Coming up in an era when R&B was poetry for the soul, Richard Wingo (‘Wingo’ for short), along with Brian “Brasco” Casey, Brandon “Case Dinero” Casey and Kyle “Quick” Norman, formed Jagged Edge—a group that hit big with the release of their first album, A Jagged Era, in 1997. With singles like “I Gotta Be” and “Let’s Get Married,” making women swoon, the four-man group topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and came in at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2000 with their sophomore LP, J.E. Heartbreak.
An all male American mainstream R&B group signed through Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def Recordings, the group has had a number of hit singles, many of which are produced by Dupri.
The group’s members include identical twin lead singers Brandon and Brian Casey as well as Kyle Norman and Richard Wingo. In addition to writing the bulk of the group’s material, the Casey brothers have also written for Usher, Nivea and Toni Braxton.
Wingo was a late addition to the group after the departure of an original member Al, he was added after Kandi Burruss of Xscape recommended he be added. Burruss was also the one who brought the group to the attention of Dupri, who signed them to his Columbia Records distributed imprint, So So Def Recordings.
The group have released 8 albums between 1997 and 2014, however their commercial success started to decline after their 2006 project title Jagged Edge.
We reported earlier in the year when Kyle Norman was arrested for choking his fiancée and trying to shove her engagement ring down her throat, but it seems he is not the only group member that has been in trouble. Last year, Brandon and Brian Casey were falsely accused of attacking a woman and her son outside their home, however the restraining order and charges were later dropped, and a formal apology was issued by the accuser.