Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Grenique

Grenique (born Grenique Harper from Maryland) was a female R&B singer from the late 90's. She grew up in a creative & musical family. Her mother (who was a poet) and her father (who was a percussionist) gave her the name "Grenique" because her dad's name is Greg and her mom knew she would be unique.

Grenique grew up listening to jazz and soul music such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Phyllis Hyman, Cameo, Chaka Khan, and the Average White Band. She started performing with vocal groups as a teenager, but Grenique felt that her ideas would work best as a solo artist.

Two weeks before her 22nd birthday, Grenique headed to New York City and met with entertainment attorneys.

One of them introduced her to producer Dahoud Darien which led to her meeting the president of Motown Records, Kedar Massenberg along with Chico DeBarge and signed her to a record deal. Grenique appeared on the "Rush Hour" movie soundtrack with the song, "Disco."
In 1999, Grenique released her debut album "Black Butterfly" which peaked at #17 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and #49 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Should I" peaked at #80 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the charts for 9 weeks.
A promotional single, "Black Butterfly" was released, but didn't chart. Grenique co-wrote and provided background vocals on the Game's 2008 single "Game's Pain."

After that, not much has been heard from Grenique. Her whereabouts are currently unknown.

To see a fan-made video for "Should I," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uueui6ZrEL0

To see a fan-made video for "Black Butterfly," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnBOa4JC4sw

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