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Former Color Me Badd singer faces more criminal charges

Former Color Me Badd frontman Bryan Abrams and his wife are accused of allowing their daughter, a first-grader, to miss more than 14 days of school without documentation.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: February 5, 2014 at 8:42 pm •  Published: February 6, 2014

Former Color Me Badd frontman Bryan Abrams is accused of allowing his 6-year-old daughter to miss more than 14 days of school without documentation, records show.

Abrams was charged Friday in Cleveland County District Court with violating the state of Oklahoma's compulsory education act, a misdemeanor.

In Oklahoma, allowing your child to miss too much school without a doctor's note or some other documentation is a crime.

Calls to his attorney, Matt Swain, were not returned.

A one-page affidavit on file in Cleveland County shows that Abrams' daughter missed 14.5 days of school after Abrams was warned about his child's attendance earlier in the school year. The singer's daughter is a first-grader, records show.

Abrams has another criminal case pending in Cleveland County — for allegedly beating his wife — and he's been arrested numerous times over the past two decades, mainly for domestic violence or substance abuse issues.

Along with three other Oklahoma City residents, Abrams was a founding member of Color Me Badd, which rose to stardom in the early 1990s with hits like “I Adore Mi Amor” and “All 4 Love.”

Color Me Badd's debut album sold millions of copies and their song “I Wanna Sex You Up” was featured in the film “New Jack City” during a love scene.

The group's mainstream success was short-lived, however, and media reports and court records show Abrams has struggled for much of the past 15 years.

In recent years, Abrams appeared on a reality show that put former boy band members back together to try and write new songs.

The reality show was canceled after seven episodes.

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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