En Vogue (Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson) was one of the most successful acts of the 90’s. Their debut album, Born to Sing , produced four hit singles, including their breakthrough single “Hold On”, winning them a Billboard Music Award, Soul Train Award, and a Grammy nomination. Their follow-up, Funky Divas, went multi-platinum, producing two number one hits, “My Lovin’ (Your Never Gonna Get It)” and “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” and three hit singles. They won an American Music Award, received five Grammy nominations, and earned three MTV Video Music Awards. They were also honored at the Soul Train Awards winning Entertainer of the Year. En Vogue toured the world, held major endorsement deals, and made television series appearances during the peak of their commercial success.
It wasn’t until 1996 that we heard from En Vogue again with the release of the single, “Don’t Let Go,” which they recorded for the major motion picture, Set It Off. The hit was En Vogue’s most successful to date, and though it seemed as that group was returning to the spotlight, Dawn Robinson decided to leave the group over contract disputes. The remaining members went forward releasing EV3. Despite it being certified platinum and nominated for awards that season, the reception was less than what the record label had anticipated. Their final attempt with Elektra Records was Masterpiece Theater, which produced only one single, “Riddle,” and due to poor performance En Vogue lost their record deal.
Since then Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, and Maxine Jones have been plugging away, making music, touring, and starting families. Cindy Herron has four kids and looks phenomenal. In fact, all of the members still look every bit as good as they did back then! While Cindy and Maxine would take turns on maternity leave, Rhona Bennet, stood in as a member of En Vogue over the last decade in Dawn’s absence. (But good news for the die-hard fans: Dawn Robinson who has been back and forth with the group, is officially back!)
En Vogue recently reunited on the stage at last years BET Awards in a performance honoring female groups from the nineties led by Alicia Keys and more recently at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans and shows across the states, with dates in Missouri and LA confirmed. Next up for the ladies is celebrating 20 years in the industry with a new album, a world tour, and a reality series to document it all.
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