I would like to reintroduce the new generation to the Classic R&B Gold girl group High Inergy. In addition to performing at the legendary Motown 25th concert, this Pasadena native girl group created by Berry Gordy's sister Gwendolyn Gordy was a righteous representation of African-American women in the 1970's.
I am also blessed to call lead singers Barbara and Vernessa Mitchell my Aunties. Through the power of their natural talent and abilities, they coined themselves "High Inergy" and brought the world unique, sultry voices and fresh dance moves of the 70s that can never be duplicated.
High Inergy was an American R&B and soul girl group who found fame on Motown Records in the late 1970s. They are best known for their hit, "You Can't Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)"
High Inergy started in 1976 when the four founding singers were discovered by Gwen Gordy Fuqua during a Bicentennial show in Pasadena, California. The members of the group included lead singer Vernessa Mitchell, her sister Barbara Mitchell, Linda Howard and Michelle Martin. The Mitchell sisters were singers, while the remaining members were known primarily for their dancing.
Fashioned after Martha and the Vandellas and the Supremes, the group was signed to Motown's Gordy subsidiary in 1977. They quickly found success with the R&B/pop hit, "You Can't Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On)," which reached R&B number 2 and U.S. number 12.
The group became a trio when Vernessa left after the second album to pursue a career in gospel music. Barbara Mitchell replaced her sister as lead singer.
The group would score a total of nine R&B hits before disbanding for solo careers in 1984.
"Love Is All You Need"
The leading single on their debut album "Turnin' On", this song is one of my all-time favorites from the group. Take a listen to get a feel for the type of energy that this group brings in their music. At 41 years old, this song still puts me in a youthful mood.
If nothing else, you have to catch their legendary performance at Motown 25 at Pasadena Civic Center in 1983. "All This Love", "He's A Pretender", and "Can't Stop"
RIP Linda Howard, beloved member of High Inergy
Linda Howard was an original Soul Train dancer, who helped revolutionize dancing in the post-disco funk era. Love you forever, Linda. #RestInParadise
Four time All-American, WNBA Champion, Edutainer and Coach