Formation [ edit ] Thornton and Abrams became friends in junior high school, and Watters and Calderon became friends in grade school. They were all members of the school choir. The group originally formed in as Take One, but changed their name to Color Me Badd to avoid confusion with an a cappella band named Take 6. Watters selected the name, after a horse at the racetrack named Color Me Bad. They auditioned for him and he introduced them to his then-road manager, Adil Bayyan, who would become Color Me Badd's manager and convince them to move to New York City to pursue a record deal.
They waited for him to leave the theater and then sung the doo-wop hit " Daddy's Home " a cappella for him. Bon Jovi invited them to be his band's opening act the following night, to perform in front of 20, audience members. The producers advised that, being a multicultural group, they write a half-English, half-Spanish song.
At the time, they only had four or five finished songs. They were flown out to Los Angeles to work in the studio, recording the album in two or three weeks. It would go on to sell over 6 million copies worldwide and become certified triple-platinum in the US, spending 77 weeks on the Billboard , peaking at number 3. The New York Times described the group as "somewhere between George Michael 's pop-soul and the group dynamics of the Temptations. Later in the episode, the gang stakes out the Bel Age Hotel in hopes of meeting the group, and Kelly visits their penthouse suite.
She invites them to join her at the Peach Pit, where they serenade the gang a cappella. It contained the single " Forever Love ", which reached number 15 on the Hot and was also featured on the Mo' Money soundtrack. An ambitious project, with 19 new tracks, the album represented a shift in musical style for the group. Working with producers including David Foster , DJ Pooh , and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis , it was more soulful and funky than their previous work, but lacked a cohesive sound.
With the music industry at the time embracing grunge music and West Coast hip hop, it was difficult for Color Me Badd to deliver the same success on the singles charts as they had done before, and the group started to lose momentum. Abrams and Calderon disliked the choice. The newly married Thornton decided to leave the band to pursue the ministry, and Watters wanted to go off on his own to write and produce.
With Abrams and Calderon the only remaining members, the group split up. He became a licensed minister, and has since served as an evangelist, youth pastor and worship leader at his home church, Without Walls Church, in Fort Worth, Texas. He operates Kevin Thornton Ministries in Texas. In , Bryan Abrams released a solo album entitled Welcome to Me. The show was canceled after seven episodes. They headlined a concert in Hawaii, which also featured AllOne and Shai.
Clark's Extra Pop Emporium. The group continued on, with Calderon and Thornton. The artists were renamed Color Me Bradd for the occasion.