In case you missed it, all-female contemporary R&B vocal group June’s Diary debuted their first full-choreographed show since forming by way of Kelly Rowland and Frank Gatson‘s Chasing Destiny reality talent search show in 2016, live at the 2017 Essence Festival in New Orleans on Sunday, July 2.
The quintet teases eager fans with full performances of the buzz singles “All of Us”, “Wrap Around”, “I Know Why You’re Calling” and “Good Time.” Their set also included impressive renditions of Beyoncé’s “Love On Top,” The Jackson 5‘s “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” Bruno Mars‘ “That’s What I Like,” and a jaw-dropping take on En Vogue‘s “Hold On.” Towards the end of the set, the ladies even brought out none other than Chante Moore for a duet of John Legend‘s “This Time.”
The group’s recently released cover of the classic Jodeci track “Stay” served as a teaser for the project, embodying the revival of the luring qualities of hit R&B groups from the pre-millennium decade – resonant vocals and infectious hooks, coupled with searing, rubbery, R&B bounce.
Beauty, class, transcendence…the award-winning, multi-platinum female group, En Vogue, embodies the very definition of each word. After countless accolades, 20 million albums sold, multiple Grammy nominations, American Music Awards and Soul Train awards, the ultimate girl group of the 90’s has now evolved into legendary R&B icons affectionately known as the “Real Funky Divas”.
Today, En Vogue is redefining the idea of beauty, music and style with original members Cindy Heron-Braggs, Terry Ellis, and long-standing member Rhona Bennett. As a thank you to their fans, for the first time in nearly 5 years, the group is sharing a new song, “Déjà vu”, from their forthcoming release, Electric Café, that can be streamed via music services.
Musically, Déjà vu, evokes memories and pays homage to the sounds of 1960s R&B, with the visceral and precise harmonies that are synonymous with En Vogue. The song recreates images that capture the timeless and stunning beauty of old Hollywood. Visually, the ladies are styled by seasoned creative director, Troy Jensen (stylist for iconic En Vogue videos, “Free Your Mind” & “Don’t Let Go”), capturing the sophistication and elegance long associated with the En Vogue ‘style’.
“We’re proud of being considered trendsetters, fusing music with style from the beginning with our little black dresses to our red ‘hot’ “Giving Him Something He Can Feel” video to the futuristic look of “Free Your Mind”, says Ellis. Now celebrating 25 years in the business, En Vogue has sustained their unique look and sound. “We adore our fans and constantly strive to give them music from our hearts,” says Bennett.
To support the new music and Electric Café release, the group is currently embarking on a world tour, with shows throughout North America (U.S. and Canada) and Europe (Holland, the U.K., Denmark). Fans can visit EnVogueMusic.com for concert dates, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and the latest En Vogue news.
“Whether it’s old-school soul or challenging prejudice and racism with “Free Your Mind”, as a group, we are consistently evolving musically and staying relevant with the times,” says Heron-Braggs.
Known for their stirring performances, she continues:
“We find total freedom and fulfillment when we hit the stage. It’s the ultimate connection with our fans. It’s about the energy you receive, the love, and the reciprocation from the message in the music.”
Emerging R&B/Pop group Epic has just released their first visual to their new single “Hold On,” a new-aged rendition of En Vogue‘s classic ’90s hit.
The California-native quartet comprised of Monie, Yei, Stixx and Blue introduce a strong vocal performance with a relatable sound to an old school classic.
Produced by Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs, best known for his work with Whitney Houston, Pink, Destiny’s Child and TLC, who manages the group along with Dynasty Records‘ president Doe Henderson, featuring Kentucky artist B Simms.
Epic starts with a vocal delivery of the nation’s favorite a cappella verse and transitions into a united front of girl power mixed with various colors, dance moves, fancy cars and defining hair colors and wardrobe enchanting viewers everywhere.
Peep the video in full below:
“No one wants to follow someone boring. We’re not afraid to take on a challenge. If it’s something we love to do, we go for it – but we go above and beyond, it’s go hard or go home!”…
That’s the new movement of 4 young ladies residing in Atlanta, Monie, Yei, Stixx and Blue – also known as EPIC….
They are the ‘alpha’ of all today’s girl bands. Performing together since they were toddlers with a background of church choir, theatrical film, acting, ballet, musical training and modeling, this R&B/Pop girl group has a lot to offer the industry with versatile vocal abilities as well as stunning beauty.
EPIC is a breath of fresh air to those missing originality in entertainment! Not only does each each girl sing, they are all musicians. You have Monie on piano, Yei on lead guitar, Stixx on the drums and keys, and Blue on the bass.
In 2014, EPIC joined forces with an elite team that’s preparing them for world domination. In the current age of Youtube and Vine singing sensations, Epic was actually discovered singing acapella in Atlanta’s Lenox Mall by Co-CEO of Dynasty Records, Doe Henderson:
“The girls walked passed me and when I saw them and they didn’t look like some regular girls just walking in the mall, I actually said to myself they must sing. So about 10 minutes later, I heard them downstairs singing and they had the whole mall’s attention…I went and introduced myself and gave them my card, and the rest is history.”
Doe wanted to help define their sound and knew just who to bring them to – Grammy award winning, multiplatinum producer Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs who has produced for two of the biggest girl groups of all time: TLC (“No Scrubs”) and Destiny’s Child (“Bugaboo”, “Bills, Bills Bills”) — along with Nsync, Usher, Pink and Mariah Carey, to name a few. Under his development along with multiplatinum songwriter & media consultant Tami LaTrell (Whitney Houston, Keyshia Cole), what these vibrant young ladies possess has only been enhanced and polished to perfection.
EPIC are not just girls with a pretty face, they are a rare breed bound for inevitable success, leaving a legacy for decades to come.
They are Edgy. People. Impacting. Culture…but you can call them EPIC.
When I spotted this photo over at Peakblackness.tumblr.com/I screamed! It’s an old mall photo of a very young Beyonce Knowles, even younger Solange Knowles and Super Girl Group of that moment, En Vogue (Oh, Matthew Knowles was there too)!