Rythm Syndicate

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Rythm Syndicate (the official and purposely misspelled version of the band name, used on their albums, singles, and publicity material, spelt "rhythm" without the first "h") is an R&B group from Connecticut, consisting of singer Evan Rogers, guitarist/keyboardist Carl Sturken, second guitarist Mike McDonald (also handling backing vocals), bassist John Nevin, saxophonist Rob Mingrino, and drummer Kevin Cloud. Rogers and Sturken were already well-established producers and songwriters, having helmed many well-received albums albums during the mid to late-1980s, with Rogers having also released sporadic solo albums during the decade.

The group plans to reunite for a one-off live performance in their home state of Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den. The original restored "Rythm" spelling will be used for this gig to avoid confusion with another band in Ohio using the same name using "Rhythm". When the reunion will happen will depend on Sturken and Rogers' currently busy schedule of writing and producing for other artists. The predecessor band to Rythm Syndicate, Too Much Too Soon, reunited on April 20, 2013 at the Elks BPO Rockville Lodge in Ellington, CT with surviving members Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken, John "Noodle" Nevin, Kevin Cloud and Kirk Cloud performing (keyboardist Keith Cloud died in 1996).

The group had two hits in 1991: "P.A.S.S.I.O.N.", which reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "Hey Donna", which attained number 13. "P.A.S.S.I.O.N." peaked at number 58 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1991.[1] The group's releases were on the Impact Records label.



  • 1991 "Hey Donna" U.S. #13 (Rythm Syndicate)
  • 1991 "P.A.S.S.I.O.N." U.S. #2 U.K. #58 (Rythm Syndicate)
  • 1991 "Blinded by Love" (Rythm Syndicate)
  • 1992 "I Wanna Make Love to You" (Sex, Life & Love)


  • Rythm Syndicate (1991, Impact Records)
  • Sex, Life & Love (1992, Impact Records; band name changed to Rhythm Syndicate, with the first letter 'h' in their band name.)

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1991 "Hey Donna" Larry Jordan


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 477. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.