They’re getting the band back together. Jodeci, the R&B bad boys of the 90’s who had several hits before internal turmoil and substance abuse split them up, is heading back to the stage during this year’s Soul Train Music Awards, reports Yahoo.
The Awards will be taped in Las Vegas on November 7th and will air on BET and Centric on November 30 at 8 p.m. Wendy Williams will host and KEM, Aloe Blacc and Lisa Stansfield are among the performers.
The North-Carolina born quartet was made up of two sets of brothers – Donald “DeVante Swing” DeGrate, Dalvin “Mr. Dalvin” DeGrate, Cedric “K-CI” Hailey and Joel “Jo Jo” Hailey. Although the Haileys formed a duo in 1997 and released five albums, they say the group never truly broke up.
In 2013, K-Ci told The Huffington Post: “We are not getting back together, simple reason is we never broke up. “We have a vault of CDs that we could just put out at any moment.”
Rumors of a possible album collaboration with Timbaland never turned into reality although Timbaland confirmed he was working with the group a few years ago.
The Hailey brothers, who recorded as K-Ci and Jo Jo, had a massive hit in “All My Life” and won a Grammy in 1997, but both have had well documented alcohol issues as showcased on reality TV.
The DeGrate brothers have largely stayed out of the spotlight, though rumors of Devante’s drug use have surfaced as well. Devante is acknowledged as having discovered and honed the talents of Missy Elliot, Timbaland, and producers Static Major and Stevie J., and worked with Ginuwine in an infamous “boot camp” in Rochester, N.Y., but has produced nothing of note since the last Jodeci album in 1995.
Though Jodeci only made three albums, they had 5 #1 hits in the 90’s including “Stay” and “Forever My Lady,” and their influence has been felt ever since. They changed the paradigm of R&B soul singers into the kind of hip-hop/R&B hybrid that you see from everyone from Chris Brown to August Alsina.
“Soul Train was a critical platform in the beginning of our career, so it only makes sense that our return to the stage be during Soul Train Awards 2014,” the group said in an exclusive statement released to Yahoo Music. “We’re humbled by the loyalty of our fans who have asked for a reunion and look forward to giving them a show as only Jodeci can. #JODECIforever.”