SOLO (the group) successfully references American soul legends without mimicking and yet continue to be, unlike any other R&B group. You may have loved their 90’s hits- “Heaven,” “Where Do You Want Me to put it,” “Touch Me”, or the A cappella vignettes of Sam Cooke's- classics “Cupid,” “What a wonderful world”, and The Drifters “Under the Boardwalk”. Get ready to fall in love with them again.
Known for their trademark vocal harmonies, textures, SOLO (Dan, D Nell, and J.D.) is a fusion of modern music production with traditional soulful melodies. “We decided to get back together because our fans wanted to hear more music,” says founding member D Nell Chavis.
Original upright bassist Rob Anderson recalled producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis discovering SOLO singing on a SOHO street corner in New York City. “Jimmy and Terry both stopped and listened to us at separate times; they liked what they heard so much that they signed us to their label Perspective/A&M records.”
In 1995, Perspective released the group’s self-titled debut “Solo.” The album was critically acclaimed and nominated for the Soul Train Music Award “Soul album of the year” and sold more than 750,000 copies. It garnered 2 top 10 singles “Heaven”- #1 Billboard AC R&B and “Where do you want me to put it”- #8 Billboard R&B. The album featured the soulful underground favorites “A change gonna come”, and “Blowing my mind.” The group’s sophomore follow-up “4 Bruthas and a Bass” was released in 1998 on A&M Records. On it, SOLO collaborated with the late great Gerald Levert, wrote with Angie Stone, recorded with the talented female group Brownstone, and released another hit single the sexy “Touch Me” (#23 Billboard R&B) co-produced and co-written with Raphael Saadiq. The group was also honored with The Northern Classic R&B Weekend 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dubbed the Temptations of the 90s, SOLO continues to perform live, building on the millions of fans they touched while touring The USA, Canada, Europe, and Japan. They have opened up for artists such as the Queen herself Aretha Franklin, R Kelly, Michael Bolton, Patty Labelle, Gladys Knight, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Chaka Kahn, R Kelly, The Notorious BIG, LL Cool J, and many others.