They are considered pioneers of the early 90’s music scene, with over eight million album sales and their statement sound of soulful harmonies mixed with their sophisticated style En Vogue are back! Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett are travelling to the UK to perform in London at the infamous KOKO followed by a performance at The Manchester Academy. Of course we will be listening out for the classic hits like “Hold on”, Free your Mind and “My Lovin (You’re never gonna get it) but we are in store for some fresh and sassy sounding new material which can be found on their new album “Electric Cafe” set to be released later in the year.
We caught up with the ladies and got talking about all things past, present and future…
You’ve had such a successful career why the rebirth and why now ?
We just felt it was time, we were ready to do a new album, our fans have been asking when we would do something new so we did! It’s that simple!
What are you most looking forward to this time round with new material and shows, what is the best bit about it all for you?
We are looking to present new music to our fans that they have been waiting for. The best part is finally getting to the day the album is released. Its been a long time coming, with lots going on behind the scenes while recording it, we wanted to make sure we worked with the right people who were willing to work the product the way we wanted it! So now is the time!
Your music is the theme tune to some of the most memorable moments in many people’s lives, the songs are legendary! What can we expect from your new material?
The new material has the signature En Vogue sound, with our harmonies, although we won’t be repeated anything or trying to recreate anything-we are an evolved En Vogue. You will hear a broad genre of songs with what we feel is a global appeal
For many girl groups around today En Vogue are considered the group that set the standards, who do you consider to be your influences and inspirations?
Our inspirations were many of the girl groups before us, definitely The Supremes, The Emotions, The Pointer Sisters. As well as artists like Chaka Khan and Patti Labelle those artists really inspired us!
What have you learnt from the industry or been taught that you wish you knew the first time round?
I wish I had a broader perspective when I first started out, knowing what music can do for the world, knowing the industry and what it’s about. I have learned so much, but fortunately everything I have learned can lend to the moment now and where we are going, so it’s all good!
Finally what can we expect from the album and tour?
Fans should expect a high energy show, with all their favourite songs as well as some new stuff that is pretty good, and of course they will have a good time! There is a lot of energy a lot of fun and a lot of love!
“En Vogue will play London’s KOKO April 7th and Manchester’s Academy April 8th”