Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Andrea Grant (ex-Montage): A Four Track CD Sampler (Promo) (WEA Records,1998)

Andrea Grant was the original lead singer for Montage and was featured on their earlier work for Mission Records along with fellow group Serenade back in 1993.  By 1996, Grant left to be replaced with Eve Horne (later of Juice fame) and released two singles via Polydor’s Wildstar imprint that pretty much went unnoticed. Grant took a different route however and in 1995 released a 4-track EP "M.F.E.O. (Made For Each Other)." A very underground bomb, I have no ideas about who the producers were but “M.F.E.O.” in particular was written by Elliot Kennedy who at that time was working for Sony Music Publishing. It was later re-recorded by teen pop monstrosity Kavana in 1997 and became a top 10 hit for him. A year later, Grant had signed to WEA Records where she released one single, an interpretation of the SOS Band’s “Just Be Good To Me.” By 1999, she had pretty much disappeared along with many on the WEA Label which it seems could not keep many of their artists. Her major label work was not as smooth as her underground stuff by any means but is certainly as good if not better than similar work by Brandy, Monica and many others from that era. “Anything You Want” in particular sounds like it could’ve been produced by Rodney Jerkins. It's a shame, as with Montage's album, that it never saw the light of day but when up against The Spice Girls and Billie Piper, they had no chance.

Reputations (Just Be Good To Me) [Featuring Darkman] 3:59
Time To Come Down 5:07
Anything You Want 4:24
Someone That Loved You Before 4:08