April 3 marks the 30th anniversary of En Vogue‘s debut album, ‘Born to Sing’ – an LP and accompanying era still pointed to by many as the epitome of what a vocal girl group is to look and sound like.
Hatching hit after hit including their breakthrough single, ‘Hold On,’ as well as ‘Lies,’ ‘Don’t Go,’ and more, the Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy-produced effort has stood the test of time thanks to its unaged vocal arrangements decorated with soaring harmonies from each of its songbirds.
To commemorate the occasion, one of the group’s founding members – Cindy Herron – chatted exclusively with That Grape Juice to dish on the timeless project, the future of En Vogue (including that rumored reunion tour with Dawn Robinson and Maxine Jones), and so much more.
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That Grape Juice: Before we talk about the 30th anniversary of the release of En Vogue’s groundbreaking debut album, ‘Born to Sing,’ we wanted to know how quarantining is going for you?
Cindy: It’s going good. I’m staying around the house. I do go out to grocery shop or walk my dog, but I do my part to flatten this curve and help the situation.
That Grape Juice: As are we! The exciting news we are most elated about, however, is the 30-year anniversary of EV’s first album. It’s really been 30 years?
Cindy: I can’t believe how fast it flew by.
That Grape Juice: What’s more, three decades later the name En Vogue still commands respect. How does it feel to still get that kind of reverence in the industry?
Cindy: I feel so blessed to have been a part of a group that has made such a statement musically and fashion wise. It’s an honor because this can be such a short lived business, so it’s great to still be able to put out music and do live shows.
That Grape Juice: Looking back, if you could go back to 1990 to give Cindy advice, what would you tell her?
Cindy: Probably to buy a lot of stock in Apple (laughs).
That Grape Juice: Having been in the industry for 30 years, you’ve seen the good, bad, and ugly as it relates to the massive shake-ups (i.e. streaming, digital downloads, etc.). Would you say these changes have hurt or helped?
Cindy: Both. It’s helped because you’ve got all these ways to promote music, be more independent, and connect on a very personal level with fans. But, in a way, it’s hurt because music doesn’t sell like it used to since people can share and stream everything.
That Grape Juice: Speaking of connecting personally with fans, we hear you have a podcast coming.
Cindy: Our “Funky Divas” podcast. We will be doing them to celebrate the journey of En Vogue, revisit the music, tell stories, and so much more. It starts April 3.
That Grape Juice: Now, as with many interviews, we’ve received five questions from our readers for you. Are you ready for That Grape Juice‘s ‘Five From Fans’?
Cindy: Let’s do it!
#1 That Grape Juice: An En Vogue biopic. Is it coming sooner or later?
Cindy: I think we would consider it. If it is with the right [production] team, then I would say sooner than later.
#2 That Grape Juice: After 30 years, is there any En Vogue song you hate to perform?
Cindy: No! There are no En Vogue songs that I hate to perform (laughs).
#3 That Grape Juice: At last year’s City of Hope Gala, we saw you pose with all members of the group – past and present. Later, Dawn Robinson announced there was a possible anniversary tour coming (click here to read more). Is that still in the works?
Cindy: No, it is not on the books. We could not make that happen.
#4 That Grape Juice: Will we ever see EV on reality TV?
Cindy: No. A hard no.
#5 That Grape Juice: What’s your favorite song from ‘Born to Sing’?
Cindy: ‘Part Of Me’ and ‘Just Can’t Stay Away’ are my two.
That Grape Juice: To wrap things up, we recently learned there will be some new EV music coming before the end of the year, right?
Cindy: Yes, that’s our hope. It wouldn’t be a full album, but we are considering either an EP or just releasing maybe two or three singles.
That Grape Juice: Any clues on any collaborators (co-stars, producers, songwriters) we should expect to be working with you on the project?
Cindy: Well, we always start with our usual producers to keep the integrity of the chemistry and the vocal harmonies. Beyond that, we haven’t decided or reached out to who we’d like to work with yet because it’s still just at the beginning stages; it’s just a vision in our heads.
The 30th anniversary expanded edition of
‘Born to Sing’
is available on all platforms now!