|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (May 2011)|
|Origin||Champaign, Illinois, United States|
|Years active||1981–1984, 1990–1991, 2008–present|
|Past members||Michael Day|
The septet, who named themselves after their hometown of Champaign, Illinois, included Pauli Carman and Rena Jones (later Day) on vocals; Michael Day and Dana Walden on keyboards; Leon Reeder on guitar; Michael Reed on bass; and Rocky Maffit on percussion/drums. The title track from their 1981 album, "How 'Bout Us", was a hit single, reaching #5 in the UK Singles Chart, and on the US Billboard R&B chart (also #12 on the Hot 100). Their second album, Modern Heart, was released in 1983 and contained the Top 10 hit "Try Again" (also #23 on the Hot 100). Another follow-up, 1984's Woman in Flames, included the Top 10 song "Off and On Love". Other songs include "Party People" and "Walkin'".
Carman released his first solo album, Dial My Number in 1986, scoring an R&B hit with the title track. His second album, It's Time was released the following year. In 1990 Champaign (including Carman) reconvened to record, and the Champaign IV album was released the following year. It did herald a brief return to the US R&B chart with the single, "Trials of the Heart".
By 2008, Pauli Carman, the original lead singer, continued to represent the group. The Carma album, released in 2008, included original songs along with a remake of The Beatles' "And I Love Her" and the Stevie Wonder track "I Love, I Love". In 2010, Get Back 2 Love was released (included a remaster of "How 'Bout Us"). The title track "Get Back 2 Love" made reference to Champaign's top hits. The same year, the single "Mercy" was released (a remake of the Marvin Gaye hit "Mercy Mercy Me"). This single was to assist those affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A portion of the proceeds was donated to various agencies assisting with the clean up and restoration in the area.
On September 15, 2013, Pauli Carman was presented the National R&B Music Society 'Unsung Hero Award'.
01/11/2013 to present, Carman tells the real story of "Champaign" titled "The Real Story".
In 2014, the CD album "Eyes Of The Spirit" was released.
- 1981: How 'Bout Us
- 1983: Modern Heart
- 1984: Woman in Flames
- 1991: Champaign IV
- 2008: Carma
- 2010: Get Back 2 Love
- 2013: Love Kind
- 2014: Eyes of the Spirit
- 2003: Greatest Hits