Sexy Summer Soul LIVE with Lo-Key? 2.0

Lo-Key? 2.0

The R&B band/group Lo-Key? is comprised of Andre 'Dre' Shepard (lead vocals), Darron 'D' Story (vocals/trumpet), Tyrone 'T-Bone' Yarbrough (vocals/bass guitar) and Tony 'prof t' Tolbert (lead vocals/producer). Tony, Tyrone and Darron were initially members of the band Grand Jury in Kansas City, Missouri, until they moved to Minneapolis. The guys then met Andre during auditions for Jesse Johnson's group 'Da Krash.' Soon after, Andre joined completing the group.

The group got their start at the 1989 Black Minnesota Music Awards Seminar where Jimmy 'Jam' Harris was a panelist on the producer’s forum. During the discussion, former member and co-founder Lance Alexander said to Jimmy 'Jam,' 'How do I get one of those Flyte Tyme jackets!' The forum encouraged Lance and prof t to send Flyte Tyme a demo of their work and soon after they were hired as songwriters and producers for the company. Having composed for Alexander O'Neal, Shanice Wilson, Jane Child and Johnny Gill, the two Producers earned enough respect to motivate Jimmy 'Jam' and Terry Lewis to request that the two men form a group. Thus, in the fall of 1990, Lo-Key? was officially recognized as the two men brought their group mates on board.

Featuring a throwback sound, the group's first album 'Where Dey At?' showed the guys were not like the other groups prominent at the time. Rather than try to sound like Boyz II Men or Jodeci, Lo-Key? featured a sound reminiscent of bands like Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament Funkadelic, The Isley Brothers and The Dazz Band. The album's first single 'Attention: The Shawanda Story' didn't didn’t receive much airplay, but it’s creative and comedic video continues to be a fan favorite to this day. However, with later singles 'I Got A Thang For Ya,' 'Sweet On You' and 'Hey There Pretty Lady’, the group started making a name for themselves. The Gold single 'I Got A Thang 4 Ya!' reached #1 on the R&B charts and #27 on the Hot 100, while 'Sweet On U' reached #13 on the R&B charts and 'Hey There Pretty Lady peaked out at #56.

In 1994 Lo-Key? released their second CD ‘Back To Da’ Howse’. The album continued the bands unique “old school” sound, paying musical homage to the Artists that had inspired them over the years. The singles ‘Tasty’ and ‘Good Old Fashioned Love’ are still considered an R&B classics and continues to receive airplay throughout the US and the UK.

In 1995, the band took some time off to pursue other interests. Each band member went on to make his own impact in the industry. Lance and Tony continued to pen songs for artists like Alexander O'Neal, The Sounds of Blackness and Next, for whom the two are credited with penning their first hit 'Butta Love’. The two men went separate ways in 1997, with Lance forming the label 'Baby Honey Records' and Tony becoming the A&R director for Flyte Tyme's New Label. Darron worked at BMG distribution where he formed his own artist management company and television production company ‘Intrepid Entertainment’, T-Bone went on to write and form his own band and Dre perform with the World Famous Platters and Temptations.

Now Lo-Key? are back on the scene, picking up right where they left off and excited about collaborating with the talented Anthony Saunders. Some Anthony’s credits include working with Boyz II Men, Joe, Justin Bieber, Tamar Braxton and Janet Jackson. The band has been working for the last year and is currently in the studio working on a new single release entitled ‘We Grown’ in first quarter 2018 and is gearing up for shows in the UK in April 2018.

With the music buying public getting tired songs without substance and “one hit wonders”on the radio today, Lo-Key? is set to bring their unique blend of live R&B, soul, funk, rock, blues, gospel and jazz back to the music scene right on time!

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