Wednesday, April 29, 2009
What Happened To...JADE?
As I listened to my music on shuffle today, I heard a song that brought a smile to my face. It was the song "Don't Walk Away" by 90's R&B group Jade. This single was from their 1992 debut album "Jade to the Max." While listening to these three sultry singers sing their hearts out on the 90's hit, I began to cycle to through search engines to find out---what happened to Jade? Well, this is what I found.
Jade consisted of three lovely ladies, Tonya Kelly, Joi Marshall, and Di Reed. There first single was titled, "I Wanna Love You" and it was deeply considered as the answer song to male R&B group Color Me Badd's hit single "I Wanna Sex You Up" This song led the way for the trio's biggest known single "Don't Walk Away" which hit number 2 on the Billboard Pop Charts in 1993 and was also certified gold by the RIAA. Their debut album went on to receive platinum status.
Due to the irreconcilable differences with their record company and mismanagement of funds, Jade disbanded after the release of their 1994 album Mind, Body, & Soul.
Joi Marshall went on to release an independent solo gospel album in 2007, Testimony & Praise, and wrote a book entitled "Answers to the 20 Most Asked Questions in the Music Business."
Tonya Kelly became an interior designer with her own successful firm. According to sources, she earned a degree in Interior and Architectural Design prior to joining Jade.
Di Reed continues to work on solo music and she has been noted singing backup for the likes of Rod Stewart and R&B Crooner, Usher.