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Brutha
Origin Los Angeles, United States
Genres R&B
Soul
Years active 2008 – present
Labels Def Jam Records
Associated acts Fabolous
Website brutha.com
Members
Cheyenne Harrell (Papa)
Anthony Harrell
Jacob Harrell
Jared Overton
Grady Harrell III

Brutha is a quintet of brothers[1] who came together to form a R&B group showcasing song remakes. Their show, Brothers to Brutha, shows their transformation during and after they reached semifame.[2] The brothers are signed to Def Jam Records, and their self-titled debut album "Brutha" was released in December 2008.[3]

The group formed in 2002 and was discovered by Brian Mcknight, who introduced them on the 2003 Soul Train Holiday Special.[4]

In 2007, their uncle Donny "Drano" Harrell, CEO of Goodfellas Entertainment, and Shakir Stewart, senior vice president of A&R at Island Def Jam, invited the group to Atlanta to do a filmed audition in front of Jermaine Dupri and a range of producers. It resulted in a one-hour original special TV show called "Jermaine Dupri presents: Brutha", broadcast March 24 on Peachtree TV. The group caught the attention of Jermaine Dupri, who signed them to the Island Def Jam Music Group.[4]

Contents

The Brothers and their childhood

The five brothers in the band are Grady Harrell III, Cheyenne Harrell (Papa), Jacob Harrell (Jake), Jared Overton (J.R), and Anthony Harrell(Ant). Four of the brothers' father is Grady Harrell Jr., a singer from Los Angeles who made his mark in music and encouraged his sons to follow in his footsteps, while Jared "J.R." Overton has a different father but the same mother as 2 of his brothers making him unrelated to Cheyenne Harrell and Jacob Harrell. Their father was a disciplinarian. He taught them how to sing, while the boys' uncle Donny (Drano) Harrell furthered their music careers. The boys, however, had different mothers. Papa and Jacob's mother is named Valerie. The mother of Jared, Anthony, and Grady Jr. is Nancy Lynn. Papa and Jacob were not raised by their father, as he had been convicted of fraud and was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. The boys were raised on the music of their inspirations, which ranged from Sam Cooke to Stevie Wonder. Before hitting the "Big Time" they played graduation parties and bar mitzvahs to the delight of all that listened.

Brothers

Grady Harrell III 35

Anthony Harrell, 33

Jared "JR" Overton, 24

Cheyenne "Papa" Harrell,21

Jacob Harrell,20

Brutha Growing up

The Harrell brothers came to the entertainment world at a young age out of a four-generations musical family. At 5 and 6 years old, Anthony Harrell and Grady Harrell III hooked up with their first cousin Canela Cox and formed the group Papa’s Results, being trained and taught by Grady Harrell II, who was then signed to MCA Records prior to a prison term. The children appeared in his R&B hit single “Sticks and Stone”[5] and did many local shows throughout California. The group lasted until Canela moved to Holland to follow her mother's musical career[6]. They filled her spot with family friend Jeff Lee and changed their name to Serenade.[7] The trio quickly gained notice. They appeared on episodes from Saved by the Bell: The New Class http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkYZihr4cMg in 1997 where Anthony played the regular role of Eric Little.The Nade split up. As a duet comprising the 2 Harrell brothers Grady and Anthony, they put down 2 independent albums, in 1999 and 2001. In 2002 they were joined by their brothers JR, Jake, and Papa and formed Brutha.[6] The group was discovered by Brian Mcknight, who introduced them on the 2003 Soul Train Holiday Special. Along with their success, there has also been controversy in their family.

Making success

In 2008, their uncle Donny "Drano" Harrell, CEO of Goodfellas Entertainment, and the late Shakir Stewart(died in 2008 of an apparent suicide), senior vice president of A&R at Island Def Jam, invited the group to Atlanta to do a filmed audition in front of Jermaine Dupri and a range of producers.[8] It resulted in a one-hour original special TV show called "Jermaine Dupri presents : Brutha", broadcast March 24 on Peachtree TV.The group caught the attention of Jermaine Dupri who signed them to the Island Def Jam Music Group.[9] An alleged Presidential-elect Barack Obama aide had asked them to perform at the inauguration on January 20, 2009, after liking their acapellas on Youtube.

Discography

Albums

Year Information Chart positions Sales and certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B BCA
2008 Brutha
81
15
89
  • RIAA: TBA
  • U.S sales: 100,000
2009 Vacancy

Singles

References

External links

Year Song Hot 100 U.S. R&B Pop 100 Album
2008 "I Can't Hear the Music" (featuring Fabolous) - 64 [10] - Brutha
"She's Gone" - 103 [11] -







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