Singer Bryan Abrams and Oklahoma City-based vocal group Color Me Badd have evidently parted ways three years after reuniting.
Abrams recently issued on bryanabramsmusic.com “A Very Important Message from Bryan Abrams to his Fans” in which he declares, “There’s no easy way to say this, so let me get it out of the way and then we can discuss. Color Me Badd, in its current incarnation, is no more.” He goes on in the message to confirm, “As of today, I will no longer be singing with Color Me Badd.” (Read the full text of the message after the break.)
The 1990s hitmakers, known for the smash singles “I Wanna Sex You Up,” “I Adore Mi Amor” and “All 4 Love,” initially broke up in 2000. Original members Abrams, Kevin Thornton and Mark Calderon reformed the group in 2010. (Sam Watters, the group’s fourth original member, is now a successful producer/songwriter and was never in on the reunion.)
As previously reported, Color Me Badd rushed the launch of their new website in spring to make their upbeat new single “Skywalkin’” available for free download. In lieu of payment, the vocal group asked fans at the time to donate to the Red Cross in the wake of the devastating Oklahoma tornadoes.
According to colormebaddmusic.com, Abrams lives in Moore and the May 20 tornado’s path came within a mile of his house, where he and his family hunkered down in a closet.
Last week, he and his now-former bandmates stirred up a Twitter tempest in which they talked about the situation with various fans but largely avoided engaging each other, at least through public tweets.
Thornton (@kevin_thornton) confirmed in a tweet that Abrams and Color Me Badd had parted ways: “@DDubGrl80 CMB & Bryan Abrams are not doing shows together. We’ve decided 2go different paths. BUT we R working on something VERY EXCITING!” He also encouraged people not to post negative messages and tweeted “#2Sides2EveryStory In time #TheTruth will be made known, but not like this. We choose 2 retain our integrity. #GodBless @TheColorMeBadd.”
Calderon echoed on Twitter (@TheMarkCalderon) “All Color Me Badd shows are still on everyone! Keep Calm and Carry On! … Everyone will know the truth soon!!!”
(News of Abrams’ split from the group has not been confirmed on colormebaddmusic.com, but it has at www.facebook.com/colormebadd, over which Abrams apparently still has control.)
For his part, Abrams told fans in a series of tweets (@BryanAbrams), “We all have to accept the fact I am no longer a member of Color Me Badd. Myself included. I want to be there. Not up to me now. … I’m the odd man out, tho. Do I want to perform at those shows? For the fans YES! Is it up to me? No. … I got upset when it was presented as a definitive “no show” for me when I WANT to be there. Hope that’s clear. I WANT to be at those shows!” When asked if he would be performing with the group at a September show in Oakland, Calif., Abrams tweeted “@purrfect75 I have no idea. Full intention is there. Depends on @TheColorMeBadd & if they purchase my accommodations w MY $$$. Ask 4 me plz.”
Apparently, both parties intend to continue making music after the breakup. On Saturday, Abrams announced on Twitter he would play an Oct. 19 solo show in San Francisco’s Bay Area. Later that day, he tweeted a photo of himself and a producer in studio with the message, “I can’t wait for you to hear the music I have been working on!!!!”
On Saturday, Thorton tweeted, “I’m SO EXCITED about what’s coming! And we CAN’T WAIT to share it with YOU! You WILL NOT be disappointed! … Time to get back to what matters: Life, Love, Fun, & Good Music! Let’s ride this train TOGETHER! #NoDrama … Patience…Patience… It will be worth the wait! LOVE YOU GUYS!!! @TheColorMeBadd @TheMarkCalderon.” He followed by tweeting out a photo bearing the words “Some people create their own storms, then get upset when it rains” and tagging Calderon and Color Me Badd.
For now, it looks like the Color Me Badd that fans were used to is gone with the wind.
Here is the text of Bryan Abrams’ A Very Important Message from Bryan Abrams to his Fans:
There’s no easy way to say this, so let me get it out of the way and then we can discuss.
Color Me Badd, in its current incarnation, is no more.
That’s not an easy sentence to write. When Mark Calderon and I first got back together in 2010 to perform in Hawaii, we were cautiously optimistic it could be the start of a new chapter for CMB. We were certainly encouraged by the wildly enthusiastic reaction of that first crowd!
Shortly after, KT officially jumped back in and we were even more excited at the possibilities! It was mind blowing to think that after a decade-plus away we could come back together and perform as Color Me Badd again.
And that’s the thing to remember: we all truly love performing. It’s in our blood. So the idea that we could get back out there in front of our fans, sing songs that hit the sweet spot for so many, and create a new chapter with new music and new fans… It was almost too good to be true!
And it was.
We wanted it to work. We were writing, recording demos… Certainly when we sang together our voices locked in like days had never passed. But we were building on a foundation already full of cracks from long ago. The house was bound to crumble, and crumble it has.
As of today, I will no longer be singing with Color Me Badd.
I am aware there are scheduled dates for the group already on the books; I can’t speak for the others, but as long as the necessary airfare and accommodations are provided for us all as scheduled, I will absolutely be there to do my part in delivering the CMB show you’re anticipating!
And it goes without saying I wish nothing but the best for Mark and Kevin, whatever path they end up taking. Who knows? The day may come when our voices can lock together again.
As for me, I plan to immediately refocus my energies on cultivating new Bryan Abrams goodness! New music is definitely on the way (the stuff I’ve been working on has me totally stoked), and there are a few additional ideas on the table I’ve long considered tackling.
Know this: regardless the project, I plan to share the journey with you. For updates, @bryanabrams on Twitter will continue to be Ground Zero for now, but that will be expanded upon soon. Stay tuned!
I know this is a sudden turn of events, but I respect you all too much to do anything but be upfront about it. You deserve to know what’s going on, and I sincerely hope you stick around to see what’s coming ‘round the bend!