Sounds of the Time: All-4-One tells the story of "I Swear"

There is little doubt that the quartet All-4-One was one of the most talented vocal acts to break out in the 90s.

There is little doubt that the quartet All-4-One was one of the most talented vocal acts to break out in the 90s.

Individually raised as "church singers," Tony Borowiak, Jamie Jones, and Alfred Nevarez met in a California studio where they each sang commercial jingles.  They soon convinced a superb local singer, Delious Kennedy, to join them in search of a record contract.  Together they auditioned for L.A.-based Blitzz Records, performing a cover of the Tymes' classic doo-wop tune "So Much In Love," and were promptly signed by the label for a 1994 debut disc.  Released during the brief renaissance for vocal quartets in the mid 90s (led by Boyz II Men), All-4-One's self-titled debut took off, fronted by their nice a cappella version of "So Much In Love."  The follow up single, a slick, well performed cover of country star John Michael Montgomery's "I Swear," was an unmitigated smash, topping the pop charts for 11 weeks and becoming the year's biggest selling single. 

The television video series Sounds of the Time has created a cool short video, with the quartet giving the backstory behind "I Swear." It's a fun watch and a reminder that these four gentlemen have stayed together making great music for a quarter century. Check it out below and enjoy!

 
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