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D. Rennalds, George E. Jones.
Trio Mr. President from Bremen (Germany) are Lady Danii (Daniela Haak, 22), T Seven (Judith Hildebrandt, 19) and Lazy Dee (Delroy Rennalds, 29). T was already a member of a group called Satellite One, which was managed by Jens Neumann. It happened around 1992 when T met Jens. She really wanted to get into Satellite One, but Jens at first refused, since T was only 14 at that time. He did change his mind after he saw how she could dance.
Lady Danii joined Satellite One later. She was participating in many dance competitions, performing mostly Hip Hop. In one such competition, she met Jens and tried to convince him to take her to the group. One day a singer from Satellite One got sick and need for replacement emerged. That how she got in. Both T and Lady Danii became close friends.
M stands for Music, R stands for Rhythm. So they how did end up with name MR. They figured it out that the highest position a human being might get is a President, and that how they came with the name...
Mr President's very first single was entitled M.M. This song was an homage to Marilyn Monroe (and maybe another explanation to the project's name's origin). But everything started with the second single Up'n'Away, which almost hit top 10 in Germany, sold gold and played widely all over Europe. Video featured the band singing and dancing at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany, then in Miami, Florida. Success was such that they even got a sponsor-deal with Lufthansa. At this time, the rapper of the group was named Sir Prophet (George Jones). After argues about the group's management (according to rumors, the girls did not want to work with him anymore) he left the project.
Lazy Dee came to Germany in the early nineties with a reggae group on tour. He met Lady Danii and T became Mr President's new rapper and male vocalist. Up'n'Away was rerecorded with Rennalls providing the lead vocals as he did for the rest of the forthcoming album's songs.
In 1995 Mr. President released their very first album, entitled Up' N Away.This album was a great success too. I'll Follow The Sun was a hit too, reaching #23 in Germany, anyway it did not have quite same outcome. The next single to be released was 4 On The Floor, which reached #38. Then came Gonna Get Along (Without Ya Now), a cover of a song sung by Teresa Brewer in 1952, by Patience & Prudence in 1956, then by Skeeter Davis in the sixties and Viola Wills in the seventies, and more recently the Lemonheads in 1991. It peaked to #31 in the German charts and a remixes CD maxi was released with 3 new versions.
1996 : The euro-reggae Coco Jamboo had been at first released in March as a track promoting this album. It eventually became an ultimate hit, probably their most well-known single of all times, immediately jumping high in Dance Charts, and reaching #2 in the German sales charts. 2 monthes later a first remixes maxi-CD was released. It contained the radio version and 4 new mixes. Then in June came another remixes maxi-CD, this time with 6 new remixes. Coco Jamboo earned the BMI Awards for being the European track most frequently aired by US radio stations. Success was such that the song was translated in Finnish and featured on the compilation Smurffit - Tanssihitit Vol 1 (Smurffit is the Finnish word for the Schtroumpf, also known as Schlümpfe in German and The Smurfs in English)
The second album We See The Same Sun was released in May 1996, bringing many new hits. Entire new album was described as a very colourful and happy production, containing many typical eurodance tracks (for instance I Give You My Heart and Don't You Ever Stop) but also all the other trends popular in 1996. Some songs, such as Goodbye Lonely Heart, reminded Italo-Disco. Love Zone and Love The Way You Love Me had a rave and happy-harcore touch. Show Me The Way was a slow song with a R'nB flavor. Another very slow track was Olympic Dreams, performed by classic Italian dance style star Nino De Angelo, supported by a choir of Lady Danii, T, Lazy Dee and the voices of Caren Miller, Madienne Lang and Marion Schweiger. Where The Sun Goes Down was a good eurodance track with a strong latino touch.
"There is no band that reflects joy, happiness and fun in the way that we do. When we sing, people start to realise that there are many things in life other than war, violence and envy. We make music so that people don't forget all the beautiful things that life has to offer." Delroy explains.
September 1996, Mr. President recorded a video clip for their hot hit called I Give You my Heart that was the follow-up to their ultra Summer hit Coco Jamboo. In the clip Danii is a cashier in the movie theater taken from the '50s. Her attention caught a dark-haired guy who buys her a ticket. Their eyes lock for a second, he smiles to Danii and leaves. Disappointed, Danii still looks at him until he disappears in the theater. She decides to follow him into the dark hall of the theatre. She spots him in the first row and sits in the empty seat on his left side. In the movie Marylin Monroe plays a leading role. The darkhaired guy cannot concentrate his attention on the movie any longer and turns his face toward Danii. They start looking deep at each other eyes, and their hands start touching. His hand is starting stroking Danii's naked neck. Soon after they cuddle together and video is getting quite steamed. No it is not a pornographic clip, rather an erotic one. The only thing you could see later are black stockings and suspenders weared by Danii. For Danii to make this clip was a weird experience, especially to kiss somebody upfront of the camera. Danii and Gregor (a 20 years old Austrian actor from Vienna who played the mate role in this clip) met just few hours before they made the clip together. The other members of the Mr. President crew were also part of the clip. Lazy D was the projector operator and T Seven checked the valid tickets. Video clip was recorded in the end of June 1996 in the one of Vienna's theater. Screenplay was written by T Seven. But this clip is about unhappy love affair since all the 'love scenes' are only dreamt by Danii. She wakes up in the end of the clip alone in her ticket booth. When T Seven wrote the screen, she purposely located it in '50s. The belle epoque of 'Marilyn Monroe' was very romantic in her opinion, everybody loved her so much. T Seven explained that this video clip helped her to fulfill on of her dream to become at least once like her and to resemble Marylin's look. I Give You my Heart peaked #7 in Germany. Mr. President during the summer went in European Tournee including Germany, Austria and Poland.
In November, the single Show Me The Way was released. Even if the style differed and probably deceived some fans, it went #28 in the German charts. The single contained a Christman version of Coco Jamboo.
May 1997 : is Mr. President really Mr. President ? Press was full of gossips that Delroy, Judith and Daniel could not sing and and that the voices on the Mr. President's records belonged to somebody else. The Hamburg's leading and well-known magazine Stern reported that the whole scandal started in German Radio station Bremen 4. During the air program where members of Mr. President were interviewed, presenter asked them to perform on live and acapella their recent hit I Give you My Heart. They did and the presented version was very far from the original one we all know. The members of the group could hardly sing and forged the sound. It could be possible that all members of the group had soar throat. After this program the gossips started to spread that the Mr. President members were only 'packaging' the real voices belonging to other people, just like many other dance acts. Stern even gave out the names of real singers : Anne Schroeder, Karen Mueller (credited on albums as Carin Miller) and William King. The group denied these accusations.
Afterwards, Mr. President's single released a euro-reggae single called JoJo Action. With a sunny tropical videoclip, the group tried to repeat the success they had the previous year with Coco Jamboo (5 times gold records, twice platinum). Interestingly it was recorded before Coco Jamboo but at this time it never made it to the We See The Same Sun album. JoJo Action reached #4 in the German charts.
Lady Danii also spent some time with the new group Reset while the Mr. President crew was taking a vacation between July 26th and August 10th, 1997. The rest of the time was spent working in Finland. They were also preparing for their next tour, promoting their forthcoming album Night Club.
Night Club was released in the end of August 1997. T Seven had changed her look, now wearing a short hair, finally giving up on her artificial tresses. In the booklet of the album, the members of the group gave some background explanations for each song. For instance, you will learn that some of the sounds used in the album had been recorded in Times Square when they stayed in New York City back in 1996. The choir/background vocalists team was the same, Caren Miller even contributed to the songwriting of some of the album's tracks. They also introduced a dancing course called MPDA (Mr President Dance Academy).
August 22nd, 1997 was the day when the premiere of the new single Take Me To The Limit video was shot. This was a very sexual and provocative video. The single was released on September 5th, 1997 and reached #11 in Germany. A remixes maxi-CD was released the next month. The group started their US Live Tour in November 1997, a show full of magic and sexual explicity.
In December, the single Where Do I Belong was out. It was a slow track, recorded with Münchner Freheit. The single contained a bonus CD-ROM track with a Mr President screensaver. It went #49 in Germany.
1998 : Happy People was released in July. It was a euro-reggae track which went #15 in Germany. This time, for once, Danii did the lead vocals. Once again the group aimed at the summer hit.
1999 : Mr. President after more than one year of complete silence came back with new album released in the end of May of 1999 and entitled Space Gate. Almost at the same time their brand new single called Give A Little Love was released as well. Video was shot in Hungary, and it was the most expensive videoclip Mr President ever made. In August came the usual summer euro-reggae track, this time entitled Simbaleo, reaching #30.
2000. Their new new live tour, the Space Gate Tour, was supposed to begin in April 2000, but T Seven left the group. A female singer called Nadia was casted to her place, but she didn't stay much than one year. She did not record any song for the group, she only appeared on stage.
Mr.President released Up'n'Away 2K on November 6th. The new album entitled A Kind Of Best was released on November 20th, it contained some unreleased songs.
2001 : Mr President were now Danii and Lazy Dee. T Seven had released her first solo single entitled Hey Mr President, followied by another one called Passion. In June Mr president came back to the studio, to put the last songs together for the upcoming new album and to produce the new single, which is announced as suprising song and "the right number to come back and hit the charts".... On the 12th of August they gave a live show in Rostock... under the rain !
2003 : after 2 years of silence and a Best Of album, Mr President were back ! A new album (Love, Peace & Sunshine) and a new single (Love, Sex & Sunshine) were planned for February 2003. The euro-reggae single Love, Sex & Sunshine went #23 in the charts. Lazy D and Lady Danii were still a part of the project. T-Seven had been replaced by a new vocalist called Myra, but the studio vocalist remained the same, that's why one can't really hearany difference. The new album was released in Japan, where it came along with a DVD including 2 clips.
Then came Forever And One Day, which went #51 in Germany. Afterwards, Myra left the band.
2004 : another female vocalist called Franzi joined the group. She appeared on stage for the group's live appearances. Mr President was among the guests of the TV-show Hits Giganten on the German channel Sat1. They sung their biggest hit Coco Jamboo (photos).
2005 : Mr president left Sony Music and recorded the track Sweat (A La La La La Long), which was available for download by iTunes, along with other unreleased tracks. No official release date for the single was given.
2006 : a Mega Mixes EP was released in August on iTunes.
2008 : Some rumors said Mr President would gather again and go in studio in 2009 to record new material. The info was refuted by Layzee himself. Antoher rumor said that Jens Neumann could be preparing a comeback for his project... but without the old team.
2009 : Mr President released previously unreleased tracks gathered on a digital album simply entitled Unreleased. Release date is set to June 28th. The first track is a "circus-like" Intro that was used in the summer open air concert tour of 1998. The second is a 2000 version of Gonna Get Along that was produced for the Tour 2000, but was never played on the stage. Then comes a special version of I'll Follow The Sun that was played during the Tour 97/98. Track 4 is a outcut from a studio session, as they they were recording station IDs for Japan radios. The only one really new track was a cover of Abba's Thank You For The Music.
2010 : Simbaleo was covered by New York Rappers.
The biography was last updated Mon, August 13th 2012
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Latest Mr President news
30/04/2012 : Yesterday was the start of Anti-DSDS Song campaign 2012. You have 4 days left to buy Mr President's hit Coco Jamboo to push it on the top of download charts, higher than DSDS-winner's single. More infos here.
13/03/2012 : A campaign against German casting-show DSDS has been launched. The goal is to position Mr President's Coco Jamboo higher in the charts than the song that DSDS 2012 winner will release. More infos here.
08/10/2011 : Layzee and DJ Othello re-recorded a brand new version of Mr President's hit Up'n'Away. Coming with 19 mixes that will blow the roof off of your dancefloors.
08/08/2011 : Discover a snippet of Layzee (former Mr President rapper) feat. Kendrick current single Summertime.
28/07/2009 : Mr President's Unreleased album is out. It includes 10 tracks, and only one really new track, a cover of Abba's Thank You For The Music Buy it here.
25/06/2009 : Mr President will release previously unreleased tracks gathered on a digital album simply entitled Unreleased. Release date is set to June 28th. More infos here. (thanks to Eurodance blog)
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