JODECI (/ˈdʒoʊ.də.siː/ ; JOH-duh-see ) is an American R&B
quartet with members
DeVante Swing , Mr. Dalvin , K-Ci , and JoJo .
Formed in 1983 in
The group's critical and commercial success continued with the releases of Diary of a Mad Band (1993), and also with The Show, the After Party, the Hotel (1995), where the group experimented with various musical styles typically not associated with traditional R&B. Jodeci would incorporate hip hop soul , gospel and new jack swing into their music, which lead to the group featured prominently with hip hop artists during the 1990s. Each album released by the group during this period attained platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and helped to redefine the genre, allowing for developments in thematic and musical content within R&B.
In 1996, they announced a hiatus, which prompted K-Ci & JoJo to branch off as a duo, releasing five albums until 2013, when the group re-united for their fourth studio album, The Past, The Present, The Future (2015). Jodeci has sold more than 20 million records worldwide to date. Complex magazine ranks the group 1st on their "1990s Male R&B Group Pyramid of Excellence" list in 2014, one of the most influential groups of the 1990s, and the best R&B group of all time. Jodeci's last manager was Damon "Smooth" Hart.
* 1 History
* 1.1 1983–1991: Early beginnings and formation * 1.2 1990–1995: Forever My Lady, Diary of a Mad Band, and The Show, the After Party, the Hotel * 1.3 2014–present: Return and The Past, the Present, the Future
* 2 Legacy and Influence * 3 Members * 4 Discography * 5 Awards and honors * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links
1983–1991: EARLY BEGINNINGS AND FORMATION
Raised in extremely religious Pentecostal families, K-Ci and JoJo - then known as Little Cedric Jesus Saves, I'm Alright Now, and God's Blessings. K-Ci would later draw comparisons to Michael Jackson during his gospel career. Separately, Mr. Dalvin and DeVante Swing performed and toured in their own family's gospel group, where the duos later made acquaintances through relationships the members were in at the time. In a 2011 interview, Dalvin stated, "there was this girl gospel group called UNITY and then the Don DeGrate Delegation, which Devante and I played in. So we met some of the girls from UNITY and was dating K-Ci before we even met would always tell us that we need to meet K-Ci and JoJo." A short time after meeting, the brothers started living together after leaving their families to pursue musical careers.
DeVante Swing traveled to
The members soon drove to
New York City
Jodeci was assigned to Uptown intern
1990–1995: FOREVER MY LADY, DIARY OF A MAD BAND, AND THE SHOW, THE AFTER PARTY, THE HOTEL
Landing a recording deal in 1991, the group released their debut album Forever My Lady that same year. Writer Ronin Ro maintained, “They no longer resembled gospel singers… Puffy also asked them to build their mystique by posing for photos with their backs to the camera, which he borrowed from Guy’s stage show.” The album’s seductive energy showcased DeVante’s songwriting, establishing a uniqueness in his production that mixed old-fashioned soul singing with New Jack Swing, creating a production of great boldness. It featured the number 1 R Jodeci, unhappy with their treatment by Uptown, flirted with the idea of leaving for Death Row Records , which resulted in almost zero promotion for the album. Reaching number 3 on the Billboard 200 and number-one on the R&B album chart, where it stayed for two weeks, spawning the #1 R "Feenin\' " and "What About Us ". "Diary of a Mad Band" eventually went double platinum .
Jodeci's third album,
The Show, the After Party, the Hotel , was
released in July 1995, reaching the second spot on the Billboard 200
making it the group's highest peaking release and topping the U.S. R&B
Albums chart. By September 1995, it was certified platinum in sales by
2014–PRESENT: RETURN AND THE PAST, THE PRESENT, THE FUTURE
On November 7, 2014,
Jodeci reunited and performed a medley of their
classic songs at the 2014
On January 28, 2015, a second single titled "Every Moment" was released. Also in that same month, it was announced by Epic Records that Jodeci had been signed to the label to release their new album. Timbaland, who recently brought his Mosley Music Group over to Epic, will work on the album. Their fourth album, The Past, The Present, The Future , was released on March 31, 2015. It was their first album in 20 years.
Shortly after the album's release, a
Jodeci reunion tour was
announced. The first show took place on June 6, 2015 in Richmond,
Virginia , as a part of the city's 11th annual Stone Soul Music
Jodeci headlined the event, marking the group's first
official concert performance together in the
LEGACY AND INFLUENCE
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Most of the elements that were eventually combined to form what
became known as the "
Jodeci style" originated with the work of new
jack swing pioneers
Artists and producers heavily influenced by
Jodeci were those were
directly or indirectly associated with them, including
Mary J. Blige ,
Dru Hill , Usher and a number of the members of DeVante's Swing Mob
collective who he discovered and nurtured:
Main article: Jodeci discography
AWARDS AND HONORS
Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Album -
Forever My Lady (1992)
Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song - Come and
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* ^ King, Aliya (5 June 1999). "Mca\'s k-ci & jojo get...". Billboard magazine. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 111 (23): 65. ISSN 0006-2510 . Retrieved 28 February 2015. * ^ King, Aliya (5 June 1999). "Mca\'s k-ci & jojo get...". Billboard magazine. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 111 (23): 65. ISSN 0006-2510 . Retrieved 28 February 2015. * ^ "Video: jodeci - \'every moment\'". rap-up.com. Retrieved 26 February 2015. The Bad Boys of R&B are back. * ^ "K-ci and jojo hailey enjoy...". Jet Magazine. Johnson Publishing Company. 93 (1). 24 November 1997. ISSN 0021-5996 . Retrieved 28 February 2015. * ^ Ni'Kesia (24 February 2015). " Jodeci reveals details about new album, teases \'every moment\' video". thisisrnb.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015. The original Bad Boys of R&B are back! * ^ Davis, Rea (24 February 2015). " Jodeci releases teaser for \'every video + new album moment\'". allhiphop.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015. The Bad Boys of R&B aka iconic R&B group Jodeci * ^ THEBOOMBOX.COM. "K-ci, jojo reminisce on jodeci, \'bad boys of r&b\' title". watchinga.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015. During their Jodeci days, K-Ci?and?JoJo were far removed from the Disney set. They were the “Bad Boys of R&B” after all. * ^ Ross Scarano. "The \'90s Male R&B Group Pyramid of Excellence". Complex. Retrieved 8 May 2014. Jodeci as number one with multiple classic albums, and various Top 10 songs. * ^ Sinclair, Tom (December 1993). "Guns and roses". Vibe. Vibe Media Group. 1 (4). ISSN 1070-4701 . Today, their label, Uptown Records, encourages the groups's penchant for wearing boots and hip hop gear, and tacitly condones Jodeci's image as "the bad boys of R&B." * ^ THEBOOMBOX.COM. "K-ci, jojo reminisce on jodeci, \'bad boys of r&b\' title". watchinga.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015. During their