When the 98 Degrees demo tape passed across DJ Clark Kent's desk at Motown Records, he thought he had found another Boyz II Men, who were topping the charts at the time. He also knew their manager, Paris D'Jon, from his days managing LL Cool J.
Kent couldn't contain his excitement. From the demo tape, he could tell 98 Degrees was another young, soulful, Black group that would help push the "Motown sound" forward. So when D'Jon showed up with four white boys, he almost fell back into his chair. No way these guys were the ones on the demo. But after making them sing an acapella, Kent was convinced, and signed them to Motown.
As Kent tells the story, he set them up with a studio and the next day they sent him "Invisible Man," which would become the first single on their album and climb to #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Listen to 98 Degrees' first hit and bring yourself back to 1997 when Motown ruled.
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About the curator - Cormac McGee
Cormac McGee is a DJ, artist manager and concert promoter based in Toronto, Canada. He’s played in front of crowds from 10 – 1,000 people and has run concerts with some of today’s top hip hop artists, including Drake, Future, Mac Miller, 6lack, Ab-Soul and more. He also runs the Music Den at Ryerson University, a business incubator for entrepreneurs in the music industry.