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Pasadena, California, United States

Pasadena, California, United States
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"Troop Act II"

The hundreds of fans who filled the Syracuse's Clinton Square for this year's Juneteenth Celebration looking for the same R&B quintet Troop that burst on the scene and were a part of the New Jack Swing-era, weren't disappointed. In fact, some were pleasantly surprised. Surprised by the fact that the group (the four members Steve Russell, Allen, Reggie, and Jon-Jon who performed) not only still has the same, smooth singing skills that made them a household name in the late 80s and early 90s, but they also retained some of those acrobatic b-boy dance moves as well. This was their first visit to Syracuse, and group members said they felt very much at home. The weather may not be what we're used to, said Reggie, but the energy of the crowd made up for it.
The ladies in the audience could be overheard begging at times, and were pleased when the group finally sang "Spread My Wings". That number included choreographed, made-for-music-television-dance-moves. Troop's vocal talents were evident when they sang their 1990 hit "All I Do Is Think Of You," a song that hit #1 on the Billboard R&B charts. Lead singers Steve (known then as Lil' Steve) and Allen (a.k.a. AlMac) had the ladies screaming for more.
Formed in 1984 in Pasadena, California, the members of Troop decided about 8 months ago to reunite, after an 8-year hiatus. But it's not that they weren't working, they just weren't working together. The members spend time pursuing other interests inside the music business and beyond. To their credit they've kept in touch with their fans by writing and producing for acts such Tyrese, B2K and Mario. The group has started their own label, Troop Enterprises and is currently performing at select cities around the country. Their next date at the time of this interview was planned for Houston, TX. Troop first hit the scene with their intitial hit "Mamacita", which was produced by Levert. But their national reputation was cemented with their second album and hits such as "All I Do Is Think of You" and "Spread My Wings", both produced by Chuckii Booker.

Posted by T. Baker on June 21, 2005 http// - Terry Baker-Blog Syracuse In Focus


Albums:"Troop" (debut)
"A Lil Sumpin Sumpin"

Singles: "All I Do Is Think of You"
"Spread My Wings"
"I Will Always Love You"
"Sweet November"
" That's My Attitude"



Entering a music industry that at the time already had the great success of other male R&B groups, Troop had their work cut out for them with distinguishing themselves from the rest, but from the moment they made their official entrance in 1989 Troop quickly set themselves apart from other groups with their captivating harmony & explosive dance styles. The internationally recognized R&B Sensation known as Troop got its start in the late 80s after they won a televised talent contest that later drew interest from record labels & fans alike. Hailing from Pasadena, CA where they are still based Troop consisting of childhood friends Steve Russell, Allen McNeil, John Harreld, Rodney Benford, & Reggie Warren signed to Atlantic Records and released their debut single “Mamacita” off of their self titled album in 1989. “Mamacita” reached number two on the Billboard R&B Charts & quickly established Troop as a group that fans would take serious notice of.

Troop established a reputation as a group that could easily combine high quality live singing with intricate dance routines that would have the crowds in shock at their ability to do both so well. After the success of the debut album, Troop followed up with “Attitude” a album that would become known as a classic for hit songs like “Spread My Wings” & All I Do Is Think of You” which both climbed to number one on the Billboard R&B charts & also simultaneously remained in the top 10 on the charts for weeks. “Attitude” was certified Platinum in 1990 & then Troop released their third album Deepa in 1992 which saw their single “Sweet November” go straight to number one on the Billboard R&B charts as well. The group followed the “Deepa” album with two more albums “A Lil Sumpin Sumpin”(1994) & “Mayday”(1998) which both have coincidentally been re-released in 2005 demonstrating a sign that Troop’s music remains in high demand.

After releasing “Mayday” in 1998, Troop took a hiatus & individual members worked behind the scenes on various projects such as writing, producing, collaborating, and other business endeavors. Troop became well known over the years for their strong live performances which landed them as headliners of world wide tours as well as the opportunity to tour with other fellow national recording artists.

In 2004 Troop returned to the scene as a unit & immediately began touring across the United States & finishing up their sixth album. The group has also been promoting its hot new single “Thizzle” which is making its way to radio stations across the United States & overseas. Since returning Troop has headlined a number of shows & also shared the stage with many industry veterans that they also toured with in the past such as Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Keith Sweat, Silk, Mario, & Jon B. to name a few. Troop has built quite the resume with four number one singles & ten top 10 singles on the Billboard R&B Charts. They have also completed five albums, which includes three certified Gold & one certified Platinum album.

Troop also took their abilities to another level when in 1998 they formed their own production company Acts Entertainment & teamed up with Independent label Warrior Records to release their album “Mayday.” Lead singers Allen McNeil & Steve Russell Executive Produced the entire album that received quite a few positive reviews from many sources including Billboard which stated “impeccable vocals, catchy lyrics, melody, [and] harmony.” Urban Network showcased “Mayday: as an editor’s choice” as well as other magazines that praised the album such as Vine, Impact, & Sister to Sister. Troop has also been showcased on David Letterman, Soul Train, Arsenio Hall, Showtime at the Apollo, & appeared in the feature film “New Jack City” singing a capella where they were also on the soundtrack title song along with Queen Latifah & Levert. Troop continues to fill concert venues with excited fans who are still amazed by their performance. Look forward to seeing & hearing more from Troop at a venue near you or on their upcoming album.