Where it all began
Platinum-selling R & B vocal group 112 has been one of the most successful male vocal groups of the past 20 years, all of their five albums to date going gold or platinum. Yet their legions of fans have been left hungry for new music as they have not released a new album since 2005’s PLEASURE & PAIN. From their 1996 breakthrough as protégés of Bad Boy Records honcho Puffy Combs nee’ P. Diddy
12 came together when several high school students in Atlanta came together to sing under the name Forte’. Soon they met high tenor singer Slim and recruited him. The group solidified as a quartet composed of Michael Keith, Daron Jones, Quinnes “Q” Parker and Slim around 1993. Performing locally in Atlanta, they created a buzz that eventually resulted in an audition for Sean “Puffy” Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, producer Chucky Thompson, and artists Faith Hill and Usher which resulted in a recording contract with Bad Boy. The debut album, released in 1996, went double platinum, spawning such hits as “Only You” and “Cupid” which made their mark not only on the R & B charts but also the pop charts. The group, relocated to New York City, toured widely with Puff Daddy & The Family, Keith Sweat, New Edition and, eventually, the likes of Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston. They also appeared on hits by The Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy (his epic “I’ll Be Missing You”, which netted them a Grammy) and Mase. More hits followed including “Come See Me”, “Love Me” featuring Mase and “Anywhere”, leading to the double platinum-selling album ROOM 112. In 2001 their PART III album spawned their single “It’s Over Now” which hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot R & B/Hip Hop Songs chart and then their the massive hit “Peaches & Cream”, which garnered them a Grammy nomination in the Best R & B Group or Duo category.
The group eventually parted ways amicably with Bad Boy Records and moved to Def Jam which released their HOT & WET album in 2003, which yielded the hit “Na, Na, Na” with dancehall star Supercat. In 2005, they scored the hit “U Already Know” which led to the release of their fifth album PLEASURE & PAIN, another Platinum seller.
12 years later, 112 recently released its charting single, Dangerous Games under eOne Music. Their 6th Album is due for release late October featuring duets with mega group Jagged Edge. 112 is also embarking on an international tour through Europe late September through Mid October in Paris, London, Amsterdam to name a few. They recently participated in the Tom Joyner Family Weekend and are set to be a part of the 2018 Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage.