K5 was formed in 1995, after Kevin “DJKJ” Shiver was looking for a new name to fit his newest creation, “Passion.” He took the K from KJ and 5 from his previous group Project 5, who had a couple of club hits with, “The New Style”, “The Rhythm Is Hot”, and “Blazing Pianos.” “K5” is also the classification for the ‘brightest stars’ in astronomy. KJ wrote and recorded “Passion” with sweet sounding vocals of Tammy Wright. It was first put out on Orlando’s KRAM Records. It sold about 8,000 copies on vinyl, it garnered a lot of mix-show play and some mainstream radio play. It received such a response, that a bidding war for the single and subsequent album then followed. After offers from several labels, K5 was signed to Robbins Entertainment/BMG for the U.S. and ISBA Records for Canada, Formaldehyde/Mercury Records and universal records Germany. The single for “Passion” went on to sell more than 1,000,000 copies worldwide. It also made it on to Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 at # 98 and #24 on Maxi-single sales Top 50. Passion & Red Alert also appeared on Miramax Films chasing Amy . After recording “Passion”, Tammy left the group to pursue solo efforts. KJ then brought in new vocalist, Tessa Calina, who sang many of the songs on K5’s debut album, “K5.” The second single, “Lift You Up” received lots of mix-show and club play throughout the country. K5 was named Dixie Dance Kings “Dance Artist Of The Year” for 1996/97, beating out other nominees including Spice Girls, Gina G., Backstreet Boys, and Puff Daddy. At the beginning of 1998, Tessa left the group to pursue a solo career as well. KJ then started to work on the new single Lovin Feelin with vocalist Tia Lisanne and keyboardist Mickey Mix Bono and Mark Hibbard. followed by Mysterious World. K5’s Live show is a high impact Concert with live vocals, live keyboards, and live electronic drums layered over computer driven wave files. The group has performed all over the U.S. and Canada. K5’s live performance is one that you do not want to miss if given the opportunity. Look for K5 to be coming to a town near you.
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