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Changing Faces was an American female R&B duo that was popular from 1993 until 2000 and reunited 2012. The group consisted of members Cassandra Lucas and Charisse Rose.

Changing Faces
Changing Faces - Changing Faces (album cover).jpg
Changing Faces' 1994 album cover
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresR&B
Years active1993–2000, 2012-present
LabelsBig Beat Records
WebsiteMySpace.com/CassandraCharisse
MembersCassandra Lucas (born 1973)
Charisse Rose (born 1969)

Contents

CareerEdit

Lucas and Rose were backing vocalists for Sybil for two years before they formed Changing Faces. The pair returned to New York, where they worked at a dermatologist's office in Manhattan during the day while recording demos at night with producer Dinky Bingham. A local record producer heard the duo singing on the street and signed them to Big Beat Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic.

Changing Faces' first two singles—"Stroke You Up" and "Foolin' Around"—were written and produced by R. Kelly. The two singles reached the R&B Top Ten in late 1994, with "Stroke You Up" peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Changing Faces's eponymous debut was released in 1994 and went gold on the strength of the two hits.

Changing Faces returned in 1997 with their second album, All Day, All Night. Kelly produced "G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T.," the first single from the album and their biggest R&B hit to date, reaching number one on the R&B chart, and number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. A track from the album, "All of My Days", also appeared on the soundtrack to Space Jam. The group also participated in the soundtrack of the Eddie Murphy movie Dr. Dolittle with the song "Do Little Things" featuring Ivan Matias in 1998.

Their third release Visit Me, followed three years later. Visit Me includes the single "That Other Woman", which failed to make a major dent on both the pop and R&B charts. However, it did go to number five on the dance club play, becoming their only entry on that chart. In 2001, they contributed a cover of "One More Night (Phil Collins song)" to the Phil Collins tribute album, Urban Renewal (tribute album).[1]

In 2006, Cassandra Lucas sang background vocals on "Special Girl" for Donell Jones' album Journey of a Gemini.

In August 2009, a new Changing Faces song was leaked online called "Crazy Luv". The song was rumored to be on their new album, but was not confirmed by Lucas or Rose to be their comeback single off their new album, which was rumored to be released sometime in 2012.[2]

On September 18, 2011, during a special appearance at the RnB Spotlight Concert with Lil Mo' at BB King's Blues Club in NYC, Changing Faces member Lucas announced on Kempire Radio and on YouKnowIGotSoul.com that she and Rose were in the recording studio working on a new Changing Faces project that would be released in 2012, with a new single being released soon. She also stated that the group never broke up and was working with R. Kelly on new music.[3][4]

On April 3, 2013, Changing Faces released a new single "Hate Love" via iTunes. A music video was filmed but was not released.[5] In 2014, Changing Faces was scheduled to perform at an R&B Superstars concert in the United Kingdom - however, Rose brought along a new member of the group to tour and perform without telling Lucas. As a result, Lucas filed a lawsuit towards Rose - despite the duo mutually agreeing to halt any plans for a reunion.[6]

In September 2013, it was announced that Cassandra Lucas is releasing a solo album.[7] Her debut solo single, "Damn", was released on September 3, 2013.[8] She released a new single "Music & a Beat" in July 2017.[9] She followed it up with "Give Love a Chance"[10] and "I Love You"[11] later that year. Her latest single "Name on It" premiered in January 2018.

Cassandra Lucas officially announced that her debut solo album "The Intro" would release on April 16th, 2019.[12]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[13]
US
R&B

[13]
CAN
[14]
1994 Changing Faces 25 1
1997 All Day, All Night
  • Released: June 10, 1997
  • Label: Big Beat / Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, cassette
21 6 86
2000 Visit Me
  • Released: October 10, 2000
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Formats: CD, cassette
46 9
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albumsEdit

Year Title
2005 Rhino Hi-Five : Changing Faces

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
[13]
US
R&B

[13]
US
Dan

[13]
NZ
[16]
UK
[17]
1994 "Stroke You Up" 3 2 15 43 Changing Faces
"Foolin' Around" 38 9
1995 "Keep It Right There" 49
"We Got It Goin' On" 61 White Man's Burden
1996 "I Got Somebody Else" 123 49 46 42 High School High
1997 "G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T." 8 1 22 10 All Day, All Night
"All of My Days" (featuring Jay-Z) 65 38
1998 "Time After Time" 35
"Same Tempo" 53 The Players Club
2000 "That Other Woman" 64 16 5 Visit Me
"Ladies Man" 67
2013 "Hate Love" Hate Love - Single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Featured singlesEdit

Year Title Artist Peak positions Album
US US
R&B
1995 "Freedom (Theme from Panther)" Various Artists 45 18 Panther

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/urban-renewal-featuring-the-songs-of-phil-collins-mw0000464730
  2. ^ "YouTube Video Link".
  3. ^ "YouTube Video Link".
  4. ^ "YouTube Video Link".
  5. ^ "iTunes Link".
  6. ^ Joseph, Justin Dwayne. "CASSANDRA LUCAS TO SUE HER CHANGING FACES GROUPMATE?". centrictv.com. BET Interactive, LLC. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  7. ^ https://www.facebook.com/CassandraofChangingFaces/posts/194680054036451
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvVlm8uvawo
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IofSUw1X56w
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzhMbo6DOwQ
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7_uZ7WWNo8
  12. ^ http://youknowigotsoul.com/cassandra-lucas-of-changing-faces-announces-debut-solo-album-the-intro
  13. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Changing Faces". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  14. ^ "CAN Charts > Changing Faces". RPM. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  15. ^ a b "US Certifications > Changing Faces". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  16. ^ "NZ Charts > Changing Faces". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  17. ^ "UK Charts > Changing Faces". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-10-13.

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