COVER STORY | Do my ladies run this muthaf*****? Hell yeah!!! In the golden era of music, tons of girl groups emerged and dominated the charts. They give us timeless hits such as SWV’s Weak, TLC’s Creep, MoKenStef He’s Mine, and so many others. If you had a group of sisters or girlfriends, chances are you emulated one of these groups or tried to create your own. I did both with my sisters (shout out S.L.T one day I’ll give y’all the story lol). Personally, I don’t think girl group of the 90’s get enough credit, but today we are giving them all the flowers. Now there were a million girl groups that came out in the 90’s, and I’m going to highlight a few of them in part one of this series. Y’all ready? Let’s gooooooooo!!
Jade burst onto the scene with their hit song “I Wanna Love You” from the Class Act soundtrack in 1992. While the song garnered much success, it wasn’t until they released their follow up single “Don’t Walk Away”, that members Tonya Kelly, Di Reed, and Joi Marshall were truly propelled into superstardom. The single soared up the charts. It reached #2 on the R&B Charts and went on to sell 1.5 million copies worldwide. Their 1992 debut album Jade to the Max was certified platinum by the RIAA.
When you think of Brownstone, you automatically think of their 1994 smash hit “If You Love Me”. Consisting of members Monica “Mimi” Doby, Charmayne Maxena “Maxee” Maxwell, and Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert. Gilbert, Brownstone gave us some of the most beautiful vocals in 90’s R&B history. Nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance for “If You Love Me”, these ladies produced timeless hits such as “Grapevyne” and “5 Miles to Empty”. Unfortunately, one of the members Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell, lost her life after a horrible accident. Brownstone’s legacy forever lives on and their music will always remain in our hearts.
This first list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the “Funky Divas” themselves, En Vogue. They are by far my favorite 90’s R&B Girl Group. Formed in 1989, the group’s original members Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones, created magic that we still listen to today. The beauty, the vocals, the classiness, En Vogue had it all. They’ve sold over 30 million records worldwide, received numerous awards to include American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, Billboard Music Awards and countless others. The Grammy Nominated group has produced countless songs that are forever engrained in our minds. A snippet of their catalog includes “Hold On, Giving Him Something He Can Feel, Free Your Mind, My Lovin You’re Never Gonna Get It)”, and my personal favorite “Don’t Let Go (Love)”. Throughout the years, En Vogue continues to remind us why they are considered one of the greatest vocal groups of the 90’s. An argument I wouldn’t dare to disagree with.Leave a comment