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112

112 (one-twelve) is an R&B quartet from Atlanta made up of Daron Jones, Michael Keith, Quinnes "Q" Parker, and Marvin "Slim" Scandrick. They met in high school in the early 1990s and formed the group Forte, performing at local churches and talent shows until they were discovered by management duo Courtney Sills and Kevin Wales.

Sills and Wales introduced the group to hip-hop producers Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson, known professionally as Tim & Bob, who helped the group record demos. Wales secured an audition for the group at Atlanta's 112 Club for Sean "Puffy" Combs, CEO of Bad Boy Records. He signed the quartet and they subsequently changed their name from Forte to 112 as a tribute to the good fortune the club had brought them.

Mainstream Success

After signing with Bad Boy, 112 moved to New York to record their self-titled debut album. 112, which was primarily produced by Tim & Bob, was released in 1996 and went double platinum. It spawned the hit singles "Only You" and "Cupid," both of which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 and No. 2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, respectively.

Room 112 was released in 1998 and it quickly went gold. The following summer the group embarked on Whitney Houston's My Love Is Your Love Tour. By 2002 Room 112 was certified double platinum.

2001's Part III contains the hit "Peaches and Cream," which marked the group's first and only Grammy nomination for Best R&B Group or Duo. Despite producer Comb's absence during production due to legal reasons, the album was solid and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Two months later it was certified platinum.

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