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En Vogue

The female vocal quartet En Vogue was conceived and put together by the production team of Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, both former members of Club Nouveau. Foster and McElroy wanted a vocal group who could exude sultriness and intelligence in addition to vocal proficiency, and as producers, they wanted material that would fuse R&B and girl group traditions with hip-hop and new jack swing rhythms. The two held auditions and settled on a membership of former Miss Black California Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson, and Terry Ellis. The new group performed two songs on Foster and McElroy's FM2 album, and the producers crafted an image of them as stylish, sophisticated, and sexy. Originally called For You, the women switched to the more elegant Vogue, and then En Vogue after learning of another group with a very similar name. En Vogue's debut album, Born to Sing, appeared in 1990 and launched the pop crossover smash "Hold On," which peaked at number two and helped the album go platinum. The group attracted comparisons to the Supremes, even though groupmembers shared lead vocals and intentionally designated no particular singer the "star." In between albums, Herron appeared in the film Juice. When En Vogue returned in 1992 with Funky Divas, critical and commercial response was overwhelming. The album's wide array of styles, from pop and R&B to rap, rock, and reggae, were lauded in print; the first three singles -- "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)," "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" (both covers of songs written by Curtis Mayfield), and "Free Your Mind" (which borrowed a chorus line from George Clinton) -- reached the Top Ten, and the album went multi-platinum. En Vogue were in the Top Ten again in 1993, backing Salt-N-Pepa on their hit "Whatta Man." As En Vogue was recording its third album, Dawn Robinson left the group. Before they released the record, "Don't Let Go (Love)," a song the group contributed to the Set It Off soundtrack, became a number two single in early 1997. Six months later, the band released their third album, EV3. The group's first compilation, The Best of En Vogue, was released in the summer of 1999. 2000 saw the release of Masterpiece Theater (originally titled Something New, Something Old, Something Borrowed, Something Cool) but immediately after an interview on BET the group was informed that they were dropped by their label due to slower than expected sales. In 2001 Amanda Cole was added as a fourth member but soon after Maxine Jones announced her desire to spend more time with her young daughter and departed. Returned to a trio, the group started touring again and in late summer Rhino released their second compilation, The Very Best of En Vogue. Things were quiet until the group returned at the end of 2002 with a contribution to the Deliver Us from Eva soundtrack and their first Christmas album, The Gift of Christmas, on a small, independent label Discretion Entertainment. Promotion for the album was so limited that only those who regularly visit En Vogue fansites were aware of it and to make matters worse, Amanda Cole left the group in the middle of 2003 for a solo career. A false rumor that Chanté Moore had joined the group proved untrue and talks with Dawn Robinson and Maxine Jones failed to bring either back to the group permanently. In September of 2003 the group appeared out of nowhere for a small European tour with Maxine Jones filling in temporarily for Cindy Herron (who had just had her fourth child) and a new member, Rhona Bennett, made her debut. Bennett had recorded an album as simply Rhona for Sony in 2001 (which included the hit "Satisfied"), and also had a recurring role on The Jamie Foxx Show. Jones and Herron traded places again and the new trio released Soul Flower in early 2004 on 33rd Street Records. ~ Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
En Vogue

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    7 songs

    '90s Pop

    '90s Pop
    4 songs

    R&B Holiday

    R&B Holiday
    2 songs

    Wedding Songs

    Wedding Songs
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    2 songs

Albums by
En Vogue

Top Songs by
En Vogue

  1.   Song
  2.   My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)
  3.   Free Your Mind
  4.   Giving Him Something He Can Feel
  5.   I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  6.   Don't Let Go (Love)
  7.   Hold On
  8.   Don't Go
  9.   Lies
  10.   Give It Up, Turn It Loose
  11.   My Christmas
  12.   Silent Night
  13.   Whatever
  14.   Yesterday
  15.   Part of Me
  16.   No No No (Can't Come Back)
  17.   Love Don't Love You
  18.   Just Can't Stay Away
  19.   Desire
  20.   No Fool No More
  21.   Too Gone, Too Long
  22.   Strange
  23.   Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
  24.   What Is Love
  25.   Merry Christmas, Baby
  26.   Beat of Love
  27.   Whatever Will Be Will Be
  28.   Sad But True
  29.   Riddle
  30.   Runaway Love
  31.   Someday My Prince Will Come/One Song
  32.   Love Makes You Do Thangs
  33.   Right Direction
  34.   Hooked on Your Love
  35.   Party
  36.   Hip Hop Lover
  37.   I'll Cry Later
  38.   What's Her Face by Molly
  39.   With My Honey
  40.   That's What Christmas Means to Me
  41.   This Christmas
  42.   Jingle Bells
  43.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  44.   Those Dogs
  45.   Work It Out
  46.   Latin Soul
  47.   Love U Crazay
  48.   Eyes of a Child
  49.   Let It Flow
  50.   You're All I Need
  51.   Damn I Wanna Be Your Lover
  52.   You Don't Have to Worry
  53.   Time Goes On
  54.   Luv Lines
  55.   Waitin' on You
  56.   This Is Your Life
  57.   It Ain't Over Till the Fat Lady Sings
  58.   Thanks (Prayer)
  59.   Sitting by Heaven's Door
  60.   Expiration Day
  61.   You Don't Know Me (Like That)
  62.   Number One Man
  63.   Suite Outro
  64.   Love Won't Take Me Out
  65.   Falling in Love
  66.   Does Anybody Hear Me
  67.   Snowy Nights
  68.   Suite Intro
  69.   What a Diff'rence a Day Makes

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