Category: 90’s


Stacey Piersa

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Stacey Piersa is a pop singer-songwriter that has written songs for various artists such as Atlantic Starr, Paula Abdul, Color Me Badd and the Corrs.
not one more timeIn 1994, she was featured on the soundtrack to “Beverly Hills 90210: The College Years” with the song “Not One More Time.”

It was released as a single in Europe in 1995, but it’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

These days, it appears as if Stacey is working at Elliot Wolff Music as the president of music publishing.

To see the music video for “Not One More Time,” go to:

Michael FredoMichael Fredo (born Michael Jon Fredo on July 17, 1978 in Elmira, New York) is a former teen pop singer from the late ’90s\early ’00s. He is also the nephew of fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.

Michael began singing when he was 8 years old in his church choir. After his voice changed, he began singing with a local folk-rock music group. He later moved to New York City to study classical music at the Professional Children’s School and was chosen to be a vocalist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

While at a party in Los Angeles, California, Michael met music producer Quincy Jones, who signed him to his record label, Qwest Records and he began working on his debut album.

Before his album was released, his song “Who Said” was chosen by the Arnell Group as the theme song for the Tommy Girl Fragrance ad campaign. Michael’s music also accompanied the ad campaign for Tommy Jeans of which Michael became the poster boy for it.

In the summer of 1999, Michael began touring with pop sensation Britney Spears on her “…Baby One More Time” tour.
introducing michael fredoIn the fall of the same year, he released his debut album “Introducing Michael Fredo” which sold over 300,000 copies worldwide.
this time aroundMichael’s debut single “This Time Around” peaked at #21 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Sales chart and the video received extensive airplay on MTV.
love all over againIn 2000, he released his follow-up single “Love All Over Again” which didn’t appear to make much impact on the charts at all. During that same year, he wrote & sang the theme song for the film “Black and White.”

After that, not much was heard from Michael and it appeared as if he faded into obscurity, but these days, it appears as if he is still active in the music business. His music has appeared in various films, television shows and advertising campaigns worldwide.

Michael released two EPs: “Free & Clear” (in 2011) and “Locked Out” (in 2013) which are available on iTunes.

To see the music video for “This Time Around,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love All Over Again,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Free” (the theme song for the film “Black and White”), go to:

ShanDozia

shandoziaShanDozia (born Shannon Myvett in 1979 from Los Angeles, California) was a male R&B singer from the late ’90s\early ’00s.

As a child, ShanDozia began singing in talent shows and high school groups. In 1994, he was signed to Vybe Squad Entertainment when he was 15 years old which in turn arranged an audition with Quincy Jones’ record label, Qwest Records.
baby i likeIn 1999, he released his debut single “Baby I Like” which peaked at #96 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
pink panniesHis follow-up single “Pink Pannies” didn’t appear to make any impact on the Billboard charts at all.
shandozia albumIn April of 2000, ShanDozia released his self-titled debut (and only) album which didn’t appear to chart at all on Billboard’s album charts.
damn youThe last single released from the album “Damn You” flopped and after that, it appeared as if ShanDozia had faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he’s up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Baby I Like,” go to:

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

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

The Wiseguys

A-3146-1261597705The Wiseguys were a British electronic\dance music band from London, England that consisted of deejays Touche (born Theo Keating) and Regal (born Paul Eve).

Touche and Regal met in college and were members of a hip-hop music act called Direct Current.
ladies say owAfter leaving Direct Current in 1992, the duo released an EP called “Ladies Say Ow!” on the Blackmarket record label in 1994. After that, they were signed to the Wall of Sound record label.
nilbymouthIn 1995, the Wiseguys released the double “A” side single “Nil by Mouth\Too Easy”. It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted at all.
executive suiteA year later in 1996, the band released their debut album “Executive Suite” which received critical acclaim and is considered a cult classic to some fans.

In 1997, Regal left the band to pursue his career as the co-founder of the U.K.’s Bronx Dogs, leaving only Touche to work on the Wiseguys’ follow-up album.
the antidoteIn 1998, the Wiseguys released their sophomore album “The Antidote”.
ooh la laThe first single from the album “Ooh La La” originally peaked at #55 on the U.K. Singles chart, but by the next year, it peaked at #2 on the chart after it was used in a commercial for Budweiser beer.
start the commotionThe Wiseguys’ second single “Start the Commotion” became a hit for them, peaking at #47 on the U.K. Singles chart in 1999. A year later, the song peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

In 2001, after the song was featured in a commercial for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States, it received airplay on the radio and it managed to peak at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100, #14 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart, #18 on Billboard’s Top 40 Tracks chart & #11 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, making it their highest charting (and only) appearance on the Hot 100.

“Start the Commotion” was featured in films such as “Zoolander” and “Kangaroo Jack.” It was also featured on the Disney Channel television series “Lizzie McGuire” and appeared on the show’s soundtrack.

The success of the song helped “The Antidote” album peak at #133 on the Billboard 200, #2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and #3 on Billboard’s Top Electronic albums chart.

During that same year, the Wiseguys disbanded. DJ Touche went on to pursue a solo career. These days, he’s still active in the music business as a DJ and producer & now goes under the name Fake Blood.

As for DJ Regal, he appears to still be active in the music business as well along with working as a bookkeeper and duty manager in the United Kingdom.

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

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

Mocha

mochaMocha (born Aleesha J. Rivers) was a female hip-hop rapper from the late ’90s\early 2000s.

Her vocals have been featured on various artists’ tracks such as Missy Elliott, Nicole Wray, MC Lyte and Timbaland.
runningIn 2000, Mocha released her first single “Runnin’ S***” which was produced by Timbaland. It’s unknown how or if the song made the charts at all.

The song was supposed to be featured on Mocha’s debut album “Bella Mafia” (produced by Timbaland and Missy Elliott), but according to research, the album was never released.

Also according to research, Mocha also released a digital album called “One Day at a Time” in 2007, but not much information is known about it.

These days, Mocha resides in Richmond, Virginia where she is a mother and owns her own bakery business.

To see a fan-made video for “Runnin’ S***,” go to:

Missy Mist

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Missy Mist (born Michelle Brown in the Bronx, New York) is a female hip-hop artist from the late ’80s\early ’90s.

As a child, Missy moved to Miami, Florida where she convinced her mom to take her to a local radio station that rapper LL Cool J was appearing at. While there, her mom convinced the security guard that Missy knew how to rap.

The security guard introduced her to DJ Eric Griffin and his music partner, Norberto Morales, who owned Bass Station Records and Missy ended up being signed to the label, but unfortunately, Norberto was murdered, so Eric formed his own record label called Never Stop Productions and began recording with Missy.
make it melowIn 1988, Missy and Eric’s first track “Make it Mellow” was a moderate hit on the rap charts and the success of the song caught the attention of Atlantic Records, who released the single on a larger scale.
gettin bassDuring that same year, Missy released her follow-up single “Gettin’ Bass.” After that, she was signed to a record deal by RCA Records.
let good times rollIn 1991, Missy released her debut (and only) album “Let the Good Times Roll” which didn’t appear to chart on Billboard’s album charts at all.
let good times roll singleThe title song was released as the only single from the album, but it failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

According to the Isle of Deserted Pop Stars blog, Missy was dropped from RCA Records and she remained in Miami while Eric Griffin moved to Missouri where he was murdered by thieves in his home studio in 1998.

Meanwhile, Missy dabbled in voice-over & acting along with music and being a wife & mother. She also attended school for Legal Studies, hoping to become an entertainment & sports attorney.

In 2013, she appeared in a documentary called “The Bass That Ate Miami” which is dedicated to Miami bass music.

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

Mary Griffin

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Mary Griffin (born in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a female R&B\dance singer from the late ’90s\early 2000s.

Mary began singing in church with her family and by the time she was a teenager, she wanted to pursue a music career. After being discovered singing at a local club, she was signed to Curb Records in 1997.
justnootherwayDuring that same year, Mary released her debut single “Just No Other Way (To Love Me)”. It’s unknown how or if it was successful. Her debut album “For the First Time” was supposed to be released, but it appears to have been shelved.
knockonwoodIn 1998, Mary appeared in the film “Studio 54” and sang a cover version of Amii Stewart’s song “Knock on Wood” for the film’s soundtrack. She also appeared on various soundtracks for films such as “Conspiracy Theory” and “Driven”.
wecangetthereIn 1999, Mary released the single “We Can Get There” which peaked at #31 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. The song was also featured on the soundtrack to the 2000 film “Coyote Ugly”.
perfectmomentIn 2000, Mary released the single “Perfect Moment” which peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #25 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
purifiedIn 2001, Mary released her debut album “Purified.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.

During that same year, she released the singles “I Wanna Get Back With You” and “Without You” (which peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart in 2003).

After leaving her record label, Mary has been touring & performing with artists such as Patti LaBelle and George Clinton. In August of 2011, she recorded the theme song “Speed” and two other songs for “Holiday On Ice.”

These days, Mary is pursuing her solo career and has her own record label, Mahogany Entertainment. She is also planning on releasing a gospel music album and a pop\dance\techno collection sometime in the near future.

To see Mary Griffin’s official website, go to:
http://www.marygriffin.com

To see a fan-made video for “Knock on Wood,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “We Can Get There,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Without You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Wanna Get Back With You,” go to:

Yo Yo

yo yoYo Yo (born Yolanda Whitaker on August 4, 1971 in Los Angeles, California) is a female hip-hop artist & actress who is a protege of rapper Ice Cube.

In 1990, she made her first appearance on Ice Cube’s album “AmeriKKA’s Most Wanted” album on the track “It’s a Man’s World.”
R-7096674-1455780819-3298A year later in 1991, Yo Yo released her debut single “You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo” (featuring Ice Cube) which peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100, #41 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, topped Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
R-584911-1285246879In March of that same year, she released her debut album “Make Way for the Motherlode” on EastWest Records which peaked at #74 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, receiving critical success.
nobody betterThe follow-up single “Ain’t Nobody Better” peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #30 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
stompin 90sThe last single from the album “Stompin’ In the ’90s” peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart. Yo Yo also made her acting debut in the film “Boyz in the Hood”.
black pearl albumIn June of 1992, Yo Yo released her sophomore album “Black Pearl” which peaked at #145 on the Billboard 200 and #32 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
homegirlThe first single from the album “Home Girl Don’t Play Dat” peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #53 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
black pearl singleThe title song peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #74 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

The year 1993 was a busy one for Yo Yo’s acting career as she starred in films such as “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,” “Menace II Society,” “Strapped” and “Who’s the Man?”
better ask somebodyIn June of that same year, she released her third album “You Better Ask Somebody” which peaked at #107 on the Billboard 200 and #21 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
bonnie clydeThe lead single “The Bonnie and Clyde Theme” peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart, peaked at #22 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and also peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
westsideThe follow-up single from the album “Westside Story” peaked at #14 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart.
ibAnother single “IBwin’ Wit My CREWin'” managed to peak at #95 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

After that, Yo Yo’s music career took a backseat as she focused on her acting career. She had a recurring role on the ’90s comedy series “Martin” & appeared on the FOX Network television drama “New York Undercover.” She also appeared in the 1995 film “Panther”.

In 1994, Yo Yo signed a deal with Warner Bros. television to produce a sitcom called “Shifting Gears,” but the series was never picked up.
total controlIn October of 1996, Yo Yo released her fourth album “Total Control” which peaked at #46 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The album didn’t generate a lot of success.

The two singles from the album “Steady Risin'” and “One for the Cuties” didn’t make the charts at all. After a lawsuit for an uncleared sample on the album, it was pulled off the shelves.

As for Yo Yo’s acting career, she starred in the 1997 films “Sprung” and “Trials of Life.” On television, she appeared on “The Jamie Foxx Show” and “The Parent Hood”.
ebonyYo Yo’s fifth album “Ebony” was supposed to be released in September of 1998, but it ended up being shelved because the guest appearances on the album weren’t properly contracted to work with an artist on EastWest Records. Promotional copies of the album were printed before it was shelved.

Later on, she was released from her record contract. Despite that, Yo Yo continued to focus on her acting career, but after 2000, not much was heard from her until 2004 when she did voice work on the video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas”.

In 2005, Yo Yo returned to the music business with a mix-tape remix of R&B singer Ciara’s single “Goodies” and rapper The Game’s single “How We Do.” She also continued with her acting career, doing some voice over work.

During that same year, she and female rapper MC Lyte worked together to form an LA-based organization called the Let Your Light Shine Youth Foundation. She also taught lyric writing for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

In 2008, Yo Yo performed at the BET Hip Hop Awards with female rap artists such as MC Lyte, Salt-n-Pepa and The Lady of Rage.

During that same year, she co-hosted the VH1 Network reality series “ego trip’s Miss Rap Supreme”. In 2009, she released the song “Give It T’um.”

These days, Yo Yo runs Yo Yo’s School of Hip Hop, which teaches performing arts to youth. She is also married and has two daughters.

As of 2009, she has been working on an EP called “My Journey to Fearless: The Black Butterfly” which has yet to be released.

To see the music video for “You Can’t Play With My Yo-Yo,” go to:

To see the music video for “Ain’t Nobody Better,” go to:

To see the music video for “Stompin’ to tha ’90s,” go to:

To see the music video for “Home Girl Don’t Play Dat,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “IBW’n wit My CREWin’,” go to:

To see the music video for “The Bonnie and Clyde Theme,” go to:

To see the music video for “Same Ol’ Thing,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “One for the Cuties,” go to:

To see the music video for “Iz It Still All Good” (from Yo Yo’s unreleased album “Ebony”), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Do You Wanna Ride” (from Yo Yo’s unreleased album “Ebony”), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Give It T’um,” go to:

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Breathe was an English pop\rock band from the 1980s. The band (who were childhood friends from Hampshire, England) that attended the Yateley School together) originally consisted of five people and were called Catch 22.

After bassist Phill Harrison left to join the fire brigade, the band was down to a quartet which consisted of singer David Glasper (born on January 4, 1965 in Cardigan, Mid Wales), guitarist Marcus Lillington (born on February 28, 1967 in London), drummer Ian “Spike” Spice (born on September 18, 1966) and bass guitarist Michael “Mick” Delahunty.

In 1984, Breathe began working on demos which were later introduced to the personnel from Siren Records which led to them getting a record deal with A&M Records.
R-1893973-1418775982-9430In 1985, the band released their debut single “Don’t Tell Me Lies” which originally peaked at #77 on the U.K. Singles chart, but after their debut album was released, the single was re-issued and peaked at #45 on the U.K. Singles chart in 1989.

In the United States, the song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
R-964595-1290433732In 1987, Breathe released their second single “Hands to Heaven” became their biggest hit to date, peaking at #4 on the U.K. Singles chart and also peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary chart.
R-747080-1367061159-4725In April of 1988, the band released their debut album “All That Jazz” which peaked at #34 on the Billboard 200 and #22 on the U.K. Albums chart.

During that same year, Michael left the band, leaving David, Marcus & Spike to promote the album & singles as a trio.
R-3530193-1334068816The third single from the album “Jonas” was only released in the United Kingdom and managed to peak at #60 on the U.K. Singles chart.
R-1343313-1211295981The album’s fourth single “How Can I Fall” became another pop hit for Breathe, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart for 2 weeks in November of 1988. In the U.K., the song peaked at #48 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The last two singles from the album “Any Trick” and “All This I Should Have Known” didn’t chart at all.
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In August of 1990, Breathe released their sophomore album “Peace of Mind” which peaked at #116 on the Billboard 200, but failed to chart in the United Kingdom.
R-4783548-1375387730-4332The first single from the album “Say Hello” peaked at #87 on the U.K. Singles chart.
R-2368413-1368628038-3849The follow-up single “Say a Prayer” fared better in the United States, where it peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, but peaked at a low #93 on the U.K. Singles chart.
R-3832615-1346171049-7130The last single released from the album “Does She Love That Man” peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

Due to lack of record label promotion, Breathe later disbanded. In 2000, Ian “Spike” Spice passed away.

These days, Marcus Lillington & former member Phill Harrison perform together in a band called Stroke the Toad. Marcus also works at a web design firm called Headscape and co-hosts a web design podcast on Boagworld.com.

In the last few years, David Glasper made some demos on YouTube and as of 2012, he was playing music in southeast Asia. It’s unknown what Michael Delahunty is up to these days since leaving the band.

To see the music video for “Don’t Tell Me Lies,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “How Can I Fall,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “All This I Should Have Known,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Say a Prayer,” go to:

To see the music video for “Does She Love That Man?”,” go to:

MC Roni D

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MC Roni D (real name Veronica A. Dale) was a hip-hop artist from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Vision Records.

In 1993, she released the single “Niggaz Get Paid On 15th Ave” (or “Brothaz Get Paid on 15th Ave” which is the clean version of the song). It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

Her follow-up single “On 15th Ave.\Bass Check” also failed to make any impact on the charts.

After that, it seems as if MC Roni D faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the ’90s.

To see a fan-made video for “Niggaz Get Paid on 15th Ave.,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Brothaz Get Paid on 15th Ave.,” go to: