Mr. President (band)

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Mr. President
The final line-up of Mr. President, featuring (from left to right) Franzi, LayZee and Lady Danii, perform Coco Jamboo at Hit Giganten, 2004.
Background information
Also known asSatellite One
OriginBremen, Germany
GenresEurodance, pop, hip hop, reggae fusion
Years active1991–2008
LabelsWarner Bros. Records (1994–2003)
Past membersDelroy Rennalls (LayZee)
Judith Hinkelmann (T-Seven)
Daniela Haak (Lady Danii)
George Jones (Sir Prophet)
Myriam Beckmann (Myra)
Franziska Frank (Franzi)
Nadia Ayche

Mr. President is a German eurodance project best known for the crossover world hit "Coco Jamboo" released in 1996. The group is also famous in Europe for the dance hits "Up'n Away", "I'll Follow the Sun", "I Give You My Heart", "4 on the Floor", "Jojo Action" and the hit albums Up'n Away and We See The Same Sun.

Mr. President was originally formed in 1991 in Bremen, Germany, by producers Jens Neumann and Kai Matthiesen. In the beginning, the group consisted of the German singers Judith Hinkelmann (T-Seven), Daniela Haak (Lady Danii) and American rapper George Jones (Sir Prophet). In 1994, Jones was replaced by British rapper Delroy Rennalls (Layzee Dee). When Hinklemann departed the act in 2000 to begin a solo career, singer Nadia Ayche joined the group as her replacement. Ayche, however, was quickly replaced by singer Myra Beckmann in 2001. When Beckmann also departed the act in 2003, singer Franziska Frank (Franzi) joined the act. By 2008, Mr. President had officially disbanded.

Since 2008, Rennalls has continued to tour across Europe as LayZee formerly of Mr. President in addition to releasing his own solo material. In 2014, he recruited Hungarian-born singer Erika Kovács into his live act. Today, Rennalls and Kovács perform the Mr. President hits as a live duo act worldwide.


Group Origins (1991)[edit]

In 1991, German DJs, Jens Neumann and Kai Matthiesen, formed a live rapper-singer duo act called Satellite One consisting of American rapper George Jones and German singer Daniela Haak. When Neumann hired German singer Judith Hinkelmann into the act Satellite One officially became a trio act. Each of the band members soon adopted stage names. Hinkelmann became "T-Seven" while Jones and Haak became known as "Sir Prophet" and "Lady Danii."

After a few years of performing in clubs without any mainstream success, Neumann and Matthiesen, now managers as well as producers, decided to change the name of the band to Mr. President, Under the new band name, the group created an underground dance club hit with the song "MM" an acronym meaning (Marilyn Monroe) in 1993.

Success with "Up N' Away" (1995)[edit]

Following the success of their under underground hit, Mr. President released the hit Up'n Away. In mid-1994, Neumann replaced Jones with British rapper Delroy Rennalls (Layzee Dee). The first full-length Mr.President album, Up N' Away – The Album was released in 1995 featuring a new version of Up N' Away with Rennalls rap vocals. The album also featured the hit single "I'll Follow the Sun."

Mainstream success with "Coco Jamboo" (1996)[edit]

In 1996, Neumann and Matthiesen decided to embrace a radically different sound for the next Mr. President single. The reggae-fusion inspired hit "Coco Jamboo" quickly became a crossover hit worldwide. It was the first Mr. President single to chart in the UK peaking at No.8 and in the United States, peaking at No.21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Coco Jambo was featured on the album We See The Same Sun along with the hit single "I Give You My Heart"

Nightclub and Space Gate (1997–1999)[edit]

Hoping to capitalize on the success of We See The Same Sun, Mr. President again employed their lighter sound on the 1997 CD Nightclub. Jojo Action, the first single released from Nightclub added to the band's continued success in Europe, peaking as high as #3 in Austria. Although the next three hits from the CD charted impressively in Europe, none of the singles were able to chart in the United States. During the promotional campaign for Nightclub in 1997, Lady Danii took a brief leave from the group to pursue a solo career with the band Reset, but returned a few months later.

In the midst of promotion, Haak, Hinkelmann and Rennalls were accused of not using their own voices in any of Mr. President's songs. Hamburg's leading and well-known magazine Stern reported the whole scandal that was first revealed on German Radio station Bremen 4. According to their report, the actual voices belonged to Caren Miller, Anne Schroeder, and William King III. However, Matthiesen and Neumann appeared in a televised interview on German channel VIVA and explained that the voices were indeed Daniela and Judith's, but that their pitches were technically edited during recording.

A year later, Mr. President released Space Gate, which marked a return to their earlier sound. Give a Little Love and Simbaleo proved to be moderate successes, but the band was again unable to return to the heights of 1996.

Compilation album and hiatus (2000)[edit]

After half a year away from the studio in 1999, Mr. President returned in the new millennium with A Kind of... Best!, their first singles compilation CD. Accompanying the CD was Up N' Away 2k, the band's new single, which failed to chart even in Germany. Following the failure of their latest single and their fading public image, Judith Hinkelmann left the group in February 2000 to begin her solo career. Following the departure of Hinkelmann, the band decided to focus efforts on releasing another compilation album, and they did, with Golden Super Hits hitting shelves near the end of 2000.

Forever & One Day album (2001)[edit]

Mr. President reemerged in early 2001 after hiring classical singer Nadia Ayche. Although the band performed live with Ayche, and even began recording new songs with her, she was dismissed in 2002 after directional disagreements with the band. Ayche's replacement, Myra Beckmann, was hired soon after, and the new lineup began immediately recording songs for their next CD.

After almost a year in the studio, Forever & One Day was released in the summer of 2003 with Love, Sex and Sunshine as the lead single. After almost four years away from the European music scene, the band's latest single managed to chart impressively well, peaking at #23 in Germany. The following single, Forever & One Day, was released a few weeks later and did similarly well, peaking at #51 in their homeland. Just a few months after touring had begun, however, Beckmann was forced to leave the band due to undisclosed health issues, leaving Haak and Rennalls to perform as a duo for the remainder of the tour. Once again, the band was forced to find someone to fill the vacated lead vocalist position, and a few weeks later, they did, hiring established pop singer Franziska "Franzi" Frank.

Final singles and breakup (2005–2008)[edit]

Immediately following the Forever & One Day tour, the band announced its intentions to create a new CD. Despite the announcement, nothing ever materialized. The band would go on performing at special events (most notably at Hit Giganten in 2004) until 2006. In 2005, the first (and only) single featuring Frank's vocals, Sweat (A La La La La Long), a cover of the Inner Circle hit, was released as an iTunes-only single. Another iTunes-only single was released by the band in 2006. This single, titled Megamix 2006, blended each of the band's greatest hits into a single track. Following the release of Megamix 2006, the band quietly went into hiatus (although they performed a handful of times in 2007 and 2008), with word of official separation coming in 2008, when Lazy, Frank and Haak announced that they would be parting ways. Since then, no plans for reuniting the band have been made, however, Lazy still performs at various 90's revival shows with various female vocalists performing all of the Mr. President songs. T-Seven has her own solo discography, and is currently performing in a tour of 90's nostalgia performances called "90's unplugged." All of the other former members of Mr. President have seemed to retire from the music business entirely.

LayZee formerly of Mr. President (2008–present)[edit]

LayZee & Erika Kovács (2015).

Since 2008, Rennalls has continued to tour across Europe and South America as LayZee formerly of Mr. President. In 2014, he recruited Hungarian-born singer Erika Kovács to be the singer in his live act. Today, Rennalls and Kovács continue to perform the Mr. President hits as a duo act at concert venues worldwide. Rennalls has also continued to release his own solo music while doing collaborations with other artists and running his own independent label, DieZel Records. To date, he has released a total of 7 solo singles including – "Tonight", " Summertime", "Copacabana", "Come On Everybody" and "Calling In Sick".


Mr. President discography
Studio albums7
Compilation albums3
Music videos15

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Up'n Away – The Album 37 4 38
We See the Same Sun
(Entitled Coco Jumbo in Japan)
16 15 1 10 80 56 9
Night Club
(Entitled Joe Joe Action in Japan)
  • Released: August 27, 1997
  • Label: Warner International
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
10 15 10 17 11
Space Gate
  • Released: May 25, 1999
  • Label: Warner (Germany)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
5 22 32 48 11
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Mr. President
(U.S. release only)
Happy People
(Japan release only)
  • Released: August 26, 1998
  • Label: Warner Brothers (Japan)
  • Formats: CD,Cassette, Vinyl
A Kind of...Best!
  • Released: November 20, 2000
  • Label: Warner International
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
Forever & One Day
(Japan release only)
  • Released: June 12, 2003
  • Formats: CD, Cassette
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"MM" 1993 Non-album single
"Up'n Away" 1994 12 6 17 24 17 Up'n Away – The Album
"I'll Follow the Sun" 1995 23 18 15 16
"4 On the Floor" 38 20 36
"Gonna Get Along (Without Ya Now)" 31
"Coco Jamboo" 1996 2 7 1 3 28 2 1 1 8 21 We See the Same Sun
"I Give You My Heart" 7 12 9 47 6 52
"Show Me the Way" 28 18 19 59 21
"Coco Jamboo (Christmas Version)" Up'n Away – The Special Album
"Gonna Get Along" [re-release] 13
"Jojo Action" 1997 4 3 8 5 73 Nightclub
"Take Me to the Limit" 11 16 18 21
"Where Do I Belong"
(featuring Münchener Freiheit)
49 25
"Happy People" 1998 15 16 17
"Give a Little Love" 1999 13 8 18 Space Gate
"Simbaleo" 30 40 24
"Up'n Away 2K" 2000 A Kind of... Best
"Love, Sex & Sunshine" 2003 23 35 Forever & One Day
"Forever & One Day" 51 48
"Sweat (A La La La La Long)" 2005 Non-album singles
"Megamix 2006" 2006
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released.

Band line-up[edit]

  • Lady Danii (Daniela Haak; 1991–2008)
  • T-Seven (Judith Hinkelmann; 1991–2000)
  • Sir Prophet (George Jones; 1991–1994)
  • Lazy Dee (Delroy Rennalls; 1994–2008)
  • Paul Van Crockford (Crocky P 1997-2001)
  • Nadia Ayche (2001–2002)
  • Myra (Myriam Beckmann; 2002–2003)
  • Franzi (Franziska Frank; 2003–2008)


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