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Drizabone

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Biography

Club trio from the USA (named after an item of riding clothing) who made a big splash in 1991 with the ‘Real Love’ recording. In its aftermath many record companies sought to wave chequebooks at the group - ‘Real Love’ having first emerged on a white label 12-inch - but they held out until they received an album offer from Island Records. The success of ‘Real Love’ had taken Drizabone too by surprise, and it would not be until 1994 that their debut album arrived. At the time of the single Drizabone were mainstays Vincent Garcia and Billy April plus vocalist Sophie Jones. She had performed the original demo versions of the song but was not really interested in a musical career. Dee Heron (b. Jamaica, West Indies) gave up her secretary’s job to take over her role. However, she became the group’s second casualty after a follow-up single, ‘Catch The Fire’. Having decided that the latter’s vocal range was too limited, the backroom duo spent several months auditioning for more suitable replacements, also filling their time by performing remix duties for Linda Layton (‘Without You (One On One))’, Alison Limerick, Lisa Stansfield (‘Change’) and Shanice. They eventually met Atlanta, Georgia-based singer Kymberley Peer (b. Detroit, Michigan, USA), who had formerly worked with Howard Hewitt, Freddie Jackson and other soul artists. She was also a partly-established actress, having appeared alongside Marvin Winans and Vanessa Bell Armstrong in the musical Don’t Get Got Started. She was on hand to record Drizabone’s first single in three years, ‘Pressure’, which prefaced their long-awaited debut album.