Category: 2000s


Kellie Coffey

Kellie CoffeyKellie Coffey (born on April 22, 1971 in Moore, Oklahoma) is a country music singer-songwriter from the 2000s.

When she was 9 years old, Kellie performed regularly on the Oklahoma Opry. She graduated from Westmoore High School in 1989 and while attending the University of Oklahoma for college, Kellie performed in various musicals.

Later on, Kellie moved to Los Angeles, California where she lived in a friend’s apartment. During that time, she sang demos (along with music used by the Walt Disney Company), appeared on the TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger” and even sang backing vocals for Barbra Streisand at a show in Las Vegas.

After performing at a showcase at a Los Angeles restaurant, she was signed to a publishing contract with Warner/Chappell Music. Kellie later moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she auditioned for recording contracts. In 2001, she was signed to a record deal with BNA Records.
When You Lie Next To Me singleIn December of 2001, Kellie released her debut single “When You Lie Next to Me” which peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 33 weeks.

The song also crossed over to the pop music charts, peaking at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it her only appearance on the Hot 100 to date) and peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart as well.
When You Lie Next To MeIn May of 2002, she released her debut album “When You Lie Next to Me” which peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
at the end of the dayThe follow-up single from the album “At the End of the Day” peaked at #18 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 26 weeks and also at #8 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

The last single released from the album “Whatever It Takes” peaked at #44 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for only 10 weeks.

In May of 2003, Kellie won the award for “Top New Female Vocalist” at the Academy of Country Music Awards. During that same year, she went on tour with Kenny Chesney.
Texas PlatesIn late 2003, Kellie released the single “Texas Plates” which peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.

She later followed up with a cover version of Luther Vandross’s song “Dance With My Father” which peaked at #41 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. The two songs were supposed to appear on Kellie’s sophomore album called “A Little More Me,” but for unknown reasons, the album was never released.

Kellie continued to tour with singer George Strait until 2004 when she was dropped by her record label and her managers.
walk onAfter that, not much was heard from Kellie until 2007 when she self-released her sophomore album “Walk On.” She co-wrote 11 out of the 12 songs on the album. To promote the lead single from the album “I Would Die for That,” Kellie released a promotional video on YouTube.

The following year, Kellie did a campaign with the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the production for the title track of her sophomore album and the video features documentary footage of people participating in breast cancer walks.
Why I'm AliveIn November of 2009, she released the EP “Why I’m Alive.” A year later in 2010, she was the subject of a feature documentary film called “Kellie Coffey: I’m Still Here.”

In 2013, Kellie performed at Toby Keith’s “Twister Relief” concert, opening up for Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks in front of 65,000 people. She was also asked by the governor of Oklahoma to sing on a live television broadcast of a prayer service for the survivors & victims of the tornado that occurred in Moore, Oklahoma.

These days, Kellie continues to still be active with her music career and is also a married mother of two children. She continues to write & record songs, and is currently recording with singer Richard Carpenter.

She continues to work with the Walt Disney Company where her voice can be heard at Epcot’s Illuminations show and during their Christmas event “Believe in Holiday Magic.” Her voice was even heard on a national advertising campaign for Disneyland’s 40th anniversary.

To see Kellie’s official website, go to:
http://www.kelliecoffey.com/

To see the music video for “When You Lie Next to Me,” go to:

To see the music video for “Whatever It Takes,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Dance With My Father,” go to:

To see the music video for “I Would Die For That,” go to:

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

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Made in London

made in londonMade in London was a pop music trio from the United Kingdom that consisted of members Kelly Bryant, Sheren Dyer and Marianne Eide.
dirty waterIn 2000, they released their debut single “Dirty Water” which peaked at #15 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it their highest charting single and only hit song to date.
shut your mouthThe trio’s follow-up single “Shut Your Mouth” flopped, peaking at #74 on the U.K. Singles chart despite gaining success on the Internet.
a perfect stormMade in London was supposed to release their debut album “A Perfect Storm” after the release of the second single, but after it flopped, the album’s release date was cancelled (although bootleg copies were released) and the trio disbanded.

These days, Sherine Dyer (who now goes under the name Sherii Ven Dyer) is a solo artist and in 2017, she released a mixtape called “The Rise Up” (which can be heard on Soundcloud).

It’s unknown what Kelly Bryant and Marianne Eide are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Dirty Water,” go to:

To follow Sherii Ven Dyer on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/sheriivendyer?lang=en

To see Sherii Ven Dyer’s Soundcloud page, go to:

The 411

The 411
The 411 were an English female R&B group from London, England whose members originally consisted of Carolyn Owlett, Tanya Boniface, Tisha Martin and Susie Furlonger. The group took their name from Mary J. Blige’s 1992 album “What’s the 411?”
on my kneesIn May of 2004, they released their first single “On My Knees” which peaked at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart and also managed to reach the top 30 in Australia.
dumbIn August of that same year, they released their follow-up single “Dumb” which became their only highest charting song to date, peaking at #3 on the U.K. Singles chart.
between the sheetsOn November 22, 2004, the 411 released their debut and only album “Between the Sheets” which peaked at #46 on the U.K. Albums chart. The album was certified Silver in December of 2004.
teardropsThe last single released from the album “Teardrops” peaked at #23 on the U.K. Singles chart.

In 2005, the 411 disbanded, but in 2007, they reformed under the name Sunshyne with two new members after Susie Furlonger quit the group a few months before. They soon changed their name back to the 411 and Susie was replaced by Nuala Farrelly.

In 2008, Tisha Martin announced on her MySpace account that the group had broken up again, but the members still remained friends and they would possibly release new material in the near future, but as of 2018, it has not happened.

These days, Susie Furlonger works as a backing vocalist and has worked with various artists such as Paloma Faith, Bonnie Tyler, James Ingram, Deniece Williams, Freda Payne, Billy Paul, Leona Lewis and Julio Iglesias. She also tours with David Gest.

Carolyn Owlett is the co-director of a broadcast media agency called CleanFeed Media in East London. She has also written articles for “Marie Claire” magazine and worked as a television presenter.

Tisha Martin became an actress, appearing in various shows on British television during the 2000s. It’s unknown what she’s currently up to these days.

Nuala Farrelly has danced and appeared in various musicals, films and commercials.

Tanya Boniface is married to R&B singer Peabo Bryson and works as a waxing specialist in Atlanta, Georgia.

To see the music video for “On My Knees,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made music video for “Teardrops,” go to:

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:

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.

[There are no videos available for this entry.]

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

3 of hearts group
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: