Friday, August 31, 2012
Melanie and Shaznay started their music career by singing backing vocals at the Sarm West Studios, the ZTT recording studios near All Saints Road, London.
In 1993, Melanie, Shaznay, and former member Simone Rainford were signed to ZTT records and music manager, Ron Tom decided that the trio should become a group.
All Saints 18.104.22.168 performed for the first time at the "Touch" magazine stage at the Notting Hill Carnival in 1994. They released two singles together, but didn't reach a lot of success. Simone and Melanie had conflicting ideas about the group's musical direction which caused some tension.
By 1995, Simone left the group and the group was dropped from their record label. Despite that, Melanie and Shanzay changed their group's name to "All Saints" and they set out to find a replacement for Simone.
After various auditions, Melanie's father met Nicole Appleton, whom Melanie knew from her days at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Nicole's sister, Natalie later became the 4th member of the group.
After the new group was formed in 1996, All Saints met with former member of Outlaw Posse, Karl "K-Gee" Gordon, who recorded a demo for the song, "I Know Where It's At."
The group began looking for a new record deal, but most of the record labels wanted to model them after the Spice Girls, who had become an international success during the 90's. The demo eventually made its way to London Records and by November of that same year, All Saints were signed to the label.
In the United States, the single peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of 1998, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The song topped the charts in Asia for 4 weeks. It was the only song by a girl group to reach the top of the charts second to the Spice Girls' song, "Wannabe" making both music acts rivals.
After the success of the single, it prompted the group to record and produce their debut album.
Even though Simone remains performing backing vocals on the song, she isn't featured on the single cover or listed as a main performer on the track due to her leaving the band before the actual single was officially released.
The song was later re-recorded when Natalie and Nicole joined the group for All Saints' debut album. On the original version of the "All Saints" album, the song was reverted back to the original title of "Let's Get Started."
But when the album was re-released, they changed the name again to "If You Want to Party (I Found Lovin')" changing the "Wanna" to "Want To" due to a legal wrangle of the uncredited use of the Fatback Band's song, "I Found Lovin'."
The song was featured in the "Guinness World Records" book for "Top British Singles." A total of 1,263,658 copies of the single were sold in the United Kingdom, 770,000 copies were sold before the song topped the charts in the UK which makes it more than any single ever before in the UK chart history. They also won two BRIT Awards for "Best Single" and "Best Video" for the song.
In the UK, the song sold over 424,799 singles and the proceeds went to breast cancer charities. The lyrics for "Under the Bridge" were slightly altered since it contained personal lyrics by Red Hot Chili Peppers member, Anthony Kiedis and All Saints covered the song because they liked the overall sound and feeling of the recording.
The All Saints version contains samples of the original Red Hot Chili Peppers recording, the most important sample being the guitar playing in the beginning of the song.
Both music videos cost £500,000 to make & took four months of production before the release. The girls chose to perform their own stunts in the "Under the Bridge" video and at one point, Natalie was knocked over by an explosion, but she remained unhurt.
All Saints received the MTV Europe Music Award for "Best Breakthrough Artist" and performed at the ceremony in November of 1998, but Melanie was absent due to her pregnancy. Melanie gave birth to her daughter, Lilyella on November 22, 1998.
It was also moderately successful internationally. The song was certified Gold in the UK, Sweden, New Zealand, France, and Belgium while in Australia, it was certified Platinum.
The song was used as the only single for the 2000 film, "The Beach" and the movie soundtrack. The song sold over 720,000 copies in the UK, becoming the 2nd most successful single in 2000. All Saints performed the song at the 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards and the World Sports Awards.
It was given the 2000 Capital FM award for "Best Song," the Ivor Novello Award for "Most Performed Work," and was nominated for two BRIT Awards for "Best British Single" and "Best British Video."
During that same year, Natalie, Nicole, and Melanie made their film debut in the film, "Honest" directed by former Eurythmics member, Dave Stewart. The movie flopped and received poor reviews from critics.
The song was moderately successful and managed to chart internationally. In the United States, the song was released, but didn't chart at all.
In February of that same year, All Saints announced that they would be taking a break so they "could clear the air between themselves."
Later that year, Melanie said it was uncertain if All Saints would reform, citing difficulties with the financial and business aspects of the group. Shazay would later explain the reason for the breakup was a disagreement over who would wear a certain jacket for a photoshoot.
The album peaked at #18 on the UK Albums chart and later certified Gold, selling 100,000 copies. In 2008, a slightly altered edition of the "All Hits" album was given away for free as part of a promotion with "The Mail on Sunday" newspaper.
In July 2001, Nicole gave birth to her son, Gene Appleton-Gallagher, who is the son of Oasis member, Liam Gallagher. She even appeared on "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here" in 2004.
In June of 2002, Natalie married DJ\music producer, Liam Howlett and in March of 2004, she gave birth to her second child, a son named Ace Howlett. Natalie has a daughter named Rachel, who was born in May of 1992.
In August of that same year, Shaznay married dancer Christian "Storm" Horsfall and they have two children: a son, Tyler-Xaine (born in February of 2006) and a daughter, Tigerlily (born in November of 2009).
Her third solo single, "Do Me Wrong" peaked at #42 on the UK Singles chart in 2003. Later on, Melanie was dropped from London Records and her solo album that she was working on was never released.
They started working on their third studio album, "Studio 1" which was released on November 19, 2006. The album managed to peak at #40 on the UK Albums chart.
After that, All Saints were no longer signed to Parlophone Records and they canceled their planned UK tour. All Saints' breakup was confirmed for the 2nd time in 2009 and Melanie has stated that the group will never reform again.
In September of 2010, All Saints' second compliation album, "Pure Shores: The Very Best of All Saints" which contains their hit singles alongside a selection of album tracks & B-side songs.
To see the music video for "Silver Shadow," go to:
To see the music video for "I Know Where It's At," go to:
To see the music video for "Never Ever," go to:
To see the music video for "Under the Bridge\Lady Marmalade," go to:
To see the music video for "Bootie Call," go to:
To see the music video for "War of Nerves," go to:
To see the music video for "Pure Shores," go to:
To see the music video for "Black Coffee," go to:
To see the music video for "All Hooked Up," go to:
To see the music video for "Rock Steady," go to:
To see the music video for "Chick Fit," go to:
Friday, August 17, 2012
She sang vocals on reggae artist, Ruffa's single, "Don't You Worry" which peaked at #66 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in June of 1996, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
During the 2000's, she provided vocals on songs for artists such as Tragedy Khadafi and Lil' O.
As of 2011, Tasha is currently working on her second album on an independent record label. The single, "I Used to Love You" was released on YouTube on June 22, 2011.
To see the music video for "Just The Way You Like It," go to:
To see the music video for "So Real So Right," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "I Used to Love You," go to:
After making an appearance as a vocalist on European Power Play's "Love Don't Live Here" album, she released her self-titled debut album in 1997.
After that, it seems as if Kaelyn has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since.
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To see the music video for "L.A. Posse," go to:
To see the music video for "Great Big Freak," go to:
Monday, August 13, 2012
During that same year, Hodge's single, "Head Nod" (from the soundtrack) peaked at #88 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in September of 1995, staying on the charts for only 4 weeks. After that, not much was heard from Hodge and it appears as if he has faded into obscurity.
To see the music video for "Head Nod," go to:
According to further research, Simone started working on a follow-up album on an independent record label in 2005, but nothing much had been heard from Simone or the album.
It appeared as if Simone has faded into obscurity, but according to a comment on YouTube, she continues to write music, but is busy raising her children.
To see the music video for "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Only Fools Fool Around," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "God Bless the Dreamer," go to:
The song was written and produced by Mic Murphy (of R&B group, the System).
To see a fan-made video for "I Want The Best of You" (from the B-side of the "Anyone Else single), go to:
Monday, August 6, 2012
In 1992, Nesto released his first and only single, "Personality" which peaked at #89 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in November of 1992, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks. After that, it seems as if Nesto Velasquez has faded into obscurity.
To see the music video for "Personality," go to:
To see the music video for the Spanish version of "Personality," go to:
In 1992, Kacique released the single, "Rules of My House" which didn't appear to make any impact on the charts. After that, it seems as if Kacique has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from this artist since the 90's.
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Jennifer Holliday (born Jennifer Yvette Holliday on October 19, 1960 in Riverside, Texas) is a female R&B singer and Tony Award-winning actress.
She is well-known for her role in the Broadway musical, "Dreamgirls." She is also known as the Queen of Broadway Gospel.
In 1979, Jennifer landed her first big role on Broadway at the age of 19, performing in the musical production of "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God" which earned her a 1981 Drama Desk nomination.
At the age of 21, Jennifer scored her most well-known Broadway role in the musical, "Dreamgirls" as Effie White. She remained with the show for nearly 4 years after it opened on December 20, 1981.
Her performance received wide acclaim, most recognizably in the musical number that ends the first act, "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going."
Jennifer won the 1982 Tony Award for "Best Leading Actress in a Musical" along with a Drama Desk & Theater World awards for her acting performance in "Dreamgirls."
In 1982, a pop version of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" became a hit, peaking at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's Hot Soul Singles Chart for 4 weeks from July 24, 1982 to August 14, 1982. The song also peaked at #32 on the UK Singles chart.
The song earned Jennifer the Grammy Award for "Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female" in 1983 and has been covered by numerous artists, including Jennifer Hudson, who portrayed the role of Effie in the 2006 movie version of "Dreamgirls" and turned it into a Top 20 R&B hit & a #1 dance hit.
In 1985, Jennifer appeared in the touring company of "Sing Mahalia Sing" and was a featured vocalist on Foreigner's #1 hit song, "I Want to Know What Love Is."
The remixed version of the song peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #30 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The remixed version of the song peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in February of 1986.
On October 30, 1986, Paul Simon hosted a gospel session that was originally televised as a part of series of "Cinemax Sessions" which featured Jennifer, Luther Vandross, The Oak Ridge Boys, Andrae Crouch, the Edwin Hawkins Singers, and the Mighty Clouds of Joy. The show started with Jennifer's powerful version of "His Eye is On the Sparrow."
She joined Paul Simon & Luther Vandross on the song, "Still Waters Run Deep," Aretha Franklin on "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and all of the artists singing "Gone at Last" and "Amazing Grace."
The only single to chart was "Heart on the Line" which peaked at #48 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
During the 90's, Jennifer lost a substantial amount of weight and during promotional interviews, she talked about her health struggles with depression.
At first, the weight loss was attained strictly from diet, but eventually, she underwent gastric bypass surgery in an effort to avoid regaining the weight.
The follow-up single, "Love Stories" peaked at #29 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
In March of 1991, Jennifer married keyboardist Billy Meadows, but divorced by December. In March of 1993, Jennifer married for the second time to Detroit minister, Reverend Andre Woods.
The marriage was covered in the April 19, 1993 issue of "Jet" Magazine, but by 1994, the marriage ended, just four months after her mother passed away of cancer.
A new remixed version of "No Frills Love" topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in November of 1996. It also peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
Along with her music and stage career, Jennifer has also appeared on television as well, on shows such as "Touched By an Angel"& "Hang Time" along with a recurring guest-star role as choir director Lisa Knowles on the Fox series, "Ally McBeal."
In 1999, Jennifer released the single, "A Woman's Got the Power" which peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #18 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
During that same year, Jennifer received a Doctor of Music honoris causa from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
In 2001, she was the presenter for the tap dance show, "21 Below" at Town Hall in New York City & headlined Equity Cares\Broadway Fights AIDS "Nothing Like a Dame" show at the St. James Theatre where she was accompanied by teenage tap dance sensation, Michela Marino Lerman & Hannah Leah Dunn.
She also sang "America the Beautiful" on the first WWE pay-per-view that was held after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Coincidentally, the 2007 remix of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" was climbing the Billboard dance chart during the same time as Jennifer Hudson's cover version of the song with both songs making the top 10 in February of that same year.
In 2005, Jennifer was featured on pre-teen gospel singer, Najiyah's album, "It's Just Me" on the track, "Through the Storm."
On June 26, 2007, Jennifer made a surprise appearance at the BET Awards singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" with Jennifer Hudson, who had won an Oscar for her performance in the 2006 film version of "Dreamgirls."
Jennifer wasn't offered a cameo role in the movie and expressed displeasure with the movie in the media. She was featured on the "Why Did I Get Married?" movie soundtrack with the song "Givin' Up."
On October 17, 2011, Jennifer appeared on "The Wendy Williams" show where after a sit-down interview, she performed "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" which received a standing ovation from the studio audience.
On May 23, 2012, Jennifer appeared on the Season 11 finale of "American Idol" where she sang "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" with finalist Jessica Sanchez which received positive comments, amazed the world-wide audeince and received a standing ovation from the audience at the Nokia Theater including the American Idol judges.
As of late-February of 2011, Jennifer resides in Atlanta, Georgia. In July of 2012, Jennifer reprised her role as Effie White in the St. Louis Muny production of "Dreamgirls" which lasted from July 16th to July 22nd. Jennifer says that she doesn't plan to return to the role of Effie White again.
To see Jennifer's official Facebook page, go to:
To see Jennifer's MySpace page, go to:
To see a video of Jennifer performing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," go to:
To see a video of Jennifer performing "I Am Changing," go to:
To see a video of Jennifer performing "I Am Love," go to:
To see a video of Jennifer performing "Just Let Me Wait" on "Soul Train," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Hard Times for Lovers," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "No Frills Love," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "I'm On Your Side," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Love Stories," go to:
To see a fan-made video for the Love to Infinity remix version of "No Frills Love," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "A Woman's Got the Power," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Think it Over," go to:
As a bonus, here's the video of Jennifer Holliday and Jessica Sanchez performing "And I Am Telling You" on the 11th season finale of "American Idol." To see the video, go to: