Growing up in Brooklyn (Do or Die) Bed-Stuy Karen Bernod always performed in neighborhood talent shows. Her favorite songs were usually by female artists such as Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Robeta Flack and Stephanie Mills.
chicago born brigette mcwilliams has singing in her blood. accompanying her mother on tours, mcwilliams learned about music first-hand from the legends of r&b and soul. she studied law for a while and signed to universal records with the group flavor.
By her own description, Soccorro's music is characterized as a fusion of soul and rhythm and blues. One only has to listen to Soccorro sing and you feel as if you have no choice but to believe each and every word. A Georgia native, Soccorro's foray into music seemed predestined even at the early age of four.
Right away, music pundits, radio station programmers and audiences alike will listen to Ra-Re Valverde and proclaim the ushering of a"neo-soul" empress. Not exactly a misnomer, but perhaps the "neo-soul" term may be too limiting.
Donna Gardier was a member of the group Raw Stylus, a London-based dance music outfit whose core members were Jules Brookes and Ron Aslan. In 1995 they released the single, "Believe In Me", which reached #1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart. It was a minor success in the UNited Kingdom reaching #66 on the UK Singles Chart in October 1996.