Rome (musician)

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This article is about the American R&B singer. For the lead singer and guitarist in the band Sublime With Rome, see Rome Ramirez.
Rome
Birth name Jerome Woods
Born (1970-03-05) March 5, 1970 (age 44)
Benton Harbor, Michigan, U.S.
Genres R&B
Years active 1996–2003
Labels

RCA (1996-1999) JTJ (2001-2003)

Suthun Music Entertainment (2009-)

Jerome Woods (born March 5, 1970 in Benton Harbor, Michigan), better known by his stage name Rome, is an American R&B singer.

Woods sang in a cover band called Fire & Ice while a high schooler, and toured regionally both as a solo artist and with the band. He attended Oakwood University but dropped out in 1989 and moved to California in hopes of making a career as a singer.[1] He toured with Vesta but had little success until he met with Gerald Baillergeau and Victor Merrit, the producers who heard his demo and sent it to RCA Records. RCA signed him and released his debut album in 1997, which went on to sell over half a million copies in the U.S.,[1] mainly on the strength of the single "I Belong to You (Everytime I See Your Face)", which peaked at #6 in the U.S. He had two Top 40 hits from the album.

Having achieved success with his RCA Records debut, a projected second album was rejected. Instead, he signed a distribution deal with Ground Level for his own label follow-up - Rome2000: Thank You, but the material recorded while under contract to RCA has never been released. In 2001 he returned with two albums: To The Highest and To Infinity (Thank You); the last one is just an alternative edition of Rome2000: Thank You. Do It followed in 2003, and three years later Sony issued Rome's Best Of, which has only 10 songs from his 1997 debut.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Rome (RCA Records, 1997) U.S. #30, U.S. R&B #7[2]
  • Thank You (RCA Records, 1999) UNRELEASED
  • Rome2000: Thank You ([JTJ/Big Whale], 1999) U.S. R&B #48[2]
  • To Infinity (Thank You) ([JTJ], 2001)
  • To The Highest ([JTJ], 2001)
  • Do It ([JTJ Empire], 2003)
  • The Best Of Rome (Sony, 2006)
  • My Time Again (EP) (Twenty Two Recordings/Fontana Distribution, 2014)

Charting Singles[edit]

  • "I Belong to You (Every Time I See Your Face)" (2/25/1997) U.S. #6, U.S. R&B #2[3]
  • "Do You Like This" (1997) U.S. #31, U.S. R&B #10[3]
  • "Back On The Scene" (2009)

Guest appearances and compilations[edit]

  • SWV It's All About U cd2 1996 RCA records cds

Song: "Use Your Heart"

  • SoulTrain Christmas StarFest 1997 Sony records

Song: "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

  • Danesha Starr featuring ROME Interscope 1998 cds

Song "As Long As I Live"

Song: "I Missed My Loved Ones"

  • Blade Original Soundtrack 1998 TVT records

Song: "Fightin' A War"

Song: "Ride Baby"

Song: "Heart and Soul", "Give It Up"

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1997 "I Belong to You (Every Time I See Your Face)" Christopher Erskin
1997 "Crazy Love" Christopher Erskin

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rome at Allmusic
  2. ^ a b Billboard, Allmusic.com
  3. ^ a b Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com

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