The Family Stand

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The Family Stand
Genres Soul, R&B
Labels Atlantic Records, East West Records
Associated acts Black Rock Coalition, Miki Howard, Des'ree, Paula Abdul, Shyheim
Members Sandra St. Victor
Peter Lord Moreland
V. Jeffrey Smith
Past members Jacci McGhee

The Family Stand is a New York based soul and R&B group, active since the late 1980s, consisting of Sandra St. Victor, Peter Lord Moreland, and V. Jeffrey Smith.[citation needed]

Evon Geffries & The Stand[edit]

Their first incarnation was called Evon Geffries & The Stand. Evon came from the name of Moreland's mother; Geffries from Jeff Smith; and The Stand, which was St. Victor's favorite book that year. The name seemed a good idea at the time, but later regretted for all the time it took in interviews to explain, and because everyone referred to St. Victor as Evon. At the suggestion of A&R man Merlin Bobb, the name was changed to more understandable, The Family Stand.[citation needed]

Early 1990s[edit]

The Family Stand's music tackled politics, social issues, relationship tensions, sexual tension.[citation needed] Their first album release was Chapters: A Novel By Evon Geffries & Stand.

Chain brought them their international hit "Ghetto Heaven", which was remixed by Nellee Hooper & Jazzy B of Soul II Soul in 1990. The group's single "Ghetto Heaven" also reached #10 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1990.[1] At the same time The Family Stand members were largely responsible for creating the songs on Paula Abdul's album Spellbound.[2]

Moon In Scorpio the album that became their swan song, was released in 1991. Lord labeled the album The Family Stand's "greatest artistic achievement."[3]


After discussion between the three, and disappointment with the lack of record company support, the group decided not to record again for the label. Lead vocalist St. Victor began to launch her solo career, and was replaced with Keith Sweat's former background vocalist Jacci McGhee in 1995. The reformed group came out with Connected.


The original trio reunited in 2006 for a concert at New York City Central Park's Summerstage, which inspired a reunion tour and new album, 2007's Super Sol Nova. Their latest release in 2010 was a single, "Story", chronicling the madness of the American justice system where an innocent boy can easily be lost. The follow-up full length project is entitled, In A Thousand Years.

In 2011, The Family Stand member V. Jeffrey Smith played bass on the song "Black Hand Side" on rapper Pharoahe Monch's 2011 album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades).[4]

In 2013, The Family Stand contributed a track to a benefit album to raise funds for Donovan Drayton's release from prison.[5]



Year Album Label
1987 Chapters: A Novel By Evon Geffries And The Stand Atlantic Records
1989 Chain[6] Atlantic Records
1991 Moon in Scorpio East West America/Atlantic Records
1997 Connected[7] East West America/Atlantic Records
2007 Super Sol Nova[8] Rounder Europe/Go! Entertainment
2010 In A 1,000 Years[9] Digital-only release via Bandcamp


Year Title Label
1990 "Ghetto Heaven" Atlantic Records
1990 "In Summer I Fall" Atlantic Records
1990 "Sweet Liberation" Atlantic Records
1992 "Shades of Blue" East West America/Atlantic Records
1997 "You Don't Have to Worry" East West America/Atlantic Records
2010 "Story" Strategic Soul Ventures


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 195. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey Ressner (17 May 1991). "Paula Takes the Stand". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Peter Lord: Songwriter Interviews". Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Jeffries, David. "W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)- Pharoahe Monch". Credits: Allmusic. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Album review: The Family Stand's Chain". Rolling Stone. 13 June 1991. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "The Family Stand". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Family Stand > Discography". 
  9. ^ "In A 1,000 Years by The Family Stand". 

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