Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Exposé

Exposé is an all-girl freestyle\dance\pop music group from Miami, Florida. The group was started by music producer\disc jockey, Lewis Martineé.

Along with Lewis' partners, Ismael Garcia and Frank Diaz at Pantera Productions, talent scouts hired Sandeé (born Sandra Casañas on January 19, 1962), Alé (born Alejandra Lorenzo), and Laurie Miller as the group's lineup under the name "X-Posed."
In 1985, they recorded the single, "Point of No Return" on Pantera Records. The song peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in April of 1985. The success of the single led to Exposé's record deal with Arista Records.
In 1986, Exposé released another single, "Exposed to Love" which peaked at #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in January of 1986 and #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

Impressed with the success of "Point of No Return" and "Exposed to Love," Arista Records granted approval for Exposé to record an album. During the recording of their debut album, the group line-up changed.

According to "People" magazine, one of the girls quit while the other two were fired midway through the recording of the album, but according to "Billboard " magazine, all three of the girls were fired because Arista Records felt that the original three singers lacked star potential.

Lewis Martineé stated that he made the decision to replace the girls while Laurie Miller maintains that it was their choice.

The girls were subsequently replaced by Jeanette Jurado (born on November 14, 1966 in Pico Rivera, California), Gioia Bruno (born Carmen Gioia Bruno on June 11, 1963 in Bari, Italy), and Ann Curless (born Ann Katherine Curless on October 7, 1965 in Albany, New York).
On February 2, 1987, Exposé released their debut album, "Exposure" which peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 and #20 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. "Point of No Return" and "Exposure to Love" were re-recorded for the album.

The album was certified triple Platinum and remains one of the most successful dance albums ever released.
The first single released from the album, "Come Go With Me" peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1987, #14 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in March of 1987, staying on the chart for 15 weeks, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in January of 1987.
The second single, a re-recorded version of "Point of No Return" peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of 1987, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The third single released from the album, "Let Me Be the One" peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #29 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in October of 1987, staying on the chart for 13 weeks, and #76 on the UK Singles chart.
The last single from the album, "Seasons Change" topped the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1988, making it Exposé's biggest hit to date.

The song also topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in February of 1988 and peaked at #27 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in March of 1988, staying on the chart for 11 weeks, and #32 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. In the UK, the song peaked at #97 on the UK Singles chart and in New Zealand, the song peaked at #36 on the New Zealand RIANZ Singles chart.

Exposé was nominated for a Soul Train Award for "Best New Artist." They appeared on television shows such as "American Bandstand," "Solid Gold," "Showtime at the Apollo," and "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers."

They were tapped to be the opening act for Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam during their national tour and also performed backing vocals of R&B singer Kashif's album, "Love Changes" on the track "Who's Getting Serious?"

Behind the scenes, Exposé had some legal issues. The members of the group had a restrictive contract and there were media reports about backstage battles.

According to Gioia Bruno, the group was only paid $200 per show. Reportedly, Arista Records intervened to keep peace between the group and the producers, but despite the intervention, Exposé filed a lawsuit and ultimately settled their legal case with a renegotiated contract.
On June 13, 1989, Exposé released their sophomore album, "What You Don't Know" which peaked at #33 on the Billboard 200 and #94 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA.
The title song peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in July of 1989, and #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The second single, "When I Looked at Him" peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1989 and #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in November of 1989.
The third single, "Tell Me Why" peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in February of 1990, #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #97 on the UK Singles chart.
The fourth single, "Your Baby Never Looked Good in Blue" peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May of 1990 and #9 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in June of 1990.
The last single released from the album, "Stop, Listen, Look & Think" missed the Hot 100, but managed to peak at #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in December of 1990. The song was featured in the 1990 movie, "The Forbidden Dance" released during the Lambada dance craze at the time.

Exposé's success granted them their first headlining tour and they made television appearances on shows such as "Soul Train," "The Pat Sajak Show," "The Byron Adams Show" and even appeared on the "Dick Clark's New Year's Rocking Eve" special on December 31, 1989.

The group's popularity increased overseas to countries such as Japan where Gioia, Ann, & Jeanette appeared in a few music video-style television commercials in 1989 for a Japanese soft drink called Takara.

The music used in the commercials was "What You Don't Know" with slightly different lyrics in the chorus than in the regular song version.
Due to the commercial appeal of Exposé's first two albums, Arista Records released the music video compliation, "Video Exposure" on VHS and laser disc formats in 1990. The compliation contained music videos for the first eight singles from "Come Go With Me" through "Your Baby Never Looked Good in Blue."

The group performed backing vocals on Barry Manilow's 1990 holiday album, "Because It's Christmas" on the track "Jingle Bells" and appeared in his long-form music video of "Because It's Christmas."

In August of 1990 (during Exposé's tour), Gioia began developing throat problems which were determined to be the cause of a benign tumor on her vocal cords which caused the group to cut their tour short & took time off from their schedule hoping that she would recover.

Unfortunately, Gioia lost her voice and couldn't sing for several years and had to keep talking to a minimum. She was replaced by Kelly Moneymaker (born Kelly Susan Moneymaker on June 4, 1970) in 1992.
On October 9, 1992, Exposé released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #135 on the Billboard 200 and #93 on Billboard's Top R&B\Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "I Wish the Phone Would Ring" peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December of 1992, #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #21 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, and #20 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart.
The second single, "I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me" peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in July of 1993. In the UK, the song peaked at #75 on the UK Singles chart.
The third single from the album, "As Long as I Can Dream" peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in December of 1993.

The last single from the album, "In Walked Love" peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in April of 1994.
On November 21, 1995, Exposé released their greatest hits album which didn't appear to chart on the Billboard 200. The album contains remixed versions of "Come Go With Me" and "Point of No Return."
The first single, "I'll Say Goodbye for the Two of Us" peaked at #117 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
The second single, "I Specialize in Love" was released as a promotional 12" single to dance clubs in 1995 when various remixes of the song by Darrin Friedman were included on the CD Maxi-Single release of "I'll Say Goodbye for the Two of Us" and was featured on the "Free Willy 2" movie soundtrack.

The single failed to reach the Hot 100, but managed to peak at #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

During that same year, Exposé made television appearances on shows such as "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Les Brown Show," and the Brazilian actress\singer children's show, "Xuxa."

Towards the end of 1995, Arista Records dropped Exposé from the label and the members went their separate ways in 1996 to pursue their own projects.

However, over time, labels licensing music from Sony Music Entertainment have released two other variations of greatest hits collections as well as a collection of popular remixes from Exposé's 12" singles inclduing the extended version of the original 1985 version of "Point of No Return."

After Exposé broke up, Jeanette Jurado performed in the stage play, "Mad Hattan" and provided vocals for contemporary jazz guitarist Nills and Safe Sax.

On April 18, 1998, Kelly Moneymaker married soap opera actor Peter Reckell and released two solo albums "Like a Blackbird" and "Through These Basement Walls."

Ann Curless worked on songwriting, provided vocals to several club\dance projects, and provided academic instruction on music and the music business. Eventually Jeanette and Ann married and had children, temporarily retiring from performing.
In 1997, Gioia Bruno made a full recovery from her throat tumor and began singing again. After a small stint with a band called Wet, she worked on a solo music career and focused mostly on dance-oriented material. In the spring of 2004, Gioia released her solo album, "Expose This."

On August 1, 2003 (after a long hiatus), Ann, Jeanette, and Kelly briefly reunited for a reunion concert at the Mid State Fair in Paso Robles, California.

Even though there was a desire to do more shows, according to Kelly, they were unable to get things active at the time.

In 2006, Jeanette announced on MySpace that Exposé signed with a major booking agency and Gioia Bruno announced that she was back with the group for the first time in 15 years. Kelly has stated that she might fill in for any member who may be unavailable or to appear with the full line-up on special occasions.

On October 21, 2006, Exposé kicked off their tour at the America Airlines Arena in Miami for the Freestyle Explosion concert with Ann, Jeanette, and Gioia.

On November 29, 2006, Exposé performed a 16-song show at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino at the Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, making it their first full concert together with Gioia since 1990. The group performed sets at freestyle concerts and gay pride parades throughout the country.

In December of 2007, Jeanette, Gioia, Ann, Kelly, Paradise Artists, and Walking Distance Entertainment were named as defendants in a lawsuit by Crystal Entertainment & Filmworks (I & II). The issue was the trademark licensing agreement for the rights to use the name "Exposé." The first case was dismissed without prejudice and the second case went to trial.

During the process, both Paradise Artists and Kelly were dismissed as defendants and a countersuit was filed against them.

On May 26, 2009, the court ruled in favor of the defendants on most counts, finding them only guilty of a contractual breach with the plantiffs and the court also ruled that the plantiffs did not prove ownership of the mark and established that due to the lineup being the same since 1986 (with Kelly replacing Gioia because of her illness) and clear identification of the group members on the albums & with touring, the defendants showed common-law proof of ownership and "the consumer goodwill associated with Exposé was with the members."

The court rewarded Jeanette, Gioia, and Curless exclusive rights to the name "Exposé" as a trademark.

Exposé mentioned this victory and performed for the first time with Kelly as a guest at the LA Gay Pride Festival on June 14, 2009, making it the first time that all four core members (Jeanette, Gioia, Ann, and Kelly) appeared on stage together.

The plantiffs appealed in the Eleventh Circuit court and the judgment was affirmed in a published opinion by the district court on June 21, 2011.

Gioia Bruno has been married & divorced twice and has a daughter from her first marriage (to Joseph Pastore) named Brianna, who was born in 1988. In January of 2006, she acknowledged on the Q Network television show, "Brunch" that she is bisexual.

During the summer of 2008, Gioia went into the studio to work on her second solo album. Currently, Gioia has a new single, "Your Love is Lifting Me (Higher & Higher)" which is available on iTunes, PerfectBeat, & Amazon.com.

Ann Curless was formerly married to George Hess (a former dance music executive at RCA\Arista Records) in the early 90's, but she has since remarried and has three children. She appeared in a local South Florida production of the musical, "Chess."

Ann has written songs for other artists such as Degrees of Motion, Celi Bee, and Angela Bofill. She worked on a charity project called "Songs of Love."

Jeanette Jurado is married with two children. She has performed in the movie, "My Family (Mi Familia)" and performed in Las Vegas in several minor bands.

Kelly Moneymaker gave birth to a daughter named Hoden in November of 2007 at the age of 37 and is still currently married to Peter Reckell.

As for the original members of Exposé, Alé released two dance singles, "I Wanna Know" (in 1988) and "Stop Me If I Fall in Love" (in 1990) on Vendetta Records.

Laurie Miller became a headline performer, frequently showcasing her talents on cruises with a more intimate jazz style and she formed her own entertainment company called Xica Productions. Today, Laurie continues to perform & tour on cruises.

Sandée went on to have a moderately successful solo career and continued to perform until she sadly passed away of a seizure on December 15, 2008 at the age of 46 after she was found deceased in her Hollywood, Florida home.

Exposé continues to perform at special events throughout the US including venues such as Epcot and Mohegan Sun's Wolf Den.

In 2010, Exposé informed their fans on Facebook that they are recording a new album and in 2011, they recorded a new version of their hit song, "Point of No Return" which was released on June 20, 2011.

In December of 2011, Exposé released a Christmas single called "I Believe in Christmas (Like it Used To Be" and proceeds of the single went to the Wounded Warrior Project.

In March of 2012, Exposé's newest song, "Shine On" debuted on the Chicago radio station, Vocalo 89.5 and they continue to perform today.

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To see the music video for "Point of No Return," go to:

To see the music video for "Let Me Be the One," go to:

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To see the music video for "What You Don't Know," go to:

To see the music video for "I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me," go to:

To see the music video for "Your Baby Never Looked Good in Blue," go to:

To see the music video for "When I Looked at Him," go to:

To see the music video for "As Long as I Can Dream," go to:

To see the music video for "Seasons Change," go to:

To see a video of Exposé performing "Stop, Listen, Look, and Think" live in 1989, go to:

To see the music video for "I Wish the Phone Would Ring," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "In Walked Love," go to:

[Updated on 08\07\12]

2 comments:

bomitoni said...

Original member Sandée passed away this week. RIP. The other two members are still around. Laurie Miller has an official website @ http://www.lauriemiller.com

Kyleigh said...

That is really sad about what happened to Sandee. In loving memory of her, I will make a blog entry of her on my page ASAP.

God Bless Sandee
May The Lord Look After Her Forevermore