Thanks to shows like ABC’s Boy Band and headlining tours by New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, harmonizing groups are back.
Their peers, Color Me Badd, who sold more than 12 million albums in the 1990s, haven’t lost their step, either, according to singer Bryan Abrams. Color Me Badd is set to perform at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino’s Ovations Live Showroom on Friday, September 8.
“We’ve just added some new choreography to the show, which we’re excited about,” says Abrams, who is joined in Color Me Badd by Mark Calderon and Adam Emil. “We get to show that we can still get up there and shake and move a little bit.”
Known for its singles “I Wanna Sex You Up,” “I Adore Mi Amor” and “All 4 Love,” the Oklahoma-bred Color Me Badd had three No. 1 hits, nine Top 40 records and a triple-platinum album. The group was nominated for two Grammys, and won two Soul Train Music Awards and one American Music Award.
Color Me Badd, whose songs appeared in New Jack City, Mo’ Money, No Strings Attached and Glee, starred as itself in a 1992 episode of Beverly Hills, 90210.
“We’ve been very blessed,” says Calderon, who is working on new songs. “We started this thing in 1991 and, 25 years later, we get to still do it.
“It’s the music that we wrote when we were kids. We get to sing it still. The fans are always great. They bring a lot energy to the show, which gets us excited. That’s what keeps us going.”
Color Me Badd followers enjoy the act’s shows because the three men stick closely to their successful formula, Abrams concurs.
“We definitely keep the songs the way they were,” he says. “We want to give people what they want to hear. We have some little breakdowns and give it a little remix, just to give everybody a teaste of how we would do it if it was coming out today.
“But we don’t want to get too far away from it and disappoint people. If I said too much, we’d give away our surprises.”
Color Me Badd, Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino’s Ovations Live Showroom, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler, 1.800.946.4452, wingilariver.com, 8 p.m. Friday, September 8, $29-$79.