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CLUB NOUVEAU, under the direction of musical masterminds JAY KING and VALERIE WATSON, is perhaps one of the most distinctive and original groups to influence the contemporary music scene. Since their formation in 1986, the group has sold over ten million records, toured worldwide, charted 11 Billboard hit singles and garnered numerous awards and prestigious nominations. The release of their new project, The Collection Vol. 1, chronicles not only the many successes of Club Nouveau, but also rouses our unconscious as the magic of their music once again hits home to our very hearts.

Singer/songwriter/arranger, Valerie Watson and producer/writer/singer and entrepreneur, Jay King formed Club Nouveau. It was King who created a new chapter in musical history when he independently produced, pressed, marketed and promoted the million selling smash “Rumors” by the Timex Social Club, turning it into the biggest selling 12 inch single in history. The Timex Social Club parted ways, but King remained undaunted. He went on to pull together a collection of talented local musicians and formed his own band. Club Nouveau was born!

Their debut album, Life, Love & Pain, was a certified phenomenon, beginning with the single, “Jealousy”, which raced into the Top Ten in ten short weeks. It was followed by “Situation #9” which shot to the Top Five in even lass time. Lighting struck a third time when the young ensemble recorded their updated version of the Bill Withers classic “Lean On Me”, and found themselves with the hottest Pop/R&B/Dance crossover hit of that year!

“Lean On Me” not only dominated the charts at #1 for five consecutive weeks, it was also named “Song Of The Year” in the 1987 Grammy Awards. In addition, Club Nouveau was nominated in the “Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group” category and landed a pair of American Music Award nominations and two NARM nomination for the million-selling album project, Life, Love & Pain. BAM Magazine named Jay King one of the 100 most influential people in the music business and he was one of the “Top Black Single Publishers” honored by Billboard that year.

Considering the fact that Club Nouveau was in the infancy of their careers, it becomes quite apparent as to the legacy that was quickly evolving. Not one to rest on laurels however, the group went on to release a second album, Listen To The Message, which revealed music with more of a social-political theme. Listen To The Message spawned the singles “It’s A Cold Cold World”, which went to #25 on the R&B charts, “Envious” which landed at #76 and “Francis”, a Club Nouveau fan favorite. Fans were pleasantly surprised as the press made comparisons to the likes of Tracy Chapman and Terence Trent D’Arby.

Club Nouveau toured worldwide, returning to their third album project on the Warner Bros. Records label, Under A Nouveau Groove. “No Friend Of Mine” from the album went to #12 on the R&B charts. The legacy continued with the release of A New Beginning, which saw the remake of “Oh Happy Day” go to #40 on the R&B charts, and the album Everything Is Black, which charted the single “Let It Go” at #101, both on the group’s own JVK Records imprint.

The Collection Vol. 1 covers the tapestry of work from the various albums from Club Nouveau. Joined by newcomer Walter Phillips, Valerie Watson and Jay King offer a mixture of twelve tracks, including the #1 single “Rumors” as well as hits like the 1987 “Lean On Me” and the 1992 sleeper “I Like Your Way” from A New Beginning. Brand new songs included on the project are “ Keep Using Me”, “What Kind Of Love (Secret Rendezvous)”, and “Why You Wanna (Make Me Cry)” possess that unique Club Nouveau flavor that make their tunes so indelible in the brain and heart.

“Club Nouveau is not just a group,” expresses Jay King. “Our music marks an era and still boasts a one-on one, very intimate relationship with the hearts of millions. Club Nouveau is an energy field that just keeps evolving!” Passion, depth, and warmth...the music of Club Nouveau reigns on.

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