Mario Winans, Mr. Cheeks & Allure
Producer, Songwriter and Actor, Mario Winans, Mr. cheeks and the sensational group Allure will be performing and joining in the fun at the Equally Created America’s Benefit on September 12, 2013 at Stage 48, 605 w. 48th Street, in New York City from 6pm until 11pm. Mario Winans is a major public figure in the music industry who has worked extensively with Artists such as: P. Diddy, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blidge, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Brian McKnight, Faith Evans, Mr. Cheeks, Eminem, R. Kelly and Carl Thomas. He is the son of Gospel greatness, Vickie Winans and the nephew of Bee Bee and Cee Cee Winans. Mario knows and understands how the issues of poverty, lack of opportunity can impact on a community. That is why he is joining Equally Created America to help build positive community support.
Mr. Cheeks. Grammy Award winning rapper best known for his work with the musical group Lost Boyz, and his career as a solo artist. Mr. Cheeks, along with band mates Freaky Tah (1971–1999), Spigg Nice and Pretty Lou made up The Lost Boyz. The Lost Boyz practiced a sincere, literate, non-sensational style of New York hip-hop and produced a number of singles including; “Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless” (1994), “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz” 1995) and “Renee” (1996). Lost Boyz gained worldwide critical acclaim following the release of the albums; Legal Drug Money in 1996, Love, Peace & Nappiness in 1997, and LB IV Life in 1999.
From performing at talent shows to showcasing their talent across the world; Allure has been on quite a journey, and yes they are still together.
Allure began when Alia Davis, Lalisha McLean, and Akissa Mendez were students at the famed LaGuardia High School for performing arts. The childhood friends wanted to expand and share their musical experience, so they decided to form a group. After winning their first talent show, the ladies knew they were a part of something special. They got their chance when they met Poke of the Trackmasters production team. He also believed there was something special about the young ladies. He was so impressed; he signed them to Trackmasters and bestowed them with the name Allure. It was through his help that the group was able to become the first artists signed to Mariah Carey’s Crave Records. They released their debut self-titled album in 1997. The album featured gold selling singles “Head Over Heels” (featuring Nas) (US #35), “No Question” (featuring LL Cool J), “Last Chance”, and their biggest hit to date, platinum single “All Cried Out” (US #4).