Most R&B lovers are a forgiving set of people and believe that everyone should be given another chance to redeem themselves after a string of bad performances. Those forgiving people will be happy to learn that 90s R&B male group, Jodeci, will be granted that opportunity of redemption on Nov. 7, when they take the stage to perform live at the 2014 Soul Train Awards, according to a news report released on Tuesday Oct. 21 by Centric.
The site revealed that “legendary R&B group Jodeci will take the stage at this year’s Soul Train Awards for a reunion performance that’s sure to bring the house down.” But what makes them so “sure” that the group will bring the house down and provide an outstanding performance?
After all, the group did make an attempt to reunite once before and were at the receiving end of several bad reviews once they began touring and performing together after an extended hiatus. In 2013 the group toured in London at the Wembley Arena, where they were apart of a 90s tribute show and were ultimately booed off stage.
Mail Online reports that the show included other R&B acts such as, Blackstreet, Dru Hill, SWV, Damage and Changing Faces, but it was during Jodeci’s set that only included three of the four member group, were poorly received by the audience.
“K-Ci, JoJo and Mr. Dalvin, got off to a bad start as they were reportedly late for their slot and then heaped further misery on themselves when one member took a fall off the stage,” reported Mail Online. “It didn’t take long for the London crowd to let the faded stars know what they thought of them as they booed loudly.”
Such a poor response from the crowd was never an issue for the group when performing in the 90s, the era where they rose to fame and left their mark in R&B. Jodeci provided the vocals to many hits that still hit radio airwaves to date like, “Feenin'” “Forever My Lady,” “All My Life” and a host of others.
But, the reunion that was “supposed” to happen just never really hit the ground and took off successfully. Some attribute the lack of success to the personal struggles and battles that each member has faced over the years. Devante Swing was reportedly “arrested for drugs and alcohol on two separate occasions” back in April of 2014 according to Singersroom.
And JoJo Hailey admittedly had a run with alcoholism for a long period of time. During a 2013 interview with Sister2Sister Magazine, Hailey stated “I drank so much until a small part of my pancreas had ate away,” as reported in an article by TV One. He and brother K-Ci attempted to reignite their career as a duo and released an album that same year, ‘My Brother’s Keeper,” but not much was heard or talked about after the release of the first single.
Nov. 7 will be the first time the group will take the stage in the U.S. to perform since 2006 according to Centric. Will they be ready? Can we expect a great show? We’ll just have to wait until it airs on Nov. 30 on BET and Centric simultaneously.
This year’s awards show will be hosted by day time talk show host Wendy Williams.