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En Vogue. The name rings more than a bell. It invokes memories of a long line of red-hot R&B and pop smashes recorded
in the 1990s. Songs like "Hold On," "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)," "Giving Him Something He Can Feel," "Free Your Mind" and "Whatta Man" featuring
Salt-N-Pepa, are just a sampling of the mega hits made
famous by this R&B super group.
Fusing style, sophistication, sass and sex appeal, the En Vogue formula was magical and the group, went on to sell more than eight million
albums. In total, En Vogue recorded six albums: 1990's "Born To Sing," 1992's "Funky Divas," 1997's "EV3," 2000's "Masterpiece Theatre," 2002's "The Gift of Christmas," and 2004's "Soulflower." They have also released several compilations including 1999's "Best of En Vogue" and 2001's "The Very Best of En Vogue." In 1993, En Vogue was honored with the "Soul Train Entertainer of the Year" Award and an American Music Award for "Best Soul Album of the Year."
In addition to being featured on "Sesame Street" star Elmo's compilation "Elmopalooza!," the group also appeared on the soundtracks for "Set It Off," "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" and "Simply Mad About the
Mouse," to name a few. Group member Terry Ellis also released a solo album, "Southern Girl," in 1995.
Since En Vogue's 1990 debut, the ladies-original members Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson who were the brainchild of production team Denzil
Foster and Thomas McElroy, set a standard for female R&B and pop acts like
Destiny's Child and 702. While En Vogue may have been trendsetters for those who followed them, the group itself began receiving comparisons to
The Supremes, especially after internal differences caused Dawn to exit the group in 1997. In 2001, fellow member Maxine followed Dawn's suit and also left the group.
Unlike The Supremes, En Vogue never disbanded. Instead, the girls exemplified the fortitude of Motown veterans
The Temptations and continued to record and perform. Like
The Temptations, the remaining original members, Cindy and Terry, decided to revamp En Vogue the group returned to being a trio, adding new member, Rhona Bennett.
"Being likened to
The Temptations is a good comparison because Cindy
and I have made the decision to keep it moving regardless," said Terry. "And with that, Rhona definitely brings a freshness to the table."
With The Temptations, and even contemporary groups like Destiny's Child, fulfilling the shoes of an original member can be demanding. Newcomer Rhona, who had a recurring role on the "The Jamie Foxx Show" and was previously signed to producer Rodney Jerkins' Darkchild/Epic label, is up to the challenge. Similar to
Johnny Gill replacing
Bobby Brown in
New Edition, Rhona actually brings her own cache to En Vogue.
"Joining an established group has been an absolutely fabulous experience thus far," admitted Rhona. "I have fans who were waiting on me to finally come out, [and] now I'll bring whatever fan base I have to En Vogue as well."
A music producer named M-Boogie introduced Rhona to Cindy and Terry. After hearing from Denzil that
En Vogue was looking for a new member, M-Boogie recommended Rhona for the slot. Rhona met Cindy and Terry and auditioned by singing Guy's "Piece Of My Love," which has been re-titled "I Do Love You" and is featured on En Vogue's release "Soulflower." "We heard her sing and were blown away," confessed Terry. "Her chemistry and energy was just great, and she fit right in."
The group then began working on "Soulflower," their first album in nearly four years. "We thought that the name "Soulflower" captured the essence and the music we recorded," explained Cindy. "This is music
from our soul, and it represents femininity and resilience." Terry injected, "Like flowers, we've weathered the storm!"
En Vogue also finds fulfillment while on stage. "It's about connecting with the people," said Rhona. "It's about the energy you receive, the love, and the reciprocation from the message in the music." In the fall of 2003, the group spent two and a half months touring Europe in a production called "Night of the Prom." "It was the first time they ever had an R&B act. We performed to sold-out stadiums each night. It was amazing to perform our songs with an orchestra," said Terry. "Our music expanded in ways that I can't even begin to tell you. To be a part of a show where they were fusing rock & roll, pop, and R&B was incredible."
Original member Maxine also performed in "Night of the Prom" with En Vogue, despite being absent from the release "Soulflower." "She didn't record this project with us," explained Cindy. "But she may
perform some live shows with us."
This timeless trio will undeniably reinstate their position as music's most prolific set of voices. When soul-stirring singing and pioneering rhythms take center stage, it can only mean one thing: the "funky divas" are back.
Hit songs include --
- Don't Let Go (Love)
- Giving Him Something He Can Feel
- Hold On
- My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)
- You Don't Have To Worry
- Don't Go
- What Is Love
- Free Your Mind
- Give It Up, Turn It Loose
- Runaway Love
- Love Don't Love You
- Too Gone, Too Long
- No Fool No More
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