R&B boy band B5 released two studio albums under Bad Boy Records: “B5” (2005) and “Don't Talk, Just Listen” (2007), before they parted ways with the label. The album reached No. 19 and No. 27 on the Billboard 200, respectively. Since 2010, the group has singed with UpFront Records and changed their name to Audio. Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, the group began as TNT Boyz in 1998 with members Dustin Michael Breeding, Kelly Allen Breeding, Patrick Owen Breeding and Carnell Fredrick Breeding. After Bryan Jesse Breeding joined in 2001, they became B5.
Childhood and Family:
Four brothers Dustin Michael Breeding, Kelly Allen Breeding, Patrick Owen Breeding and Carnell Fredrick Breeding began as TNT Boyz in 1998 in St. Petersburg, Florida. They won many talent competitions during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The group changed their name to B5 after the youngest brother Bryan Jessee Breeding joined in. B5 was chosen to refer to Breeding 5 in similar fashion to the more celebrated Jackson 5. As of 2010, the group have renamed themselves Audio.
Don't Talk, Just Listen
Young boys Dustin Michael, Kelly Allen, Patrick Owen and Carnell Breeding were encouraged by their mother and uncle to pursue a career in music. As TNT Boyz, the foursome took parts in talent competitions in their local of St. Petersburg, Florida and won many of them, including shows put together by Radio Disney. They attracted the attention of music executive and management expert Jim McMahan of JAMM Entertainment Group, who soon signed the group to his Management and development company. In 2001, TNT Boys transformed into a quintet with the addition of youngest brother Bryan, and subsequently took the name B5.
B5 participated in tours and appeared in shows with the likes of Kanye West, Chris Brown, Usher, Mario Winans, Bow Wow, Ginuwine, Omarion, Fantasia, T-Pain, Soulja Boy, NSync and others. The group also performed in Monte Carlo in presence of Prince Albert of Monaco and a host of “A” list celebrities such as Kevin Costner and Robert Wagner, among others. After moving to Atlanta Georgia, their manager Jim McMahan started to showcase them to everyone. It was P. Diddy who eventually took the group under his wings, and signed them to Bad Boy Entertainment.
B5 worked with a number of reputable producers like Kevin Wales, Harve Pierre, Tha Cornaboyz, Rodney Jerkins, Ryan Leslie, Sean Garrett, Wirlie Morrs, China Black, Damian Hayward, Vance Jenkins and Akin Tayo Adewole for their debut eponymous debut album, “B5.” Released on July 19, 2005, the album debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It has sold over 200,000 units. A cover of Jackson 5, “All I Do,” became the group's first charting single and reached No. 71 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Another single released from the album, “U Got Me,” failed to enter any Billboard charts.
B5 performed the song “Someday At Christmas,” which was included in 2005's “Radio Disney Jingle Jams,” a special collection of 17 Christmas carols tracks which was performed by many artists. The boys also sang “Get'cha Head In the Game” for the soundtrack of the Disney Channel Original Movie “High School Musical.” The soundtrack album was released on January 10, 2006 and became the best selling album of that year. Later that same year, the boys appeared in “That's So Raven Too!,” the second soundtrack album from the hit Disney Channel original series, “That's So Raven,” performing a remix of the R&B act Earth, Wind & Fire's hit, “Let's Groove.” The album peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard 200 and has sold over 200,000 copies. The group also covered Earth, Wind & Fire's “Shining Star” for the “Hannah Montana” soundtrack album (2006). B5 also appeared in Walt Disney albums like “Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 8” (2006), where they sang “Dance 4 U,” “Disneymania 4” (2006), in which they performed “Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” that was originally featured in the 1933 Disney cartoon “Three Little Pigs,” and “Disneymania 5” (2007), where they sang “The Siamese Cat Song” from “Lady and the Tramp.”
The group's second studio album, “Don't Talk, Just Listen,” was released on September 10, 2007 in the UK and on September 11, 2007 in the United States. The album debuted at No. 27 on the US Billboard 200 and reached No. 5 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album produced two singles: “Hydrolics” (featuring Bow Wow) and “In My Bedroom.” “Don't Talk, Just Listen” marked B5's last album with Bad Boy Records.
After leaving Bad Boy Records, B5 renamed themselves Audio in 2010. They then signed with UpFront Records, which is owned and founded by DeVyne Stephens. In late 2010, Audio released a song called “Magnetic,” featuring label mate Akon. The song earned generally negative reviews. The group later confirmed that “Single” (2011) would become their official first single. The songs “Lonely Road,” “Where Did She Go,” “One Minute” and “Falling Dow” were leaked onto the Internet throughout 2011. However, none of the leaked songs will appear on their new album, which is set to be released later in 2012.