K-Ci & JoJo
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|K-Ci & JoJo|
|Origin||Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Labels||MCA, Formula Recordings, RPH Records/EMI Publishing|
|Associated acts||Jodeci, 2Pac, E-40, Aaron Hall, Danny Boy, Will Smith|
K-Ci & JoJo are an American R&B duo, consisting of brothers Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey (born September 2, 1969) and Joel "JoJo" Hailey (born June 10, 1971), Natives of Monroe, North Carolina, they are also members of the chart-topping R&B group Jodeci with the DeGrate brothers—Donald (better known as DeVante Swing) and Dalvin.
On their own 
In late 2006, K-Ci released his debut solo album entitled My Book.
Early years 
Early in 1996, K-Ci & JoJo teamed up for the song "How Could You" for the movie Bulletproof starring Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler. By July 1996, K-Ci & JoJo finally had a hit on their hands as guest artists in 2Pac's number-one R&B hit "How Do U Want It". It also topped the Billboard Hot 100.They also gained popularity with the last music video of 2pac, "Toss it Up".
Love Always and Life 
The brothers made their side projects into a full album, Love Always. Released on June 17, 1997, the album spawned two top-ten R&B hits: "You Bring Me Up" (Pop #26) and "Last Night's Letter" (Pop #46). The minor success of those singles, however, paled in comparison to the success of the album's third single, "All My Life" (which was dedicated to JoJo's daughter). A supple, lush ballad far removed from the Jodeci material of the early 1990s, "All My Life" was the number-one song on the Hot 100 for three weeks, a feat that K-Ci & JoJo had never achieved with Jodeci. It features a piano melody very similar to that of the electric piano found backing "Dancing In The Moonlight" by King Harvest. Future singles and albums would be crafted in the vein of "All My Life", which was the duo's only number-one hit, though many consider it one of the greatest jazz pop melodies of all time. Love Always went on to sell four million copies, and the success of the album put Jodeci's reunion on hold indefinitely. During the recording of Love Always they also appeared in the song "I Care 'Bout You" as a member of the R&B Supergroup Milestone along with After 7 which appeared on the soundtrack for the movie, Soul Food that was written and produced by Babyface.
It's Real (1999) 
K-Ci & JoJo's second studio album, It's Real was released on June 22, 1999. It peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, peaked at number two on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums, and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Outside of the US, the album reached top 20 on the Dutch Mega Album Top 100, the Canadian Albums Chart, and appeared on the New Zealand Top 40 Albums and the ARIA Charts. The album spawned four singles, including the number-two Billboard song, "Tell Me It's Real".
It's Realreceived a three star rating from Allmusic.
K-Ci & JoJo returned with X on December 5, 2000. X, the Roman numeral for ten, was picked as the album title to celebrate the Haileys' tenth anniversary in the music business. They made a strong return to the Billboard Hot 100 early in 2001 with the song "Crazy", also included on the Save the Last Dance soundtrack. "Crazy" peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The album also features a hidden Jodeci track entitled "Slip And Fall".
Emotional and Greatest Hits 
The fourth K-Ci & JoJo album, Emotional, was released on November 26, 2002, but did not find commercial success. The CD consisted of one single, "This Very Moment." and also their personal favorite "How Long" written by Steve Vaughn and Jojo Hailey.
K-Ci & JoJo released a greatest hits album on February 8, 2005.
On February 6, 2008, they released their fifth album called Love, which was released only in Japan.
New signing deal 
In 2010, they signed an exclusive deal with R&B crooner Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds' upstart Soda Pop Records, distributed through Capitol Records.
In 2010, they appeared in a 'T.V. ONE' reality show called K-Ci & JoJo Come Clean about the brothers' struggles with alcohol and addiction.
Family ties 
- Music runs in K-Ci & JoJo's family, with vocalist Dave Hollister, Calvin Richardson and Fantasia Barrino as cousins of the duo.
- All My Life: Their Greatest Hits (2005)
- 20th Century Masters - Millennium Collection: The Best of K-Ci & JoJo (2006)
- Ballad Collection for Lovers (2007)
- Playlist Your Way (2008)
Awards and nominations 
American Music Awards 
|1999||K-Ci & JoJo||Favorite R&B Band/Duo/Group||Won|
|2000||K-Ci & JoJo||Favorite R&B Band/Duo/Group||Nominated|
Blockbuster Awards 
|1999||K-Ci & JoJo||Best Group - R&B||Won|
Grammy Awards 
|1997||"How Do U Want It"||Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group||Nominated|
|1999||"All My Life"||Best R&B Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|1999||"All My Life"||Best R&B Song||Nominated|
MTV Video Music Awards 
|1998||"All My Life"||Best R&B Video||Nominated|
|2001||"Crazy"||Best Video from a Film||Nominated|
NAACP Awards 
|1999||K-Ci & JoJo||Outstanding Duo or Group||Nominated|
Soul Train Awards 
|1999||"All My Life"||Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo||Nominated|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 339. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4.
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