Love Inc. (band)

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Love Inc.
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres House
Eurodance
Years active 1997 (1997)–2000 (2000)
Past members Chris Sheppard
Brad Daymond
Simone Denny
Monique Kurnath
David Morris (DJ) DJ mOz

Love Inc. were a Canadian eurodance music group from Toronto. The group was formed by DJ/remixer/producers Chris Sheppard and Brad Daymond, with Simone Denny on vocals. The Sheppard and Denny combination previously worked together in the Quality Records dance outfit BKS, an acronym using the surname initials of Zambian born Hennie Bekker, Greg Kavanagh and Sheppard. One last member joined the team from the UK known as David Morris (DJ mOz), this created the perfect formula combined with Daymond who was an emerging remixer/writer who had worked with The Nylons.

Musical career[edit]

The group scored its first major hit on the Canadian pop chart with "Broken Bones", the music video for which won the Best Video award at the 1998 MuchMusic Video Awards.[1] "Broken Bones" peaked at number 6 (Canadian Airplay) and 31 (Top 100 singles) in 1998 and was followed that same year by "You're a Superstar", this time with a white labeled remixed by a UK DJ. "DJ mOz", at last the time had arrived for it to get globally noticed worldwide including a number 1 in the (Canadian Dance Chart). "You're a Superstar" also became the band's only hit in the United States, where it peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1999. The singles "Who Do You Love" and "Homeless" followed in 1999.

In 1999, Daymond left the group to pursue a successful remix and production career with Alex Greggs as "Riprock & Alex G". After Love Inc.'s self-titled album was released, Sheppard and Denny continued as a duo and in 2000 released Into the Night, which included the title track, "Come On (It's Only Love)" and "Here Comes the Sunshine". It would also be their last album. Five singles in total reached the # 1 position on the Canadian Dance Charts published by the now-defunct publications The Record and RPM Magazine.

The group's debut album remains the only dance album created domestically in Canada to achieve platinum certification (sales over 100,000 units). Part of the dynamic 3's collaborations were talented professional dancer and choreographer Monique "Nikki K" Kurnath. Kurnath's contributions included previous back-up dancing and choreography for Sheppard's & Denny's previous group BKS for 3 years. Once Love Inc. was formed, Sheppard asked Kurnath to remain part of the group and perform back-up dancing and choreography once again for live performances both on the stage in concerts, live-to-air TV broadcasts and music videos too. For some live performances, Kurnath also was spotted singing back-up.

Aside the aforementioned Alex Greggs (who with Daymond moved on to work with 'N Sync and others), Love Inc. were also aided by Frankfurt-based pop dance genius Peter Ries, who co-produced both albums with the band. Other participants included composer Vincent Degiorgio and Germany's Doug Laurent and award winning songwriter/artist Dan Hill.

A few years after their break up, they would achieve success overseas when "You're a Superstar" and "Broken Bones" became hits in the UK and Ireland. "You're a Superstar" spent four weeks at number 7 in the UK Singles Chart in December 2002, and "Broken Bones" reached number 8 in May 2003.[2] "Do Ya (Feel The Love)", co-written with Ms. Denny, was also featured on the initial Queer As Folk soundtrack, released on RCA Victor worldwide. You're a Superstar was featured on the Christmas special series finale of The Office as music in the background.

In 2003, Denny provided the vocals for Widelife's track "All Things (Just Keep Getting Better)", the theme from Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.[3][4]

In 2013, Denny returned to performing with a touring version of Love Inc., this time billing themselves as "Love Inc. Featuring Simone Denny," performing the band's songs at nightclubs across Canada.

Legacy[edit]

  • "Broken Bones" would be used as a sampled track on Canadian rapper Belly's 2011 single "Purple Drugs," using the main lyrics from "Broken Bones" ("...Take a ride on a purple airplane, honey I don't when I'll be back again") as the basis for the song.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
CAN
[5][6]
Certifications
Love Inc.
  • Release date: 1998
  • Label: BMG Music Canada
  • Formats: CD
33
Into the Night
  • Release date: August 29, 2000
  • Label: BMG Music Canada
  • Formats: CD
46
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
CAN
[8]
CAN
Dance

[9]
NED
[10]
UK
[2]
US
Dance

[11]
AU
1997 "Broken Bones" 31 1 8 52 Love Inc.
1998 "You're a Superstar" 13 1 23 7 22
"Homeless" 21 1
1999 "Who Do U Love" 18 1
2000 "Come On (It's Only Love)" Into the Night
"Here Comes the Sunshine" 14 1
"Into the Night" 39
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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