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8 Underrated R&B Female Groups with Amazing Harmonies
8 R&B Female Vocal Groups That Should Have Gone Further In Their Careers
For some reason, female vocal groups do not last a long time. Many of them come, make gain a little notoriety, and then fade away. While many female vocal groups do not last long, groups such as Destiny's Child, SWV and TLC seem to have made an impact on R&B music. However, there were many other female groups who were super talented, but didn't get very much recognition. These were not just female vocal groups. These are 8 groups that had amazing harmonies and should have gotten much more recognition than they did.
1. The Emotions: The Emotions are well known for their hit song "Best of My Love" which stayed number one at 5 weeks back in 1977. They also worked alongside Earth, Wind And Fire on "Boogie Wonderland". But it is the lesser known songs such as "Don't Ask My Neighbors" and "A Feeling Is" that many people love them for because it showcased their unique harmonies. When you listen to female groups such as The Jones Girls and EnVogue, you can clearly see that they were influenced by The Emotions Harmonies.
The Emotions showcase their gospel stylings and harmonies on their song Blessed
2. The Jones Girls- The Jones Girls biggest hit was "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else", which was a top 5 R&B hit song. Female R&B group Xscape also covered their slow jam "Who Can I Run To" back in 1995. The Jones Girls have admitted to being influenced by the Emotions and their harmonies were just as beautiful as The Emotions.
The Jones Girls hit the right notes with their tender and heartbreaking ballad "I Close My Eyes"
3. The Mary Jane Girls-When the Mary Jane Girls came on the scene they were often compared to Vanity 6 because each group presented the girls as beautiful and sexy singers who served some type of male fantasy role: Jojo was the tomboy, Maxi was the dominatrix, Candy was the classy vixen, and Cheri (the original fourth member) was the valley girl. Well, no offense to Prince, but vocally, The Mary Jane Girls won hands down. Their biggest hit was "My House" although "All Night Long" is a cult classic. These women did not just look good, they also had amazing four part harmonies and sung to sexy yet classy songs.
The Mary Jane Girls "You Are My Heaven" verses and chorus are sung in beautiful harmony
4. Zhane-What's interesting about Zhane is that there were only two vocal members, but their harmonies were beautiful together. They were best known for their songs "Hey Mr. DJ" and "Groove Thang". Zhane had two albums and with their talent on the piano as well as their vocals, we wish we could have heard more from them.
Zhane's "Love Me Today" showcase both their harmonies and their jazzy piano playing ability
5. Phajja-Phajja is another female group that had only two albums out. None of their songs reached the top ten, but a music video for their slow jam "What Are You Waiting For", gave them much publicity and put them on the map at the time as another female vocal group to look out for.
Phajja's slow and soulful "What Are You Waiting For" generated notoriety for their harmonies which was virtually unheard of in mainstream R&B music back in
6. The Braxtons-Anyone who watches The Braxtons Family Values reality show know that these women can sing. They've had gospel training and will not hesitate to showcase their vocal abilities on the show. Many however did not know that 3 of the Braxtons sisters came out with an album back in 1996, which was over shadowed by big sister's Toni success at the time. But the album had good gems and has since peek the interest of those who watch the show.
The Braxtons mid-tempo "L.A.D.I." showcases both their harmony and vocal ranges
7. BlackGirl-BlackGirl was known for their short hair and masculine yet feminine attire. While they did receive Billboard Award nominations, unfortunately this group only had one album. However if you look up information on the group, the general consensus is that they should have gone a lot further than they had.
BlackGirl also sings harmony through the verses and chorus on their smooth groove "Nubian Prince"
8. Body-Under the production of Ms. Angela Winbush herself,female vocal group Body's debut album had beautiful and elegant numbers on them. Unfortunately they only had one album, but again their album was chock full of strong vocals and harmonies.