Friday, August 27, 2010

Homework

Homework were a pop\R&B group from Boston founded by Maurice Starr (who also founded New Kids on the Block and New Edition).

The members consisted of singer\bass guitarist David Knight (the brother of NKOTB member, Jordan Knight), lead vocalists Melvin Sutton (brother of Perfect Gentlemen member Tyrone Sutton) & Shawn Meadows, keyboardists Raphael Dias & William Getchell, percussionst\drummer Evan Stent and electric guitarist Dio Aviles.

The molding process of the group took 3 years of round-the-clock rehearsal and recording schedule. Even David's brother, Jordan lent his talents to the mix.

Homework performed on the local New England circuit or what Homework called their "1989-1990 Chitterlin' Tour" & performed with other music acts such as Main Event, Lady Soul, Chris Bender, Classic Example, The Superiors, Picture Perfect, Heart, Body & Soul and Ric Wes.

During Homework's shows at the Strand Theater in Dorchester, Massachussetts, they caught the attention of Epic Records president David Glew and vice-president Hank Caldwell, who were visiting Boston to see the headline act Homework was opening for. After a 3-song performance, Homework was signed to the label.
In 1990, Homework released their one and only self-titled album which didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard charts.
Homework's only single and well-known hit song, "Special Kind of Lady" managed to peak at #86 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #74 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in October 1990.

Even though the song didn't peak very high on the charts, the music video received heavy airplay on BET and moderate airplay on MTV.

Homework opened up for New Kids on the Block and Perfect Gentlemen along with sharing the stage with other artists such as Expose, Technotronic, Gang Starr Posse, Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch, The Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, C&C Music Factory, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Dino, Cathy Dennis, the Osmond Boys, Brenda K. Starr, the Good Girls and the Cover Girls.

After Maurice Starr left Sony\Epic Records, the group went through record label and management changes which only left Melvin, Raphael, and Evan as the remaining members.

Despite attempts to boost their image and find new members, it eventually failed and by 1992, Homework was no more.

Today, David, Shawn, Raphael, and Evan are still active in the music biz working on various projects. Melvin now goes under the name "Ali Abdur Rahman Sutton" and has converted to Islam. He is married with children and works as a union carpenter.

As for William Getchell and Dio Aviles, it's unknown what they're up to.

To see the music video for "Special Kind of Lady," go to:
http://www.tr3s.com/music/artists/homework/videos/special-kind-of-lady-225213/

To see Homework's MySpace page and links to the individual members MySpace pages, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/homeworktheband


[updated on 05\07\12]

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