Public Announcement is an R&B and hip hop group, which was formed
in 1990 in Chicago, Illinois, originally backing singer R. Kelly on
their first album.
The group signed with Jive Records after R. Kelly met the members from Public
Announcement and auditioned the guys to be his back up singers and dancers.
The group was originally R. Kelly backed up by Earl Robinson, Glenn Wright, & Andre
Boykins. R. Kelly & Public Announcement released their debut album, Born
into the 90's in January 1992. One of the last albums to be released during
the new jack swing period of the early nineties, the album yielded the hits "She's
Got That Vibe", "Honey Love", "Dedicated", and "Slow
Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)" all of which was led by Kelly, eventually leading
to the album reaching a million copies domestically and going platinum. (Overall, "Honey
Love" and "Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)" were the only two hits to
reach #1 on the R&B chart during Public Announcement's tenure.) The group
was billed as R. Kelly and Public Announcement essentially making the group
backup members for Kelly rather than a cohesive unit. After a successful tour
ended in 1993, Kelly parted ways with Public Announcement to focus on a solo
career, whereas the group was suddenly left in limbo after his departure. Boykins
decided to stick with Kelly instead of continuing on with the group. According
to his Myspace page, Boykins is currently a songwriter and producer at the
Chocolate Factory studio in Chicago, he often tours with Kelly, and has been
featured in many of Kelly's videos such as "I Wish", "When a
Woman's Fed Up", and "Contagious" by The Isley Brothers to name
Public Announcement were signed to Atlantic Records/Big Beat. In 1996 Chicago,
Illinois natives Feloney Davis and Euclid Gray were added to the group after
Kelly and Boykins departure. Davis took over as the lead singer. In 1997 they
eventually scored a record deal with A&M Records and started working on
their sophomore and solo debut album All Work, No Play. In 1998 they scored
their first and only top five hit without Kelly, named Body Bumpin (Yippie-Yi-Yo),
which peaked at #5 Pop and #4 R&B. This album featured Feloney Davis taking
over the lead vocals. Though having only one single hitting the Billboard charts,
the album was a top twenty success on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. After only
a few years of being signed, they were dropped again.
1999-2002: Don't Hold Back
Shortly after touring and being dropped by the label, Euclid Gray left the
group after the tour was over because he didn't want to sing the secular music
the group was singing anymore. After bumping heads with Earl, Glenn, and Feloney
he left the group to pursue a gospel singing career.
Euclid Gray was replaced with another Chicago native named Ace Watkins and
they started work on their next album Don't Hold Back.
In 1999 a new song called "John Doe", from their album Don't Hold
Back on Epic was released and was a minor R&B/Hip-Hop hit, which led to
the album release being delayed. A few months later in 2000 a new lead single
called "Mamacita" was released. It was a moderate success entering
number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100. After that, "John Doe" was re-released
and went on to enter the Hot 100 at number 95. Another single named "Man
ain't Supposed To Cry" was a top forty R&B/Hip-Hop hit.
After being let go by Epic Records Ace left the group to pursue a solo career
and in 2004 was replaced by current member Mar-K a native of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mar-K is the youngest member of the group and also the only member that isn't
2005-present: When The Smoke Clears
In 2005 the group released their fourth album When the Smoke Clears on their
own label, Boss Entertainment, through Fontana Music/Universal Records. After
a short hiatus to pursue solo interests, Earl, Glenn, Feloney, and Mar-K are
working on a follow-up album, expected to be released in 2011.
Born into the 90's (with R. Kelly) (1992) (US #42) (US R&B #3)
All Work, No Play (1998) (US #81) (US R&B #14)
Don't Hold Back (2001) (US #89) (US R&B #30)
When the Smoke Clears (2006) (US R&B #99)
Year Title Album Chart Positions 
R&B UK NZ
1992 "She's Got That Vibe" (with R. Kelly) Born into the '90s
Honey Love" (with R. Kelly)
Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)" (with R. Kelly)
1993 "Dedicated" (with R. Kelly)
Hey Love (Can I Have a Word)" (with R. Kelly featuring Mr. Lee)
1998 "Body Bumpin' (Yippie-Yi-Yo)" All Work, No Play
It's About Time"
2000 "Mamacita" Don't Hold Back
2001 "John Doe"
Man Ain't Supposed To Cry"