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Meet Fan Famous 'New Edition' Band Members 39 Years after the Group Was Formed

Bettina Dizon
Mar 06, 2020
10:55 A.M.
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In 2017, the R&B boy group New Edition earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, following their success in the '80s that includes several iconic hits.


After gaining fame in the '80s and releasing several songs, some of which became hits, the boy band New Edition slowly rose into fame.

Their group started when the boys were merely teens who joined and won several talent competitions. Finally, producer Maurice Starr discovered their talent and signed them to a label.

In 2004, they had their last studio album before parting ways but reassembled for their 30th anniversary in 2011. Here's a look at the famous singer's lives after their fame.



Although he had a bad-boy image and got kicked out of the group, Bobby Brown managed to make the most of his career as a solo artist. 

While his first solo album, King of Stage, did not perform as well, his album "Don't Be Cruel" saw five songs on the Billboard Hot 100's top ten hits and became the best selling album of the year.

Bobby Brown of RMBM performs during the 2019 ESSENCE Festival. | Source: Getty Images


Brown was also the voice behind the 1990's theme song for "Ghostbusters II," entitled "On Our Own." Two years later, he released yet another album, "Bobby."

The same year, he married fellow world-renowned singer Whitney Houston, who he had a tumultuous relationship with.

Bobby Brown attends The "Bobby-Q" Atlanta Premiere Of "The Bobby Brown Story" at Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center. | Source: Getty Images


Together, both artists drank excessively and became addicted to illegal drugs. Throughout their lives together, only one album of Brown came out. In 2007, the couple divorced.

His career went from a Michael Jackson protege to an alcohol and substance abuse singer. In 2011, after years of therapy, he released his single, "Get Out of the Way."

Whitney Houston with Bobby Brown at "Whitney Houston''s All-Star Holiday Gala." | Source: Getty Images


In 2015, three years after Brown's ex-wife passed away, his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, died at the age of 22.


Not long after Brown's exit, Johnny Gill became the newest member of the group as lead vocalist with Ralph Tresvant.

Johnny Gill poses backstage at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame 48th Annual Induction and Awards. | Source: Getty Images


After years with the group, Gill ventured as a solo artist and found success in his self-titled album and singles "Proactive" and "Let's Get the Mood Right."

In 2014, his song "Soul of a Woman," reached number one on Adult R&B Songs, the same year he recorded the album "Game Changer." He shared his mom's faith in the song:

"My mom rarely talks much about my work, but in this particular case, she kept saying, 'Play that song for me again. That's going to be big. Well, momma knew; it went straight to the top."

Johnny Gill in Washington D.C. 1998. | Source: Getty Images



Ricky Bell performed as a backup vocalist for the group with not as much fame as the others, but when Bell Biv DeVoe came, he took his spot as a frontman.

Although he continued performing with Bell Biv DeVoe, Bell released a solo album in 2000 called "Ricardo Campana."

Ricky Bell of New Edition Celebrates Their Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. | Source: Getty Images


Recently, the singer has been touring with Bell Biv DeVoe and appeared in "Showtime at the Apollo" for Steve Harvey.


When "New Edition" went separate ways, Ralph Tresvant came out with his first self-titled album, which went platinum and had a song, "Sensitivity," which reached number one for 20 weeks.

Tresvant later appeared in the hit film "House Party 2," and went on to create more popular songs such as "Mo' Money" and "Somebody Bigger Than You and I."

Ralph Tresvant arrives for the 10th Annual Multicultural Prism Awards. | Source: Getty Images


In 1993, he released another album, "It's Goin' Down," which wasn't as much of a success as his first album.


After performing with "New Edition," Michael Bivins grew more interested in the business side of the industry, which paved the way for a successful career.

He discovered the '90s groups Another Bad Creation and Boyz II Men and founded the Motown-distributed label Biv 10 Records.

Michael Bivins at a ceremony for Boyz II Men to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


He also took a shot at acting and appeared in "Mo' Money" in 1992, "Girls Trip" in 2017, and "Tropic Thunder" in 2008.


Ronnie DeVoe joined his former group mates to form Bill Biv DeVoe in the '90s, and produced beautiful tracks, including the number one hit "Do Me," "I Thought It was Me," and "Gangsta."

Ronnie DeVoe in Washington D.C. 1995. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

DeVoe later married R&B singer Shamari DeVoe, who starred in "Real Housewives of Atlanta." The couple occasionally shared about their marriage on the show, and emphasized on communicating to have a healthy relationship.