Free your mind and the rest will follow. En Vogue is back — well, technically the iconic ’90s girl group behind No. 1 hits such as “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” and “Don’t Let Go (Love)” never left. Members Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett began paving the way and setting the bar high for future girl groups, since their debut 30 years ago. Yes, the ladies have been in the music industry for almost three decades and they still look just as good, if not better than they did in the 90’s.
And while their beauty has been cemented since their debut, their sound continues to evolve. The release of last year’s Electric Café, their first studio album in 14 years (released via En Vogue Records through Entertainment One Music). The new album’s 11 tracks embrace a wide swath of musical influences from contemporary R&B/hip-hop, soul and funk to pop, rock and electronic dance. Oh, and don’t worry. The ladies’ iconic harmonies are still there and they are still as pristine as ever. Leading the pack is first single “Rocket.” Written by Ne-Yo and produced by Curtis “Sauce” Wilson (Drake, Celine Dion, Ne-Yo). The romantic ballad jetted to No. 13 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart last year, showing that En Vogue is here to stay.
I hung out with the ladies of En Vogue before their sold out show with SWV at The Fox Theatre at Foxwoods, in Connecticut. I had seen the ladies at their last show two years ago but this was my first time meeting them, so I was a little nervous to be interviewing them. I mean, they’re literally muscial icons that have paved the way for all future girl groups in the music industry. You know, no big deal!
The first thing I noticed about the ladies? Cindy, Terry and Rhona are absolutely gorgeous. They have not aged at all and still look as beautiful as they did when they first made their debut in the 90’s. But, the best thing I about them was how incredibly humble and gracious they are. They walked into our dressing room with big smiles and amazing energy.
Free your mind and the rest will follow. Be color blind. Don’t be so shallow.
The day of our interview (May 10th) was Rhona’s Birthday. The ladies joked about how this show was going to have to be special because it was one of the only times they performed on their Birthdays.
We started the interview with their beauty secrets. So what is En Vogue’s secret to still looking so gorgeous? Lots of water and beauty sleep. The ladies credit these two things for helping them look as amazing as they do. We also talked about their exciting 30th anniversary, the music industry and how their hit single “Free Your Mind” is still as powerful and relevant as it was in the 90’s. Oh, and we also harmonized together. Yes, I sang with En Vogue and it was AMAZING!
Watch my full interview with the ladies below!