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7/26/2006 10:40:56 AM

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For Courtney, Jon, Michael and Rob, One Chance is the perfect name for a foursome that has invested their heart and soul into their musical dreams and now stands on the verge of savoring the fruits of their labor.

“This name really suits us,” says Jon Gordon, 20. “One Chance means we only have one life and this is our one dream and you’ve only got once chance to do it. We feel like all we need is one chance for people to hear us and they’ll love us.”

Bound by their love of music and their undeniable talent, these four Chicago natives came together three years ago and overcame all the obstacles that littered their road to success. After a few detours and more than a few roadblocks, the guys found themselves face to face with the biggest R&B superstar in the world and, much to their delight, he liked what he saw. “Two years ago we got the opportunity to showcase for Usher,” Jon recalls. “He could tell that we were already polished. We had been working so hard for so long and it must have shown on stage because we were chosen by Usher over several other acts who showcased for him and his staff that day.”

Usher signed One Chance to his label, US Records, and began the diligent task of developing them as only Usher can do. The multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist said he saw reflections of himself in the group. "As an artist, I know what it takes to be successful,” Usher says. “I know what it takes to make a mark and have longevity. As a label owner, I want my artists to possess those same qualities. One Chance does. I have no doubt that these guys have what it takes to not only live up to the great R&B legends of the past, but to have the same kind of respect and longevity that many of those greats still enjoy today."

There’s no question that One Chance in next in a long lineage of great R&B male groups. “We got a mean swagger,” says 21-year-old Courtney Vantrease, describing the group’s uniqueness. “It’s a Chicago swagger but it’s real and we’ve got things that you will remember from previous groups, like little things you might remember from Jodeci and Boyz II Men.”

Jon adds, “One thing that will set us apart from other groups is that most of them are missing something. Some of them can dance but aren’t that strong vocally or maybe they can sing but they’re not solid entertainers but with this group we cover the whole spectrum. We’re not trying to be something we’re not. We can sing. For real. Take away all the music, all the beats, you can even take away the microphones and you will hear natural voices blending in harmony.”

Hearing them sing ‘for real’ is the treat listeners get when they lend an ear to any of the songs featured on the group’s debut CD.

The lead single, “Look At Her,” featuring D4L’s Fabo, serves up a refreshing new style called Snap & B. “It’s something new we’re trying,” explains Courtney. “I think we’re probably the first guy group to do this. The snap movement is really strong right now so we just decided to incorporate some R&B into it. It’s just all about giving people something fresh.” Produced by Chocolate Star and Soundz, the song conjures up images of a club scene and a group of men eyeing a special lady who has captivated them with her sexy dance moves.

The guys covet a special lady yet again in the melodic midempo joint “Private,” featuring Akon, and extol her virtues on vocally superior “Don’t Stop.”

Shondrae aka Bangladesh (Ludacris, 8Ball & MJG) takes production credits on “Emotional.” Notes member Rob Brent, 19, “I think it’s one of our hottest songs and it shows the versatility of the group.” Adds J

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