Summer Freestyle Jam to Feature JUDY TORRES, TKA/K7, GEORGE LAMOND, and More
Don't miss this legendary FREESTYLE Jam featuring JUDY TORRES, TKA/K7, GEORGE LAMOND, COVER GIRLS, SWEET SENSATION, CYNTHIA, JOHNNY O, NOEL & ROB BASE- all taking to the stage to performing their hits on Saturday, August 17 at 8 p.m at Convention Hall in Asbury Park. Tickets are on-sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
COVER GIRLS were formed by Sal Abbatiello, the Fever music promoter and owner of the famed club Disco Fever, after an extensive talent search. Both glamorous and talented, they lit up the domestic and international charts with their first single "Show Me," followed by "Because of You" and "Wishing on a Star." Other major hits include "My Heart Skips a Beat" and "We Can't Go Wrong." Originally from the Bronx, the group released four albums, selling over 3 million records, with 11 charted singles in a row on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.
JUDY TORRES, known as the "Queen of Freestyle," was discovered at age 18 in her hometown of the Bronx and quickly became a star with such hits as "No Reason to Cry" (1986) and "Come Into My Arms" (1987). Her second album produced the hit single "I Love You for All Seasons." In late 2005, she released popular hit cover of a song by the band Journey titled "Faithfully." Her most recent release is 2010's MP3 album Stay.
TKA garnered success in the early '90s with their hit "Come Baby Come." Other hits include "Maria" (1982), "One Way Love" and "Tears May Fall" (1987), "You Are The One" (1989) and "Louder Than Love." Led by K7 (Louis "Kayel" Sharpe), the former lead vocalist of the Freestyle super-group TKA, TKA/K7 also features Tre Duece and LOS.
SWEET SENSATION is a trio from the Bronx that included Betty "Dee" LeBron and sisters Maggie and Mari Fernandez. Sweet Sensation was one of the biggest groups in the Freestyle genre. The ladies skyrocketed to fame with their 1986 club smash "Hooked On You," which was rereleased in 1988 on their album Take It While It's Hot that also included the hits "Victim of Love," "Never Let You Go" and "Sincerely Yours." In 1989, Mari left the group and was replaced by Sheila Vega. Their 1990 album Love Child included the ballad "If Wishes Came True," which reached #1 on Billboard Hot 100.
JOHNNY O Johnny O's self-titled Johnny O, featured the famous Freestyle song "Fantasy Girl" as well as the hits "Memories" and "Highways of Love" became Freestyle anthems. In 1990 saw his hit duet with Cynthia, "Dream Boy/Dream Girl," and in 1993 his single "Runaway Love" made it to #4 on the Billboard Dance chart and to #87 on the Hot 100.
CYNTHIA hails from New York City's Spanish Harlem and started singing at age sixteen in a group with Safire. Her first album Cynthia (1989) featured the hit singles "Change On Me," "Endless Nights" and "Thief of Hearts." A year later Cynthia II was released which included the hit songs "Break Up To Make Up," "Love Me Tonight" and the hit duet with Johnny O, "Dream Boy/Dream Girl" that reached #53 on the Billboard Hot 100.
GEORGE LAMOND began singing back-up for his cousin Joey Kid in the Bronx, teaming up later as Loose Touch. His solo debut was "Bad of the Heart" (1990) which earned him a deal with Columbia. The LP Bad of the Heart yielded two more freestyle hits, "Without You" and "Look into My Eyes." In 1992, he released his second album, In My Life which included the high-charting single "Where Does That Leave Love." Lamond also became a Latin superstar when his first Latin single "Si Tu Te Vas" quickly reached the top of the charts. And in 2008, his remix of the classic Journey song "Don't Stop Believin'" became a big pop hit. Lamond is currently working on a new album slated for release in 2015.
NOEL Noel's "Silent Morning" was a top Top-10 hit in 1988 followed up with "Like a Child" which became his first #1 single. He topped the dance charts again later that year with "Out of Time" and released the hit song "The Question."
ROB BASE timeless hit multi-platinum breakout single "It Takes Two" recorded with DJ E-Z Rock is to this day just as popular as when it came out in the late 80's. "It Takes Two" was ranked number 37 on VH1's 100 greatest songs of hip-hop.