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R&B group Jade
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres R&B, pop
Years active 1992–1995, 1997
Labels Giant Records
Former members
Tonya Kelly
Joi Marshall
Di Reed

Jade was an R&B group active during the early to mid 1990s. The group consisted of Tonya Kelly, Joi Marshall, and Di Reed. During their brief yet successful career, Jade released two studio albums, one live album, and a string of popular R&B singles.



The group Jade was originally composed of Joi Marshall and two other members named Angie and Debbie and, as such, was first known as JAD. However, when Angie and Debbie were dropped from the group, Tonya Kelly and Di Reed were signed on by producer Vassal Benford, and the group's name was extended to Jade.[1] Tonya grew up in Chicago listening to jazz vocalists such as Sarah Vaughan and Nat "King" Cole. Joi is also from the Windy City, but was raised on Motown, especially Diana Ross. Di grew up in Houston singing gospel anywhere she could.[2]

Jade's first success was on the Class Act soundtrack in 1992. Their hit single "I Wanna Love You" was one of the breakout songs on the soundtrack, cracking the Top 10 of the R&B charts and reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It paved the way for their best known single "Don't Walk Away," which climbed to #2 on the R&B chart and was certified gold by the RIAA in 1993. The single would go on to sell 1.5 million copies worldwide. Subsequent singles "Looking for Mr. Do Right" and "One Woman" helped to push their debut album Jade to the Max to platinum-selling status, sparking a lengthy tour and spots on The Tonight Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, and the U.K.'s Top of the Pops.

Jade also performed on BET's Listening Party Live. The session was recorded and released as a CD in 1993. Jade was the only group to have a BET Listening Party album released.

In 1994 the band appeared in the movie The Inkwell, and released their second studio album Mind, Body & Song, upon which they served as co-writers and co-producers. Singles "5-4-3-2 (Yo! Time Is Up)" and "Every Day of the Week" propelled the album to gold status. The group disbanded thereafter, briefly reuniting in 1997 to contribute the track "Keep on Risin" to the soundtrack for the film The Sixth Man.

Post music careers

Jade has not released any albums since 1994. Former member Joi Marshall continues to sing as an independent gospel artist and released an album, Testimony and Praise, on September 25, 2007. She also wrote the book Answers to the 20 Most Asked Questions about the Music Business in 2004. Rod Stewart hand picked Di Reed to sing backup for his 2008 world tour.




Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B UK[3 ] Album
1992 "I Wanna Love You" 16 7 13 Jade to the Max
1992 "Don't Walk Away" 4 2 7 Jade to the Max
1993 "One Woman" 22 16 22 Jade To the Max
1993 "Looking For Mr. Do Right" 69 16 Jade to the Max
1994 "All Thru the Nite" (POV Featuring Jade) 31 32
1994 "5-4-3-2 (Yo! Time Is Up)" 72 13 Mind, Body & Song
1995 "Every Day of the Week" 20 15 19 Mind, Body & Song
1997 "Keep on Risin'" 50 The Sixth Man OST

Awards and nominations

Year Award
1995 MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Video ("5-4-3-2 (Yo! Time Is Up)"


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  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 277. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  

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