All too familiar soul-stirring harmonies float over a melodious beat likened to 1960s jazz. The voices of Cindy Heron-Braggs, Terry Ellis, and Rhona Bennett, known collaboratively as En Vogue, are back after a five-year hiatus with a stunning new track that shines a light on their ability to stay ahead of the times while staying loyal to their signature sound.
The seven time Grammy-nominated, the En Vogue group rose to fame in the 90s with their commanding vocals. Originally formed in 1989 in Oakland, California, the ladies first found success after the funky R&B pop number “Hold On” hit number two on the US Hot 100. 20 plus years later and these dynamic performers are back in the studio and hitting the stage to give back to their fans.
“We just want to say thank you to our fans for being so supportive and eagerly awaiting for some new music from us,” reveals En Vogue.
That thank you, being the first release from their upcoming album, is called “Déjà Vu.” It delights in cabaret-esque jazz rhythms, smoothing harmonies, and standout vocals. Thanks to positive feedback from their loyal fans, En Vogue says they are excited to be completing the new album with a sound both new yet familiar.
“This forthcoming album is titled ‘Electric Café’ there’s a slightly different vibe from us,” says Terry Ellis.
“You’ll get the signature En Vogue members harmonies, but it has more of an international global feel to it,” reveal the group, before adding, “Kinda laid back, breezy…but it has an electronic dance music (EDM) vibe to it.” The presence of synthesizers among the group’s classic chords is what the songstresses jokingly call “soulful EDM.”
“We’re getting real great feedback from ‘Déjà Vu,’” confide the bandmates. “[The fans] are going to love and appreciate that we are still staying true to ourselves and creativity.”
While the rest of the album is due out by the end of 2016, fans can look out for the trio in a city near them, as they are currently on an “pretty hot” and “energetic” American and European tour full of singing and dancing. If in the D.C. area, stop by Smithsonian African-American History Museum re-opening September 24 where fans can get an up-close look at some of En Vogue’s cutting-edge dresses from the legendary “Never Gonna Get It/My Lovin” and “Giving Him Something He Can Feel” videos.