(L-R): singers Carl Thomas, Donell Jones, and Dave Hollister are joining forces to form a new R&B supergroup.
The R&B veterans, who each peaked in the 1990s and early 2000s, have come together to form The Chi, a nod to their native city of Chicago, Illinois.
The singers each broke the news to fans via social media, alongside a photo of their new group.
Donell Jones wrote:
“New R&B Group ‘The Chi’… Yesssss it’s happening! The level of music and songwriting will be impeccable and you already know the voices! It’s only right for us to come together and represent Chicago and R&B to the fullest (sic).”
“New R&B Group ‘The Chi’…,” former Blackstreet member Hollister captioned his post. He explained they toyed with the idea of teaming up professionally for over a decade.
“The music… the voices finally coming together to give your ears and hearts what you’ve been waiting for…we started talking about this in 2009 and now the time has finally come. Brothas I count it an honor and privilege to Rep home with you both! LETS GO (sic)!”
And Thomas, who hasn’t released any new music since 2011, simply stated, “Next up! ‘The Chi’ #soulmusic #R&Bmusic”.
No word on when fans can expect new music from The Chi.
The new trio drew comparisons to R&B supergroup LSG, which consisted of vocal powerhouses Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat and former New Edition member Johnny Gill.
Sadly, Gerald died of an apparent heart attack on Nov. 10, 2007 at age 40. His father, The O’Jays legend Eddie Levert (center) joined Sweat (left) and Johnny Gill (right) to perform at the 2007 Essence Music Festival.
Johnny was a successful solo singer before joining New Edition. He is best known for his steamy 1990 hits “My, My, My”, “Rub You the Right Way”, and “Wrap My Body Tight.”
And many ladies lost their panties at Keith Sweat’s concerts. He is best known for his hits “I Want Her”, “Make It Last Forever”, and “Keep It Coming.”
LSG released their debut album titled Levert.Sweat.Gill. in 1997. The album was certified platinum with the chart-topping lead single “My Body.”