Category: 2000s


Na’sha

Na'shaNa’Sha (born Natasha Watkins in 1982 in Columbus, Ohio) was an R&B singer from the 2000s. Born in a family of singers, dancers & actors, Na’sha began writing poetry when she was 5 years old and began singing when she was 7 years old.

In October of 2003, she signed with Pure Records (an independent record label based in Miami, Florida) and later signed a distribution deal with Sony’s RED distribution.
my storyIn September of 2005, Na’sha released her debut and only album to date “My Story.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all. The album featured a guest appearance from reggae artist Shaggy.
FireThe lead single from the album “Fire” didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.
more than a millionThe follow-up single “More Than a Million” also did not chart, but a remixed version of the song featured rapper Jay-Z.  In 2006, she made guest appearances on Shaggy’s album “Clothes Drop” and Petey Pablo’s single “Give It Up.”

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “More Than a Million,” go to:

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Tymes 4

Tymes 4Tymes 4 were a pop music girl group from London, England that originally consisted of Melissa Garrick, Taymah Gaye, Natalie Edwards and Holly Mallett.
bodyrockIn August of 2001, they released their debut single “Bodyrock” which peaked at #23 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was promoted around the United Kingdom and appeared on various TV shows.
she got gameTymes 4 went on to do a mini tour aroound selected schools. Their follow-up single “She Got Game” peaked at #40 on the U.K. Singles chart. It was featured on the BBC Television’s “Children in Need” show and appeared on other shows such as “Live & Kicking,” “The Saturday Show” and “The Pepsi Chart Show.”

For the next six months in mid-2002, Tymes 4 took a brief hiatus and during that time, Holly left the group and was replaced by a new singer named Leah Tribe. In mid-2002, they re-released a remixed version of “Bodyrock” which flopped on the charts.
hookedIn 2003, the group released a new single called “Hooked” which didn’t chart in the U.K., but managed to chart at #69 on the music charts in the Netherlands.
4storyDuring that same year, they released their debut album “4 Story.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. Tymes 4 later signed a record deal in Japan with Avex Records.
the coverIn 2005, the group released their sophomore album “The Covers” (which contained cover versions of songs by artists such as Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper and TLC). It’s unknown how it charted, but during that same year, Tymes 4 disbanded.

These days, Taymah Gaye is pursuing a solo career. Melissa Garrick provided vocals on music artist Supafly’s 2006 single “Moving Too Fast.” It’s unknown what she’s currently up to these days. As for Leah Tribe and Natalie Edwards, their whereabouts are currently unknown as well.

To follot Taymah on Twitter, go to:

To see Taymah’s Soundcloud page, go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “She Got Game,” go to:

 

 

Asia Cruise

Asia CruiseAsia Cruise (born Asia Nalani Vernimo on February 11, 1990 in Jacksonville, Florida) was a female R&B singer from the 2000s.

Asia first began singing when she was 10 years old. She later traveled to Atlanta, Georgia where she recorded a five-song demo that was shipped to various labels and was eventually picked up by Jive Records, becoming the first artist of Asian descent to be signed to the Hitz Committee\Jive Records label.
selfishIn 2008, she released her first single “Selfish” which missed the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to peak at #33 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. She also appeared in the music video for Black Eyed Peas’ charity single called “We Be Workin.”

Asia’s debut album “Who is Asia Cruise?” was supposed to be released sometime that year, but for reasons unknown, the album was never released and after that, not much was heard from her and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for her song “Boyfriend,” go to

To see a fan-made video for her song “Walk Me Out,” go to:

Judson Spence

Judson SpenceJudson Spence (born on April 29, 1965 in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a male pop singer\songwriter\instrumentalist from the ’80s.

After performing in showcases in Nashville, Tennessee in 1987, Judson received offers from 12 record companies, but he ultimately signed with Atlantic Records.
jspencealbumIn 1988, he released his self-titled debut album which peaked at #168 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Yeah, Yeah, YeahHis only charting single to date “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The follow-up singles from the album “Love Dies in Slow Motion”, “Hot & Sweaty” and “If You Don’t Like It” didn’t appear to make the charts at all.
drift awayAlso in 1988, Judson co-wrote Mark Lennon’s song “A Wonderful Life” which was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Scrooged.” A year later, he was featured on the soundtrack to the ABC network series “The Wonder Years” with a cover version of Dobie Gray’s song “Drift Away.”

Before finishing up his follow-up album, Judson was dropped from Atlantic Records in 1991. During the ’80s and ’90s, he has written, produced & provided vocals for artists such as Michael English, Rich Mullens, Geoffrey Williams, Kim Boyce, Barry Lather, Trisha Yearwood, Dusty Springfield and Michael W. Smith.
painfaithjoyIn 1994, Judson wrote a song called “The Power” which was covered by Amy Grant & Cher and also used in an advertising campaign for Century 21. A year later in 1995, he released an independent album called “painfaithjoy.”

In 1997, he performed with Trisha Yearwood on her song “How Do I Live” and sang live with her at the American Music Awards, the Oscars, “The Tonight Show” and the CMA awards. He would later tour with her in 2000.
i guess i love itIn 1999, Judson released his third album “I Guess I Love It” which was released in Japan, but never released in the United States. In 2000, he provided vocals on Wynonna Judd’s album “New Day Dawning.”

In 2003, Judson released two more independent albums: “The Velvet Kitten Sessions” (which was a mainstream collection) and “Opus Dei” (which was a religious-themed album). He continued to provide vocals for artists such as Reba McEntire and Kevin Max.
sing the bluesIn 2014, Judson released a film about his life called “Sing the Blues”. It’s currently unknown what other projects he has planned for the future.

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

To see the music video for “Love Never Quits,” go to:

Damozel

damozelDamozel was a female R&B quartet from the 2000s that originally consisted of vocalists Brandy Merchelle (from Los Angeles, California), Tasha Goodner (from Indianapolis, Indiana), Lisa Ball (from Los Angeles, California) and Tamisha Lotterberry (from Denver, Colorado). Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to MCA Records.
you don't know me singleIn 2000, the quartet released their debut single “You Don’t Know Me Like That” (featuring hip-hop artist Rah Digga), but it failed to chart at all.

Their debut album was supposed to be released some time during that same year, but after their first single flopped, it was re-tooled and scheduled to be released the following year.
everyday's a partyIn 2001, Damozel released their follow-up single “Everyday’s a Party” which also failed to chart as well, but it was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Two Can Play That Game.”
you don't know me like thatThe quartet’s debut album “You Don’t Know Me Like That” was presumably shelved, although promotional copies appear on Discogs.com.

They were nominated for a Soul Train “Lady of Soul” Award in 2002 for “Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, Group, Band or Duo” for their second single, but they lost to Destiny’s Child.

After that, it seemed as if Damozel faded in obscurity, but around January of 2011, they re-appeared in the music scene as a duo consisting of Tasha Goodner & Lisa Ball and released new music on their Reverbnation page, but as of 2014, nothing much has been heard from them.

To see Damozel’s Reverbnation page, go to:

To see Damozel’s Facebook page (which hasn’t been updated since 2014), go to:
https://www.facebook.com/Damozel

To see Damozel’s Twitter account (which also hasn’t been updated since 2014), go to:

To see a fan-made video of a snippet of their song “You Don’t Know Me Like That,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Everyday’s a Party,” go to:

G. Dep

g depG. Dep (born Trevell Gerald Coleman on November 19, 1973 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York) is a male rapper from the 2000s. His stage name is short for “Ghetto Dependent”.

Growing up, G. Dep was raised by his grandmother in the James Weldon Johnson Housing Projects. After meeting Sean “Diddy” Combs in 1998, he was signed to a $350,000 five-album deal with Bad Boy Records. In 1999, he was featured on two tracks on Black Rob’s album “Life Story.”
child of ghettoIn 2001, he released his debut album “Child of the Ghetto” which peaked at #106 on the Billboard 200 and #23 on Billboard’s Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
let's get itHis first single “Let’s Get It” (featuring P. Diddy and Black Rob) peaked at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard’s Rap Singles chart & #18 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks and became G. Dep’s only appearance on the Hot 100 chart to date.
special deliveryThe follow-up single “Special Delivery” missed the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to peak at #59 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. Due to the less than stellar sales of G. Dep’s debut album, he was dropped from Bad Boy Records.

After the release of his debut album, G. Dep struggled with an addiction to PCP and had been convicted & served time in prison for robbery. Since 2003, he had been arrested for not only robbery, but also for drug offenses & grand larceny.
bad boyIn 2007, G. Dep and rapper Loon released a collaboration album called “Bad Boy” on Siccness Records. It’s unknown how successful the album was.
ghetto legendIn 2010 (nine years after his debut album was released), he released his sophomore album “Ghetto Legend” on Famous Records.

In December of that same year, G. Dep turned himself into authorities where he confessed to murdering a man in Queens in 1993. In May of 2011, he was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the murder.

To see the music video for “Let’s Get It,” go to:

To see the music for “Special Delivery,” go to:

Cheri DennisCheri Dennis (born on August 23, 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a female R&B singer who was signed to Bad Boy Records in the 2000s. She was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Before going solo, Cheri was a member of a music group called Spoiled. After Spoiled disbanded, she moved to New York where she began her recording career.

In the late ’90s, she provided vocals for rapper Mase’s album “Double Up”, was featured on albums for Puff Daddy (now called Diddy) & was featured on several mixtapes.
freakIn 2004, Cheri released her debut single “Freak”. It’s unknown how or if the single made any music charts at all.
i love youA year later in 2005, she released the single “I Love You” which peaked at #38 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in 2006, staying on the chart for 22 weeks, becoming her highest charting single on the Billboard charts to date.
portrait of loveHer follow-up single “Portrait of Love” (featuring rappers Yung Joc and Gorilla Zoe) peaked at #55 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

Originally, the song was released under the title “Portrait” featuring only Yung Joc, but after it was leaked, the song title was changed & Gorilla Zoe was added to the song.
CheriDennisInAndOutOfLoveOfficialIn November 2007, Cheri’s debut album “In and Out of Love” was released exclusively on iTunes and the physical album was released in February of 2008 where it peaked at #74 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
pretendThe third single from the album “Pretend” (featuring hip-hop artist Maino) flopped and only peaked at #116 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. Another song from the album “Ooh Ooh” peaked at #116 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles due to high download sales.

After that, nothing much was heard from Cheri and it appeared as if she seemingly faded into obscurity, but these days, she still continues to be active in the music business, performing under the name Cheri Coke.

To follow Cheri on Twitter, go to:

To follow Cheri on Instagram, go to:
https://www.instagram.com/_cheridennis/

To see Cheri (now Cheri Coke)’s Soundcloud page, go to:

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

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

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

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

Bayje

BayjeBayje [pronounced “beige”] (born Brittany Doray from Syracuse, New York) is a female pop\R&B singer that first made her presence in the music business in the 2000s.

She got her stage name from her mother after tearfully coming home from school & asking her, “If I’m not black and I’m not white, what am I?” and her mother responded with, “You’re beige.”

Growing up, Bayje was exposed to various types of music from her parents. After winning a karaoke contest at a local radio station, she began performing and at the age of 12, she was discovered by talent manager Bill Herndon, who became her manager & signed her to a production deal.
greatest giftAfter over 4 years of trying to get a record deal, Bayje finally signed a deal with Atlantic Records when she was just 16 years old. In 2006, she released her debut single “The Greatest Gift.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any charts at all, but it was released on iTunes.
stepup2In 2008, she was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Step Up 2 The Streets” with the track “Impossible.”
find a wayDuring that same year, she released the single “Find a Way” which received some moderate feedback, but didn’t appear to make any music charts at all. During that time, she created an online PSA campaign called “Find Your Way to Extraordinary” which provided a platform for teens to share about the issues in their lives.

Baye was supposed to release her debut album sometime around 2009, but due to personal issues, she severed ties with her record label & went on to take a two-year hiatus.

By the 2010s, Bayje (who currently goes under the name Kat Doray) became an independent music artist. In 2012, she released a music video for her song “A Broken Home.”

big bad wolfIn 2015, she released the single “Big Bad Wolf” which has received. As of 2016, she appears to still be working on new music, working with The Rookies production team out of New Jersey.

 

 

To see Kat Doray’s Reverbnation page, go to:

To see Kat Doray’s Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/KatDoray/

To see the music video for “Find a Way,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “The Greatest Gift,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “A Broken Home,” go to:

To see the music video for “Big Bad Wolf,” go to:

To see the music video for one of Bayje’s songs “No Happy Ending,” go to:

Deemi

DeemiDeemi (born Tahu Jessica Aponte on December 2, 1980 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York) is a female R&B singer\rapper\songwriter\record producer from the 2000s. She is also known as “The Hoodz Princess.”

Deemi first began singing as a young child. When she was 7 years old, she won a neighborhood talent show, singing Whitney Houston’s song “Greatest Love of All.” In her teen years, she attended Manhattan’s Talent Unlimited High School.

When she was just 17 years old, she gave birth to her son, Nathan & transferred to a new school. A year later, Deemi gave birth to her daughter, Felicity and ended up dropping out of school, but later returned to get her GED.

In 1998, Deemi met with music producers Chris Styles and Bruce Waynne, who helped her create a demo. She later relocated to Richmond, Virginia with her children’s father where she encountered verbal & physical abuse by him.

In 2000, she and her children moved back to New York. Four years later, her children’s father was shot to death after being released from prison on drug charges.

Deemi later met with producer Waynne “Bruce Waynne” Nugent (of music production team Midi Mafia) and signed a record deal with Atlantic Records.
soundtrack of my lifeIn 2007, she released her debut single “Soundtrack of My Life” which didn’t appear to make any music charts, but received radio airplay & was even featured on Wendy Williams’ mixtape “Brings The Heat Vol. 1.”
on the radioA follow-up single “On the Radio” peaked at #113 on Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

Deemi’s debut album was supposed to be released in July of 2007, but due to unknown reasons, the album was shelved & she left Atlantic Records, seemingly fading into obscurity.

In 2013 (after taking a long hiatus), Deemi began uploading new songs of her YouTube account, but it’s currently unknown whether or not she plans on releasing an album.

To see Deemi’s YouTube page, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/user/HOODSPRINCESS07/videos

To see the music video for “Soundtrack of My Life”, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “On the Radio,” go to:

To see a video of Deemi performing on “Showtime at the Apollo,” go to:

Lonnie Gordon.jpgLonnie Gordon (born on November 8, 1965, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female dance\pop\R&B singer who scored a couple of dance hits during the ’90s. She moved to the Bronx, New York when she was young.

In the early ’80s, Lonnie began performing around the Harlem area in clubs as the lead singer of a band called Nythjar. After she met her husband, she moved to England in the late ’80s and took time off from the music business to care for her daughter.

In 1988, she continued her singing career singing lead vocals for club-oriented music acts such as Deja Vu, Offshore and most notably, Quartzlock.
pleasure controlIn 1989, Lonnie contributed lead vocals to Simon Harris’ cover version of On the House’s song “(I’ve Got Your) Pleasure Control” which peaked at #60 on the U.K. Singles chart and also managed to chart in the United States, peaking at #23 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

The single attracted the attention of record label Supreme Records, who offered Lonnie a record deal in 1989.
it's not overDuring that same year, she released a cover version of First Choice’s song “Let No Man Put Asunder” under the title “It’s Not Over (Let No Man Put Asunder”) which only peaked at #91 on the U.K. Singles chart, but did not chart in other countries.
happenin' all over againIn 1990, Lonnie’s second single “Happenin’ All Over Again” (with whom she worked with British songwriting\producing trio Stock Aitken & Waterman) peaked at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart and was successful in other countries such as Australia, France, Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany & New Zealand.

When the song’s re-recorded version was released in the United States, it peaked at #98 on the Billboard Hot 100, #31 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in November of 1993.
beyond wildest dreamsLonnie’s song “How Could He Do This To Me” was supposed to be a follow-up single, but it was scrapped & never released until years later, so it was replaced with the song “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams” which peaked at #48 on the U.K. Singles chart.
if i have to stand aloneIn 1991, Lonnie released her debut album “If I Have to Stand Alone”. The album received a limited release in Europe, Japan and Australia (where it peaked at #173 on the ARIA Albums chart), but due to her last two singles flopping on the charts, the album was never released in the United Kingdom.
stand aloneThe title song managed to peak at #68 on the U.K. Singles chart and #147 on the ARIA Charts in Australia.
gonna catch yaIn 1991, Lonnie flew to Italy where she recorded the song “Gonna Catch You” (which was written by Italo house music group Black Box). When the song was released a single, it became a top 40 hit in the U.K., peaking at #32 on the chart.

The song (which was released as her debut single in the U.S.) was featured on the soundtrack to the Vanilla Ice film “Cool As Ice” which managed to peak at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in October of 1991. The single would be Lonnie’s last release on Supreme Records & she would later sign with SBK Records.
bad moodIn 1993, Lonnie released her sophomore album “Bad Mood”. It’s unknown how or if it made any album charts at all.
bad mood singleThe title song topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for a week in July of 1993.
do you want itAnother single from the album “Do You Want It” peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
dirty loveIn 1996, Lonnie released the single “Dirty Love” on Geffen Records which peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
if you really love meIn 1997, she worked with European dance producers P.O.F., Roland Michael and Demetrius Ross to remix a cover version of Stevie Wonder’s song “If You Really Love Me” which peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
no regretIn 2000, Lonnie released a compliation album called “No Regret” on the Centaur Music, Inc. record label.
he lives in youThe lead single, a cover version of Lebo M.’s song “He Lives In You” was released, but didn’t make the charts.

In 2002, Lonnie starred as the lead vocalist & narrator for Cirque Du Soleil in an act called “Zumanity” in Las Vegas, Nevada. After leaving Cirque Du Soleil, she returned to London, England where she toured with a U.K.-based company called Allaboutdivas.com.

In 2007, she formed her own record label called Gordon Records, releasing four compliation albums on the label.

In 2012, she launched a one-woman show called “No Apologies: Who Said Life Was Easy”. In 2014, she released the singles “When I Think About Sex (I Think of You)” and “Horny.”

These days, Lonnie appears to still be active in the entertainment business as a singer, performer, actress, painter & vocal coach.

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

To see a video of Lonnie performing “It’s Not Over (Let No Man Put Asunder),” go to:

To see the music video for “Happenin’ All Over Again,” go to:

To see the music video for “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams,” go to:

To see the music video for “If I Have to Stand Alone,” go to:

To see the music video for “Gonna Catch You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Bad Mood,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Do You Want It,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “If You Really Love Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “He Lives in You,” go to:

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