You know the name from the chart topping 90’s group Color Me Badd, but Mark Calderon has made a name for himself and gearing toward a new generation.

Formed in 1985, Mark Calderon, Bryan Abrams, Sam Watters, and Kevin Thornton of Color Me Badd, catapulted onto the Contemporary R&B scene with chart topping hits such as “I Wanna Sex You Up”, “I Adore Mi Amore”, and “All 4 Love”. The group saw valued success with “I Wanna Sex You Up” on the Billboard Top 100 hitting #2, remaining there for 4 weeks, and on the Billboard Dance Charts at #1. Their next album, C.M.B., avoided the sophomore slump in 1991 by selling 6 million albums worldwide with both “I Admore Mi Amore” and “All 4 Love” hitting #1 on the Billboard Top 100. They saw themselves sitting among the greats on the charts, such as Paula Abdul, performing on some of the biggest stages, and even appearing on the hit TV show Beverly Hills 90210.

In 1998 the group made the decision to part ways, but their music and their commitment to the industry continued on throughout the years. After 12 years out of the spotlight the group reemerged in 2010. In 2016, Mark Calderon and Bryan Abrams appeared alongside 90’s artist such as Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, TLC and Tone Loc for the I Love The 90’s Tour, as well as having the opportunity to perform on the first ever Ship Hop cruise, traveling to some of the most beautiful places in the world.

It was during these experiences, it became apparent to Mark that it was time to take a leap of faith, follow his passions, and step out as a solo artist. He knew he needed to “give it a chance and see what comes back.”

So in August of 2018 Mark solidified the decision and began working on his first solo single, “It’s Like Good Sex” with co-writers Todd William Nystrom and Isaiah Pittman.

While Mark has loved performing and being with the rest of CMB, he loves the creative freedom that this solo venture is bringing. “It’s my time to explore on my own time and terms. It’s the freedom as an artist, a songwriter, an entertainer, and now it’s my time. I’m so excited about this new journey.” Along with this new solo opportunity Mark will continue to pursue Color Me Badd featuring Mark Calderon.

Even though an EP is not out of the question Mark knows what he wants out of this endeavor. “I wanted to come out with a great song and put time into it, you know? Put that effort into one song and make it great.” Mark will go with the flow of releasing a new single every 2-3 months with a possible dip into other genres of music. His next single “Summer Life” will be ready to drop in July of 2019.

“It’s Like Good Sex” drops on May 16, 2019 and for Mark this is just the beginning of a long awaited journey that he is finally ready to share with the world.


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