All-4-One

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All-4-One
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All-4-One performing at a concert.
Background information
Origin Glendale, California, USA
Genres R&B, pop
Years active 1993–present
Labels Atlantic Records
Discretion Records
AMC
EMI America Records
Peak Records
Members Jamie Jones
Delious Kennedy
Alfred Nevarez
Tony Borowiak

All-4-One is an American male R&B/pop group best known for their cover hit single "I Swear" from their self-titled 1994 debut album. The group comprises Jamie Jones, Delious Kennedy, Alfred Nevarez, and Tony Borowiak, all from the Antelope Valley and Mojave, California areas, but are based in the Los Angeles area. The group has sold 22 million records worldwide.

History[edit]

Dubbed the "Dukes of R&B" by several internet sources,[1] All-4-One's hit "I Swear" won a Grammy Award in 1995 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and enjoyed an eleven-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and a seven-week run at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart. It has been named by ASCAP as one of the greatest love songs of the 20th Century.[citation needed] It was also nominated for Song Of The Year, as was the single Top 5 smash hit "I Can Love You Like That." The group was popular before the No. 1 success of "I Swear," as their previous single "So Much in Love" (originally a No. 1 US hit for The Tymes in 1963) had reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier in the year. Other hits include "She's Got Skillz", "These Arms", "Beautiful as U", "I Will Be Right Here" and "Someday" (the title single from the Disney animated feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame).

A rift between their independent label, Blitzz Records, and their major label, Atlantic Records, led to the group leaving Atlantic Records as well as Blitzz Records after the release of the album On and On in 1999. The shift in labels left the group in limbo for a few years as they contemplated their next move. In 2001, the follow-up album, A41, was released on AMC Records yielding, "Beautiful As U," a Top 20 hit on the Radio & Records Adult Contemporary chart. The group's 2004 album, Split Personality, was given an Asia-only release, and subsequently gave them Asian hits with "Someone Who Lives in Your Heart" and "I Just Wanna Be Your Everything." For much of the 2000s All-4-One has spent their time touring South East Asia, in cities such as Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul, Bangkok, Shanghai, Sydney and Perth Australia.

In 2009, All-4-One released No Regrets on the Peak Records/Concord Music Group label. Reviews on the record have garnered an overwhelming response with some reviewers claiming No Regrets is a "career album for All-4-One"[2] The album was largely created in-house, with the group doing the writing for the album, and Jamie Jones production company, The Heavyweights, doing a lot of the production work.[3] The CD produced an Urban Adult Contemporary hit entitled "My Child".

Solo ventures[edit]

Delious Kennedy is the co-founder of the Catalina Film Festival, known as the west coast's version of Cannes Film Festival.[4] The Catalina Film Festival is a destination festival located just off the coast on Santa Catalina Island, California.

In 2012, Kennedy released a single he co-wrote entitled "My Rose" which peaked at No. 44 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Club charts. The song was done as a favor to Michael Lohan, father of Lindsay Lohan, and was supposed to mark her return to the spotlight. After being released from rehab, Lindsay Lohan was involved in a shoplifting incident involving a necklace. Due to the negative press, Kennedy decided to postpone the release of the single in 2011 and released it in 2012 without the Lohans' involvement.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Category Song/Album Genre Result
1995 Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal I Swear Pop Winner
1995 Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal I Can Love You Like That Pop Nominated
1995 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal I'm Your Man R&B Nominated

American Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Song/Album Genre Result
1995 Favorite New Artist Soul/Rhythm and Blues So Much in Love R&B Winner
1995 Favorite Soul/R&B Single I Swear R&B Nominated
1995 Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist All-4-One Nominated

Other awards[edit]

  • 1994 - Nominated for a Billboard Award for Song of the Year for "I Swear"
  • 1994 - Coca-Cola Australian Music Awards - Most Popular
  • 1994 - Golden Europa - Favorite New International Act
  • 1994 - Biggest-Selling Single in the Guinness Book of World Records for "I Swear"
  • 1994 - International Song for "I Swear"
  • 1995 - Nominated for the Tina Turner Music Prize
  • 1995 - Singapore Perfect 10 Music Awards - Favorite New Act
  • 1996 - Sang National Anthem, Game 3 of the 1996 World Series at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview: All-4-One â€" Vocal Harmony Group - Blogcritics Music". Blogcritics.org. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  2. ^ "All-4-One - No Regrets (2009) (review) | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  3. ^ "All-4-One Returns to R&B With No Regrets - R&B Haven". Rnbhaven.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  4. ^ "Catalina Film Festival". Catalinaff.org. 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 

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