In a new interview with The Voice former lead vocalist of hit 1990s British R&B group Damage Coree Richards, talks about his life after he split from the group to pursue his solo music career (they were not pleased) and his future endeavours.
‘’The guys all stopped speaking to me after that. I was so depressed I went to Thailand and partied to cope with the pain and pressure of now trying to go solo. It was hard. I had so many initial fears and didn’t know what I was going to do next.”
“Certain producers that used to work with Damage, that we had given their first breaks to were either not returning my calls or trying to charge me sums that were out of my range!”
Damage used to be the Choice FM babies but now DJ’s like Jenny Francis wouldn’t even get back to me!”
“There was a Ghetto Romance party arranged in Muswell Hill. A past Damage team staff member had invited me to come along and try and be cordial to the boys. I turned up and security wouldn’t let me in. Eventually I was inside and the entire band was really throwing me negative vibes. Andre Harriott (the son of Choice FM presenter Daddie Earnie), who seemed the worse for wear, maybe because of alcohol, was quite aggressive’’.
Coree also believes that Jade Jones’ relationship with Spice Girl Emma Bunton may have been an issue.
“Andre hangs onto Jade. Jade hangs onto Emma and that’s what is priority.”
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*At the start of the article the writer states that in the 1990s “the UK chart wasn’t as urban-music-friendly as it is now.”
CORRECTION: The UK chart wasn’t as BLACK music “friendly” as it is now. It’s time to DEAD that pesky word “URBAN”.*
And the reason why the UK chart is now so “friendly” towards the genre is because of artists like Prof Green, Plan B, Jessie J, Tulisa and Dappy.
WELL you learn something new everyday!
For a start I didn’t know that Andre Harriott is the son of Daddie Earnie.
*Tut tut* at Choice FM DJ’s allegedly blackballing him. It would be interesting to hear all their sides of the story.
And why is poor Baby Spice being dragged in to this mess. What did she do? Hahahahahahaha.
Anyway I was a Damage fan and I hoped that Coree would rejoin the other group members at one of their reunion shows (Robbie Williams/Take That style). But after reading what he had to say I doubt he will be welcomed back in to the fold anytime soon.
It is good to read that he is moving on with his life and I wish him the best of luck with his new music.