Booty Luv


There will be “Some Kinda Rush” if you “Boogie 2nite” with Booty Luv! So what happened?

by Christopher Smith

Singers Cherise Roberts and Nadia Shepherd joined the R&B quartet Big Brovaz in 2001, the group had 4 UK top ten hits as well as entry’s across Europe and Australia. Their debut hit “Nu Flow” remains their biggest, as is their debut album of the same name which went Platinum in the UK. But after five years both Nadia and Cherise left the group and were picked up by Hed Kandi records as a duo.

And so Booty Luv was born. The girls recorded American singer Tweet’s 2002 “Boogie 2nite” and was only used in clubs and on Hed Kandi’s own mix CD’s, but in December that year, it was decided to release the song commercially and it worked as the single burst into the top ten around the globe across three continents. Obviously on to something, they followed this with a cover of a minor Luther Vandross hit “Shine” in early 2007, and again it became a big top ten hit.

For their next single, the girls too on US R&B group Lucy Pearl’s 2000 single “Don’t Mess With My Man”, which had peaked at No.41 in America and No.20 in the UK. Booty Luv took their version to No.11 in the UK and No.1 on the dance chart. The single was released the week before their debut album “Boogie 2nite” hit records stores everywhere and would eventually earn a Silver certification in the UK, having sold over 70,000 copies there to date.

Two further singles came from the album and both of them original compositions, “Some Kinda Rush” at the end of 2007 reaching No.19 in the UK, but breaking the top ten in The Netherlands, and “Dance, Dance” in early 2008.

Nadia and Cherise returned in 2009 with a new single “Say It” which gave them their fifth UK top twenty hit and was due to be the lead single from their second album to be titled “Say It Again” but work never progressed beyond the initial single.

After a break of two years, and a name change to just ‘Cherise and Nadia’, the girls returned in May 2012 with a new promo single “This Night” to coincide with their tour of Australia. They released their first single proper at the end of the year, “Black Widow”, which failed to chart. In early 2013 the girls returned to a reformed Big Brovaz for a reunion tour and continued to perform with the group into 2018.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!