Monday, March 8, 2021

Taraji P. Henson Taps En Vogue to Perform in Her ‘Empire‘ Directorial Debut Episode

En Vogue to star in Taraji P. Henson’s directorial debut of ‘Empire

*R&B group En Vogue has been tapped by Taraji P. Henson to make a special guest appearance on the hit drama series “Empire” for her directorial debut. 

Henson helmed the March 17 episode, titled “Come Undone.”

For the show, the chart-topping group will star as themselves and are booked by Henson’s character Cookie Lyon to appear on her daytime talk show “Tea Talk.” En Vogue will also perform their 1992 smash “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” on the episode, New York Daily News reports. 

The seven-time Grammy nominees currently consist of Cindy Herron-Braggs, Terry Ellis, and Rhona Bennett

“We’ve been fans of ‘Empire’ from its inception,” Ellis told Variety. “We love the infusion of performance and soundtracks — that’s been a great launching pad for upcoming artists. Being on set with Taraji brought back memories of how far we’ve come.”

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Herron-Braggs compared Henson’s character to real-life music executive, Sylvia Rhone, Epic Records Chairman & CEO.  

“We were fortunate to have someone like Cookie — Sylvia Rhone — who personally was committed to every aspect of our career from A&R, artist development and imaging,” she said. “That’s been the cornerstone of our 30 years in the industry.”

In related news,  the group is planning to release two new singles and a podcast ahead of their 30th anniversary. 

“We’re most excited about interviewing other artists, especially artists that inspired us because they’ve been the trailblazers,” Cindy told ABC Audio of their new podcast. “They created that open lane for us to follow, so we’re most excited about that.”

Ellis says the group will be “speaking from our perspective since no one’s heard our perspective on anything.”

Potential guests include the folks who have been a part of the En Vogue brand since the beginning.

“Maybe Frank Gatson will stick his toe in the door you know and you will get the more candid bird’s-eye view of what it would be like to be in those moments recording and doing the rehearsals,” Terry told ABC Audio.

The first episode of the yet-untitled podcast will be released on April 3. They will drop two new singles in the fall.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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