Category: 90’s


Brooklyn Boyz Choir

imageThe Brooklyn Boyz Choir was a freestyle\dance group from the late ’80s\early ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Metropolitan Recording Company label. imageIn 1988, they released their first single “Say Rayo! Brooklyn” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts.

imageIn 1990, the group released their last single to date “Bring It On Down” which also failed to make the charts.

After that, it seems as if the Brooklyn Boyz Choir faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what they are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Say Rayo! Brooklyn,” go to:

imageTina Elise (from Howard Beach, New York) is a female freestyle\dance singer from the ’90s. Not much is given about her, but she was originally signed to the Metropolitan Recording Corporation label. imageIn 1992, she released her debut single “Love Will Keep Us Together.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

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After that, not much was heard from Tina until 1996 when she released the single “Open to You” on After Dark Records where it also failed to make any impact on the charts.

In 1997, she appeared on two compliation albums: “Metropolitan Freestyle Extravaganza Vol 8” (with the song “I Gave Up”) and “Dance Trip 2000” (with the song “I Feel Love”).

These days, it appears as if Tina Elise is still performing at freestyle music events and continues to record music.

To see a fan-made video for “Love Will Keep Us Together,” go to:

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

Faze

imageFaze is an R&B group from Miami, Florida that originally consisted of Dave Johnson, Edward Faison, Wayne Morrison, Princeton Chery and Robert Wright.

The group met at a talent show & decided to sing together. They named themselves Force Five (after the R&B group Force MDs whom they idolized).

Faze later signed with an independent record company called Cyntone Records. imageIn 1989, they released their debut album “Faze 1.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts.

imageFaze scored their first moderately successful hit with the single “Cold Sweat” which peaked at #89 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

imageThe follow-up single “When You Were Mine” was released, but didn’t appear to make the charts at all.

The success of Faze’s song “Cold Sweat” caught the attention of Miller London (the president of RCA Records) who signed them to a record deal with the label. image

Faze re-recorded their debut album and renamed it “Love Games” which was released in 1991 where it peaked at #93 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

A new version of “Cold Sweat” managed to peak at #94 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks. image

imageThe follow-up singles “The Things You Do” and “That’s What I’m Here For” were released, but didn’t make the charts at all.

After their time with RCA Records came to an end, Dave & Princeton left the group & the remaining members Edward, Robert & Wayne added their long-time friend George McKenzie to the group.

Robert, Edward & Wayne took unused recordings from the “Love Games” album to use for a new album “Cold Sweat Again,” but it was never released.

After that, Faze decided to take a break. Robert began writing & producing music for various artists.

Missing singing & performing, Robert talked to his good friend Steve “Static Major” Garrett and his longtime friend & associate Micheal Sterling.

Robert contacted Edward and Wayne & the three of them returned to the recording studio to record their new album. image

In 2009, Faze released their third album “Unfinished Business” which is available for digital download.

These days, it’s unknown what the members of Faze are up to and it appears as if they have faded into obscurity.

To see the live music video of Faze performing “Cold Sweat,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “When You Were Mine,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “That’s What I’m Here For,” go to:

Concept of One

imageConcept of One was a freestyle\dance-pop project formed by music producer Tony Moran after his last project The Latin Rascals ended. imageIn 1989, Concept of One released their first single “Dance With Me” which managed to peak at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart by the next year. imageIn 1990, a second single “The Question” (featuring freestyle\dance singer Noel) peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

On July 16, 1993, Concept of One released their only self-titled album on Cutting Records. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all. imageThe last single from the project “So in Love” (featuring freestyle\dance singer Brenda K. Starr) didn’t make the charts.

After that, the project ended. These days, Tony Moran continues to produce music.

To see a fan-made video for “Dance With Me,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “So in Love,” go to:

Edward Anthony Luis

imageEdward Anthony Luis was a dance\R&B\hip-hop artist from the late ’80s\early ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Skyyline Records.

imageIn 1989, his debut album “Sugaree” was released promotionally. It’s unknown how or if it charted.

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imageThe only singles released from the album were “Truly” and “Good For You” which also didn’t appear to make the charts.

After that, it seemed as if Edward has faded into obscurity. His whereabouts are unknown, but his album is available on iTunes.

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

Damien Bautista

imageDamien Bautista was a freestyle\dance singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about him, but he was signed to Classified Records. imageIn 1994, he released the single “What Will I Do.” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

In 1995, Damien appeared on the Classified Records compliation album “Classifed Dance: Freestyle Volume One” with the track “Only You” before fading into obscurity.

It’s unknown what Damien Bautista is up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for a dub mix version of “What Will I Do,” go to:

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

M:G

imageM:G (born Maribel Gonzalez in San Francisco, California) is a female dance singer from the ’90s.

She joined her high school choir where she not only developed her singing talent, but she met fellow Freestyle\dance singer Angelina.

imageIn 1997, she released her debut single “Make a Little Noise” on Classified Records. It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.imageIn 1998, M:G released her debut album “Make a Little Noise.” It’s unknown how or if the album ever made the Billboard 200 at all. imageHer second single “Sweet Honesty” managed to peak at #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. imageThe third single from the album “What Do You Remember” peaked at #116 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. image

imageThe last two singles from the album “Aphrodisiac” and “Think Twice” failed to make the charts at all.

After the release of her debut album, M:G finished up her college degree as a registered dental hygenist.

She and her husband Chris Lalanne opened up Lalanne Fitness where M:G is a fitness trainer and CEO. She also started doing modeling and has a child named Jackson.image

imageIn 2012, M:G returned to the music scene and released two singles “The End of the World” and “O Holy Night.”

These days, M:G is still active in the music business, releasing her latest single “Deja Vu” in 2013 along with her fitness business with her husband.

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

To see a fan-made video for “Make a Little Noise,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “The End of the World,” go to:

image‘O’ Town Boyz were a hip-hop trio from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Robbins Entertainment record label.

In 1996, they released their debut single “Where Da Party At!!??” It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all.

In 1998, they were featured on the soundtrack to the movie “Black Spring Break The Movie” with the track “Drop Dip & Roll.” imageThe trio’s last single released was “Run Forrest Run” on La Smooth Records before fading into obscurity.

It’s unknown what they are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Where Da Party At,” go to:

T’Pau

imageT’Pau is a British pop-rock band from Shrophire in the United Kingdom known in the U.S. for their “one hit wonder” status.

The band formed in 1986 in Shropshire, England & are named after a Vulcan elder of the same name on the classic sci-fi television series “Star Trek.”

The band originally consisted of singer-songwriter Carol Decker (born on September 10, 1957 in Liverpool, England), rhythm guitarist & songwriter Ronnie Rogers (born on March 13, 1959 in Shrewsbury, England), drummer & percussionist Tim Burgess (born on October 6, 1961 in Macclesfield, England), keyboardist Michael Chetwood (born on August 26, 1954 in Telford, England), bassist Paul Jackson (born on August 8, 1961 in Telford, England) and lead guitarist Taj Wyzgowski (born on November 24, 1959 in Edinburgh, Scotland). imageIn 1987, T’Pau released their debut single “Heart and Soul.” When the single was first released in the United Kingdom, it didn’t generate much success.

After the song was featured in an advertisement for Pepe Jeans, the song peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later #4 on the UK Singles chart months later.

The song also peaked at #13 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #15 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

It was also successful internationally especially in Canada where it topped the Canadian RPM Singles chart for a week. imageIn September of that same year, the band released their debut album “Bridge of Spies.” In the U.S., it was titled as “T’Pau.”

In the U.K., the album topped the U.K. Albums chart for a week. It was certified Gold on October 14, 1987, Platnium on November 18, 1987 and eventually certified 4x Platinum in September of 1988.

In the U.S., the album peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Internationally, the album charted moderately & in Norway, it topped the Norwegian Albums chart.
imageThe follow-up single from the album “China in Your Hand” became T’Pau’s biggest hit in the United Kingdom, topping the U.K. Singles chart for five weeks & became the 600th song to top the U.K. Singles chart, keeping George Harrison’s song “Got My Mind Set on You” from topping the chart. imageThe title song was released as the third single from the album, but it didn’t make the charts at all. imageThe fourth single “Valentine” peaked at #9 on the U.K. Singles chart and was a moderate hit within Europe. It also became the last top ten single from T’Pau. imageThe song was re-released in 1993 as a 7-inch and CD single and managed to peak at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart. imageThe fifth single was a live version of the song “Sex Talk” (which was originally released under the title “Intimate Strangers”) peaked at #23 on the U.K. Singles chart. imageThe last single from the album “I Will Be There With You” peaked at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart for six weeks, becoming T’Pau’s last top 15 hit in the United Kingdom. imageIn October of 1988, T’Pau released their sophomore album “Rage” which peaked at #4 on the U.K. Albums Chart.

It was recorded during the summer of 1988, two years after the release of their debut album and following extensive touring & live performances. The album recording was completed at Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands.

Even though the final album was accepted by T’Pau’s record company, it was felt that a “harder” sounding (or more guitar-based) album would be better suited for the North American market.

In early 1989, T’Pau went back into the recording studio to produce a new version of the album & despite the extra work, the album was never released in the United States, but it was released in Canada in September of 1989. imageThe first single from the album “Secret Garden” peaked at #18 on the U.K. Singles chart and was moderately successful in Germany & Ireland. imageThe follow-up single “Road to Our Dream” peaked at #42 on the U.K. Singles chart and was moderately successful in Ireland.imageThe last single from the album “Only the Lonely” peaked at #28 on the U.K. Singles chart which became T’Pau’s second to last top 40 single. imageIn 1991, T’Pau released their third album “The Promise” which peaked at #10 on the U.K. Albums chart. imageThe first single from the album “Whenever You Need Me” peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart, giving the band their eighth & last top 40 hit single to date. imageThe follow-up single “Walk On Air” was unable to match the success of the previous single, peaking at #62 on the U.K. Singles chart. imageThe third single from the album “Soul Destruction” failed to make the U.K. Singles charts at all.

The last single “Only a Heartbeat” was only released in the United States & Japan, but didn’t chart at all.

T’Pau later disbanded shortly after the release of their third album. In 1993, a compliation album “Heart and Soul: The Very Best of T’Pau” was released and managed to peak at #35 on the U.K. Albums chart.

After another greatest hits album was released in 1997, Carol decided to reform T’Pau with a new line-up in 1998 that consisted of Carol, electric & acoustic guitarist Jez Ashurst, drummer Dave Hattee & bassist Dan McKinna. imageIn September of that same year, T’Pau released their fourth album “Red” which failed to make the U.K. Albums chart.

The two singles released from the album “With a Little Luck” and “Giving Up the Ghost” also failed to make any impact on the U.K. Singles chart.

T’Pau continued to perform live on a semi-regular basis & in the 2000s, Carol made guest apperances on television shows such as “Hit Me, Baby, One More Time,” “Just the Two of Us” and “The Weakest Link.” imageIn 2007 (which marked the 20th anniversary of T’Pau’s first success), Carol & Ron released a new single called “Just Dream” which was released exclusively as a download on the Internet.

In 2008, they became part of the “Here and Now” ’80s nostalgia tour.

In the spring of 2013 (to mark the 25th anniversary of when T’Pau was formed), Carol & Ron went on a 28-date tour in the United Kingdom. They continue to perform & tour today.

These days, Carol is married to restauranteur Richard Coates and has two children: a daughter named Scarlett (born in 1998) and a son named Dylan (born in 2002).

To see the music video for “Heart & Soul,” go to:

To see the music video for “China In Your Hands,” go to:

To see the music video for “Bridge of Spies,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “I Will Be With You,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Road to Our Dream,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “Walk on Air,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Only a Heartbeat,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “With a Little Luck,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Giving Up the Ghost,” go to:

Jerome

imageJerome (born Stanley Jerome Childers from Akron, Ohio) is a male R&B singer who has been in the music business since he was only 9 years old.

He has worked in artists & producers such as Kelly Price, Mario Winans, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Faith Evans, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, the late Heavy D, Ron Grant and Kelly Price.

Jerome was first discovered by Diddy and signed to his record label Bad Boy Records.

He made his first musical appearance on the Bad Boy compliation album “Nothin’ But the Hotness in ’98.”

He also appeared on the soundtrack to the film “Belly” with a cover version of Stevie Wonder’s song “Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer.” imageIn 1998, he released the single “Too Old For Me.” It’s unknown how or if the song made the charts at all, but it was released on the “Bad Boy Greatest Hits Volume 1” compliation album.

Jerome’s song “Dear Ivette” was featured on the 1999 Bad Boy Entertainment EP “Emotional.” Another song of his “No Disturb Sign” was also released.

Around the age of 13, Jerome left Bad Boy Records. According to him in an interview on the unofficial Bad Boy fan blog, his reason for leaving the label was:

Well, it just a mixture of the growing pains and the pressure of the music business. I had a nervous breakdown and it was in Puffy’s best interest to not keep the project.”

Jerome’s debut album was supposed to be released in 2000, but also according to him in the interview on the Bad Boy fan blog about the album:

Yeah, I had about a good 13 songs ready for an album to come out, before I had a little breakdown. Like I said, it was a mixture of growing pains, such as my voice and the mental things you go through when you go through puberty and so many other things. And then the pressure of the music business compounded that and I had a breakdown. I just couldn’t deal with it for that time.”

According to Jerome, he also had issues with his voice. He stated in the interview:

Yeah, the crazy thing was that the time when I started going through puberty and then my voice started acting up, I didn’t have a normal voice change. Once my voice started to change, it didn’t change normally. I was going through reflux disease, also. So, you know, there would come times when I would try to hit notes and nothing come out.

So, it was driving the whole label and me crazy because we didn’t know what was going on, at the time. We first thought it was the voice change, but we realized it wasn’t the voice change. I had actually gone through the voice change, already. They throught it was alergies. And then, after they realized it wasn’t that, they finally realized it was reflux disease.”

After that, Jerome focused on his education. He graduated from high school and attended the University of Akron where he got his Bachelor’s degree in international business foreign language with a minor in voice.

Jerome speaks a few languages such as Spanish, Italian, French, German and a little bit of Korean.

He also continued to write & produce tracks and starred in a play called “Paul: A Musical Journey.” imageIn 2009, Jerome released his debut album “Caught Up in Love” which is available on CD Baby. imageIn 2010, he released a holiday album called “Christmas Time is Here” which is also available on CD Baby.

These days, Jerome continues to be still active in the music business. imageIn 2012, he released his current album to date “God’s Big Picture” which is also available on CD Baby.

To see the music video for “Too Old For Me,” go to:

To see the music video for the remix version of “Too Old For Me” featuring Puff Daddy and rapper Noreaga, go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “No Disturb Sign,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer,” go to:

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