112 is an American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly artists on Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records, the group left Bad Boy and signed to the Def Soul roster in early 2002. 112 formed in Atlanta, Georgia and consisted of members Marvin Scandrick, Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker and Daron Jones.
Equally rooted in gospel, soul and hip-hop, 112 was the first and most successful urban vocal group to emerge from Combs’ Bad Boy Records roster. The group had its start when the members met while attending high school. "Forte" at the time, the group performed talent shows at church and school and eventually gained the attention of Courtney Sills and Kevin Wales, the group’s would-be managers.
After being brought to the attention of Sean “Puffy” Combs, the group was quickly signed in front of a local club in Atlanta called 112, which is credited to the group?s name 112. Soon afterwards they found themselves living in New York, recording their debut album. Their self-titled debut album, released in 1996, performed exceptionally well, eventually going double platinum. It featured the hit singles “Only You” and “Cupid,” both of which peaked at #13 on the Hot 100 and #3 and #2 on the R&B charts respectively.
Not only was the group’s 1996 debut prove to be one of the hottest of male groups, but they could be heard on records by such Bad Boy artists as Notorious B.I.G, Puff Daddy & Mase. Unlike most artists on Bad Boy, 112’s image was clean, pure and wholesome, which helped the group cross over to a more mainstream audience. Fueled by the hit singles, “Only You” and “Cupid”, they hit the road in earnest as the opening act for the Isley Brothers at Ron Isley’s request.
Considering 112 hold the best in R&B tradition so closely to their hearts, their own story mirrors the classic "rags to riches" tale of many of the groups they once idolized, emulated and now are compared to. It was the first of four separate, widely differing tours that saw the group criss-crossing the U.S. with Keith Sweat, New Edition and finally Puff Daddy and the Family, over a grueling 18 month period. Years to follow, they found themselves touring with other big named artists such as Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson. The group has sold collectively a total of about 16+ million records world wide.
Peaches And Cream;
Dance With Me;
Hot and Wet;
It’s Over Now;