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Jodeci Biography

Jodeci is an American musical group, whose repertoire includes R&B, soul music, and new jack swing. The group consists of two pairs of brothers from Hampton, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina: the DeGrates (Donald "DeVante Swing" DeGrate, the group founder/leader, and Dalvin DeGrate) and the Haileys (main lead singer Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey and second lead singer Joel "Jo-Jo" Hailey). The group's name is a combination of the names of its members: Jo-Jo, DeVante and K-Ci.

Jodeci was the starting point for the careers of artists such as Missy Elliott, Timbaland, and Ginuwine. The group had a successful string of hit singles and platinum albums until the group went on indefinite hiatus after 1996. The Hailey brothers continued to perform together under the name K-Ci and Jo-Jo, and had success on the pop charts beyond that of the original band.

On May 28, 1991, Jodeci released their debut album, Forever My Lady, which included the singles "Gotta Love", "Forever My Lady", "Stay", "Come and Talk To Me", and "I'm Still Waiting". Three of these singles hit #1 on the R&B charts and the album sold over three million copies. Jodeci won an American Music Award for Come and Talk to Me.

On July 18, 1995, Jodeci released their third and to date, final album, The Show, The After Party, The Hotel. The album was another step forward in terms of DeVante's production and the group's songwriting skills, assisted on some tracks by Missy Elliott, Timbaland and a fresh R&B group from Louisville, Kentucky named Playa consisting of Steve "Static" Garrett, Smokey and Black. A number of hit singles were launched from this record, including "Love U 4 Life" (US #31), "Get On Up" (US #22), and the Top 20 hit "Freek'n You" (US #14), a remix of which featured Ghostface Killah and Raekwon.

After 10 years, the band came back together for a song during the beginning of 2005. The 4 members passed into DJ Quik's studio while he was playing his "Quik's Groove 7". The boys liked it and wanted to sing on it. The song was released under the title of "Quikstrumental (Quik's Groove 7)" on DJ Quik's album Trauma on Sept. 13th 2005.


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