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funky divas(aka) En vogue

"funky divas"



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The female vocal quartet En Vogue was conceived and put together by the production team of Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, both former members of Club Nouveau. Foster and McElroy wanted a vocal group who could exude sultriness and intelligence in addition to vocal proficiency, and as producers, they wanted material that would fuse R&B and girl group traditions with hip-hop and new jack swing rhythms. The two held auditions and settled on a membership of former Miss Black California Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson, and Terry Ellis. The new group performed two songs on Foster and McElroy's FM2 album, and the producers crafted an image of them as stylish, sophisticated, and sexy. Originally called For You, the women switched to the more elegant Vogue, and then En Vogue after learning of another group with a very similar name. En Vogue's debut album, Born to Sing, appeared in 1990 and launched the pop crossover smash "Hold On," which peaked at number two and helped the album go platinum. The group attracted comparisons to the Supremes, even though groupmembers shared lead vocals and intentionally designated no particular singer the "star." In between albums, Herron appeared in the film Juice. When En Vogue returned in 1992 with Funky Divas, critical and commercial response was overwhelming. The album's wide array of styles, from pop and R&B to rap, rock, and reggae, were lauded in print; the first three singles -- "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)," "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" (both covers of songs written by Curtis Mayfield), and "Free Your Mind" (which borrowed a chorus line from George Clinton) -- reached the Top Ten, and the album went multi-platinum. En Vogue were in the Top Ten again in 1993, backing Salt-N-Pepa on their hit "Whatta Man." As En Vogue was recording its third album, Dawn Robinson left the group. Before they released the record, "Don't Let Go (Love)," a song the group contributed to the Set It Off soundtrack, became a number two single in early 1997. Six months later, the band released their third album, EV3. The group's first compilation, The Best of En Vogue, was released in the summer of 1999. 2000 saw the release of Masterpiece Theater (originally titled Something New, Something Old, Something Borrowed, Something Cool) but immediately after an interview on BET the group was informed that they were dropped by their label due to slower than expected sales. In 2001 Amanda Cole was added as a fourth member but soon after Maxine Jones announced her desire to spend more time with her young daughter and departed. Returned to a trio, the group started touring again and in late summer Rhino released their second compilation, The Very Best of En Vogue. Things were quiet until the group returned at the end of 2002 with a contribution to the Deliver Us from Eva soundtrack and their first Christmas album, The Gift of Christmas, on a small, independent label Discretion Entertainment. Promotion for the album was so limited that only those who regularly visit En Vogue fansites were aware of it and to make matters worse, Amanda Cole left the group in the middle of 2003 for a solo career. A false rumor that Chant Moore had joined the group proved untrue and talks with Dawn Robinson and Maxine Jones failed to bring either back to the group permanently. In September of 2003 the group appeared out of nowhere for a small European tour with Maxine Jones filling in temporarily for Cindy Herron (who had just had her fourth child) and a new member, Rhona Bennett, made her debut. Bennett had recorded an album as simply Rhona for Sony in 2001 (which included the hit "Satisfied"), and also had a recurring role on The Jamie Foxx Show. Jones and Herron traded places again and the new trio released Soul Flower in early 2004 on 33rd Street Records.

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504bussitgyrl
504bussitgyrl

Female, 30, New Orleans, LA

Posted June 21, 2011


love your music always a classic


jibreal68
jibreal68

Male, 50, West Palm Beach, FL

Posted September 16, 2010


This is real music,not like that stuuff they are playing today.


crystal_27892
crystal_27892

Female, 34, Williamston, NC

Posted July 05, 2010


NOW THESE LADIES PUT OUT REAL MUSIC. LOVED THEM SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL. ALL TIME FAVORITE "SOMETHING HE CAN FEEL"


globalwaronpoverty
globalwaronp...

Female, Age Private, Los Angeles, CA

Posted May 30, 2010


Participate In An Obama Supporting Video



For all who support President Barack Obama, I'm planning to shoot a small music video to go with my Obama Song that I wrote with the help of my band God's Chosen Saints. I'm wanting to promote unity through people of all nationalities and social status coming together to work to improve our world. This idea came from one of Michael Jackson's videos and I want it to also be a symbol to show that Michael Jackson's Legacy still lives on vibrantly through his continuously dedicated fans. If you would like to be apart of this video which will also be used to support Barack Obama in the upcoming elections please email me at chosensaints@godschosensaints. com.

View the Obama song and more at:

http://music.blackplanet.com/c hosensaint/


valura_99
valura_99

Female, 58, Minneapolis, MN

Posted November 21, 2008


U WORK THEM LADIES...SHOW THEM HOW TO STAY ALIVE IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS....L.O.L SISTERS!


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Female, 54, Houston, TX

Posted August 08, 2008


wyneemarshall---44 Female,Houston,Texas


Your music is wild and sleeky.When i play give him something he can feel(I mean for that companion feel what i feel and thats love).


QueenNefertiti23
QueenNeferti...

Female, Age Private, Eau Claire, WI

Posted July 08, 2008


Thanks for the BEAUTIFUL harmony. Saw you on BET Awards, you ALL look great. When are you dropping a CD? be blessed.


MRZ_CASANOVA
MRZ_CASANOVA

Female, 30, Syracuse, NY

Posted December 06, 2007


heyyyyyyy!!! diva's i love yalll!!!!!!!! hope all is well!!!!!! "dont let go"


1SEXXXY_KITTY
1SEXXXY_KITTY

Female, 42, Washington, DC

Posted August 13, 2007


EN VOGUE, ALWAYS #1 IN MY HEART. OUR GROUP USE TO USE THESE SONGS EVEN DOWN TO THE DANCE STEPS IN JR. HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL TALENT SHOWS SINGING FOR REAL (NO LIP-SYNC). AND WE ALWAYS WON FIRST PLACE!

I AM LOOKING FOR THE PROJECT IN 2007!

FOR THOSE WHO DIDN'T KNOW, YES THEY ARE BACK BE ON THE LOOKOUT.


Mahogany-35
Mahogany-35

Female, Age Private, San Angelo, TX

Posted July 14, 2007


Back in the day me and my best friend would sing your songs; I love your muse. Much love.

C.


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