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Dru Hill

The members of Dru Hill were natives of Baltimore, Maryland. Mark Andrews and James Green met each other in middle school, and both later became acquaintances of Tamir Ruffin when all three began pursuing careers in the music industry. Ruffin, nicknamed "Nokio" (an acronym for "Nasty on Key in Octave") enlisted Andrews and Green (whose respective nicknames of "Sisqó" and "Big Woody Rock" came from their childhood) to form a singing group. Woody, Nokio, and Sisqo formed an early incarnation of the group that featured other members, including Bravette Fleet and Chris Thomas, natives of Baltimore who attended Baltimore City College, with Nokio and Woody called 14K Harmony and began performing around the Baltimore area. At one talent show at Morgan State University, they were discovered by local talent manager Kevin Peck and also appeared on Amateur Night at Showtime At The Apollo. The group made a name for itself by getting jobs at The Fudgery, a local fudge factory at Harborplace at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, where they started a store tradition of singing and performing to entertain guests while making fudge. Most of their early repertoire was made up of gospel music as well as an early song by the group, "Please Remove Yo' Shoes". The group became a gospel group after a deal with Elektra Records fell through but eventually switched to a more commercially viable music which prompted Woody's mother to pull him out of the group but the group begged her to let him return and she reluctantly agreed to if he promised he would return to his gospel roots. By 1994 Fleet and Thomas split from the group to pursue other interests Larry "Jazz" Anthony who studied as an opera student at Frederick Douglass High School joined the group. Nokio saw him sing in a school assembly. Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz, and Woody continued to hone their skills working at the Fudgery. They also performed briefly under the name Storm then became Legacy. In 1995 Hiram Hicks president of Island Black Music saw the boys perform in a talent show and immediately wanted to fly them to New York to record a song called Tell Me for a movie Eddie starring Whoopi Goldberg. Blackstreet member Dave Hollister who was now pursuing a solo career originally sang on the song but after Legacy sang it for Hiram his vocals were scrapped as they recorded the song and were signed that night.

After the group signed to Island Records the label suggested they change their name from Legacy to Dru Hill after Druid Hill Park, a popular park on the West side of Baltimore, the name of which is pronounced "Dru Hill" in the local Baltimore accent. A dragon is used as a logo for the group.

Dru Hill is an American singing group, most popular during the late 1990s, whose repertoire included R&B, soul, and gospel music.

Founded in Baltimore, Maryland, and active since 1992, Dru Hill recorded seven Top 40 hits, and is best known for the R&B #1 hits "In My Bed", "Never Make a Promise", and "How Deep Is Your Love". Tamir "Nokio" Ruffin was the group's founder; his bandmates included lead singer Mark "Sisqó" Andrews, Larry "Jazz" Anthony, and James "Woody Rock" Green.

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