Ronnie DeVoe

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Ronald Boyd DeVoe, Jr.
Birth name Ronald Boyd DeVoe Jr.
Also known as R.D., Ronnie D., Ron
Born (1967-11-17) November 17, 1967 (age 46)
Origin Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA
Genres R&B
Pop
Hip Hop
New jack swing
Occupations Singer
Years active 1981–present
Labels Streetwise
MCA
Bad Boy
Biv 10
Associated acts New Edition
Bell Biv DeVoe

Ronnie DeVoe (born Ronald Boyd DeVoe Jr. on November 17, 1967) is one of the members of the R&B/pop group, New Edition, and the R&B/hip hop group Bell Biv DeVoe. He was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

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DeVoe was the second-to-last member to join New Edition (Johnny Gill being the last) after being brought in by his uncle and the group's choreographer, Brooke Payne. In 1981, the group took second place at a talent show which caught the eye of record producer, Maurice Starr, who signed them to his Streetwise record label. New Edition went on to become the biggest-selling boy band group from the mid to late 1980s.

After New Edition's 1990 breakup, Devoe and fellow New Edition members, Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins, formed the R&B/hip-hop group, Bell Biv DeVoe. Bell Biv DeVoe's 1990 debut album, Poison, sold more than 5 million copies and garnered five hit singles such as "Poison" and "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?". In 1993, DeVoe and the group released their follow-up album, Hootie Mack.

In 1996, DeVoe reunited with the other original members of New Edition which saw the release of the album, Home Again, followed by a world tour ending in 1997.

In 2001, DeVoe and Bell Biv DeVoe released their third album, BBD.

DeVoe still performs and records with New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe and is co-owner of DeVoe Broker Associates, a real estate agency in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been married to Shamari Fears of the R&B group, Blaque since March 2006.[citation needed]

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