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About R&B Group 112 (One Twelve)

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About R&B Group 112 (One Twelve)

Members:

The founding and current members of 112 are: Daron Jones, Michael "Mike" Keith, Quinnes "Q" Parker and Marvin "Slim" Scandrick.

Origins:

The vocal quartet known as 112 was formed in Atlanta, Georgia while the members were in high school during the early 1990s. Originally calling themselves Forte, the group performed at local churches and talent shows until being discovered by the talent management duo of Courtney Sills and Kevin Wales. Sills and Wales then brought 112 to the attention of production duo Tim & Bob. They in turn reached out to Bad Boy Records CEO Sean "Puffy" Combs, the music mogul now known as Diddy. Combs signed the group after they had performed at a venue in Buckhead, Georgia called the Buckhead 112 Club. The group later changed its name from Forte to 112 as a tribute to the good fortune the club had brought them.

Mainstream Success:

After signing with Bad Boy, the group began recording its debut album in August 1995. In the summer of 1996, their debut single, "Only You," was released; it reached No. 3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Their self-titled debut album was moderately successful, reaching No. 37 on the Billboard albums chart. Through the late 1990s and early 2000s, the group had a string of fairly successful albums and singles, most notably "Cupid" (1997), "It's Over Now" (2000), and "Peaches and Cream" (2001), all of which reached the top three on the Billboard R&B singles chart. In 2002, after their third album, 112 left Bad Boy Records to sign with the Def Jam label. The group released two albums on Def Jam but was eventually dropped after a few years due to lower-than-expected sales.

Hiatus:

After leaving Def Jam, the group splintered, with each focusing on building his own career as a solo artist. Both Mike and Slim released solo albums in the latter half of 2008, and in interviews, Mike stated he had left the group due to financial mismanagement and that he had been cheated out of money owned to him. he reportedly reconciled with the group in 2010, however. As of 2012, the group has not officially broken up and remains on an indefinite hiatus, while the members pursue solo interests, including songwriting and production for other artists.

Solo Projects:

Q. Parker's first solo album, The MANual, is due out in mid-2012.
Daron Jones' debut solo album, Uncensored, was released in December 2010.
Slim released his solo debut album, Love's Crazy, in November 2008.
Mike released his self-titled debut solo album, Michael Keith, as a digital download in September 2008.

Awards & Honors:

1998: Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (with Puff Daddy and Faith Evans), for the song "I'll Be Missing You," a tribute to late rapper the Notorious B.I.G.

Group Discography:

2005: Pleasure & Pain
2003: Hot & Wet
2001: Part III
1998: Room 112
1996: 112

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