Category: R&B


Linsey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vision

visionVision was an R&B duo from the ’80s that consisted of members Brandon McLaughlin and Leni Law. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Wilbe Recording Corporation record label.
vision-albumIn 1986, they released their only album to date, “Exposed.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. The title song was released as the first single, but it didn’t appear to chart at all.
do-it-tonightThe follow-up single from the album “Do It Tonight” also failed to make any impact on any music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Vision has faded into obscurity, but according to the Soul and Funk Music website, they now reside in Atlanta, Georgia, but it’s unknown if they’re still active in the music business.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

N.T.C.

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

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

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

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

AmerAsia

amerasiaAmerAsia was an R&B music artist from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but AmerAsia was signed to Honey Records.

In 1980, AmerAsia released the single “Dragon Lady / Right Direction.” It’s unknown how or if the song made any music charts at all. After that, it seems as if AmerAsia has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what this artist is up to these days.

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ATL

atl
ATL were a teenage R&B group from Atlanta, Georgia that consisted of members Tre’Kas “Tre” Simms (who was 19 years old at the time), Marvin “Will” Williams, Jr. (who was 18 years old at the time), Cory “Danger” Griffin (who was 19 years old at the time) and Lawrence “L-Rock” Gibbs IV (who was only 16 years old at the time).  The group was formed through a talent search in the Atlanta area & got R. Kelly to produce their debut single.
calling-all-girlsIn 2003, they released their debut single “Calling All Girls” which peaked at #48 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #12 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it their only highest chart appearance to date.
make-it-up-with-loveA year later in 2004, ATL released their follow-up single “Make it Up With Love” which peaked at #21 on the U.K. Singles chart and #51 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
the-atl-projectIn May of that same year, the group released their only album “The ATL Project” which peaked at #76 on the U.K. Albums chart, but failed to chart at all in the United States.

By 2005, ATL disbanded and according to research, they were reportedly working on individual projects, but it’s unknown what they are or what the members of the group are currently up to these days.

To see the music video for “Calling All Girls,” go to:

To see the music video for “Make it Up With Love,” go to:

Pru

pruPru (born Prudence Renfro on July 14, 1970 in Houston, Texas) is a female R&B singer from the 2000s.

Raised in the South Park section of Houston, Pru’s mother encouraged her creativity and occasionally brought Pru to the nightclub she worked at as a bartender where Pru performed between acts.

Pru later attended a performing arts high school and attended college at Texas Southern University. She worked in bars & nightclubs, hoping to network with someone from the music business. After she was signed by Warner\Chappell Music Publishing as a songwriter, Pru attracted the attention of Roy Lott from Capitol Records, who was not only impressed with her songwriting skills, but her singing voice as well.
pru-albumPru was later signed to Capitol Records and in November of 2000, she released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #176 on the Billboard 200 and #38 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
candlesHer debut single “Candles” peaked at #68 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 14 weeks) and #65 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
aaromaThe follow-up single from the album “Aaroma” didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts.

After that, not much was heard from Pru and it appeared as if she faded into obscurity. It’s currently unknown if she plans on releasing any new music any time soon.

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

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

prophet-jones
Prophet Jones was an hip-hop\R&B group from Washington, D.C. that consisted of Patrick “P” Rowe, Kevin “K.D.” Jackson, Tony “Hollywood” Dumas and Jerome “Goldee” Lattisaw (who is also known as the brother of R&B singer Stacy Lattisaw). Both Tony and Jerome were members of the short-lived ’90s R&B group, Me-2-U.

After Tony and Jerome hooked up with music producer Kevin Jackson, they saved up enough money to record a 7-song demo which was sent to several record companies. Haaq Islam (the president & CEO of the University Records label) was looking for an R&B quartet to sign to the record label and invited Jerome & Tony to come to New York.

When they arrived in New York, the record company was expecting a quartet because of the way Tony & Jerome sang. Later on, Kevin and Patrick were added to the group, making it a quartet.
prophet-jones-albumIn 2001, the group released their only self-titled album which peaked at #86 on the Billboard 200 and #16 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
cry-togetherThe lead single from the album “Cry Together” peaked at #54 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 16 weeks) and #50 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

Prophet Jones gained exposure by opening up in shows for artists such as Mya, Eve, Sisqo and Ruff Ryders.

The two follow-up singles from the album “Woof” & “Lifetime” failed to make any impact on the charts and the group later disbanded.

These days, Patrick Rowe is pursuing a solo career and is the owner of his own apparel design business, Smook. It’s unknown what Tony, Kevin and Jerome are up to these days and it appears as if they’ve faded into obscurity.

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

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

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

3rd Storee

3rd-storee3rd Storee was a male R&B group from the late ’90s\early 2000s from Los Angeles, California that originally consisted of Kevonte (born Kevonte Jackson on February 6, 1983), Lil’ Man (born Kenneth Pratt on June 16, 1986), D’Smoove (born Dante Clark on February 10, 1983) and Jay-R (born Barry Reed Jr. on December 17, 1983).

The group was formed in 1997 in South Central, Los Angeles, California, starting out as a quartet. They immediately made a breakthrough when they were signed to Yab Yum Records and went on tour with Britney Spears.
if-everIn 1998, 3rd Storee were invited to open up for *NSYNC on their U.S. tour. During that same year, they released their debut single “If Ever” which peaked at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart, #64 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart and #36 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs chart.
party tonight.jpgTheir next single “Party Tonight” peaked at #63 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart. The group’s debut album was supposed to be released in 1999, but possibly due to the low performances of the two singles, it ended up getting shelved.

By the 2000s, Lil’ Man left 3rd Storee due to creative differences and two new members joined the group: Gavyn (born Gavin Rhone) and J’Son (born Jason Tyrel Thomas on May 14, 1980). Before 3rd Storee, J’Son had a solo career in the mid-’90s, scoring moderate hits on the Billboard Hot 100 such as “I’ll Never Stop Loving You” and “Take a Look.”
get-with-me-albumDuring that time, 3rd Storee had left their previous record label and signed with Universal Records. In 2002, they released their debut album “Get With Me” which peaked at #91 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
get-with-me-singleThe title song (featuring rapper Joe Budden on the remix version) peaked at #85 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. It was the only single released from the album.
1200x630bfIn 2005, 3rd Storee signed a record deal with J Records and changed their name to Chapter 4. By that time, Kevonte left the group to focus on acting, leaving the group as a quartet again. They released a single called “Fool Wit U” in 2006, but it failed to generate any success and after leaving J. Records, the group disbanded.

These days, Kevontay Jackson is still active in acting and even had a recurring role on the UPN\CW series “Everybody Hates Chris” along with working as a songwriter & MC.

Jay-R appears to still be active in the music business as a singer and producer. As of 2015, he was working on new music (according to his Twitter).

Gavyn Rhone is still active in the music business and has also appeared in television & films.

Since leaving 3rd Storee, Lil’ Man (now called K-Young) has gone on to write songs for artists such as Cassie, B2K, Diddy, Ray J, Chris Brown, Yolanda Adams, The Game, Lloyd and Brandy. He also owns his own imprint label, Magic Ink Entertainment.

It’s unknown what J’Son and D’Smoove are up to these days and it appears as if they’ve faded into obscurity.

To follow Gavyn Rhone on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/IamGavynRhone

To follow Kevontay Jackson on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/kjackson82

To follow Jay-R on Twitter, go to:
https://twitter.com/itsreallyjayr

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

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

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

To see the music video for “Fool Wit U” (under the name “Chapter 4”), go to:

Society of Soul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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