Assembled in Oakland, California in July 1989, En Vogue launched with original members Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson and Terry Ellis. The inspiration for the group came when production duo of Foster and Mc Elroy envisioned a modern-day girl group in the tradition of the 1950s/1960s female trios. The blueprint was based on the plan of recruiting singers who possessed strong voices, noticeably good looks, and intelligence.
Born to Sing was released on April 3, 1990. The first single, Hold On, was released to radio in late February 1990 and became a crossover pop hit, reaching number two on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles charts, and number one on both the R&B singles and Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. Hold On later went to #5 in the UK, and became a hit in Europe.
Hold On was awarded a Billboard Music Award for R&B Single of the Year, a Soul Train Award for R&B/Urban Contemporary Single of the Year, Group, Band or Duo and have been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. In 1990, En Vogue signed an endorsement deal to appear in a Diet Coke commercial directed by Spike Lee.
En Vogue’s second album, Funky Divas, was released in the spring of 1992. The album debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Billboard R&B and ultimately doubled the take of its predecessor, going multi-platinum. The album’s first single My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It) went top ten pop, and peaked at number one on the R&B charts.
My Lovin- Never Gonna Give It Up
Free Your Mind is the name of a Grammy Award-nominated hit single released by the American all-female R&B group En Vogue. Released on September 24, 1992 Free Your Mind is the third single released from En Vogue’s critically acclaimed album Funky Divas. The anti-prejudice rock-oriented song reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 16 on the UK Singles Chart.
Free Your Mind