Category: 90’s


Innosense

imageInnosense was a girl group from the late ’90s\early 2000s. The group decided to misspell their name so they wouldn’t sound like “innocent little four-year-olds.”

They formed in 1997 and were managed by Lou Pearlman & Lynn Harless (the mother of Justin Timberlake).

The group originally consisted of Danay Ferrer (born on July 28, 1974 in Camaguey, Cuba), Nikki DeLoach (born Ashlee Nicole DeLoach on September 9, 1979 in Waycross, Georgia), Amanda Latona (born Amanda Marie Latona on March 24, 1979 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Mandy Ashford (born Mandeline Elizabeth Ashford on March 16, 1979 in Clinton, Mississippi) and Britney Spears (yes, the Britney Spears).

Nikki was a cast member on “The All-New Mickey Mouse Show” (which also starred Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears). Danay went to high school with Joey Fatone and was chosen to be in the group.

Mandy was a member of the Attache show along with her high school friend Lance Bass (of *NSYNC) with who she also shared a vocal coach with. Lance recommended Mandy to Lou Pearlman and she was selected to join the group.

After Britney Spears left the group to pursue her solo career, she was replaced by Veronica Finn (born Veronica Lee Finn on July 5, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee).
imageIn 1998, Innosence released their debut single “Wherever You Are” which was released in Germany.

It’s unknown how or if the single made any music charts, but they made a music video which aired in Germany. Amanda later left Innosense and was replaced by Jenny Morris (born Jennifer DeLou Morris on August 30, 1980).

In 1999, the group appeared in the movie “Longshot” and Britney Spears also appeared in the movie, but not with Innosense. After Britney’s solo career took off, Innosense became an opening act for her when she went on tour. They were also an opening act for *NSYNC.

imageOn June 27, 2000, Innosense released their debut single “Say No More” which peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart, but missed the Billboard Hot 100.

imageOn August 8, 2000, the group released their debut (and only) album “So Together” on RCA Records, but failed to make any impact on the charts at all.

imageThe group’s last single “Rain Rain” was released in Germany in 2002. In 2003, Innosense disbanded to pursue separate projects.

Nikki DeLoach went on to pursue an acting career and currently appears on MTV’s television show “Awkward.”

Danay Ferrer considered starting her own solo music career, but her contract with Innosense prevented her from doing anything outside of the group and she began working in a bank. In 2005, she appeared in the stage production of “Dora’s Pirate Adventure.” It’s unknown what she’s doing these days.

Mandy Ashford has modeled in several publications such as Playboy, Miller Lite, Samson Technologies, Swisher cigars and currently for Thompson Pump.

Amanda Latona signed a solo deal with J Records where she recorded two singles “Can’t Take it Back” (in 2002) and “Do You Still” (in 2003), but after both singles flopped, she was dropped from the label. These days, she is now a fitness trainer and bodybuilder.

Veronica Finn (now Veronica Davidson) was part of a band called Zoetic, but these days, she is now a realtor in Tampa, Florida with Coldwell Banker.

Not much information is given on Jenny Morris’ whereabouts, but she married Jeff Beisl in 2004.

To see the music video for “Wherever You Are,” go to:

To see the music video for “Say No More,” go to:

[Updated on 01\01\2016]

Lil’ Mo

imageLil’ Mo (born Cynthia Loving on November 19, 1978 in Long Island, New York) is a female R&B singer who is known as a one-hit wonder in the early 2000s and for working with artists such as Ja Rule, Missy Elliott and Fabolous.

Lil’ Mo was born into a military family. She was primarily raised on Long Island, but she moved regularly due to her father’s military assignments.She resided in Texas, Atlanta & North Carolina before settling down in Baltimore, Maryland. She used to perform in talent competitions wherever her family resided.

By the time she became an adult, Lil’ Mo moved to Manhattan, New York with hopes of pursuing a music career. In early 1998 (as she was submitting demo material to singer Nicole Wray’s debut album “Make it Hot”), she received a callback from Merlin Bobb who later connected her to Missy Elliott.

Fascinated by her voice, Missy requested Lil’ Mo to immediately come to the Elektra Recording studios in New Jersey. After her arrival, she landed a record deal with Elektra Records and she began closely working with Missy throughout the early part of her career.

Shortly after Nicole Wray’s debut album was released, Lil’ Mo began working on her own debut album. In between recording sessions, she would either collaborate on Missy’s records or perform in Missy’s touring venues.
imageBy the fall of 1998, Elektra Records serviced Lil’ Mo’s debut single “5 Minutes” to radio. It was not only released as the lead single for the soundtrack to the movie “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” it was also the original lead single for Lil’ Mo’s debut album.

Even though “5 Minutes” managed to chart at #72 on the U.K. Singles chart, it didn’t generate a lot of success in the U.S. despite the music video receiving frequent airplay on the BET network and the College Television Network. The song also had generally favorable reviews by critics. Due to the underperformance of “5 Minutes,” it was pulled from the album’s final tracklisting.

imageIn 1999, a promotional single “If You Wanna Dance” was released, but didn’t appear to make the album’s final tracklisting.

Lil’ Mo’s debut album was scheduled to be released in March of 1999, but her record label pushed back the release date multiple times hoping to revamp Lil’ Mo’s sound & image. During that same year, she gained exposure for appeared on Old Dirty Bastard’s song “Good Morning Heartache” and Missy Elliott’s single “Hot Boyz.”

In 2000, Lil’ Mo was granted her own production company called HoneyChild Entertainment. She was featured on Ja Rule’s single “Put it On Me” which became a pop and R&B hit. More collaborations by Ja Rule and Lil’ Mo followed (including the song “I Cry”).
imageIn April of 2000, Lil’ Mo released the lead single from her debut album “Ta Da” which peaked at #95 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks. The song was written by R&B singer Montell Jordan and received generally favorable reviews from critics.

During the song’s run on radio, DJ Boogie (from Pittsburgh radio station WAMO) noted that the reception was “more positive than negative” and “the females especially have been feeling it.

Elektra Records was unhappy with the chart performance of “Ta Da” which resulted in disputes between Lil’ Mo and the record label’s executives. The dispute later developed over the album’s follow-up single “Superwoman.”

In February of 2001, “Superwoman” (which was produced by Bryan-Michael Cox) was released. It managed to peak at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for only 9 weeks.

The song received mixed reviews by critics & failed to get any successful airplay on radio. Because of that, Elektra Records pushed Lil’ Mo’s debut album back to a later date in 2001.

Lil’ Mo tried convincing her record label that “Superwoman” would be a hit and in order to prove it, she contacted DJ Clue to remix the track with a beat that he was holding for rap duo M.O.P. At first, DJ Clue wasn’t supportive about the idea, but after loving the results, he premiered it on New York City radio station Hot 97’s radio show.

Following the song’s premiere, it began circulating on various mixtapes and began charting on the Billboard charts, but because Billboard didn’t allow remixes to chart, Lil ‘Mo had to convince Elektra Records to re-release the single under an alternate title (now known as) “Superwoman Pt. II.”

During a 2-hour studio session, Lil’ Mo recorded the vocals for “Superwoman” at Enterprise Records in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Additionally, she had to beatbox the infamous stuttering “da-da-da-da-da” beat to her production team since they weren’t understanding her vision.

Since Lil’ Mo was in Los Angeles at the time, she had a deadline to transfer her vocals via a CD to give to DJ Clue at a New York airline. Within the song’s deadline, a relative of Lil’ Mo’s requested her to feature “the mixtape rapper who spells his name” (also known as rapper Fabolous).

Lil’ Mo contacted DJ Clue to see if it was possible to add Fabolous to the record. At the time, Fabolous was shocked at her decision to feature him on the song because she had worked with other well-known rappers such as Ja Rule & Jay-Z.
image“Superwoman Pt. II” became a hit, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, #36 on Billboard’s Top 40 Tracks chart, #8 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #4 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks The success of “Superwoman Pt. II” helped bring Fabolous (who was a underground artist at the time) to mainstream success.

In May of 2001, she became engaged to Al Stone. They first met at a gas station in Washington, D.C.

On June 22, 2001, Lil’ Mo was assaulted by a male civilian at a San Francisco, California concert venue while being escorted to a limo. She was bludgeoned in the head by the man’s champagne bottle causing her to be hospitalized & received 20 stitches.

The assault left Lil’ Mo traumatized and suspicious, believing that it must’ve been a potential set-up. A reward (ranging from $1,000 to $5,000). Even though her assailant was never discovered, local police in San Francisco received anonymous tips that the attacker boasted about his actions at a Hunters Point housing project near San Francisco.
imageOn June 26, 2001, Lil’ Mo released her debut album “Based on a True Story” which peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was later certified Gold by the RIAA.
imageIn August of 2001, the last single from the album “Gangsta (Love 4 the Streets)” was released. The track samples Snoop Dogg’s 1994 song “Gin & Juice.” The song peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #57 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.

The music video for the single was directed by Chris Robinson. It was originally slated to be a double-video shoot along with the single “Supa Star” (which was later cancelled), but due to Lil Mo’s assault in San Francisco, the plans were quickly changed to meet the deadline of mid-July of 2001.

The video aired on BET in late August of 2001. During that same month, Lil’ Mo married Al Stone.

In 2002, she developed an interest in communications after working as a part-time anchor for Baltimore urban radio station WXYV-FM. In August of that same year, she gave birth to her first daughter Heaven Love’on Stone.

Also in that same year, Lil’ Mo began working on her sophomore album. She told Billboard magazine that she was going to purposely use a different sound for the album in hopes of convincing the public to overlook her creditability for her single “Superwoman Pt. II.”
imageIn February of 2003, the lead single from the album “4Ever” (featuring Fabolous) was released. The song peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 23 weeks.
imageThe song “Ten Commandments” (featuring Lil’ Kim) was supposed to be the album’s second single, but due to limited promotion & attempts for a music video were unsuccessful, it was never given a proper release.
imageOn April 29, 2003, Lil’ Mo’s sophomore album “Meet the Girl Next Door” was released. It peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

In May of 2003, Lil’ Mo released the single “21 Answers” (a response to 50 Cent’s song “21 Questions”) was sent to radio as a promotional single.

It managed to peak at #50 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks, but was not featured on the album’s final tracklisting because it didn’t finalize in time to meet the deadline for the album.
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imageTwo more promotional singles from the album “1st Time” and “Shoulda Known” were released, but didn’t make the Billboard charts at all.

The promotion for the album was limited due to Lil’ Mo’s pregnancy and lack of support from Elektra Records. Despite that, she performed the singles on shows such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Soul Train.” Shortly after the album’s promotion came to an end, Lil’ Mo’s contract with Elektra Records expired and she moved to Cash Money Records to record a new album.

In July of 2004, she started recording material for her third album “Syndicated: The Lil’ Mo Hour.”
imageIn November of 2004, Lil’ Mo released the single “Hot Girls” which peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart.

The song received mixed to negative reception. Critics felt that it was an “insecure female anthem” due to the lyrics and believed that Lil’ Mo was solidifying her point of feeling some sort of insecurity or jealousy. Lil Wayne’s guest appearance on the track was also not well received. On February 24, 2005, Lil’ Mo gave birth to her second daughter, God’Iss Love Stone.
imageIn May of 2005, she released the single “Dem Boyz” which peaked at #86 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks. The song received generally favorable reviews.
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imageTwo more promotional singles “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” (featuring violinist Miri Ben-Ari) and “Mother of Your Child” were released, but didn’t make the charts.

“Syndicated: The Lil’ Mo Hour” was scheduled to be released in October of 2005, but the date passed and after Hurricane Katrina damaged Cash Money’s New Orleans studio, Lil’ Mo was dropped from the label’s roster and the album ended up being shelved. In December of 2005, she and her husband Al divorced.

In 2006, Lil’ Mo (along with Faith Evans, Fantasia and SWV’s Coko) appeared on the remake of The Clark Sisters’ song “Endow Me” from Coko’s 2006 gospel album “Grateful.”
imageIn August of 2007, Lil’ Mo released her third album “Pain & Paper” under her independent record label HoneyChild Entertainment.
imageThe singles from the album “Sumtimes I” (featuring Jim Jones) and “Lucky Her” failed to make the Billboard charts.

In 2008, Lil’ Mo began working on a new album under a new record label, Global Music Group. The original title of the album was “Tattoos & Roses: The Rebellion Against My Pain.”

Initially, the album was supposed to be a double disc with half of the album being a live production, but the plans ended up being scrapped & the album ended up undergoing a different recording process. Missy Elliott, MC Lyte and Fabolous were listed as contributors to the album, but due to undisclosed reasons, they didn’t make the album’s final cut.

Lil’ Mo later married gospel recording artist Phillip Bryant. On January 16, 2009, she gave birth to her first son, Justin McKenzie Phillip. Preparing for the release of the album, Lil’ Mo hosted a radio show in Washington, D.C.
imageOn November 1, 2011, she released her fourth album “P.S. I Love Me.” The singles from the album “I Love Me” (feat. Tweet) and “Take Me Away” (feat. Maino) didn’t appear to chart at all.

On July 10, 2012, Lil’ Mo gave birth to her second son, Jonah Maddox-Phillip Bryant. In 2013, she became a cast member on the TV One network reality show “R&B Divas: Los Angeles.”
imageIn September of 2013, she released the song “I’m a Diva” on iTunes.
imageThe following week, another song “L’s Up” was released. In 2014, Lil’ Mo separated from Phillip Bryant and is now in a relationship with professional boxer Karl Dargan.
imageIn April of 2014, Lil’ Mo released a mixtape called “No S*** Sherlock.”
imageThe mixtape was released as part of the preparation for her fifth studio album “The SCARlet Letter” which was released on October 28, 2014.

To see the music video for “5 Minutes,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Superwoman Pt. II,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “4ever,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “I’m a Diva,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Mother of Your Child,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Superwoman, Part 1,” go to:

 

[Updated on 11-06-14]

imageCharli Baltimore (born Tiffany Lane on August 16, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female hip-hop rapper. Her stage name is taken from Geena Davis’ character in the 1996 film “The Long Kiss Goodnight.”

Growing up, Charli was primarily raised by her elder half-sister, Yolanda. She gave birth to her first daughter when she was only 14 years old. She even graduated from Pierce College & became a certified paralegal.

In the summer of 1995, Charli met the Notorious B.I.G. and they became involved romantically. The Notorious B.I.G. introduced her to Lance “Un” Rivera who signed her (and rapper Cam’ron) to his new record label, Untertainment.

During that same year, Charli made her first musical appearance on rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s song “Get Money.”
imageIn 1998, she released her debut single “Money” which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #59 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for five weeks. The song was featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Woo.”

During that same year, Charli began recording her debut album. She also appeared on Cam’ron’s single “Horse & Carriage.”
imageIn 1999, she released her second single “Stand Up” (featuring Ghostface Killah) which peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart and #84 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
imageCharli’s debut album “Cold as Ice” was scheduled to be released on April 28, 1999, but it wasn’t until August 3, 1999 that the album was released promotionally. The album was later digitally released on iTunes in 2009.
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imageOther singles from the album “N.B.C.,” “Feel It” and “Everybody Wanna Know” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
imageIn 2002, Charli was featured on Ja Rule’s single “Down A** Chick” which peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Charli was later signed to Murder Inc. Records and began recording her new album “The Diary (You Think You Know)” in 2001. Most of the album’s recording took place at Soundtrack Studios in Manhattan, New York.

During the recording sessions, Charli’s former labelmates claimed that she would have numerous songs completed & the quantity of them would be more than what producers Irv Gotti and Chink Santana would have instrumental beats completed for her.

At one point, there was a rumor that a power outage occurred at the recording studio where Charli & the producers were working at. Shortly after the situation was resolved, Charli had recorded a total of twelve songs within that same night.

In June of 2002, the first buzz single from Charli’s album “No One Does it Better” (featuring R&B singer & former labelmate Ashanti) was released, but didn’t make the charts.

The song was featured on her record label’s compliation album “Irv Gotti Presents: The Inc.”
imageThe second single from the album “Diary” was released to radio stations during the summer of 2002. It was released as the b-side to “No One Does It Better.”

Promotional radio copies of the single were released, but it was later canceled as the lead single from the album due to the song failing to make any music charts.

A year following the single’s release, the song gained a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Female Rap Solo,” but lost to Missy Elliott.
imageIn late August of 2002, another buzz single “Hey Charli” was reported by MTV to be the lead single from the album and Charli was scheduled to shoot a music video for the song, but the video was canceled & the song was pulled from radio markets & airwaves due to undisclosed reasons.

Charli’s album was scheduled to be released on September 10, 2002, but due to the cancellation of the “Hey Charli” single, it was pushed back to the 4th quarter of 2002.
imageIn late 2002, yet another buzz single from the album “Philly’s Finest” (featuring rapper Eve) was released.

The song gained positive public reception and was heavily added to numerous mixtapes, but due to lack of airplay on the radio, it failed to chart & was never chosen as the album’s official single.

Shortly after Murder Inc’s compliation album “Irv Gotti Presents: The Remixes,” it was revealed (and briefly reported on MTV) that Charli’s album would be released on December 3, 2002, but the album was again pushed back to be released in the summer of 2003.

The album’s final buzz single “Charli, Charli” was scheduled to be released in early 2003, but due to undisclosed reasons, Charli ended up leaving her record label, the album was shelved & the song was never properly released.

Shortly after “Charli, Charli” was cancelled, it was leaked to several mixtapes & released on rare unauthorized promotional vinyl copies.

After that, not much was heard from Charli until 2008 when she re-signed with The Inc. Records and began working on a new album called “True Lies.”
imageIn 2010, she released the single “Come Test Us” (featuring Lil Wayne) which is available on iTunes.

In 2011, Charli appeared in the music video “If I Die Tonight” (along with Trey Songz and Lue Diamonds). On September 14, 2011, she teamed up with Sally Anthony to release “Machine Gun (Remix)” which is available on iTunes.
imageOn March 22, 2012, Charli released the mixtape “Mickey and Mallory Knox: Natural Born Khronicles” along with rapper Dutchie Man.
imageOn May 8, 2012, Charli’s single “All Lies” (featuring Maino) was released on iTunes. The song features Charli’s daughter India providing vocals to the chorus.

She was also set to release her own mixtape “#DirtyA**Chuck” and her website offered autographed copies of “True Lies” which was scheduled to released on September 25, 2012, but it was not released.
imageIn 2013, Charli released the mixtape “Hard2Kill.” It is available on iTunes and Datpiff.com.

The “True Lies” album still remains unreleased and any references about it have been removed from Charli’s personal Twitter account and has not made anymore radio appearances regarding its release since the summer of 2012.

These days, Charli resides in Jersey City, New Jersey. She has two daughters India and Sianni. She appears to still be performing.

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Everybody Wanna Know,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Nobody Does it Better,” go to:

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Come Test Us,” go to:

As a bonus, to see the music video for “Down A** Chick,” go to:

Lamarr K. Swing

lkswingLamarr K. Swing was an R&B singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Valley Vue Records.

In 1994, he released his debut (and only) album “His Debut Album.” It’s unknown how or if the album made any music charts at all.
say you willThe only single released from the album was “Say You Will” which failed to make any impact on the charts.

After that, it seems as if Lamarr K. Swing has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he’s up to these days.

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

Mister McGee

whatimlookingforMister McGee was an R&B singer from the early ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Fraternity Records.

In 1992, he released his only single “You’re What I’m Lookin’ For\Sue.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Mister McGee has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what he is up to these days.

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Chris Cuevas

A-21584-1235774595Chris Cuevas (born in Long Beach, Missisippi) is a former pop singer from the ’90s. His musical aspirations began when he was only 4 years old. At the age of 6, he began playing the guitar and started playing the piano when he was 10 years old.

He opened up for artists such as Lacy J. Dalton, Reba McEntire, Dave Edmonds, B.J. Thomas and Bob Hope. When he was 14 years old, Chris starred on “Star Search” where he won first place in his age group.

After hearing about an article in a national teen magazine promoting pop singer Debbie Gibson and her interest in working with up & coming talent, Chris’ father got in touch with Debbie’s mother who liked what she heard from Chris and ended up being signed to Atlantic Records. somehow

In 1991, Chris released his debut album “Somehow, Someway.” It’s unknown how or if the album ever made the charts.
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His first single “Hip Hop” peaked at #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #39 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
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The follow-up single from the album “You Are The One” peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his only pop hit on the chart to date.

On the album, Chris sang a duet with Debbie Gibson called “Someday.” He also went on a world tour with her, going to places such as Los Angeles, New York, Europe & Asia.

After that, Chris moved to Tennessee where he switched from pop music to country music. In 2009, he released an EP called “Rush” which is available for digital download.

These days, Chris continues to be active in the music business, still performing.

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

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

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

The Chimes

IMG_5966.JPGThe Chimes were a dance music trio from Scotland that consisted of singer Pauline Henry (born in Jamaica), bassist Mike Peden and drummer James Locke. IMG_5969In 1989, the trio released their debut single “1-2-3” which peaked at #60 on the U.K. Singles chart.

In the United States, the song peaked at #86 on the Billboard Hot 100, #14 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles chart, topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for 2 weeks in February of 1990 and #41 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. IMG_5968Their second single “Heaven” peaked at #66 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the United States, it became their second dance hit, topping the chart for a week in April of 1990.

It also peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #54 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. IMG_5970The Chimes’ third single, a cover version of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” peaked at #6 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the U.S., the song also peaked at #47 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn 1990, the Chimes’ debut (and only) album was released. It peaked at #162 on the Billboard 200 and #71 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. In the U.K., the album peaked at #17 on the U.K. Albums chart.

IMG_5971.JPGThe third single “True Love” peaked at #48 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the United States, the song peaked at #65 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks. IMG_5972The trio’s last single “Love Comes to Mind” peaked at #49 on the U.K. Singles chart. After that, it seemed as if the Chimes faded into obscurity.

Pauline Henry has enjoyed success as a solo dance music artist in the United Kingdom. In 2012, she and her band the Isle of Wight performed at Bestival.

These days, Pauline continues to be active in the music business. As for their other members, their whereabouts are unknown.

To see the music video for “1-2-3,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Love Comes to Mind,” go to:

 

No Authority

image No Authority was a boy band from the late 90s/early 2000s from Southern California.

The original line-up consisted of Ric Felix (born Ricky Godinez on December 2, 1980), Josh Keaton (born on February 8, 1979 in Pasadena, California), Danny Zavatsky (born on June 1, 1982 in Long Beach, California) and Eric Stretch (born on June 22, 1980 in Yorba Linda, California).

The group performed locally for a few years and then, their manager Richard Walters managed to get their demo tape to Michael Jackson’s record label, MMJ Music.

The label’s executives Jono Kohan and Jerry Greenberg passed the tape to Michael who signed them to his label.
image In October of 1997, they released their debut single “Don’t Stop” which managed to peak at #38 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, but missed the Hot 100.
image In November of that same year, the group’s debut album “Don’t Stop” was released. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
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image The follow-up singles “Up and Down” and “One More Time” failed to make the charts at all. Josh later left the group and was replaced by new member Tommy McCarthy.

No Authority later left their label and signed with Madonna’s Maverick Records label.
imageIn July of 2000, No Authority’s self-titled sophomore album was released, managing to peak at #18 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.

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The only single to chart was “Can I Get Your Number” which peaked at #33 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart. imageAnother single “What I Wanna Do” flopped. The group was featured on the “Rugrats in Paris” movie soundtrack. Eventually, No Authority faded into obscurity.

These days, Rick (now known as Ricky Rebel) is pursuing a solo music career. Eric is performing on Broadway, having starred in the plays “La Cage aux Folles” and “Wicked.”

Tommy is the venue relations manager at Goldstar Events, the owner of SnackyShack and is also a songwriter.

Josh continues to be active in acting, voice-over work and music. It’s unknown what Danny is up to these days.

To see the music video for “Don’t Stop,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Up and Down,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Can I Get Your Number,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “What I Wanna Do,” go to:

image Favorite Angel was a pop/rock duo from Boston, Massachusetts that consisted of singer Gigi Abraham and guitarist/songwriter Joe McGhee.

In 1990, they released their only single, a cover version of Alice Cooper’s song “Only Women Bleed” which managed to peak at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the duo’s only chart appearance on the chart.

After that, it seems as if Favorite Angel has faded into obscurity. These days, Gigi Abraham continues to be active as a singer & also does voiceover work.

To see a fan-made video for “Only Women Bleed,” go to:

[Updated on 12\29\2015]

Brothers uv da Blakmarket

imageBrothers Uv Da Blakmarket was a hip-hop\rap group from Paterson, New Jersey that consisted of Cool Money Cee (born Christopher McKinney) and DJ Menal (born Eric Menal).

They were discovered by Pookie Gist (the older brother of Naughty By Nature member Kay Gee) & were signed to Select Records. imageIn 1992, the duo released their debut single “Livin’ in Da Bottle” which managed to peak at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart.

imageDuring that same year, they released their debut (and only) album “Ruff Life.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the Billboard charts at all.

After releasing their album, the duo was the opening act in the Flavor Unit Tour (which featured artists such as Cypress Hill, Apache, Black Sheep, Queen Latifah, Das EFX, House of Pain & Naughty by Nature).

They were also members of the original Source Magazine mobile van tour (which featured artists such as K-Solo, Raheem, Black Sheep, EPMD, the Brand New Heavies and Red Hot Lover Tone). imageTheir follow-up single “Not U Again” failed to make the charts. After that, the Brothers uv da Blakmarket felt that their record label wasn’t doing a good job of promoting them & their music, so they ended up leaving Select Records.

Despite their break-up, the duo continued to be active in the music business.

DJ Menal produced three songs for artist LeShaun’s unreleased album “Ready or Not.” Cool Money Cee appeared on Apache’s album “Apache Ain’t Shit” on the track “Woodchuck.”

These days, it seems as if the duo has faded into obscurity. Not much has been heard about their current whereabouts lately.

To see a video for “Livin’ in Da Bottle,” go to:

To see a video for “Not U Again,” go to:

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