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Koffee Brown, 2001. Vee and Fonz.
|Origin||Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA|
|Genres||R&B, Neo soul, Urban|
|Associated acts||Next, Naughty by Nature|
Koffee Brown was an American R&B and neo-soul duo consisting of male singer Falonte "Fonz" Moore and female singer Vernell "Vee" Sales. They were discovered by music producer Kay Gee and RL of Next, and were signed to Arista Records. They are best known for their song "After Party," released in December, 2000.
Naughty by Nature member Kay Gee had formed Divine Mill Records, whose roster includes Warner Bros. Records recording artists Jaheim, Eddie Berkeley, Barry Salters, and Allstar (who produced "After Party," and co-produced Joe's R&B/pop chart-topper "Stutter" with Teddy Riley). RL Huggar (also of Next) suggested that Fonz leave his native Howardsville, Missouri to audition for Kay Gee in Minnesota. East Orange, New Jersey-born Vee was an old neighborhood friend of Kay Gee, and had toured as a background singer with Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans. She can also be heard on Case's "Touch Me, Tease Me" from The Nutty Professor movie soundtrack, and the Next single "Too Close." After their formation as a duo, they appeared on Next's Rated Next in 1997, and then Naughty by Nature's Nineteen Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury in 1999.
The duo had major success with their debut single "After Party," a jazzy dance track that started climbing the charts in early 2001 and is included on their Arista debut album Mars/Venus. Filling a male/female-singing duo void of the time, Koffee Brown was readily embraced.
Their first and only album, Mars/Venus, was released on March 6, 2001 and featured the single "After Party," which peaked at Number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself peaked at Number 32 on the Billboard 200. It performed considerably better on Billboard's R&B Chart, however, peaking at Number 7. Regardless, after this initial success, Koffee Brown virtually disappeared from the music industry.
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