With their soulful four-part harmonies and each member being a powerhouse lead, En Vogue, originally comprised of band members Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Maxine Jones and Cindy Herron, was undeniably one of the hottest girl groups in R&B history.
But the past few years have been a rocky road for the once platinum-selling quartet: Two members were dismissed, management issues plagued the group, and a verdict was handed down in a lawsuit that left two members stripped of their rights to use the group’s name professionally.
“The new album is going to have some of the signature En Vogue sound but a more evolved En Vogue.” Fusing style, sophistication, sass, and sex appeal, the En Vogue formula was magical and the group went on to sell over eight million albums.
Hold On, My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It), Free Your Mind, and Whatta Man featuring Salt-N-Pepa, are just a sampling of the mega hits made famous by the talented singers.
The past few years have been a rocky road for the once platinum selling R&B quartet: Two members were dismissed, management issues plagued the group, and a verdict was handed down in a lawsuit that left two members stripped of their rights to use the group's name professionally.
In an interview with Juicy Magazine, ex-member Maxine Jones, 52, is speaking out against her former groupmates Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron---who are currently touring as a trio using the group's moniker alongside new member Rhona Bennett---and Dawn Robinson ("She's Looney").
“We find total freedom and fulfillment when we hit the stage. It’s about the energy you receive, the love, and the reciprocation from the message in the music.” “We’re proud of being considered trendsetters, fusing music with style from the beginning of our career, with our little black dresses to our red ‘hot’ “Giving Him Something He Can Feel ” video to the futuristic look of “Free Your Mind.” Formed in Oakland, California, En Vogue has produced top 10 hits such as “Hold On”, “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”, “Giving Him Something He Can Feel” and “Free Your Mind”.
As a successful actress, devoted mother of four and wife of former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, Holly Robinson Peete's life is far from slow and steady.Affectionately known as the “Real Funky Divas” with 20 million albums sold, multiple Grammy nominations, American Music Awards and Soul Train awards…celebrated as the ultimate girl group of the 90’s, who have sustained their evolving look and sound!Today, En Vogue is redefining the idea of beauty, music and style with original members Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis and long-standing member Rhona Bennett.Speaking of which, one of my favorite Terry moments was when we appeared on The Oprah Show in 1996 for the episode Who Knows You Better? Gayle King and Terry competed against Stedman and Rodney for who knew Oprah and me better. BEFORE THERE was TLC, Destiny’s Child or even SWV, there was En Vogue, the 90s R&B supergroup that inspired a legion of female musicians in the years following their success.ON LOSING THE RIGHT TO USE THE EN VOGUE NAME TO HER FORMER GROUP MATES, CINDY HERRON AND TERRY ELLIS: “It’s been difficult, and it’s been difficult mainly because I feel like all the years I spent there and what I helped to build – you know, 30 million records sold – and what my input…and to just have nothing to show for it.For a long time…it’s been two-and-a-half, going on three-years now since this whole thing happened, but I was mostly angry for most of that time.Despite the setbacks, En Vogue has persevered and they’ll be releasing a new album this year.“I think we’ve stayed true to our roots,” founding member Cindy Herron tells The Voice.“It seems like pop music gets a lot more radio love than the classic R&B.They were one of the greatest girl groups of all time selling 0 million dollars in records -- more than The Supremes, The Pussycat Dolls and Wilson Phillips.