Category: R&B


The Homeboy Project

homeboy projectThe Homeboy Project was a hip-hop\R&B group from the ’90s that consisted of Jay Fitzgerald, Jay Strong & Vincent Morris.
brotherIn 1991, they released their only album “Brother” on Polydor Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
do your danceThe only single released from the album “Do Your Dance” didn’t appear to make any charts at all either, but their music video was directed & written by director Spike Lee.

After that, it seems as the Homeboy Project has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of the group are currently up to.

To see the music video for “Do Your Dance,” go to:

Loose Ends

loose endsLoose Ends are a British R&B band from London, England that originally consisted of founder & keyboardist Steve Nichol, singer Jane Eugene and guitarist Carl McIntosh.

The band was founded by Steve after leaving the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he got extensive classical music training. Originally called Loose End, they signed a record deal with Virgin Records in 1981.

Between 1982 and 1983, the band released three singles “In the Sky,” “We’ve Arrived” and “Don’t Hold Back Your Love”, but neither of them made the charts. By 1983, they changed their name to Loose Ends and signed a U.S. record deal with MCA Records in 1984.
Tell Me What You Want
In February of that same year, Loose Ends released the first single from their upcoming debut album “Tell Me What You Want” which peaked at #74 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the U.S., the song managed to peak at #29 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
emergency
Their follow-up single “Emergency (Dial 999)” peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart.
a little spiceIn May of 1984, Loose Ends released their debut album “A Little Spice” which peaked at #46 on the U.K. Albums chart. In the U.S., it peaked at #46 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
choose me
Their third single from the album “Choose Me (Rescue Me)” peaked at #59 on the U.K. Singles chart, #25 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #47 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
hanging on a string
The last single from the album “Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating)” became a hit for Loose Ends, peaking at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart, #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart for a week in July of 1985 (making them the first British band to top the Billboard R&B charts) & stayed on the chart for 21 weeks.

In 1992, a remixed version of the song peaked at #25 on the U.K. Singles chart.
so where are youIn August of 1985, Loose Ends released their sophomore album “So Where Are You?” which peaked at #13 on the U.K. Albums chart and #33 on the album charts in New Zealand. The album features their hit single “Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating)” [which appeared on the U.S. version of their debut album].
magic touchThe lead single from the album “Magic Touch” peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart. A remixed version of the song peaked at #75 in 1992.
golden yearsThe follow-up single, a cover version of David Bowie’s song “Golden Years” peaked at #59 on the U.K. Singles chart.
zagoraIn May of 1986, Loose Ends released their third album “Zagora” which peaked at #59 on the Billboard 200 chart, #15 on the U.K. Albums chart and #7 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Stay A Little While, ChildThe lead single from the album “Stay a Little While, Child” peaked at #52 on the U.K. Singles chart, #49 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #18 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
Slow DownThe second single “Slow Down” topped Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart for a week in March of 1987, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. It also peaked at #27 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it the highest charting single from the album.
nights of pleasureThe third single from the album “Nights of Pleasure” peaked at #42 on the U.K. Singles chart and #58 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
ooh you make me feelThe fourth single “Ooh, You Make Me Feel” peaked at #77 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn’t appear to chart in the U.S.
can't stop rainThe last single from the album “You Can’t Stop the Rain” peaked at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks, but didn’t appear to chart in the U.K.
the real chuckeeboo
In 1988, Loose Ends released their fourth album “The Real Chuckeeboo” which peaked at #52 on the U.K. Albums chart, #80 on the Billboard 200 chart and #16 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
mr bachelorThe lead single from the album “Mr. Bachelor” peaked at #50 on the U.K. Singles chart and #11 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
watching youThe follow-up single “Watching You” flopped in the U.K., peaking at #82 on the U.K. Singles chart, but was successful in the U.S. where it peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
lifeThe last single from the album “Life” didn’t chart in the U.K., but managed to peak at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 8 weeks.

Loose Ends’ fourth album would be the last album to feature all three original members of the band. By 1990, Jane Eugene and Steve Nichol left the band due to creative differences. They were replaced by musicians Linda Carriere and Sunay Suleyman.
look how longDuring that same year, the band released their last album to date “Look How Long” which peaked at #19 on the U.K. Albums chart, #124 on the Billboard 200 and #28 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was also certified Silver by the BPI in the U.K.
dont be a foolThe lead single from the album “Don’t Be a Fool” peaked at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart and #10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. It also peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
love's got meThe follow-up single “Love’s Got Me” peaked at #40 on the U.K. Singles chart and #76 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 9 weeks.
cheap talkThe third single “Cheap Talk” flopped on the charts, peaking at #92 on the U.K. Singles chart, but faired better in the U.S. where it peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
time is tickingThe last single from the album “Time is Ticking” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
my wayAfter the release of their last album, Loose Ends disbanded, but in 1993, they released the single “My Way” which didn’t chart at all.

Carl McIntosh went on to produce & write music for other artists such as Caron Wheeler, Ruth Joy, Danny Madden, Lavine Hudson, Rakim, Beverley Knight and Pete Rock (whom the band reunited & appeared on his single “Take Your Time” in 1998).

In 2006, the original band line-up reunited in Los Angeles & Atlanta and since then, the band has been performing stateside under the name “Loose Ends, featuring Jane Eugene” with Steve Nichols making periodic guest appearances.

To follow Jane Eugene on Twitter, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “In the Sky,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “We’ve Arrived,” go to:

To see a video for “Don’t Hold Back Your Love,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Tell Me What You Want,” go to:

To see the music video for “Emergency (Dial 999),” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Choose Me (Rescue Me),” go to:

To see the music video for “Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating),” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Stay a While, Child,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Nights of Pleasure,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Ooh, You Make Me Feel,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “You Can’t Stop the Rain,” go to:

To see the music video for “Mr. Bachelor,” go to:

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

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

To see the music video for “Don’t Be a Fool,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Time is Ticking,” go to:

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

Yvonne Gage

Yvonne Gage
Yvonne Gage (born on December 20, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois) is an R&B singer who has been active in the music business since 1978.

When she was 14 years old, she became a member of a local R&B group called the Soulettes. After being introduced to producer Don Burnside, Yvonne was signed as his artist and she began touring as a back-up singer for funk artist Captain Sky.
garden of eve
After returning to Chicago, Yvonne signed a record deal with Atlantic Records where she released her first single “Garden of Eve” in 1981 which peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and was quite success in Europe.

After the release of her first single, Yvonne was asked by rock band Ministry to tour as a featured singer. After that, she lent her voice for radio & commercial jingles.
virginityIn 1984, she released her debut album “Virginity” on the Chycago International Music (or C.I.M.) record label.
love's gonna pay you backThe first single from the album “Love’s Gonna Pay You Back” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
doin it in a haunted houseThe second single from the album “Doin’ It in a Haunted House” faired better, peaking at #45 on the U.K. Singles chart and #78 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.
virginity singleThe last single from the album, the title song didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.
lover of my dreamsDuring that same year, Yvonne released the single “Lover of My Dreams” which managed to peak at #79 on the U.K. Singles chart. Throughout the ’90s and ‘2000s, Yvonne continued to release music in between touring, recording, writing music and performing in musical theatre.
yvonne gage 2005In 2005, she released her self-titled album on the Reigning Records label, but the album is available on CD Baby.

These days, Yvonne’s career continues to be active and she has worked with various artists such as Celine Dion, Susan Boyle, Seal, Michael McDonald, Janelle Monae, Ashford & Simpson, Patti Austin, Madonna and David Foster.

To see Yvonne’s official website, go to:
http://www.yvonnegage.com/main.html

To see a fan-made video for “Garden of Eve,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love’s Gonna Pay You Back,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Doin’ It in a Haunted House,” go to:

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

Sylvia Striplin
Sylvia Striplin (born in March of 1954 in New York) was a R&B\soul singer from the late ’70s\early ’80s. She and her family moved to the North Bronx after their home in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem was destroyed in a fire.

As a child, Sylvia began taking piano lessons and performed in recitals. By her teenage years, she began singing professionally with two of her neighborhood friends Gus Falcon & Malcolm Ballinger.

After completing high school, she attended the City College of New York in Harlem. During the ’70s, Sylvia worked as a backup singer and was selected as an understudy in the musical “The Wiz” and later performed the role in the road company production, traveling to cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, Florida.

In the late ’70s, Sylvia was a member of the music group Aquarian Dreams and worked with musician Roy Ayers in his group Ladies of the Eighties. She would later sign a record deal with Roy’s record label, Uno Melodic.
give me your love albumIn 1981, Sylvia released her debut (and only) album “Give Me Your Love.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.

Only two singles were released from the album, the title song & “Searching,” but like the album, it’s unknown how or if they made any impact on the charts at all. Another one of the tracks from Sylvia’s album “You Can’t Turn Me Away” was featured in the video game “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories”.
keep pushing
In 1982, she released her last single to date “Keep Pushing” on Rissa Chrissa Records, but it didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Sylvia has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Give Me Your Love,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “You Can’t Turn Me Away,” go to:

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

Keith John

Keith JohnKeith John (born D. Keith John) is an R&B singer\composer who is the son of late singer Little Willie John.
Try To Walk A Mile : I Just Wanna Be FreeHe and his brother Kevin recorded music together on RCA Records under the name “The John Brothers”, releasing the single ” I Just Wanna Be Free” in 1981. It’s unknown how or if it charted at all.

Throughout the ’80s, Keith provided vocals on albums for artists such as Tom Browne, Eddie Murphy, Jeffrey Osborne, Vanessa Williams, Teddy Pendergrass, Calloway, George Duke and Whitney Houston.
school dazeIn 1988, he was featured on the soundtrack to the Spike Lee film “School Daze” with the track “I Can Only Be Me.”
why don't we tryA year later in 1989, Kevin was featured on the soundtrack to another Spike Lee film “Do the Right Thing” with the track “Why Don’t We Try” which was released as a single, but it’s unknown how or if it charted at all.

These days, Keith tours as a backup singer for Stevie Wonder.

To follow Keith on Twitter, go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Can Only Be Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Why Don’t We Try,” go to:

As a bonus, to see a fan-made video for The John Brothers’ song “I Just Wanna Be Free,” go to:

Andrew Logan

andrew loganAndrew Logan (real name Andrew J. Kraus) is a former pop\R&B singer from the early ’90s.
show me your heartIn 1992, he released his debut album “Show Me Your Heart” on Motown Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

Two singles from the album “Love Can Be Enough” and “Living in a World” were released, but like their album, it’s unknown how or if the singles charted at all.

After his solo music career, Andrew moved on to songwriting, writing songs for artists such as Nobody’s Angel, Dakota Moon, John Lone, Laura Pausini and Raul Midon.

These days, Andrew continues to be active in the entertainment business as a director, directing music videos, tours and commercials for artists such as Toni Braxton, Fall Out Boy, Jessie J, Weezer, Lea Michele and many more.

He is also the artistic & tour director for the Verizon Wireless tour “How Sweet the Sound” which is the search for the best church choir in America and is the creative director for gospel music duo Mary Mary.

To see Andrew Logan’s official website, go to:
http://andrew-logan.com/index.html

To see a fan-made video for the track “All Because of You” (from his solo album), go to:

Sinclair

sinclair Sinclair (born Mike Sinclair from West London, England) is a male R&B singer from the ’90s. When he was 14 years old, he appeared on stage in school with a reggae band called The Administrators. He would later sign a record deal with Dome Records.
i want you back singleIn 1992, he released his debut single “I Want You Back” which didn’t appear to chart at all.
ain't no casanovaIn 1993, Sinclair scored a hit with his follow-up single “Ain’t No Casanova” which peaked at #28 on the U.K. Singles chart (making it his highest chart appearance to date).
i want you backIn 1994, he released his debut album “I Want You Back” which didn’t appear to chart at all.
(I Wanna Know) WhySinclair’s third single “(I Wanna Know) Why” didn’t match the success of his previous single, peaking at #58 on the U.K. Singles chart.
don't lieHis last charting single to date “Don’t Lie” peaked at #70 on the U.K. Singles chart.

After that, Sinclair decided to take some time off from the music business and worked in Asia for the next couple of years. He later returned to the music scene, working with different artists and producing & remixing music.

As of 2011, Sinclair was working on a new EP, but as of 2017, nothing much has been heard about the project and it’s unknown what the current status of it currently is.

To see Sinclair’s Reverbnation page, go to:

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

To see the music video for “Ain’t No Casanova,” go to:

To see the music video for “(I Wanna Know) Why,” go to:

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

karen kennyKaren Kenny was an R&B\hip-hop singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to Fairplay Records.
crazy loveIn 1996, she released her only album to date “Crazy Love.” It’s unknown how or if the album attracted any attention or made any impact on the charts.
crazy love singleThe title song was released as a single, but didn’t appear to chart. After that, it seems as if Karen has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the ’90s.

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

Tiffany AffairTiffany Affair was a pop\R&B girl group from Manhattan, New York that originally consisted of Ayanna (born in 1988), Bianca (born in 1988), Gabrielle (born in 1990) and Natasha (born in 1990). Part of their group’s name was inspired by the first studio they worked in: an old factory where Tiffany Jewelry was crafted on Tiffany Blvd.

The girls met in elementary school where they sang together in choir along with performing in musical theater & commercials. As they got older, the group later decided to pursue a professional singing career and would go on to sign a record deal with Reprise Records thanks to guitarist Robert Randolph.
start a fireIn 2006, Tiffany Affair released their debut single “Start a Fire” featuring rapper Jody Breeze. It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all.

At some point during that same year, Natasha was asked to leave Tiffany Affair due to a severe drug problem which began to give the group a poor image on and backstage during private interviews. After Natasha’s departure, Tiffany Affair was now a trio which consisted of Ayanna, Bianca and Gabrielle.
over itIn 2007, the group released their follow-up single “Over It” which managed to peak at #43 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

Their debut album “Flavors” was supposed to be released sometime around mid-2007, but due to unknown reasons, it was shelved and after that, it seemed as if Tiffany Affair had disbanded.

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

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

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

To see a video of Tiffany Affair performing “Over It” live, go to:

Na’sha

Na'shaNa’Sha (born Natasha Watkins in 1982 in Columbus, Ohio) was an R&B singer from the 2000s. Born in a family of singers, dancers & actors, Na’sha began writing poetry when she was 5 years old and began singing when she was 7 years old.

In October of 2003, she signed with Pure Records (an independent record label based in Miami, Florida) and later signed a distribution deal with Sony’s RED distribution.
my storyIn September of 2005, Na’sha released her debut and only album to date “My Story.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all. The album featured a guest appearance from reggae artist Shaggy.
FireThe lead single from the album “Fire” didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.
more than a millionThe follow-up single “More Than a Million” also did not chart, but a remixed version of the song featured rapper Jay-Z.  In 2006, she made guest appearances on Shaggy’s album “Clothes Drop” and Petey Pablo’s single “Give It Up.”

These days, it’s unknown what Na’Sha’s up to these days and it appears as if she has faded into obscurity.

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

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