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Centory sounds like a mix between Century and Centauri. The group was created in 1994 around the rapper Turbo B. (but his identity was only revealed after some time). On stage, he was accompanied by a blond singer called 'Mystery girl' (could it be Christiane Eiben ?) or by the brunette Anita Davis. The project was supported by 2 male dancers (for the gigs given in Paris) or 2 female dancers (at the NL Mega Dance Festival in 1994).

Point Of No Return was the single that started it all. Some scenes on the video clip were judged too hot and had to be removed for TV. It was later covered by a project called Fun Century.

Centory also took part to the first remix album that Cerrone released in 1995. They remixed 2 songs, Mercy and Heart Of Me with the voice of Laura Brightman.

In 1996, an ultimate single was released. Entitled Girl You Know It's True (a cover of the Milli Vanilli's hit originally released in 1988) , it featured for the first time Trey D and not Turbo B. A video clip was shot in a leisure park, directed by Lionel C. Martin. 4 members of the Backstreet Boys appeared in the clip. The sound was rather RnB than eurodance.

The team also produced the project Steel (Power Of Love)

The team

Rapper: Turbo B

Writers :
Gary Carolla (Writer, Singer),
Sven 'DELgado' Jordan (Producer, writer),
Alex Trime (Producer, writer)

Vocalists :
Janet Henry
Gary Carolla
Anita Davis
Lori Glori
Christiane Eiben (background vocals).

Turbo B (Durron Butler)

Turbo BBorn on the 30th of April 1967 in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA), he started his musical career as drummer with a heavy metal band in his hometown. He was sent to Frankfurt in 1985 with the US army, where his talents of rapper and human beat-box were discovered.

He collaborated with Maze and The Fat Boys, Mark Spoon, and of course Snap. He shared the stage with such artists as Chaka Kahn, Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole, and even Tom Jones.

During his solo career he released I'm Not Dead (with vocals by her former Snap partner Thea Austin) and created many projects in which he appeared or not : Centory, the Porn Boys... He did raps on Comic's I Surrender To Your Love.

In 1999 he appeared on Victoria Silvstedt's Rocksteady Love. In 2002 he was featured on Quest Lonely. In 2003, Turbo B was back with Snap. Then he was featured by Master Blaster on their single Ballet Dancer. In 2005 : he recorded a new solo single : New Day.

Trey D (Keith McGuffey)

Trey DBorn in Danville, Kentucky, he started his career as a bodyguard for the Backstreet Boys, then became their opening act as Trey D. He wrote and perfomed all of his own songs, including his singles (Higher and Higher, Mirror Mirror, Can't Wait Until Tomorrow), which were very successful in Europe and Asia. Keith also wrote for the Backstreet Boys first album (Get Down) and Aaron Carter's album (Get Wild).

Then Keith started writing and producing songs for various artists and recording and developing local talents. He created The Music Workshop with Kevin Richardson, former Backstreet Boys member.

Sven 'DELgado' Jordan (Kevin Estevez)

He collaborated to the projects 2-4 Family, Minnesota, Factor Six, Indee, Jam & Delgado, JamPack and Nomansland.

Alex Trime (Eddie Gibson)

Producer, keyboardist, composer and songwriter, he collaborated to the projects Factor Six, Indee, Nomansland, Sly!, Steel. He also did remixes for Haddaway, his former partner in Elegato.

Gary Carolla

Gary CarollaVocalist on the track Feel Alright.

Singer and songwriter, he used to be a membre of Factor 6. He remixed DJ BoBo - Freedom. With Johnny Wright he founded the Wright Entertainment Group and produced for Trey D, the Backstreet Boys, N'sync, Britney Spears and Aaron Carter. More recently, they started managing Christina Milian, Justin Timberlake and the Boys II Men.

Lori Glori (Lori Hölzel)

Lori GloriVocalist on the tracks Take It To The Limit and Eye In The Sky.

Lori Glori is an American born in San Francisco. After doing backing vocals for popular Soul acts such as Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Thelma Houston, Barry White, Midnight Star, Cameo and a few others, she moved to Germany to start her own career.

In 1991 Lori signed a contract with producer Frank Farian for the dancefloor hit My Body & Soul. She worked on several projects such as Rythm & Dance Machine, Andi Slavik (Indians Spirits). She became the voice of Intermission (Piece Of My Heart, Six Days and Give Peace A Chance), Major T (Keep The Frequency Clear) and Loft (Wake The World and Live It Up). She also did vocals for DJ Bobo.

In 1997 she created the project Holy Groove, covering gospel classics and remixing them in the RnB or even dance style. In 1998, her voice was fetured by the project Xxpolove for the single Ooh La La I Wanna Have Some... In 1999 she took part to the collective project Rappers Against racism with LaMazz, Jay Supreme and Tooper. In 2000, she contributed to the project Hotstuff for the self-titled single Hot Stuff.

Anita Davis

Anita DavisVocalist on The Spirit, Can I Hear You More, Make A Wish (Close Your Eyes) (part I and II) and What's On Your Mind.

She took part to the Finnish heavy band Waltari's song (Walkin' In The Neon). Later she became a member of Magic Affair. She also did a duo with the singer Carlos Peron (Be With The World). In 1999, she was featured by the project Sidestep on the single I Like It.

Janet Henry

Janet HenryVocalist on the track Point Of No Return.

In 1994 she appeared on Indee's Come With Me. In 1995, her voice was featured by Pearl on the single Summer Holiday. She later contributed to Magic Affair under the name of Janet De Lara.

 

Christiane Eiben

Christiane EibenShe did background vocals on the Centory album. She was also background vocalist on many DJ Bobo albums, and also took part to a lot of eurodance projects of Axel Breitung (Urgent C, Osmania, Ixiomara, Real Hype, Bizarr, Club B4...). She also did a duet with Nancy Bauman : Listen To Your Heart (under the name Enflame)

 

Charts

Austria (singles charts)

Point Of No Return (entry on 23.10.1994) 7 weeks - highest #18
Take It To The Limit (entry on 15.01.1995) 6 weeks - highest #22
The Spirit (entry on 23.04.1995) 1 week - highest #29

France (singles charts)

Point Of No Return - highest #3
Eye In The Sky - highest #48

France (club charts)

Point Of No Return - highest #10
Take It To The Limit - highest #11
Eye In The Sky - highest #39

Germany (singles charts)

Point Of No Return (entry on 5.09.1994) - highest #16
Take It To The Limit (entry on 12.12.1994) - highest #22
The Spirit (entry on 20.03.1995) - highest #70
Eye In The Sky (entry on 03.07.1995) - highest #99
Girl You Know It's True (entry on 29.07.1996) - highest #50

Switzerland (singles charts)

Point Of No Return (entry on 09.10.1994) 6 weeks - highest #35
Take It To The Limit (entry on 15.01.1995) 3 weeks - highest #37


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Alpha Centory (23 January 1995)

1. Alpha Centory Intro Click to listen
2. Take It To The Limit (Radio Version) Click to listen
3. The Spirit Click to listen
4. Eye In The Sky Click to listen
5. Can I Hear You More Click to listen
6. Make A Wish (Close Your Eyes) Part 1 Click to listen
7. Feel Alright Click to listen
8. Point Of No Return Click to listen
9. What's On Your Mind Click to listen
10. Make A Wish (Close Your Eyes) Part 2 Click to listen
11. Take It To The Limit (No Limit Remix) Click to listen
12. Feel Alright (Unplugged) Click to listen

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Point Of No Return (20th August 1994) lyrics

1. Point Of No Return (Radio Version)
2. Point Of No Return (The 12 Inch Mix)
3. Point Of No Return (Mutrone Club Mix) Click to listen

Point Of No Return remix (1994)

1. Point Of No Return (Trime 'N Delgado Remix)
2. Point Of No Return (D.J. Pippi Balearic Mix)
3. Point Of No Return (The 12 Inch)

Take It To The Limit (28 October 1994) lyrics

1. Take It To The Limit (Radio Version) Click to listen
2. Take It To The Limit (Extended Club Mix) Click to listen
3. Merry, Merry X-Mas Click to listen

Take It To The Limit remix (1994)

1. Take It To The Limit (No Limit Remix - Single Size) Click to listen
2. Take It To The Limit (Radio Remix)
3. Take It To The Limit (No Limit Remix - Full Size)
4. Take It To The Limit (The Remix)

The Spirit (2 February 1995)

1. The Spirit (Radio Edit)
2. The Spirit (Montezumas Short Mix)
3. The Spirit (Album Mix)

Eye In The Sky (5 May 1995)

1. Eye In The Sky (Radio Edit)
2. Eye In The Sky (2.12' Mix) Click to listen
3. Eye In The Sky (Club Mix) Click to listen

Girl You Know It's True (feat Trey D) (14 Jun 1996)

1. Girl You Know It's True (Radio Version) Click to listenlyrics
2. Girl You Know It's True (Regular Mix)
3. Girl You Know It's True (70's Dance Mix)
4. Slam Da Bass

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