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January 24, 2013

Funky Fallout: More Drama In En Vogue Saga

The original members of En Vogue

AlwaysAList.com has covered the on-again, off-again dynamic of R&B group En Vogue since the group began having problems yet again in July 2012.

READ: Splitsville: En Vogue Battle In Online Feud

As reported then, the reunited original members – Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson, Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron – had yet another tiff that carried over into the social media space and this time, the group split in half.

Jones and Robinson did some media rounds and sat down with Shaun Robinson on “Access Hollywood” to talk about the group’s most recent breakup. The two ladies also announced plans to perform as a duo called Heirs to the Throne.

Dawn Robinson & Maxine Jones

The Heirs, Jones and Robinson, performed four sold-out shows during Inaugural Weekend at Blues Alley in Washington, DC. The intimate club show—their first as a duo—featured a four-piece band and two backup singers.

Robinson and Jones performed classic En Vogue tunes, Lucy Pearl hits and a medley of songs by iconic female singers like Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige and Donna Summer, among others. Their club date was pretty close to the show that the reunited En Vogue had been performing on the road.

Their two background singers at times sang on top of prerecorded vocals recorded by the two absent original members. During one of the Friday shows, one of the background singers was singing out of pitch and Robinson turned to her and began singing the right note to help get her back on key.  The second singer, who sported green hair, was an outstanding vocalist that received a huge ovation from the audience after singing a solo line during Lucy Pearl’s “Dance Tonight.”

Maxine Jones (right) & new Heirs to the Throne members

Following the shows, AlwaysAList.com learned that Jones and Robinson have had creative differences and will no longer be moving forward as the Heirs to the Throne duo. Jones even released a photo with two unknown singers – one of which (in the middle) sang background during the Blues Alley show – and they are apparently the new members of her Heirs to the Throne trio.

Apparently Robinson plans to re-launch her solo career. In 2002, Robinson – having been ousted from the R&B collective Lucy Pearl by its founder Raphael Saadiq– released her self-titled solo debut. The CD went unnoticed and never made a chart impact.

Rhona Bennett

Their former group members, Ellis and Herron, have brought back occasional fill-in member Rhona Bennett and continue to perform as En Vogue.

Ellis and Herron are currently going through legal arbitration with Jones over En Vogue’s business affairs. As previously reported, Robinson signed away all rights to the En Vogue name and business enterprise when she departed the group in 1997.

In a time where groups like New Edition, SWV, Dru Hill, Boyz II Men and others are having career resurgences and work consistently, it’s unfortunate that En Vogue just can not keep it together!

 

Original En Vogue members: Maxine Jones, Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis & Dawn Robinson






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