Category: R&B


The Day-Z’s

day zsThe Day Zs was a female R&B girl group formed by Morris Day (the lead singer of The Time) which consisted of Cheri Wells (who was a part of the original line-up of the Mary Jane Girls), Cecila Worrall, Kelli Gurman, Tiffanie Smith and Shari Bender.
day z's albumIn 1990, the group released their self-titled (and only) album on Reprise Records. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted at all.
certainlyThe only single released from the album “Certainly” didn’t appear to make a lot of impact and after that, they seemingly faded into obscurity.

After the group disbanded, Kelli Gurman went on to tour with artists such as Teena Marie, Karyn White and Christopher Cross (according to the Isle of Deserted Pop Stars) She now goes under the name “Remi,” released an EP called “A Taste of Eden” and released two singles in 2012: “Chance of Circumstance (Dance of Life)” & “House Cleaning.”

Cheri Wells rejoined the Mary Jane Girls in 2010 and continues to perform with them.

Cecila Worrall went on to tour & perform with various artists such as Michael Bolton, Guns ‘n Roses, John Tesh, Lenny Kravitz and Diana Ross. Currently, she is the owner of Worrall Rubin Music Services (according to Linkedin.com).

As for Tiffanie Smith and Shari Bender, it’s unknown what they are up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made for “Green Acres” (from their debut album), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Today” (from their debut album), go to:

Asia Cruise

Asia CruiseAsia Cruise (born Asia Nalani Vernimo on February 11, 1990 in Jacksonville, Florida) was a female R&B singer from the 2000s.

Asia first began singing when she was 10 years old. She later traveled to Atlanta, Georgia where she recorded a five-song demo that was shipped to various labels and was eventually picked up by Jive Records, becoming the first artist of Asian descent to be signed to the Hitz Committee\Jive Records label.
selfishIn 2008, she released her first single “Selfish” which missed the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to peak at #33 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. She also appeared in the music video for Black Eyed Peas’ charity single called “We Be Workin.”

Asia’s debut album “Who is Asia Cruise?” was supposed to be released sometime that year, but for reasons unknown, the album was never released and after that, not much was heard from her and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

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

To see a fan-made video for her song “Boyfriend,” go to

To see a fan-made video for her song “Walk Me Out,” go to:

4-Corners

4-Corners
Four-Corners was an all-female R&B music act that consisted of Corina Chavez, Shallee Fournier, Leticia Ascencio (born in Tijuana, Mexico) and Eva Lynn Marquez. Not much information is is given about them, but they were signed to Mercury Records.

In 1994, they were featured on the soundtrack to the film “Mi Vida Loca” with the tracks “Girls It Ain’t Easy” and a cover version of rock music group Malo’s 1972 song “Suavecito”. The tracks were released as singles, but didn’t appear to make the charts. After that, it seemed as if 4-Corners had faded into obscurity.

These days, Leticia is still active in the music business as a singer\songwriter. She has worked with artists such as Eden’s Crush, Nobody’s Angel, Katalina, Rigo Luna, Danielle Romo and Puerto Rican Power, has also worked with various producers & songwriters and her music appearing in various television programs.

As for Corina, Shallee and Eva Lynn, their whereabouts are currently unknown.

To see Leticia’s Soundclick page, go to:
http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=636953

To see a fan-made video for “Girls It Ain’t Easy,” go to:

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

MC Shan

MC ShanMC Shan (born Shawn Moltke on September 6, 1965 in Queensbridge, Queens, New York City, New York) is a male hip-hop\R&B artist, songwriter & producer. He is the cousin of DJ and record producer Marley Marl.
feed the worldIn 1985, he released his debut single “Feed the World” on MCA Records. It’s unknown how or if the song charted, but he was later dropped from the label. Despite that, he signed with Cold Chillin’ Records due to his relationship with Marley Marl & became a member of his Juice Crew All-Stars.

During that same year, MC Shan was involved in a hip-hop rivalry called “The Bridge Wars” (which was caused by a dispute over hip-hop music’s true birthplace and the retaliation over rejecting a record for airplay) that involved Marley Marl’s Juice Crew and hip-hop group Boogie Down Productions.

The feud began when he and Marley Marl released a track called “The Bridge.” It would eventually come to an end towards the end of the ’80s.

In 2016, MC Shan revived his part of the feud in an interview, pointing out that they never actually battled & that he was showing some resentment regarding the claim the KRS “took Shan out” and having to live with the stigma of “losing” the battle.

He would also claim that he wanted to record a response to the track “The Bridge Is Over”, but Marley Marl stopped him from doing so. He also included a three-minute freestyle in an over the phone interview and KRS quickly responded.
down by lawIn August of 1987, MC Shan released his debut album “Down By Law” which peaked at #40 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, but missed the Billboard 200.
let me lonelyThe only charting single from the album was the track “Left Me Lonely” which peaked at #71 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 9 weeks).

The other singles from the album: “Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing!”, “Beat Biter” and a remixed version of the album’s title track didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts.
born to be wildIn October of 1988, MC Shan released his follow-up album “Born to Be Wild” which didn’t appear to chart at all.

The only single released from the album was “I Pioneered This”, but it’s unknown how or if it charted at all. During that same year, he was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Colors” with the track “A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste”.
play it again shanIn 1990, MC Shan released his third (and last album to date) “Play it Again, Shan” which displayed a more mature style than his previous two albums, but didn’t appear to chart at all.

The singles released from the album “It Don’t Mean A Thing”, “Time For Us To Defend Ourselves” and “Ain’t It Good To You” didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts.

In 1992 and 1993, MC Shan released two singles on Cold Chillin’ Records’ sub-label, Livin’ Large: “Hip Hop Roughneck” and “Pee-Nile Reunion / Don’t Call It A Comeback.” Also in 1993, he produced Canadian hip-hop artist Snow’s song “Informer” which became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

His recording career took a break as he focused on producing music, but he was featured on Nas’ 2000 compliation album “QB’s Finest” on the track “Da Bridge 2000.”

These days, it appears as if MC Shan is still active with his music career and according to his Facebook page, he is planning on releasing a new album in mid-June of this year.

To see MC Shan’s Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/mcshanmusic/

To see a fan-made video for “Feed the World,” go to:

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Pioneered This,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” go to:

To see the music video for “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” go to:

To see the music video for “Time For Us to Defend Ourselves,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Ain’t It Good to You,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “Pee-Nile Reunion,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Don’t Call It a Comeback,” go to:

Nubian M.O.B.Nubian M.O.B. (which means “Musically Organized Brothers”) was a hip-hop\contemporary R&B trio from the ’90s that consisted of lead vocalist Icewater, rapper & dancer Set Up and DJ Flamboyant.

According to Icewater, their name means “black mass” which refers to all sisters and brothers of color coming together under one mass.
Nubian M.O.B. albumIn 1992, they released their self-titled debut (and only) album on the Cold Chillin’ record label. It’s unknown how or if the album charted, but it was entirely produced by Daddy-O (from hip-hop group Stetsasonic).

The two singles released from the album “Hey Y’all (The M.O.B.’s All Here)” and “Farway to Go” failed to chart at all.

After that, it seems as if the Nubian M.O.B. have faded into obscurity. These days, Icewater has been doing radio shows and working on solo music.

As for Set Up and DJ Flamboyant, it’s unknown what they’re up to these days. Nothing much has been heard from them since the ’90s.

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

Juice

juiceJuice was a female R&B group from Denmark that formed in 1995 and originally consisted of Anne Rani, Lena Tahara and Maria Hamer (born Maria Jensen on May 13, 1978 in Denmark).
juice something to feelIn 1997, the group released their debut album “Something to Feel” which sold 40,000 copies.
i'll come runningTheir first single “I’ll Come Running” peaked at #48 on the U.K. Singles chart and also charted on the Danish Singles chart.
best daysJuice’s follow-up single “Best Days” peaked at #28 on the U.K. Singles chart and also charted on the Danish Singles chart. In 1998, Lena Tahara left the group and was replaced by singer Eve Horner.
can we get personalIn 1999, Juice released their sophomore album “Can We Get Personal?”. It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all.
let love be loveDuring that same year, they were featuring on a song called “Let Love Be Love” (which also featured S.O.A.P., Christina Undhjem featuring Remee) and managed to peak at #18 on the Danish Singles chart.

Three songs from their second album “Do It For U, “Not in Love” and “My Love” were released as singles, but it’s unknown how or if they charted at all. In August of 2000, Juice disbanded.

Maria Hamer went on to release a solo album called “My Soul” in 2003 and continues to be active in music as well as acting these days.

Anne Rani continues to be active in the music business as a singer, songwriter & composer and currently performs with musician\producer Lasse Illinton under the name Sadja Ran.

It’s unknown what Lena Tahara and Eve Horner are up to these days.

To see the music video for “I’ll Come Running,” go to:

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

To see the music video for “Not in Love,” go to:

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

MQ3

MQ3MQ3 was a short-lived female R&B trio from the late ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Virgin Records.
everydayIn 1997, they released their only single “Everyday” which was written & produced by music producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and co-written by Chris Stokes and Juanita Carter (also known as Smooth).

It’s unknown how or if the single made the charts at all, but the music video received some airplay on the BET network.

After that, it seems as if MQ3 has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from them since the ’90s.

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

K-Ball

kballK-Ball (born Kelli Ball from Los Angeles, California) is a female R&B\hip-hop\urban soul singer from the late ’90s. She was discovered by music producer Chris Stokes and was a back-up singer for R&B group Immature.
do it on the upsideIn 1997, she released her debut single “Do It On the Upside” on Warner Bros. Records which didn’t appear to make any music charts at all.
everything's alrightA promotional single “Everything’s Alright” was released, but like the previous single, it appeared to have never made any music charts at all.

During that same year, K-Ball’s debut album “On My Way” was released in Germany (according to Discogs.com), but it was never officially released in the United States (although promotional copies of the album also appear on Discogs.com).

After that, K-Ball went on to write & produce songs for other artists such as R&B group Damozel. These days, it’s unknown what’s she’s up to and it appears as if K-Ball faded into obscurity.

To see the music video for “Do It On the Up Side,” go to:

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

Damozel

damozelDamozel was a female R&B quartet from the 2000s that originally consisted of vocalists Brandy Merchelle (from Los Angeles, California), Tasha Goodner (from Indianapolis, Indiana), Lisa Ball (from Los Angeles, California) and Tamisha Lotterberry (from Denver, Colorado). Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to MCA Records.
you don't know me singleIn 2000, the quartet released their debut single “You Don’t Know Me Like That” (featuring hip-hop artist Rah Digga), but it failed to chart at all.

Their debut album was supposed to be released some time during that same year, but after their first single flopped, it was re-tooled and scheduled to be released the following year.
everyday's a partyIn 2001, Damozel released their follow-up single “Everyday’s a Party” which also failed to chart as well, but it was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Two Can Play That Game.”
you don't know me like thatThe quartet’s debut album “You Don’t Know Me Like That” was presumably shelved, although promotional copies appear on Discogs.com.

They were nominated for a Soul Train “Lady of Soul” Award in 2002 for “Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, Group, Band or Duo” for their second single, but they lost to Destiny’s Child.

After that, it seemed as if Damozel faded in obscurity, but around January of 2011, they re-appeared in the music scene as a duo consisting of Tasha Goodner & Lisa Ball and released new music on their Reverbnation page, but as of 2014, nothing much has been heard from them.

To see Damozel’s Reverbnation page, go to:

To see Damozel’s Facebook page (which hasn’t been updated since 2014), go to:
https://www.facebook.com/Damozel

To see Damozel’s Twitter account (which also hasn’t been updated since 2014), go to:

To see a fan-made video of a snippet of their song “You Don’t Know Me Like That,” go to:

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

Cheri Dennis

Cheri DennisCheri Dennis (born on August 23, 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a female R&B singer who was signed to Bad Boy Records in the 2000s. She was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Before going solo, Cheri was a member of a music group called Spoiled. After Spoiled disbanded, she moved to New York where she began her recording career.

In the late ’90s, she provided vocals for rapper Mase’s album “Double Up”, was featured on albums for Puff Daddy (now called Diddy) & was featured on several mixtapes.
freakIn 2004, Cheri released her debut single “Freak”. It’s unknown how or if the single made any music charts at all.
i love youA year later in 2005, she released the single “I Love You” which peaked at #38 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in 2006, staying on the chart for 22 weeks, becoming her highest charting single on the Billboard charts to date.
portrait of loveHer follow-up single “Portrait of Love” (featuring rappers Yung Joc and Gorilla Zoe) peaked at #55 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

Originally, the song was released under the title “Portrait” featuring only Yung Joc, but after it was leaked, the song title was changed & Gorilla Zoe was added to the song.
CheriDennisInAndOutOfLoveOfficialIn November 2007, Cheri’s debut album “In and Out of Love” was released exclusively on iTunes and the physical album was released in February of 2008 where it peaked at #74 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
pretendThe third single from the album “Pretend” (featuring hip-hop artist Maino) flopped and only peaked at #116 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. Another song from the album “Ooh Ooh” peaked at #116 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles due to high download sales.

After that, nothing much was heard from Cheri and it appeared as if she seemingly faded into obscurity, but these days, she still continues to be active in the music business, performing under the name Cheri Coke.

To follow Cheri on Twitter, go to:

To follow Cheri on Instagram, go to:
https://www.instagram.com/_cheridennis/

To see Cheri (now Cheri Coke)’s Soundcloud page, go to:

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

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

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

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