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(Before Four)
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Pop
Years active 1999—2004
Labels Sony Music & Universal Music / Polydor
Associated acts RyanDan
Members Ryan Kowarsky
Dan Kowarsky
Ohad Einbinder

b4-4 later on Before Four (stylized as before four) was a Canadian boy band from Toronto, Ontario. The band was composed of the twins Ryan and Dan Kowarsky, and Ohad Einbinder. They were signed to Sony Records and achieved commercial success in Canada and later on as Before Four in Germany. After split-up, Ryan and Dan Kowarsky went on to form the vocal, musical, songwriting and producing duo RyanDan.

As b4-4[edit]

The three were friends for several years, however, the group did not officially form until 1999. Spontaneously walking into Toronto Sony Records studios, they got an audition from A & R President at Sony Canada, Mike Roth and were signed to the label.

Their debut was with the album b4-4.[1] They also signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV. b4-4 achieved major success in Canada with notable singles; "Get Down" and "Go Go". Other releases included "Everyday", and "Ball and Chain". The self-titled album went platinum.

They headlined YTV's Psykoblast Tour and also toured with Destiny's Child in the TRL tour. They were also nominated for Best New Group at the 2001 Juno Awards.

As Before Four[edit]

Following their success in Canada, the trio b4-4 headed to Germany signing with Universal Music / Polydor under the name Before Four.[2] They released a second album In Your Face which debuted at top 10. Before Four did a Non-Smoking Campaign for the European Union alongside Moby.

After break-up[edit]

  • After breaking up from the band, twin brothers Ryan and Dan Kowarsky formed their own duo group RyanDan and have released two albums, RyanDan in 2007.
  • Ohad Einbinder has worked in the production, development and management of musical artists. He also co-wrote the song "Home" on the hit show Army Wives on Lifetime.[citation needed] Ohad is also a co-founder of The brand Boomphones. first headphones that can transform into a Boombox.[citation needed]
  • After B4-4 Ohad Einbinder went on the legally change his name to Micah Haig, he can currently be found working in counter sales at Gescan Vancouver



Year Album details Peak Notes
2000 b4-4 CAN: Platinum
2003 In Your Face
  • Released:
    • 30 June 2003 (General edition)
    • 30 June 2003 [Limited German Special "(Tank) Topped Up" Edition]
    • 17 Nov 2003 (Special Edition)
  • Label: Polydor, Universal Music
  • Format: CD
Limited Edition released only in Germany


Year Single Peak positions Album
2000 "Get Down" 4 b4-4
"Go Go" 21
2001 "Ball and Chain"
2003 "Player" 29 In Your Face
"I'll Be There" 11 57
"Feel Free (To Say No)" 8 50

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Amazon Album Info
  2. ^ B44 - Album Interview (In Your Face)
  3. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 71, No. 12, July 24, 2000". RPM. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  4. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 71, No. 22, October 02 2000". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 

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