Saturday, April 26, 2008
Dino and his family resided in Hawaii and Connecticut before settling in Las Vegas where his father became a restaurant owner and where Dino pursued his musical interests. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Communications\Broadcasting and Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Shortly after that, Dino accepted a job as a program director\radio DJ at his college radio station with his own morning show called "Urban Sunrise." He soon became a Top-40 DJ at Nevada radio station, Power 97.
Dino was subsequently offered a job at KCEP, Las Vegas' largest black music station where he later became the program director. He also moonlighted as a local club DJ during that time. He first became a singer in a group called Esquire and later signed with the 4th & B'way record label as a solo artist.
Dino performed at theme parks with other artists such as Sweet Sensation and Linear. He developed an even wider fanbase when he became the opening act for New Kids on the Block in the summer of 1989.
These days, Dino resides in Las Vegas and is married to original Cover Girls member, Caroline Jackson. In 2010, he collaborated with singer Elisa Fiorillo on the album, "Songs From the Fiorillo & Esposito Catalog" which is available on CD Baby.
To see a fan-made video for "Summergirls," go to:
To see the music video for "24\7," go to:
To see the music video for "I Like It," go to:
To see the music video for "Sunshine," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "In the City," go to:
To see the music video for "Romeo," go to:
To see the music video for "Gentle," go to:
To see the music video for "Ooh Child," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Endlessly," go to:
[updated on 08\08\12]
Tyler Collins (born on September 1, 1966 in Harlem, New York) is a female R&B singer from the late '80s\early '90s.
Tyler was raised in Detroit, Michigan and started taking dance lessons when she was 7 years old. She made her stage debut a year later. After relocating to Los Angeles, she continued to concentrate on the theater, appearing in various musicals & dramas and joined a children's performance group called the Willow Opera Workshop.
In 1987, Tyler joined teen R&B group, the Boys Next Door, signing to Jermaine Jackson's short-lived record label, Work Records. She left the group two years later to start her solo career.
Tyler signed with RCA Records and in 1989, she released her debut album "Girls Nite Out" which peaked at #85 on the Billboard 200 and #22 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
In 1995, Tyler took part in the group recording of "Freedom (Theme From Panther)" from the "Panther" movie soundtrack which featured other female R&B artists such as TLC, En Vogue, Aaliyah, and SWV.
Tyler's work with Prince led to a solo record deal with Warner Bros. Records, but a full album never happened. She recorded the song "Thanks to You" which was the theme song to the Paramount Pictures' film, "Andre."
As an actress, Tyler has appeared in several tv shows and movies. She portrayed the role of Tina in the 1991 movie, "A Rage in Harlem." She also starred in another film called "Why Colors?" Tyler even guest-starred as Cinderella on an episode of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
These days, it appears that Tyler is still singing, having been at the 26th Annual CORE King Holiday Celebration in New York City in 2011, singing the National Anthem.
To see the music video for "Whatcha Gonna Do," go to:
To see the music video for "Girls' Nite Out," go to:
To see the music video for "Second Chance," go to:
To see the music video for "It Doesn't Matter," go to:
To see the music video for "Just Make Me the One," go to:
To see the music video for "Never Alone," go to:
To see the music video for "Thanks to You," go to:
To see a video of Tyler singing the National Anthem at the 26th Annual CORE King Holiday Celebration, go to:
[updated on 08\08\12]
Thursday, April 24, 2008
O'Bryan (born O'Bryan McCoy Burnette II on December 5, 1961 in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina) is a male R&B singer from the '80s. He started playing the piano when he was 6 years old and then started singing in church & at local talent shows.
In 1974, O'Bryan and his family moved to Santa Ana, California where he sang in the Second Baptist Church young adult choir when his friend, Melanee Kersey approached him about a career in music. She introduced him to her husband, music producer, Ron Kersey.
Ron invited O'Bryan to join a group that he was putting together, but the group folded, so he introduced him to "Soul Train" television creator & host, Don Cornelius, who helped him get a record deal with Capitol Records.
In April of 1982, O'Bryan released his debut album, "Doin' Alright" which peaked at #80 on the Billboard 200 and #10 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "The Gigolo" peaked at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100, #62 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #5 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
In March of 1983, O'Bryan released his sophomore album, "You and I" which peaked at #87 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "I'm Freaky" peaked at #15 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
In May of 1984, he released his third album, "Be My Lover" which peaked at #64 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Lovelite" peaked at #101 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #37 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. The music video became one of the first R&B videos banned from MTV due to excessive nudity.
The success of the previous single prompted Capitol Records to release the next single, "Breakin' Together" which peaked at #32 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Go On and Cry" peaked at #62 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
Due to a lengthy negotiation with Capitol Records, O'Bryan's fourth album, "Surrender" wasn't released until December of 1986. The album peaked at #66 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The lead single, "Tenderoni" peaked at #35 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Driving Force" peaked at #60 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 7 weeks. After that, nothing much was heard from O'Bryan and it seemed as if he faded into obscurity.
In 1996, O'Bryan's greatest hits compliation album, "The Best of O'Bryan" was released on the Right Stuff record label.
On Valentine's Day 2007 (20 years after his last album), he released his fifth album, "F1RST" on his own record label, Headstorm. These days, O'Bryan continues to perform and is planning a nationwide tour.
To see O'Bryan's official website, go to:
To see O'Bryan's official website, go to:
To see a fan-made video for "The Gigolo," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Still Water (Love)," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "I'm Freaky," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "You and I," go to:
To see the music video for "Lovelite," go to:
To see the music video for "Breakin' Together," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Go On and Cry," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Tenderoni," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Driving Force," go to:
[updated on 04\18\2016]
Friday, April 18, 2008
L'Trimm were a teen female Miami bass\hip-hop duo from Kendall, Florida that consisted of members Lady Tigra (born Rachel de Rougemount) and Bunny D. (born Elana Cager).
The girls met in high school and regularly attended a teen dance club called Skylight Express, which featured hip-hop and Miami Bass music and artists. They were featured dancers on the syndicated television show, "Miami Teen Express."
Lady Tigra was an amateur graffiti artist and break-dancer who wrote rhymes while Bunny D. was a classically trained dancer and performer who also wrote hip-hop lyrics.
One afternoon, the girls went into a recording booth at Hot Productions Studios and began rhyming just for fun. Paul Klein (who worked at Hot Productions) discovered the girls and employed producer Larry Davis to construct some hook-oriented tracks for the duo around the girls' pre-written rhymes.
Lady Tigra was 16 years old and Bunny was 17 years old when they signed with the Hot Productions record label. The duo took their name from a then-popular brand of blue jeans called Trim and added the L'-prefix to give it a French feel.
The album was released in 1991 and sold poorly. After being unable to score another hit, L'Trimm broke up.
These days, Bunny D. is married with four children. She has been working as nurse for 20 years along with designing a clothing line & having a series of children's books.
Lady Tigra later moved to New York City where she managed nightclubs. In 2008, she released her first solo album "Please Mr. Boombox." She also performed the jingle on the website for Pinkberry and appeared on the Nickelodeon children's television series "Yo Gabba Gabba."
To see Lady Tigra's Facebook page, go to:
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To see the music video for "Cars With the Boom," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Cuttie Pie," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Drop that Bottom," go to:
[updated on 04\26\2016]
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
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."
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).
The album was certified triple Platinum and remains one of the most successful dance albums ever released.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To see Exposé's official website, go to:
To see Exposé's official Facebook page, go to:
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To see Laurie Miller's official website, go to:
To see Gioia Bruno's official website, go to:
To see Gioia Bruno's official MySpace page, go to:
To see Ann Curless' official MySpace page, go to:
To see Jeanette Jurado's official MySpace page, go to:
To see Kelly Moneymaker's website, go to:
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:
To see the music video for "Tell Me Why," go to:
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]