One Hit Wonders of the 90's
Some say the 90s gave us some of the best R&B music and even say nothing has been able to replicate that era. The 90s introduced us to artists such as Beyoncé (who was a part of Destiny’s Child at the time), Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Usher and so many more artists who still make music to this day. However, like most genres in music, there are always those artists who releases a single which is a smash and they either can’t follow up their initial success, or they just disappear into thin air. So here are a few examples of a few one-hit wonders of the 90s.
Adina Howard: Freak Like Me
When making a list of one-hit wonders of the 90s, it is a must to mention this song. It was the debut single of singer Adina Howard; reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995 and was later certified platinum. Although Adina did have other minor hits, she like most artists on this list could not replicate the success of their major single. Her second album, Welcome to Fantasy Island, was unfortunately shelved but Adina still continued her musical career and even managed to go to culinary school back in 2011.
As of 2018, Adina is currently working on a self-help book and his working on another album.
MoKenStef: He’s Mine
MoKenStef consisted of: Monifa, Kenya and Stefanie – an R&B trio who hailed from Los Angeles, California. The group formed in 1994 and a year later they had a hit song with their debut single, “He’s Mine”. The single used the popular sample “Be Alright” by Zapp; also used by Tupac (“Keep Ya Head Up) and H-Town (“Knockin’ Da Boots”). It was a summer hit in 1995 in the US and even managed to chart over here in the UK – but for only one week. The trio later released their second single “Sex in the Rain” but it could not emulate the success of their first hit. The group only released one album, Azz Izz, and would release two other promotional singles. Unfortunately, the group disbanded in 2000.
Groove Theory: Tell Me
Groove Theory is a R&B, Neo-Soul duo, with members: Amel Larrieux and Bryce Wilson. The duo came together in 1993 and would later sign a record deal with Epic Records. Groove Theory would then find commercial success in 1995 with their debut single, “Tell Me” - which was a hit in the US and the UK. The duo released other singles from the self-titled album, which were also quite successful but “Tell Me” is the duo’s signature song. With an album certified gold, things were looking up for the duo; however, before the end of the decade, Amel decided to leave the group to pursue a solo career. She would be replaced by Makeda Davis but by 2001, Groove Theory was over.
With disbandment of the group, Amel continued her solo career and even founded her own record label. Meanwhile Bryce began acting, appearing in several films but continued his music career by producing records for other artists such as Amerie and Mary J. Blige.
Mark Morrison: Return of the Mack
West-German born R&B singer, Mark Morrison, began his career in 1993 and released three singles before he was able to find success with the one-hit wonder classic, “Return of the Mack”. It was a UK number one hit and would also find success in the US, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1996. He managed to find success with other singles from the Return of the Mack album – however Morrison was constantly in trouble with the police, hindering his career and resulted in his arrest and imprisonment in 1997. In 2000, Morrison signed a five-year record deal with Death Row Records - but nothing came of it. In the 2000s. Morrison continued to make music but also continued to get in trouble with the police and eventually released a second album in 2006.
Gina Thompson: The Things You Do
Gina Thompson released her first album, Nobody Does It Better, in 1996 and found success with the single, “The Things You Do”. The version released was the Bad Boy remix featuring Missy Elliot. The song found chart success and was a popular summer hit during the summer of ’96. With the mild success of her first album, Gina was ready to go ahead with her second album, If You Only Knew. However, there were issues with the album’s release as it was initially shelved but was later released for a limited time. This resulted in Gina asking to be released from her contract and to continue her career as an independent artist.
K.P. & Envyi: Swing My Way
K.P. (Kia Phillips) and Envyi (Susan Hedgepeth) were two separate artists collaborated, resulting in the track “Swing My Way”. The song was successful both in the US and the UK. After the success of the song, K.P. & Enyvi went back to being individual artists but their paths would cross on several occasions until 2011, when the two reunited to perform “Swing My Way” at the A-Town Legends Concert in Atlanta.