K-Ci & JoJo is an American R&B duo, consisting of brothers Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey and Joel “JoJo” Hailey. Natives of Monroe, North Carolina, they started out as the lead singers of the chart-topping R&B group Jodeci with the DeGrate brothers—Donald (better known as Devante Swing) and Dalvin.
K-Ci & JoJo’s first sign of musical independence came in 1994 when K-Ci covered Bobby Womack’s hit “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” for the movie Jason’s Lyric. Early in 1996, K-Ci & JoJo teamed up for the song “How Could You” for the movie Bulletproof starring Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler. By July 1996, K-Ci & JoJo finally had a hit on their hands as guest artists in 2Pac’s number-one R&B hit “How Do U Want It” which topped the Billboard Hot 100.
They also gained popularity with 2Pac’s last music video, “Toss it Up”.
The brothers made their side projects into a full album, Love Always. Released on June 17, 1997, the album spawned two top-ten R&B hits: “You Bring Me Up” (Pop #26) and “Last Night’s Letter” (Pop #46). The minor success of those singles, however, paled in comparison to the success of the album’s third single, “All My Life” (which was dedicated to JoJo’s daughter). A supple, lush ballad far removed from the Jodeci material of the early 1990s, “All My Life” was the number-one song on the Hot 100 for three weeks, a feat that K-Ci & JoJo had never achieved with Jodeci. Future singles and albums would be crafted in the vein of “All My Life”, which was the duo’s only number-one hit, though many consider it one of the greatest jazz pop melodies of all time. Love Always went on to sell four million copies, and the success of the album put Jodeci’s reunion on hold indefinitely.
K-Ci and JoJo released a further 4 albums, it’s real, X, emotional and my brother’s keeper, but none of them gained any commercial success.
In 2010, TV One aired the reality docu-series, “K-Ci & JoJo…Come Clean, which showcased the brothers current struggles with alcohol as they work to rebuild their relationship and make a comeback. The series only aired for one season, but still runs several times a year due to the popularity of the show and the 90’s R&B singing brothers.
In 2001, K-Ci pleaded no contest to four charges of lewd conduct. He had been charged with 24 counts of lewd conduct and indecent exposure following an incident during the December 16, 2000, Jingle Ball concert at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium, where he allegedly pulled down his trousers and underwear and exposed himself to the audience. About 4,000 people attended the Christmas show, many of them children as young as 5 years old.
Check out K-Ci and JoJo – All My Life, below.