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Last Night by Az Yet #stepperssongoftheday
Az Yet was formed in 1989 initially as a duo with
Shawn Rivera and Dion Allen, the two were later joined by
Kenny Terry, who they met singing in the lobby of the Wyndham
Hotel in Philadelphia.
Two other members, Dyshon Benson & Claude Thomas, left the
group, and Darryl Anthony came on board. A demo by the group
found its way into the hands of Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
through his mother-in-law, Jacqueline McQuam, who would one day
hold various showcases to highlight their work.
Impressed by their sound, Edmonds asked them to perform at a concert
with After 7 and El DeBarge. Subsequently, the group added
Boyz II Men founding member Marc Nelson. Az Yet
first hit it big with a song from The Nutty Professor soundtrack, "Last
Az Yet released their self-titled debut (and only) full album in 1996 on
LaFace Records. The album featured a "who's who" of musical
heavyweights, including David Foster, Babyface, Sheila E., and
McKnight. The first single, "Last Night," reached #1 on the R&B charts,
#9 on the Hot 100, peaked at #2 on Australia's ARIA charts, and spent 2
weeks at #1 in New Zealand's RIANZ charts, ultimately achieving platinum
The group's second single, "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" (a cover of the
Chicago hit), was nominated for a Grammy award (Best R&B Performance by
a Duo or Group with Vocals), reached #8 on the Hot 100, and achieved
platinum status. Driven by these two singles, the album reached RIAA
Marc Nelson was removed from the group in 1997 due to "personal
differences" and pursued a solo career. Nelson was replaced by Tony
Grant. Nelson's television appearances include "All That" and the
group's first appearance on "Soul Train."
During Tony Grant's tenure with Az Yet, the group recorded the popular
remake of "You're The Inspiration" with Chicago's Peter Cetera in 1997.
Grant was a part of the group during their cameo appearances on the TV
series "Fame L.A." and the recording of the "Fame L.A." soundtrack. He
was replaced by LeDon Bishop after a dispute with the group's management
team. More Below
Grant's television appearances include "The Keenon Ivory Wayans Show",
"Fame L.A." and the group's second appearance on "Soul Train".
Traditionally, performers on "Soul Train" lip synched, however, the
recorded tracks contained Marc Nelson's vocals prompting the group to
perform live, a rarity for the long-running show.
In 2002, Az Yet parted from DreamWorks Records. Original group member
Darryl Anthony then composed a new group with replacement member
Bishop and brought aboard new members Kris Gilder and Dante Harper,
changing the dynamics of the group from a quintet to a quartet. This
formation of Az Yet released the EP "That B U" in 2004 and disbanded in
In November 2007, the four remaining original members - Marc Nelson,
Kenny Terry, Shawn Rivera and Dion Allen - reunited and began recording
their second album. The group released
their first single, "Share Life", on October 30, 2008.
On July 21, 2008, the reunited members made their first appearance as a
group, performing with their mentor Babyface and former Yab Yum Records
counterpart and fellow Babyface protege Jon B in Los Angeles at a
concert benefiting Leeza Gibbons' Memory Foundation.
In October 2008, Az Yet released a statement announcing that past member
Tony Grant was re-added to the group, bringing the dynamics of the group
back to a quintet.
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