stroud on July 31, 1983 in Fort Worth, Texas), Deserea Wasdin (born on September 17, 1983 in El Centero, California) and Katie McNeill (born on September 29, 1982 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma).

The girls first sang together at a funeral and later cut a demo tape which was sent to the RCA Nashville record label who signed them to the label in 2000. During that same year, they were featured on the soundtrack to the film “Where the Heart Is” with the track “Just Might Change Your Life.”

The trio also embarked on a tour sponsored by “Seventeen” magazine where they performed at shopping malls and promoted prom-related fashion trends.
3 of heartsIn March of 2001, 3 of Hearts released their self-titled debut (and only) album which peaked at #45 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
love is enoughThe lead single from the album “Love is Enough” which peaked at #43 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The follow-up single “Arizona Rain” peaked at #59 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
christmas shoesIn 2002, 3 of Hearts released a cover version of contemporary Christian music group NewSong’s song “The Christmas Shoes” which peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, making it their only highest chart appearance to date.

After that, nothing much was heard from the trio and by 2005, they presumably disbanded.

These days, Blaire Stroud appears to continue to sing (according to her YouTube page). As for Katie McNeill and Deserea Wasdin, it’s unknown what they’re currently up to.

To see a fan-made video for “Love is Enough,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Arizona Rain,” go to:

To see a video of 3 of Hearts performing “The Christmas Shoes” live, go to:

Rhianna Kenny

Rhianna kennyRhianna (born Rhianna Hannah Louise Kenny in 1983 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England) is a female R&B singer from the 2000s.

Originally, she began her career as a backing vocalist for her brother Leigh’s band, LSK, but dropped out of the band to pursue a solo career and went on to sign a record deal with Sony Music.
Oh BabyIn 2002, Rhianna released her debut single “Oh Baby” which peaked at #18 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it her highest chart appearance as a solo artist to date.
get onDuring that same year, she released her debut (and only) album “Get On” which peaked at #91 on the U.K. Albums chart.
Word LoveThe follow-up single from the album “Word Love” peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart.
I Love Every Little Thing About YouThe last single from the album “I Love Every Little Thing About You” flopped, peaking at a low #89 on the U.K. Singles chart.
RunawayAnother track from the album “Runaway” was released promotionally, but didn’t make the music charts at all.

Rhianna toured with singer Beverley Knight on her 2003-04 tour U.K. tour “Who I Am” and was a backing vocalist for trip-hop music act Faithless during their live performances in 2005.

These days, Rhianna is still active in the music business as part of the music duo Little Fix and also works as a backup vocalist for various artists such as John Newman.

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

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

To see the music video for “I Love Every Little Thing About You,” go to:

meredith edwardsMeredith Edwards (born on March 15, 1984 in Clinton, Mississippi) was a teenage country music singer from the early 2000s.

As a child, Meredith took dance classes and was entered in pageants by her mother where her singing talent was discovered. At the age of five, she joined the Mississippi Show Stoppers choir which also starred future *NSYNC member Lance Bass whom she befriended.

During their high school years, she and Lance sang in a show choir group called Attache. Meredith was later signed to Mercury Records and Lance Bass’ music management company, Free Lance Entertainment.
reachIn 2001, Meredith released her debut (and only) album “Reach” which peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and #18 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers Albums chart. One of the tracks on the album “This is the Heartache” was produced by Richard Marx.
rose is a roseHer debut single “A Rose is a Rose” peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, making it her highest (and only to date) chart appearance to date. It also received a positive review by Billboard magazine.

The follow-up single from the album “The Bird Song” was moderately successful, peaking at #47 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

After that, nothing much was heard from Meredith and it seemed as if she faded into obscurity, but according to research, she was attending college in Nashville studying business.

These days, it’s currently unknown what she is up to and whether or not she is still active in music.

To see the music video for “A Rose is a Rose,” go to:

alecia elliottAlecia Elliott (born on December 25, 1982 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama) is a former teenage country music singer from the late ’90s\early 2000s.

She was discovered by country music singer Lorrie Morgan & sang a duet with her when she was just 9 years old. Alecia later continued to perform around Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1995, Alecia was invited to sing at the Grand Ole Opry Inaugural Concert for Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist. After touring Europe and performing at the White House, she signed a record deal with the MCA Nashville record label.
diggin it singleIn 1999, she released her debut single “I’m Diggin’ It” which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart by the next year.
diggin itIn 2000, Alecia released her debut (and only) album “I’m Diggin’ It” which peaked at #172 on the Billboard 200, #18 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and #6 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers Albums chart.

Her follow-up single “You Wanna What?” peaked at #70 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
christmas
During that same year, she appeared on a Christmas music compliation album called “A Country Christmas 2000” with her version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” which was released as a promotional single.‎

In 2001, Alecia starred on the short-lived NBC teen sitcom “All About Us”. She also provided voice-over work for the 2000 animated video “Tom Sawyer.”

After that, not much was heard from Alecia and it appeared as if she faded into obscurity. According to research, she appears to be married with three children, but it’s unknown whether or not she’s still active with her music career.

To see the music video for “I’m Diggin’ It,” go to:

To see the video for “You Wanna What?,” go to:

To see a fan- video for “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” go to: