One of the great 90s R&B groups that we’ve been missing is Portrait. They scored big time with hits like “Here We Go Again,” “I Can Call You,” and the beautiful remake of the Bee Gees classic “How Deep Is Your Love,” and became one of the “go to” groups for fans of the New Jack Swing era.
Producer Michaelangelo Saulsberry was able to adeptly blend hip hop rhythms with R&B stylings aided by writers Phillip Johnson and Eric Kirkland and tenor Irving Washington III.
Since the late 1990s, the members of Portrait have been involved in various endeavors, though never straying too far from the music they most loved. Almost thirty years after their inception, Portrait founding members Phillip and Michaelangelo have added Ruben Cruz. Hailing from West Los Angeles, Ruben’s roots remain in step with the LA-based sound Portrait is so well known for.
We’re happy to have Portrait back and are excited about the new sounds coming from the group. “In The Moment” is a sexy ballad that has the classic Portait sound, brought forward to 2018.
Biography courtesy of Chris Rizik and SoulTracks.com
01 – Portrait – Honey Dip (Portrait, 1992)
02 – Portrait – Precious Moments (Portrait, 1992)
03 – Portrait – All That Matters (All That Matters, 1994)
04 – Portrait – In The Moment (Single, 2018)
05 – Portrait – Heartstrings (All That Matters, 1994)
Background music during the interview:
Portrait – In The Moment, Portrait – On And On, Portrait – Down Wit Dat, Chuckii Booker – Games, Portrait – Share My Love, Portrait – Leavin’ Today