|Origin||Los Angeles, California, US|
Def Soul/UniversalJ Records (under the band name CHAPTER 4)
|J'Son, Chapter 4, Joe Budden, Treach|
Gavyn (2001-2007)J'Son (2001-2007)
3rd Storee is an American R&B group that was active in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Their debut single, "If Ever", peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1999. The group was best known in the mid-1990s for their gold-certified single "If Ever" and "Party Tonight" featuring Treach of the hip-hop duo, Naughty By Nature and RL of NEXT.
3rd Storee was formed during 1997 in South Central Los Angeles. The original line up consisted of members Kevonté, Lil' Man, D'Smoove and Jay-R. As a quartet they almost immediately made a breakthrough when they were signed to Edmonds Entertainment, and put on tour with Britney Spears. Owing to the success of the tour, 3rd Storee was then invited to open for 'N Sync on a national US tour, before visiting Europe for the first time during 1998, without even releasing an album.
In 1998 "If Ever" was released and peaked at #11 on the Billboard R&B chart and #7 on the UK Singles Chart. A second single "Party Tonight" was released in 1999 and their debut album was never released. A few years later band member Lil' Man left the group and the group continued to seek to replace and add a new member.
2001, led 3rd Storee to sign with Def Soul Records and 90's R&B solo vocalist J'Son joined the band along with newcomer Gavyn Rhones, The group then released their 2nd album titled "Get With Me" in 2002, and the lead single and music video of the same name was promoted across the media. The single also featured Joe Budden who provided rap verses. "Get With Me" placed at #71 on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Single Sales Chart for 1 week. Another track on the album titled "I'm Sorry" was featured on the Rush Hour 2 soundtrack. In 2003, 3rd Storee appeared as actors on the dance film "Honey" and also provided the theme song ("Honey" featuring clipse) for the soundtrack.
In 2006, Kevontay made his departure from the group and 3rd Storee attempted on a new venture with J. Records under a new band name titled "Chapter 4". The band Chapter 4 only consists 4 out of 6 of the 3rd Storee members: Gavyn as lead vocalist, D-Smoove, Jay-R and J'Son. They released a 4-track promotional EP album sampler along with a music video for their lead single "Fool With U", which Omarion later covered.
After the short lived journey with Chapter 4, the band members decided to take a break from recording as a group and went on the different avenues. Kevontay became an actor and appeared in various television shows and films, but is most known playing the role of Jerome on the comedy series "Everybody Hates Chris". While Jay-R continued to write and produce songs for other artists. Past 3rd storee bandmate Lil' Man, now known as "K. Young", went on the continue his solo career. Dante Clark (D-Smoove) became a Minister of a church in Long Beach California. J'son continued entertainment going under the name "Jay Sonic" and became an actor and done voice overs for commercials. Gavyn became a solo artist and was featured on various artist music. He also toured with many acts as well as serving as a temporary lead singer with The Gap Band.
In a recent summer 2017 interview on YouTube with Black Hollywood Live, Kevontay discussed he would hope a 3rd storee reunion would happen. He was in doubt about an attempt to start a solo career, but it did not come to happen, however he did started rapping. In the meanwhile he expressed he rather be more behind the scenes with entertainment with future projects as well as develop an animated series.
In a fall 2017 social media post, Jay-R hinted a reunion of the original 3rd Storee members with a recent photo of all 4 bandmates together, citing "Don't Forget, we're coming!!!", with the hashtags explaining that "nothing can break their bond".
May 2018, the original 4 members (K. Young/Lil' Man, Jay-R, Kevonte & D-Smoove) released their independent single "Leave Ur Man" featuring Bad Lucc (of Dubb Union) on internet streaming services. This is K-Young's return since his departure from the group in 2000. There is no word whether the group plan on releasing a new album as of yet.
|3RD STOREE / CHAPTER 4||YEARS ACTIVE|
|Lil Man (Lead Vocals)
(1999 - 2001), (2018)
|1st Album||H||H||"Leave Ur Man"
|Kevontay Jackson (Vocals)
|1st & 2nd Album||I||I||"Leave Ur Man"
|D-Smoove (Vocals, Rapper)
|1st & 2nd Album||A||CHAPTER 4||A||"Leave Ur Man"
|Jay-R (Lead Vocals)
|1st & 2nd Album||T||CHAPTER 4||T||"Leave Ur Man"
|J'Son (Lead Vocals)
|2nd Album||U||CHAPTER 4||U|
|Gavyn (Lead Vocals)
|2nd Album||S||CHAPTER 4||S|