Throwback Thursday: Kevon Edmonds – 24/7

Kevon Edmonds is a singer and actor, and also the younger brother of the legendary Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Growing up, Kevon shied away from the church choir, preferring to sing for his own satisfaction. Kevon was originally a member of After 7 before enjoying some successes as a solo artist. He earned himself a platinum album, ‘24/7‘ as well as several gold singles.

During Kevon’s solo success, After 7 decided to pursue their own personal projects and have since reunited. “24/7” was the lead single and title track from his debut solo album. The single went gold and reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Kevon sings about never knowing a love like the one he knows now and wanting to spend every day and minute with that person. He also proves why he is one of the best tenors in the game.

Enjoy the throwback above.

Throwback Thursday: Jesse Powell – You

Jesse Powell is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter, best known for his hit record “You,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.  The track appeared on Powell’s first two albums, Jesse Powell and Bout It, to date he has released four albums.

We love musical families, so we must note that he is also the older brother of fellow contemporary R&B singers Trina & Tamara (featured on “My Love Is The Shhh” by Something For The People). Powell has an incredible four octave vocal range.

“You” was sure to be on every R&B playlist from the ’90s even to present day. What a timeless record! Powell uses his vocal prowess and range to convey a story of love and wanting no one else but “You.” He uses imagery to paint a picture of his significant other as he expresses loving everything about her: the way she talks, walks, says his name, the way she moves, and more. Enjoy the throwback above!

Throwback Thursday: Zhane – Sending My Love

Zhané was a R&B duo formed in Philadelphia, PA, and members of Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit collective group.

“Sending My Love” was released as the third single from the group’s debut album, ‘Pronounced Jah-Nay.’ The song was received well and praised for being a glorious, elegant, and sleek single. The single peaked at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

Zhane’ definitely confirmed their position as one of the driving forces in the R&B/Hip-Hop scene during the ’90s. Enjoy the throwback above.

Throwback Thursday: Mariah Carey feat. O.D.B – Fantasy (Remix)

With Mariah Carey’s Daydream album turning 20 tomorrow, it was only right to pick a classic song from the album as today’s throwback pick.

In case you didn’t know…Mariah Carey is a multi Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. With sales over 200 million albums and singles and 18 No. 1 hits, Carey is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

“Fantasy” was the lead single from Daydream, for her fifth studio album. Sean “Diddy” Combs served as the primary producer of the single. The song heavily samples Tom Tom Club’s 1981 song “Genius of Love.” The song’s lyrics describe a woman who is in love with a man, and how every time she sees him she starts fantasizing about an impossible relationship with him. The classic remix features rap verses from Ol’ Dirty Bastard. This musical moment allowed Carey to transition into the Hip Hop market as well as bring Hip Hop to mainstream audiences.

“Fantasy” achieved strong commercial success around the world. The song became Carey’s ninth No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It became the first single by a female artist to debut atop the chart, and only the second single to do so after “You Are Not Alone” by Michael Jackson. It spent eight weeks at the top of the chart, and 23 weeks in the top 40, it was successful on other Billboard formats as well, including the R&B and dance charts. Its strong sales led it to be certified double-platinum by the RIAA.

Enjoy the throwback above!

Throwback Thursday: Tyrese – Sweet Lady

Tyrese is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter, actor, author, television producer, and former fashion model. He is also a member of R&B super group TGT.

“Sweet Lady” was the second single released from Tyrese’s eponymous debut album. The single reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 9 on the R&B charts. The song stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a total of twenty five weeks.

The music video shows Tyrese riding a bus singing “Sweet Lady” with his eyes closed fantasizing about another passenger, the video’s leading lady, actress Maia Campbell.

Classic! Enjoy the throwback above!

Throwback Thursday: Total – Kissing You

Total is a R&B girl group and one of the signature acts of Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records during the 1990s. The group consisted of members Kima Raynor, Keisha Spivey, and Pamela Long. 

“Kissing You” was the fourth singe off the groups self-titled debut album. The album peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chart, and went platinum. The single reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 10 on the R&B chart. The single was written by Julian Jackson, Janice Johnson, Brian James and Raphael Saadiq of Tony! Tone! Toni!. Saadiq produced the track as well. 

Enjoy the throwback above.

Throwback Thursday: Prophet Jones – Lifetime

Prophet Jones was a R&B group that was most popular during the early 2000s. Their self-titled debut album was released on Motown and contained all of the right elements: lush harmonies, ballads, and danceable tracks. The group stayed true to the essence of love making and singing about love that once proved to be the province of successful R&B singers, and what some would argue is “real R&B”.

Their single “Lifetime” brings back all kinds of BET nostalgia as it spent time at No.1 on 106 & Park, and it has ‘Midnight Love’ written all over it.

Enjoy the throwback above!

Throwback Thursday: Carl Thomas- “Summer Rain”

Carl Thomas is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer from Illinois. Thomas was discovered by Sean “Diddy” Combs when he performed at an open-mic at a New York nightclub. 

“Summer Rain” was a single off of Thomas’ debut album Emotional.  It peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard R&B chart. The song also appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film version of Shaft

“Summer Rain” is a summer R&B classic! Enjoy the throwback above.

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