R&B Divas: LA Cast Announced!

TVOne is capitalizing on the success of last year’s first season of “R&B Divas” with a spin-off, ”R&B Divas: LA”.  In recent weeks many names were rumored to be a part of the new show, but Wednesday TVOne made their official casting announcement.

"R&B Divas: LA" will follow the musical and personal lives of Kelly Price, Chante Moore, Dawn Robinson, Lil’ Mo, Claudette Ortiz and Michel’le.

Kelly Price first came to many people’s attention as a background singer for Mariah Carey.  However, the platinum selling success of her debut album SOUL OF A WOMAN in 1998 proved her voice could stand on it’s own.  Seven Grammy nominations later, Price is still a vocal powerhouse as demonstrated on her latest release, 2011’s KELLY.

Chante Moore’s four octave range first blessed our ears on her 1992 debut album PRECIOUS.  Equal parts Diana Ross, Karyn White and Minnie Riperton, Moore’s voice has graced seven albums with her next album, MOORE IS MORE scheduled for a late April release.

Dawn Robinson’s voice took En Vogue’s amazing harmonies to another level during their successful run in the ’90s and was later the vocal anchor of the group Lucy Pearl in 2000.  Along the way there were noted collaborations, a solo album in 2002 and several reunion attempts with En Vogue, the last of which failed in August of 2012.  We look forward to seeing Dawn focus on her own path in 2013 and beyond.

Lil’ Mo’s singing and songwriting talents first rose to prominence in the hip hop community under the mentorship of Missy Elliott.  In 2001 her debut album BASED ON A TRUE STORY hit and introduced her as a solo act.  Several albums later, Lil’ Mo essentially left the music scene to focus on her growing family.  In 2011 she returned with the underrated album P.S. I LOVE ME.  And we love that she’s on a show like this because her voice is amazing and deserves to be heard by more people.

Claudette Ortiz was the visual and vocal feature of the R&B/Hip Hop trio City High in 2001, best known for their hit “What Would You Do”.  The short lived group became equally as known for Ortiz’s personal relationships with both of her male group mates, one of whom spiraled into alcohol addiction and the other whom she married and divorced.  It is believed Ortiz is currently working on a solo project.

Michel’le entered the music game as the girlfriend of Dr. Dre who produced her self-titled debut album in 1989.  She gained media attention for a booming singing voice which contrasted her squeaky cartoon-like speaking voice.  After splitting up with Dr. Dre, with whom she had a son, she later married (and subsequently divorced) Suge Knight, the then controversial CEO of Death Row Records.  Michel’le’s last known recording was ten years ago, so hopefully the show will result in some new material from her.

Enjoy! :-)

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