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Az Yet

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Formed in 1989 initially as a duo with Shawn Rivera and Dion Allen, they were later joined by Kenny Terry who they met singing in the lobby of the Wyndham Hotel.

A demo by the group found its way into the hands of Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds through his mother-in-law, Jacqueline McQuam, who held later various showcases to highlight their work. Impressed by their sound, Edmonds asked them to perform at a concert with After 7 and El Debarge and subsequently added Boyz II Men founding member Marc Nelson.

Az Yet released their self-titled debut in 1996 on LaFace Records. The album featured a who’s who of musical heavyweights including David Foster, BabyFace, Sheila E.,and Brian McKnight. The first single, “Last Night” reached #1 on the R&B charts and #9 on the Hot 100, achieving platinum status. The group’s second single, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” (a cover of the Chicago hit), was nominated for a Grammy award (Best Performance by a Duo or Group) reached #8 on the Hot 100 and achieved platinum status. Driven by these two singles, the album reached RIAA platinum status in 2002.

Marc Nelson was removed from the group due to “personal differences” and pursued a solo career. Nelson was replaced by Tony Grant as lead singer who was subsequently replaced by Ledon Bishop.

During Tony Grant’s brief tenure with Az Yet, the most significant recording he made with the group was an appearance on the popular remake of “You’re The Inspiration” with Chicago’s Peter Cetera in 1997. The group continued to tour for several more years, experiencing exceptional success in Europe, Australia and Japan.

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