|Birth name||Maxine Jones|
January 16, 1962 |
Paterson, New Jersey, United States
|Genres||R&B, soul, dance-pop|
|Labels||Liferdef Empire, Atlantic|
|Associated acts||En Vogue, DJ King Assassin|
|Website||Maxine Jones EV|
Maxine Jones (born January 16, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Jones rose to fame in the early 1990s as a member of the R&B quartet En Vogue, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. In 2001, Jones departed from the group only to rejoin in 2003. The following year, she rejoined En Vogue for their tour and remained in group until failing to reach an agreement with the remaining group members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron in 2011.
Throughout a career spanning 25 years, Jones has sold over 31 million records with En Vogue. Jones has recorded four albums with En Vogue. Her work has earned her several awards and nominations, including two American Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award, four MTV Video Music Awards, and four Soul Train Music Awards. Jones is currently planning to release her first album, Do You See Me Now, in 2014.
1989–97: En Vogue
In July 1989, Jones auditioned in Oakland, California to audition for the group. Jones was one of the four women selected to become apart of the female group En Vogue. As a member of En Vogue, Maxine was credited as the member with the "Motown" voice. In group harmonies, Jones usually sings the "bottom" or the lowest key in the harmony. They began recording their debut album in December 1989 and finished in 1990. In 1990, En Vogue released their first single "Hold On", which became a number one single. Later that year, the group released their debut album Born to Sing, which sold a million copies. The group released their multi-platinum second album Funky Divas in 1992. Jones sang lead vocals on the album's top charting singles including "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)", "Give It Up, Turn It Loose", and "Free Your Mind", which remain one of their signature songs. "Free Your Mind" won two MTV Video Music Awards for "Best R&B Video" and "Best Dance Video".
In 1997, En Vogue released their third album, EV3. In 2000, they released their fourth album, Masterpiece Theatre. The following year, Jones left En Vogue to focus on family and was replaced by Amanda Cole. In 2003, she returned after Cole left the group on maternity leave. After touring with En Vogue in 2003, Jones left the group again. After the release of En Vogue's fifth album, Jones returned to the group. Following the next six years, Jones would perform with En Vogue.
2011–13: En Vogue to the Max and lawsuit
On September 26, 2011, Ellis, Jones & Herron without Robinson, debuted their new single "I'll Cry Later" from their forthcoming album that was planned for a December release. Negotiations for the album release resulted in Jones leaving En Vogue which was discussed with Robinson on Access Hollywood nearly a year later on October 17, 2012. The following year, Jones and former-fellow group member Dawn Robinson created their own group "Heirs to the Throne". The group never officially started. In 2013, Jones began her own line-up of En Vogue. The group debut as "En Vogue to the Max". It was also soon announced that Ellis and Herron sued Jones for use of the En Vogue name. A judge ruled that Herron and Ellis, as holders of the group's LLC, had exclusive rights to the group's name. Herron and Ellis also filed suit against Jones, demanding $1 million for unauthorized use of the name, though the damages request was ultimately determined to be without merit, as Herron and Ellis could not demonstrate harm done to the company from Jones's use of the name. She also appeared as a judge in season two's Paramount Idol, alongside Bruce Flohr and Andy Waldeck.
2014–present: To The Max
In 2014, Jones began recording her first solo album with producer DJ King Assassin entitled, To The Max. Jones released the lead single "Didn't I" on May 15, 2014. Following the release of her album, Jones will embarked on her "To the Max" tour.
Jones and her sisters have a general goods business.
- Do You See Me Now (2014)
- "Didn't I" (2014)
- Business Wire (2009-02-12). "Grammy® Nominated R&B Group En Vogue Closes Out Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit". Business Wire (Orlando, Florida, United States). Retrieved 2013-12-13.
- Former En Vogue Member Maxine Jones Readies New Single "Didn't I". Top40-Charts. Retrieved on March 24, 2014
- "Don't think I can make it. By Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, Will Townsend, Pharoah Davis, Warren Robinson & Andre Zachary part 2 - song, music - Copyright Info". Faqs.org. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
- Maxine Jones & Dawn Robinson discuss groups fallout. (Video). Youtube. Retrieved in March 20, 2014.
- CANCELLED: En Vogue to the Max starring Maxine Jones Seven Venues. Retrieved on May 11, 2013
- Maxine Jones Appeals En Vogue Decision BET News. Retrieved on May 11, 2013
- EnVogue performs half-time at the Detroit Piston's game on Monday March 18th Twitter.com. Retrieved on May 11, 2013
- TMZ Staff (1 April 2013). "Celebrity Justice: En Vogue Legal War Settled... Users Stripped of Name". TMZ.com. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- "Paramount Idol finale's a show to build a dream on". The Daily Progress. May 18, 2012.