PRETTY IN PINK | #100daysofnewjack



Day 2 of #100daysofnewjack

So I decided to finally do a post on the New Jill Swing group #PrettyInPink! They were a teenage girl R&B girl group signed to Motown in the early 1990s, their name was inspired by the late 80s movie of the same name. Their singing likely had to do with the clout of the mom of one of their members, main singer and songwriter Indira Milini Khan, whose mother was soul diva Chaka Khan. The other members were Maurissa Tancharoen, Taniya Robinson, Tameika Chaney and Shey Sperry. The girls sound was primarily new jack swing, though some tracks hearkened back to late 80s pop-funk. Their first single was "All About You", and it managed to just squeak into the Billboard Hot 100 at #96. They toured with Chaka, who assisted in promoting them on shows like The Arsenio Hall Show. But in spite of Chaka's help, Motown did little to promote them and their second single, "Dreams", had little impact. The group disbanded soon after, and most of the members seem to have left the industry. However, Indira continued to write songs and record, doing back up vocals and appearing as a featured vocalist on Phil Good's "Bring Me Up" in 2007. She's also toured extensively, most notably with the Daughters Of Soul, an internationally touring collective of successful female soul singers that includes soul royalty like Nona Hendryx, Deniece Williams, Caron Wheeler and Joyce Kennedy, as well as other daughters of soul icons such as Lalah Hathaway and Syleena Johnson. And while Maurissa recorded little else other than the Lance De Sardi single "Waterslide" in 2002, she did go on to great success as a screenwriter and actress. She married the brother of prolific TV director and writer Joss Whedon (Yes, THAT Joss Whedon!) and wrote and appeared in some of his television shows, most notably Dollhouse. She also co-wrote the internet musical sensation Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and recently co-wrote for the television series Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena, a prequel to Spartacus: Blood And Sand, which went on hiatus when it's star Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately he passed away during the week of September 11 back in 2011, leaving the series' future in question.

Pretty In Pink

Wake Up

Motown Records

1991

1. Boys Do Lie  
2. All About You  
3. Girls Night Out  
4. I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend  
5. Kiss And Tell  
6. Two Hearts, One Love  
7. Home By Midnight  
8. Boy Is Mine  
9. Dreams  
10. Wake Up Everybody  
11. All About You (House Version)  
12. Testin' My Love

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