Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jodeci

Song:Come & Talk To Me
Album:20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Jodeci

The R & B group Jodeci has some success in the early 90s. But the group ended when K-Ci & JoJo branched out and were immediately more successful than Jodeci. There is now talk of a Jodeci reunion. Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey, his brother Joel "JoJo" Hailey, Donald "Devante Swing" Degrate and his brother Dalvin "Mr. Dalvin" Degrate all grew up singing in Charlotte, NC churches. The Degrates' father was a minister. So even if they didn't know each other, they knew about each other. They met as teens fighting over girls and started hanging out together. The name Jodeci is a mix of the four names. They sent a demo to Uptown Records and rapper Heavy D talked Uptown owner Andre Harrell into signing them. Their 1991 debut album Forever My Lady was produced by Al B. Sure and the Degrate brothers. And they wrote most of the songs including Come & Talk To Me. That record topped the R & B Singles chart and reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would turn out to be their biggest hit single. the album was certified 3XPlatinum. Things started to unravel when Jodeci threatened to leave Uptown for Death Row Records. So Uptown refused to promote the 1993 CD Diary of a Mad Band. It was still certified 2XPlatinum. The problems continued and included bas behaviour. While Jodeci was recording the 1995 CD, The Show, The After Party, The Hotel, Uptown spun off K-Ci & JoJo. And when they were immediately more successful than Jodeci, that was the end of Jodeci. Since then Donald Degrate has been very active as a producer. Jodeci reunited on the 2014 Soul Train Awards and there has been talk that Tim "Timbaland" Mosely is producing a new Jodeci album for Epic Records. He started his career working for Donald Degrate. A single was released so we are just waiting for a release date for the new album. Here's the video for Come & Talk To Me by Jodeci.

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