3rd Storee

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3rd Storee
Also known as "Chapter 4"
Origin Los Angeles, California, US
Genres R&B
Years active 1997–2007
Labels

Elektra Records

Def Soul/Universal

J Records (under the band name CHAPTER 4)
Associated acts J'Son, Chapter 4, Joe Budden, Treach
Past members
  • D-Smoove
  • Kevonté
  • Jay-R
  • K. Young (formerly Lil' Man)
(1999-2001)

Gavyn (2001-2007)

J'Son (2001-2007)

3rd Storee is an American R&B group that was active in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Their debut single, "If Ever", peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1999. The group was best known in the mid-1990s for their gold-certified single "If Ever" and "Party Tonight" featuring Treach of the hip-hop duo, Naughty By Nature and RL of NEXT.[1]

Career[edit]

The bands first single with original members.

3rd Storee was formed during 1997 in South Central Los Angeles. The original line up consisted of members Kevonté, Lil' Man, D'Smoove and Jay-R. As a quartet they almost immediately made a breakthrough when they were signed to Edmonds Entertainment, and put on tour with Britney Spears. Owing to the success of the tour, 3rd Storee was then invited to open for ’N Sync on a national US tour, before visiting Europe for the first time during 1998, without even releasing an album.

In 1998 "If Ever" was released and peaked at #11 on the Billboard R&B chart and #7 on the UK Singles Chart. A second single "Party Tonight" was released in 1999 and their debut album was never released. A few years later band member Lil' Man left the group and the group continued to seek to replace and add a new member.

2001, led 3rd Storee to sign with Def Soul Records and 90's R&B solo vocalist J'Son joined the band along with newcomer Gavyn Rhones, The group then released their 2nd album titled "Get With Me" in 2002, and the lead single and music video of the same name was promoted across the media. The single also featured Joe Budden who provided rap verses. "Get With Me" placed at #71 on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Single Sales Chart for 1 week. Another track on the album titled "I'm Sorry" was featured on the Rush Hour 2 soundtrack. In 2003, 3rd Storee appeared as actors on the dance film "Honey" and also provided the theme song ("Honey" featuring clipse) for the soundtrack.

In 2006, Kevontay made his departure from the group and 3rd Storee attempted on a new venture with J. Records under a new band name titled "Chapter 4". The band Chapter 4 only consists 4 out of 6 of the 3rd Storee members: Gavyn as lead vocalist, D-Smoove, Jay-R and J'Son. They released a 4-track promotional EP album sampler along with a music video for their lead single "Fool With U", which Omarion later covered.

Kevontay Jackson, a member of 3rd Storee who went on to TV fame

After the short lived journey with Chapter 4, the band members decided to take a break from recording as a group and went on the different avenues. Kevontay became an actor and appeared in various television shows and films, but is most known playing the role of Jerome on the comedy series "Everybody Hates Chris". While Jay-R continued to write and produce songs for other artists. Past 3rd storee bandmate Lil' Man, now known as "K. Young", went on the continue his solo career. Dante Clark (D-Smoove) became a Minister of a church in Long Beach California. J'son continued entertainment going under the name "Jay Sonic" and became an actor and done voice overs for commercials. Gavyn became a solo artist and was featured on various artist music. He also toured with many acts as well as serving as a temporary lead singer with The Gap Band.

In a recent summer 2017 interview on YouTube with Black Hollywood Live, Kevontay discussed he would hope a 3rd storee reunion would happen. He was in doubt about an attempt to start a solo career, but it did not come to happen, however he did started rapping. In the meanwhile he expressed he rather be more behind the scenes with entertainment with future projects as well as develop an animated series.[2]

In a fall 2017 social media post, Jay-R hinted a reunion of the original 3rd Storee members with a recent photo of all 4 bandmates together, citing "Don't Forget, we're coming!!!", with the hashtags explaining that "nothing can break their bond". This will be K-Young's return since leaving the group in 2000.

Members and lineup chronology[edit]

  • Kevontay (Born Kevontay Jackson)
  • Lil’ Man AKA K-Young (Born Kenneth Pratt)
  • D’Smoove (Born Dante Clark)
  • Jay-R (Born Barry Reed Jr)
  • Gavyn (Born Gavyn Rhone)
  • J'Son (Born Jason Tyrel Thomas)
3RD STOREE / CHAPTER 4 YEARS ACTIVE
Band Member 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008-2017 2018
Lil Man (Lead Vocals)

(1999 - 2001)

1st Album H H REUNION
Kevontay Jackson (Vocals)

(1999-2005)

1st & 2nd Album I I REUNION
D-Smoove (Vocals, Rapper)

(1999-2007)

1st & 2nd Album A CHAPTER 4 A REUNION
Jay-R (Lead Vocals)

(1999-2007)

1st & 2nd Album T CHAPTER 4 T REUNION
J'Son (Lead Vocals)

(2001-2007)

2nd Album U CHAPTER 4 U
Gavyn (Lead Vocals)

(2001-2007)

2nd Album S CHAPTER 4 S

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "If Ever" - 1999 - UK #7
  • "Party Tonight" (featuring Treach and RL of Next) - 1999
  • "Get With Me" (remix) featuring Joe Budden - 2002
  • "Fool With U" (under the new band name 'CHAPTER 4') - 2006

Chapter 4 Sampler Track Listing[edit]

  1. Fool With You
  2. Waiting On My Baby
  3. Lights On (Featuring Fabalous)
  4. Should've Thought Twice

Unreleased Songs

  • "The After Party" (Follow up to "Party Tonight") - The 3rd Storee Album
  • "If Ever" (Pop Radio Mix) - The 3rd Storee Album
  • "If Ever" feat. Harlem World (So So Def Remix) - King Triple Exe Session 4: The Passion of 90's R&B Album
  • "2 Piece Juicy" (unreleased from Chapter 4)

Music Videos

  • "If Ever"
  • "Party Tonight"
  • "Honey" - Promotional Video for the movie "Honey"
  • "Get With Me"
  • "Fool With U" (credited as Chapter 4)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 556. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Black Hollywood Live (2017-06-15), Kevontay Jackson Talks Upcoming Projects, Casting News and More Trends | BHL's Next, retrieved 2017-07-18 
  3. ^ Charts at Allmusic