E.Y.C. Biography

US vocal pop band EYC, based in Los Angeles, California, comprise Damon Butler (Carson, California, USA), Dave Loeffler (b. Bellflower, California, USA) and Trey Parker (b. Auburn, Alabama, USA). Compressing highly commercial romantic songs with elements drawn from the hip-hop and soul traditions, EYC have secured a string of single successes in the mid-90s (with most of their popularity centred on the UK). They released their first single, ‘Feelin’ Alright’, in November 1993, and saw it rise to number 16 in the UK charts, selling over 60, 000 copies. Their name is an acronym for Express Yourself Clearly, later the title of their debut album, and was chosen ‘with the idea of creative self-determination in mind’. Butler and Parker first met while working as back-up dancers on a national concert tour. They were later joined by Loeffler in the triad, and began to record demos together. As a consequence the group were invited to perform their hastily arranged set at the Teen Idol Festival in Japan, one of three US bands invited. On their return they channelled their resources into recording a video clip that could show off their dance moves in preference to further demos. After a live audition the band were signed by Gasoline Alley Records. They went on to support slots with Whitney Houston in Europe and with Kenny Thomas and Monie Love as joint headliners in the UK. December 1993 brought the band the Smash Hits Roadshow’s ‘Best Newcomer’ award, before performing live at Wembley Arena. The group’s 10-track debut album was released in 1994, and included the club hit, ‘Get Some’, produced by the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. , as well as promotional single ‘Number One’. The album rose to number 14 in the UK charts in the week of its release, before the band set out on a European tour with East 17. With their fanbase constantly growing, EYC found further success with November 1994’s ‘One More Chance’.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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