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Portrait is an American R&B vocal quartet, consisting of members Michael Angelo Saulsberry, Irving Washington III, Eric Kirkland and Philip Johnson.

There are 4 groups with the name Portrait, one Metal (from Gothenburg), one r’n’b (from Los Angeles USA), one screamo (from Atlanta USA), and one Progressive Rock/Metal (from Saarland, Germany).

1) Portrait is Heavy Metal band from Sweden (Gothenburg) in the vein of King Diamond and Mercyful Fate, with the same trademark vocals. They have released a demo tape (2006), a 2 7” singles (2007 & 2010) and 2 albums (2008 & 2011). Some of the members also plays in Helvetets Port and Devil Lee Rot.

2)Portrait existed in Atlanta, GA from 1996 until 2001. For many individuals portrait is one of the pioneers of the modern (circa 2002-2004) “screamo” sound. They released several albums: “all my chances” 7”, the s/t 10”, the debut 7”, the four song demo All of this and one extra song are on the Portrait “complete discography” cd from stickfigurerecords.
The band has a very energetic sound. Tough but not too tough. Emotional but not too emotional. Agressive but not too… Great combination of guitar work with viola. This band has it all. From sweet melodic parts too Rough hardcore driven tunes. Portrait’s influences were such bands as inkwell, frail and Indian summer.

3) Portrait were an r’n’b group from Los Angeles who released 2 albums (in 1992 & 1995).

4) Portrait is a Prog Rock/Metal Band with members from Saarland and France. They cross very symphonic, melodic parts with heavy guitarbreaks.


The group, which hailed from Los Angeles, California debuted in 1992 with a self-titled album riding on the end of the New Jack Swing era. The disc featured two hits on the charts: "Honey Dip" reached #18 on the R&B charts. The group's second single, "Here We Go Again!" featured similar sounds and reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Throughout 1993 and 1994, Portrait could be heard lending their voices to various projects, appearing on the soundtracks to the movies, Addams Family Values and Blankman, as well as singing on the Black Men United song, "U Will Know" for the Jason's Lyric Soundtrack. Portrait also provided backing vocals on the Quincy Jones single "Slow Jam", which featured Babyface and Tamia on lead vocals, in 1995. The song reached #68 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Also in 1995, the group released their second album, All That Matters. The album had a few minor hits, with "I Can Call You" reaching #22 on the R&B charts and "How Deep Is Your Love," a cover of the Bee Gees song, briefly appearing on the Hot 100. However, the album itself suffered from poor sales, spelling what was essentially the beginning of the end of the group.

Despite this, a year after the release of All That Matters, the group recorded an album exclusively for release in the Asian market. The album, entitled Picturesque, featured Portrait's previously released cover of "How Deep Is Your Love" as well as several other covers of popular songs.

The group faded from the scene after the release of Picturesque, only to resurface with their fourth album entitled Share My Love, which they independently released in 2005.

The group was feature in an episode of Family Matters, titled "Stormy Weather", performing "Here We Go".

 

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Here We Go Again

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