Category: 90’s


Linsey

linseyLinsey was a husband & wife R&B duo from the ’90s that consisted of keyboardist\songwriter\producer Wayne Linsey and his then-wife, Lynne Fiddmont.

Prior to the formation of the duo, both Lynne and Wayne built up quite a career in the music business, each working with various artists such as Starpoint, the Emotions, George Howard, Brenda Russell, The Jacksons, Anita Baker, Ray Parker Jr., Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder.
perfect-loveIn 1991, they released their only album “Perfect Love” on the Virgin Records America record label. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

The only singles released from the album were “Sweet Talk” and “Searchin'”. Like the album, it’s unknown how or if the single managed to chart at all.

After that, not much was heard from Linsey and they later divorced. Since then, both Wayne and Lynne have continued to remain active in the music business with their respective careers.

Lynne Fiddmont went on to become an in-demand & touring singer, working with artists such as Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Kenny Loggins, Iggy Pop, Burt Bacharach, Stanley Clarke and Babyface. She has released three solo albums and is planning to release her upcoming album “Power of Love.”

Wayne Linsey is also active in the music business as a musician, producer, arranger and songwriter along with working as a touring musician, spending many years with R&B act Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. He has also worked in TV, film and award ceremonies (such as the Grammys, the Billboard Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and the Essence Awards) as well.

To see Lynne Fiddmont’s official website, go to:
http://www.lynnefiddmont.com

To see Wayne Linsey’s official website, go to:
http://www.waynelinseymusic.com

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

To see fan-made video for “Searchin’,” go to:

Stefanie Bolton

stefanie-boltonStefanie Bolton (from Memphis, Tennessee) is an R&B\jazz singer & songwriter that released her debut album in the ’90s.

She has performed as a background singer & worked as a songwriter, working with artists such as Angie Stone, Howard Hewett, TLC, Lenny Kravitz, OutKast, Luther Vandross, Lyfe Jennings, Angela Bofill, Anthony Hamilton, Goodie Mob and Marvin Sapp.
stefanie-albumIn 1996, Stefanie released her debut album “Stefanie” on Bellmark Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts.

Two singles were released from the album “Wrap My’celf Around You” and “Why”, but it’s unknown if either of them made any music charts at all.
cling-to-meSince then, Stefanie has continued to stay active with her music career and currently works as a singer for Edwin Hawkins along with being a cruise entertainer for the Holland American Cruise Line. In 2016, she released a single called “Cling to Me.”

To see Stefanie Bolton’s official website, go to:
http://stefaniebolton.com

To see a fan-made video for “Wrap My’celf Around You,” go to:

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

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

N.T.C.

ntcN.T.C. (short for Nathan & T.C.) were a hip-hop\R&B duo from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Bellmark Records & DCT Productions.
try-my-loveIn 1993, they released their debut single “Try My Luv.” It’s unknown how or if the single appeared on the music charts at all.
the-journeyIn 1994, N.T.C. released their debut (and only) album ” The Journey (A Quest 4 Luv).” It’s unknown how or if the song made any impact on the charts.
saving-my-luv-4-youThe follow-up single from the album “Saving My Luv 4 U” also didn’t chart, but a music video was made for the single.

After that, it seems as if N.T.C. has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of the duo are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Try My Luv,” go to:

To see the music video for “Saving My Luv 4 U,” go to:

Thunderbugs

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Thunderbugs were a British pop girl group that consisted of lead singer Jane Vaughn, backing vocalist\bass player Stef Maillard, backing vocalist\drummer Nicky Shaw and guitarist Brigitta Jansen.
friends-foreverIn 1999, they released their debut single “Friends Forever” which peaked at #5 on the U.K. Singles chart, becoming their only highest charting song to date. The song was also featured on the soundtrack to the film “Center Stage”.
its-about-time-you-were-mineThunderbugs’ follow-up single “It’s About Time You Were Mine” didn’t match the same success as their debut single, peaking at #43 on the U.K. Singles chart.
deliciousAfter the group’s follow-up single flopped, their debut album “Delicious” ended up getting postponed at first, but it was eventually released in Europe and the U.K. (which was released on mini-disc) in 2000.

After that, it seemed as if Thunderbugs faded into obscurity. Nicky Shaw went on to work on writing & programming songs and working with artists such as BB King, Eric Clapton, Lulu, Michael McDonald, Lara Fabian and Taylor Hicks. She also composed tracks for the film “Rag Tale.”

As for Jane Vaughan, Stef Maillard and Brigitta Jansen, it seems as if they have faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what each of them are up to these days.

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

To see the music video for “It’s About Time You Were Mine,” go to:

Mytown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

Society of Soul

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Society of Soul were a five-member R&B group from Atlanta, Georgia that consisted of members Sleepy Brown (born Patrick Brown on January 24, 1970 in Savannah, Georgia), Rico Wade, Ray Murray, Espraronza (born Espraronza Griffin from Port Royal, South Carolina) and Big Rube (born Ruben Bailey in 1971 from Atlanta, Georgia).

Three of the group’s members: Sleepy, Rico & Wade are part of Organized Noise, a hip-hop production company based in Atlanta, Georgia that has been active in the music business since 1992. Together, they have worked songs such as En Vogue’s song “Don’t Let Go (Love),” Ludacris’ song “Saturday (Oooh Ooohh)” and TLC’s number-one smash hit “Waterfalls.”
brainchildIn 1995, the group released their debut album “Brainchild” on LaFace Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
pushinThe lead single from the album “Pushin'” didn’t appear to make the Billboard charts at all.
embraceThe follow-up single “E.M.B.R.A.C.E. (Da Da Dah Dah)” peaked at #71 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks. After that, nothing much was heard from the Society of Soul and it seemed as if the group disbanded.

These days, Sleepy, Rico & Wade continue to work together as Organized Noise, working with artists such as Goodie Mob & Outkast.

Big Rube has made appearances on various artists’ albums such as Big Boi, Goodie Mob, Age Against the Machine, Lina and Future.

In 1998, Espraronza released a solo single called “They Don’t Understand” which didn’t appear to chart. These days, it’s unknown what she is up to these days.

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

To see the music video for “E.M.B.R.A.C.E. (Da Da Dah Dah)”, go to:

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:

bullets-gunsmokeBullets & Gunsmoke (or BAGS) were a rap group from Harlem, New York. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Maurice Malone’s record label, Hostile Takeover, Inc.
murda-n-da-hoodIn 1995, they released a twelve-inch EP called “Murda N Da Hood.” It’s unknown how or if the EP made much impact at all.
dances-with-wolvesTwo years later in 1997, Bullets & Gunsmoke released a promotional single called “Dances With Wolves.” Like the group’s EP, it’s unknown how or if the single ever charted at all.
r-1706327-1239824327It wasn’t until 1999 that the group’s song “Ballaz 4 Life” managed to peak at #96 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
halem-niggasBullets & Gunsmoke’s last single to date “Halem Niggas” was released in 2000, but it’s unknown if it charted at all. After that, it seems as if the group has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of Bullets & Gunsmoke are up to these days.

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Dana Dawson

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: