Category: 2000s


ATL

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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

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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:

dana-dawsonDana Dawson (born on August 7, 1974 in Jamaica, Queens, New York) was a singer\actress who first made her acting debut when she was 7 years old in a national tour of the musical “Annie.”
ready-to-follow-youIn 1988, then-14-year-old Dana released her first single “Ready to Follow You” which managed to peak at #15 on the SNEP charts in France and also managed to chart in Belgium as well.
pnymeIn 1991, she released her debut album “Paris New York And Me” on Columbia Records. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all, but it was certified Gold in France.

The first single from the album “Romantic World” peaked at #4 on the SNEP charts in France and also in Belgium & Sweden as well. The follow-up single “Tell Me Bonita” also peaked at #4 on the SNEP charts in France.


The third single released from Dana’s debut album “Open Hearts” peaked at #24 on the SNEP charts in France. The last single from the album “Moving On” failed to chart at all.

Despite gaining success in France, Dana took a two-year break starting in 1993 to give her career more international impact. She later signed a record deal with EMI Records in the United Kingdom.
black-butterflyIn 1995, she released her sophomore (and last album to date) “Black Butterfly” which also didn’t appear to make the album charts at all.
3-is-familyThe first single from the album “3 is Family” peaked at #9 on the U.K. Singles chart and #59 on the music charts in Germany.

The second single released from the album “Got to Give Me Love” peaked at #27 on the U.K. Singles chart and the third single “Show Me” peaked at #28 on the U.K. Singles.
how-i-wanna-be-lovedThe last single released from Dana’s sophomore album “How I Wanna Be Loved” peaked at #42 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was included on a U.K. re-issue of the “Black Butterfly” album.

In 1997, Dana collaborated on the Dolce & Gabbana single “More, More, More” (a cover version of the Andrea True Connection’s one-hit wonder song from the ’70s). She later went on to become an understudy in the national tour of “Rent” in the role of Mimi in 2000 and joined the show’s Broadway cast a year later in 2001.
nice-lifeDuring that same year, Dana released the single “Nice Life” which was only released in France, but didn’t chart. The song was featured in an episode of the Disney Channel series “Lizzie McGuire” and on the show’s soundtrack.

From October 2003 to August of 2004, Dana was featured in the Broadway production of “Little House of Horrors”. On July 7, 2007, she married New York jazz musician Jason Curry.

Sadly on August 10, 2010, Dana passed away from colon cancer at the age of 36 after battling the disease for just 10 months. She was a talented young singer and will never be forgotten.

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

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

To see the music video for “Tell Me Bonita,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “3 is Family,” go to:

To see the music video for “Got to Give Me Love,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “How I Wanna Be Loved,” go to:

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

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

Hear’Say

hearsayHear’Say were a British pop group created through the U.K. version of the reality TV series “Popstars.”

The group originally consisted of Danny Foster (born on May 3, 1979 in Hackney, England), Myleene Klass (born Myleene Angela Klass on April 6, 1978 in Gorleston, Norfolk, England), Kim Marsh (born Kimberley Gail Marsh on June 13, 1976 in Whiston, Merseyside, England), Suzanne Shaw (born Suzanne Christine Crowshaw on September 29, 1981 in Bury, Greater Manchester, England) and Noel Sullivan (born on July 28, 1980 in Cardiff, Wales in the United Kingdom).
pure-simpleIn March of 2001, they released their debut single “Pure and Simple” which topped the U.K. Singles chart for 3 weeks, selling 550,000 copies and becoming the fastest-selling debut single at the time.
popstarsDuring that same month, Hear’Say’s debut album “Popstars” which topped the U.K. Albums chart, selling 306,631 copies during its first week and broke the record for the fastest-selling debut album in U.K. chart history at the time.

Despite that, the album received generally negative reviews from critics, pointing out the artificiality and genericness of both the group and the music.
way-to-your-loveIn June of 2001, the group released their follow-up single “The Way to Your Love” which became their second number-one single, topping the chart for a week and selling 75,514 copies.

Hear’Say was later invited to perform at the 80th birthday celebrations of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and appeared on the ITV television show “Hear’Say It’s Saturday” which featured performances, sketches and celebrity guests. After that, they had a mini-series called “Meet the Popstars” which was intended to allow the public to get to know the group away from the talent show format.

In August of 2001, Hear’Say toured in the United Kingdom and they initially announced five more dates which quickly sold out and caused them to schedule 30 more dates, but they struggled to sell out, leaving hundreds of tickets unsold. They also released a live DVD.
everybodyWhile on tour, Hear’Say recorded their second album “Everybody” which was released in November of 2001 and peaked at #24 on the U.K. Albums chart. The title song managed to peak at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Despite the album’s somewhat moderate success, it was certified Gold by the BPI a decade after it was released.

Later on, tabloids began reporting that Kym Marsh (who gained attention because of her relationship with former “EastEnders” actor Jack Ryder) left Hear’Say due to feuds with Myleene Klass, but a representative for the group denied those reports. In January of 2002, Kym announced that she was leaving the group and later revealed that she often fought with Myleene and Noel Sullivan.

Auditions were held to find a replacement for Kym Marsh and Johnny Shentall (born on September 3, 1978 from the United Kingdom & the husband of singer Lisa Scott-Lee) joined the group in February of 2002, but there was controversy when it was discovered that Johnny was a member of a short-lived pop music group called Boom! and was a back-up dancer for Hear’Say.

In March of 2002, Hear’Say cancelled their planned arena tour (which was to promote their sophomore album) to allow Johnny time to settle into the group. The group began recording their third album and during the summer of 2002, when they toured the U.K. radio roadshows circuit, they were constantly booed & abused by the public.

During Hear’Say’s tour, their vehicle was threatened by an apparently armed man at a motorway service on the M1 motorway in Leicestershire. Even though the man claimed it was a prank, he was later arrested for his actions.
loving-is-easyIn August of 2002, the group released their only single featuring Johnny Shentall called “Lovin’ is Easy” which peaked at #6 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it their lowest-charting single to date.

Media reports speculated that the group’s record label, Polydor Records wanted it to at least reach the U.K. Top 5 and it was believed that Hear’Say would be dropped from the label even though there was no official word about it.

In October of 2002, Hear’Say disbanded, citing “abuse from the public” as the main reason for it, but they also admitted that they were a fad that had passed & their popularity was overshadowed by another “Popstars” music act called Liberty X.

Since then, the former members of Hear’Say have continued to be active in the entertainment business.

Myleene Klass went on to pursue a solo career and released a classical music album called “Moving On” in 2003. She has also worked as a presenter & co-host for shows such as “CD:UK,” the U.S. version of “I’m a Celebrity…. Get Me Out of Here”, “Popstar to Operastar”, “Escape from Scorpion Island”, “Last Choir Standing” and was also part of the quiz panel for the BBC’s “The National Lottery People’s Quiz.”

She was also a co-host of BBC One’s “The One Show” before quitting in August of 2007 to give birth to a daughter named Ava. Myleene has also worked with various charities and is an ambassador for the National Foundation for Youth Music (which is a children’s music charity).

In 2003, Kym Marsh released a solo album called “Standing Tall” and had three Top 40 hits in the U.K. with the songs “Cry,” “Come Over” and “Sentimental.”

She later went on to be a guest presenter on the show “Loose Women” and appeared on the show “Making Your Mind Up” (which was devised to pick a singer & song for the Eurovision Song Contest), but didn’t win. She also participated in the first series of “Popstar to Operastar”, but was later eliminated from the competition.

Since 2006, Kym is appearing in the U.K. soap opera “Coronation Street” in the role of Michelle Connor and won the award for “Best Newcomer” at the 2007 British Soap Awards. She married Jack Ryder in 2002, but they separated in 2008.

In 2012, Kym married her boyfriend, Jamie Lomas, but they divorced in 2014. She also has four children: son David (born in April of 1995), daughter Emily (born in January of 1998), a son Archie (who was born in February of 2009, but passed away due to complications from his premature birth) and daughter Polly (born in March of 2011).

Kym also appears to be on good terms with her former bandmates Noel Sullivan and Myleene Klass.

Suzanne Shaw went on to have a successful career as a singer and a stage actress, appearing in plays such as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Chicago” and “White Christmas”).

She also appeared on the U.K. soap opera “Emmerdale” in the role of Eve Birch from 2010 to 2011 and also competed on the ITV series “Dancing on Ice.”

Suzanne also had a high-profile relationship with singer\actor Darren Day and they had a son named Corey in 2004, but they have since separated. In 2009, she married her long-term boyfriend, Jason King (who is one-half of presenting duo JK and Joel) and in 2015, she gave birth to her second son named Rafferty.

Noel Sullivan is also a stage performer, appearing in shows & musicals such as such as the West End musical “Love Shack”, “What a Feeling”, “Grease” and “Footloose.” He is currently portraying the role of Freddy in the 2015-16 UK tour of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

Since Hear’Say disbanded, Danny Foster kept a low profile, but these days, he performs as part of his own live act called “Danny Foster & The Big Soul Corporation”.

As for Johnny Shentall, he appared on MTV’s “Totally” with his wife, Lisa Scott-Lee, whom he married in 2004 and they have two children: son Jaden (born in February of 2008) and daughter Lily (born in September of 2009). He has also appeared in musicals such as “Starlight Exprsss” and appeared on the ITV2 show “CelebAir” with his wife, finishing in 6th & 7th place.

To see the music video for “Pure and Simple,” go to:

To see the music video for “The Way to Your Love,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Lovin’ Is Easy,” go to:

velvet-empireVelvet Empire was a Canadian pop music group formed through the second season of the Canadian version of “Popstars” that consisted of members Alex Price (born on February 14, 1980 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), Justin Humes (born on December 23, 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada), Janelle Belgrave (born on May 20, 1983), Lacey Block (born on April 30, 1983) and Ryan Hamilton (born on October 3, 1982).

All the members of the group have had backgrounds in music or performing arts prior to “Popstars.”
mi0000458332In 2002, they released their only self-titled album which debuted at #6 on the Canadian Albums chart and was certified Gold.
r-1606613-1231756605The lead single from the album “Frontin’ on Me” didn’t appear to make any music charts, but it received heavy rotation on CHR radio across Canada. Even though the group was nominated for “Best New Group” at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, Velvet Empire later disbanded after their contracts expired.

These days, Alex Price has been working on her own solo music career and as a songwriter, she has shopped songs to other artists, television and film productions.

In 2006, Justin Humes appeared on rapper Manafest’s song “Don’t Turn Away”, but it’s currently unknown what he’s up to these days.

In 2003, Janelle Belgrave began working on a solo career, but it’s unknown if she’s still active with it these days.

It’s unknown what Ryan Hamilton and Lacey Block are up to these days and it appears as if they have faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for “Frontin’ On Me,” go to: