BBD (Bell Biv DeVoe)
Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ron DeVoe, better known as BBD a.k.a. Bell Biv DeVoe bridge the gap between hip-hop and R&B like no other male group today.
An offshoot of the hugely popular 80's vocal group New Edition, BBD fused hip-hop beats, b-boy attitude and R&B harmonies. The result was 1990's explosive debut album, Poison, which would go on to sell over 4 million copies and spawn the platinum title cut, the Top 3 single, "Do Me!" and the popular "BBD (I Thought It Was Me)" and "When Will I See You Smile Again?." In 1991, the group followed up their debut with WBBD-Bootcity (Remix Album). The remix album sold over 700,000 units. In 1993, BBD released the gold-certified Hootie Mack, which contained the hit ballad "Something In Your Eyes." In 1996, the group participated in the New Edition reunion that resulted in the multi-platinum Home Again.
BBD is stronger than ever before. Since their early days with New Edition they have sold over 20 million albums and won over millions of fans around the world. BBD has been nominated for numerous Grammy's, claimed three American Music Awards, two Soul Train Awards, received keys to cities across the country and have been honored for their humanitarian efforts. Their extraordinary accomplishments have set them apart from their peers and have made them icons in their own right.
Bivins adds, "We live the life we sing about. We stay in the mix and we're tight on what's going on today.
Asked if they are nervous about facing the challenges of the ever changing music Industry, DeVoe laughs, "No, we're anxious to meet those challenges because we have such a hunger and desire to stay current and keep performing hot shows." Fans can continue expect high powered, intense live performances that the group is known for.
"There is a younger generation who might not be totally aware of us," Bell admits, "and so we wanted to make appeal to them and at the same time not alienate our long time fans. And we did that by just sticking to what we always do. Making music and do shows that everyone can relate to."
"To be honest," Bivins says, "I really like who we are now- both as individuals and as a group.
And after seeing a BBD show, so will you.