| In every family there's usually one kid that stands out; one that has exceptional talent, dashing good looks and irresistible charm. Not so in this family. Most would agree that of the five boys born to Adrian Breeding, not one of them stands out. They all do.
Dustin, 16, Kelly, 15, Patrick, 14, Carnell, 13, and Bryan 10, known collectively as B5, merge the old school flair and finesse of the Jackson Five with the modern day pop appeal of N'Sync and the raw energy of New Edition to create a musical phenomenon that carves a unique niche in the music industry.
Stationed in the crunk capitol of the world, Atlanta, GA, B5 dares to be different, but anyone who witnesses their electrifying, high-energy stage show - complete with street dancing, old school stepping and eye-popping acrobatics - will agree that these kids really know how to get crunk. But B5 does it their way, with clean lyrics, age-appropriate content and good old-fashioned charm. Add to that, the boys' good looks, and you clearly have the recipe for the next big boy band sensation.
Originally known as "TNT Boyz", B5 started performing professionally about seven years ago, at the urging of the boys' mom and aunt. The boys did the usual run of talent competitions, winning most of them, including shows put together by Radio Disney. Manager Jim McMahan of JAMM Entertainment Group, said he immediately saw the group's potential when they were presented to him by one of his associates over 5 years ago.
Later the group's name changed to "B5" when younger brother Bryan joined the lineup. "As we were looking for a name everybody kept saying 'Man these kids are like the new generation Jackson Five' and, of course, the Jackson Five were J5 and the boys' last name is Breeding, so we made it B5."
B5 continued to do shows and make the rounds throughout the music industry, performing with the likes of Mario Winans, Kanye West, Ginuwine, Usher, Fantasia, Bow Wow, Joe and others. The dazzling quintet even hit Monte Carlo and performed for Prince Albert of Monaco. On a vacation trip through Atlanta in 2001, B5 was introduced to executive producer Kevin Wales of "World Wide Entertainment"(ABC, 112, Monica, Lil' Zane, and Jagged Edge) who signed the group and knew the perfect distribution for the boys. That's when "B5" landed on the doorstep of "Bad Boy Entertainment".
Describing them as "the group that fills a void in the music industry," Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and his team pulled out all the stops when it came to B5, hooking them up with some of the top producers in the business, among them Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Brandy, Whitney), Ryan Leslie (Britney Spears, Carl Thomas), Sean Garrett (Usher, Ciara), Corna Boyz (Jagged Edge), Veit Renn (Backstreet Boys), and, of course, P. Diddy.
The lead single, "All I Do," originally recorded by the Jackson Five and covered by Troop in 1990, finds the boys pouring their hearts out to that special girl. They said Jerkins suggested the song to them and they recorded it without hearing either of the other two versions, although Patrick acknowledges that their version is more reminiscent of the Troop cover than of the J5 original.
In true teenage boy fashion, B5 spends the better part of their debut CD talking to and about girls and having fun. The mostly up-tempo album is definitely one to ride to.
B5 lays back a bit on the mid tempo love song "Nobody," while Patrick slows the pace even more on the sweet ballad, "Teacher's Pet." Elsewhere, the boys heat things up a bit with the catchy "Dance 4 U," which doubles as a party anthem and an invitation to romance.
While B5 certainly delivers the goods in the recording studio, the full brunt of their powerful punch can only be felt in person. On stage, B5 is alternately a classic group of male crooners, a posse of supercharged free styling B-Boys, and a team of acrobatic daredevils literally flipping from one end of the stage to the next. Offstage, the boys are regular teenagers who, as Patrick, the comedian of the group, notes, like "girls, shoes and clothes." Each of the boys brings their own flavor to the table both as artists and as individuals. Dustin, the eldest brother, sums it up: "Kelly is a little bit of a rebel. He breaks down the raps and writes most of his own stuff. The rest of us all sing lead. Patrick does a lot of the choreography; Carnell is more laid back and hits those really high notes. He also works on choreography. Everybody loves little bro Bryan! He puts a lot of emotion into his singing and the girls love that," Dustin teases. "Dustin is kinda the all around guy," adds Carnell. "He not only helps with putting the shows together but he also tries to keep us in line."
As a group, B5 is tight, totally synchronized and unified on stage. As brothers, they're even tighter. Says Patrick, "All brothers and sisters have arguments. We don't fight but we do have disagreements." Kelly adds, "We just argue about stupid stuff sometimes but that's just brotherly love." Bryan agrees: "Yeah. We're a real close family."
B5 is excited about what the future holds for them. "We're looking forward to the album coming out, doing a lot of shows and meeting our fans!" Dustin echoes, "We just can't wait for the album to drop because we've been doing this for awhile." "We don't want to be one of those one hit wonders," says Patrick. "We want to be around for a long time." With the passion and drive that B5 brings, there's a good chance that they will be around for a very long time! This is one family that you'll want to be a part of!
For those who have not heard about this young, sensational and handsome all boy group called B5, well then wait until what we heard from this band that is not short of talent, intelligence, and has a strong family bond that cannot be broken. Those qualities drive their on stage performance.
Our staff met with B5 on the Scream Tour in Baltimore Maryland at the 1st Mariner Arena. B5 was hanging out backstage engaged in a spontaneous game of basketball without the net of course. They were just your ordinary group of brothers enjoying one anotherís company. Adrian Breeding, the mother of these five dashing young men was a short distance away overseeing her talented boys with pride on her face as she watched with joy as her kids played ball together.
B5 is made up of five well-trained and well-disciplined young men who realize when its time to play and when itís time to get serious. When B5 was told it was time to get ready for the show, all five snapped to attention and proceeded to dinner backstage and then to their dressing room to prepare for their energized power packed performance. B5ís performance was fabulous as they sang and danced in unison, you could tell they still were having fun on stage as they performed their coordinated dance routine and live up to the name of the tour as more than a thousands fans screamed at the top of their lungs once B5 hit the stage. It was a night that all the ladies in attendance would soon not forget.
Our staff is sure B5 would like to hear from all their fans as they truly love you all!
If you would like to say hello to B5, hit them up on their web site at www.B5online.com their fan club site is B5fanclub@yourfanclubs.com For all you true B5 fans, make sure you read the entire interview because there is something special you need to know at the end of the interview.
PM: How old are you guys
B5: Dustin: Seventeen
B5: Kelly: Sixteen
B5: Patrick: Fourteen
B5: Carnell: Thirteen
B5: Bryan: Ten
PM: Where do you guys live?
B5: Patrick we live in Atlanta, Georgia and Sandy Spring.
PM: Dustin since youíre the oldest in the group how do you keep your brothers in line?
B5: Dustin My brothers are so much fun we do everything together; we are like triplets even though we are a group of five we like and do the same things. My mom travels on the road with us and we are a tight knit family so we donít get out of hand too much, Mom keeps us all in check.
PM: What grade are you in Dustin?
B5: Dustin Iím in my last year of High School. I have a tutor and we are home schooled. Itís really great being home schooled, but you have to study really hard because the courses are harder and more advanced, but I like it because itís more personalized.
B5: Carnell Yeah, the teachers really help us out. They work with you to make sure you understand your work. I think itís a better education this way. You get more individualized attention.
PM: Dustin do you have a girlfriend?
B5: Dustin No, right now I have to stay focused on my career. I will have time for that later.
PM: Kelly how about you. Do you have a girlfriend?
B5: Kelly No, right now we are all single. Right now weíre too busy for that we have to stay focus.
PM: Did you guys always sing as a group?
B5: We use to have a dance group.
PM: What was the name of the group?
B5: Dustin TNT Boys, Like Dynamite.
PM: TNT thatís a great name. Why did you decide to change?
B5: Dustin we decided to start singing a couple of years ago and here we are.
PM: Carnell, what are some fun things you like to do?
B5: Carnell Just being with my brothers.
B5: Bryan Yeah me too.
PM: You guys are very well spoken for your ages?
B5: Dustin Thank you. Thereís a time and place for everything. We have to do interviews, TV, Radio so we have to speak properly without a lot of slang because thatís not the way we want to present ourselves to the media.
PM: How hard is it for you guys on the road?
B5: Dustin itís great being on the road because that means weíre working. Thereís not a lot of freedom when we are out on the road itís very busy. There are days you miss home and your own bed but you have to make the sacrifice to do this, but all in all itís a lot of fun
B5: Bryan Dustin has a cold right now so heís not feeling well.
PM: Sorry youíre not feeling well Dustin?
B5: Dustin Thanks. I do have a cold so I feel a little sluggish but I will put on a great performance for my fans, because that whatís important right now the fans, it does not matter that I have a little cold, the fans want to see a great show and we intend to give it to them. In this business you have to make sacrifices and enjoy every moment as long as the opportunity is given to you.
B5: Patrick Yeah we have to hold it down no matter what because our fans are very important to us and we love them.
PM: Weíre sure your fans love you back. Bryan do you enjoy school?
B5: Bryan School is great; I get home schooled so I get a lot of attention from my tutor. Itís easier to learn because my tutor makes sure I understand everything. I think I am more advanced in my learning because I receive one on one attention.
PM: Gee Bryon you are so well spoken for your age?
B5: Bryan Thanks. I am the youngest, Iím only ten years old, but I learn a lot since I have a big family. I can focus more and I really pay attention. One day I might decide to be a doctor or lawyer.
B5: Carnell I want to do others things when I get older too. I might decide to be a CEO and run my own business and you have to know your math skills for that.
B5: Patrick Itís very important to have that school knowledge. You have to know how to read, write, spell, and do that math so you can count your money. You have to know whatís going on.
PM: What is something each of you would like to say to your fans?
B5: Kelly I want the fans to know that we like to treat them good, as far as giving them a great show, no matter what race or color or whatever, they are our fans and they support B5 so we love them for that and we hope they continue to support B5.
B5: Carnell I want to thank all the fans for their support also. The fans have supported B5 from day one. We want the fans to stay turned for more hot stuff from B5.
B5: Bryan I want to tell my fans to do well and stay in school.
B5: Patrick I want the fans to know I love them all.
B5: Dustin we love all the fans, thank you for your support, our new CD is in stores now make sure everyone goes out and buy our CDís.
B5 wants their fans to know they all have their favorite candy so next time you see B5 in action bring along some of their favorites.
B5: Dustin Airheads (the fruit roll up kind)
B5: Kelly Skittles
B5: Patrick Sour Patches
B5: Carnell Butterfingers
B5: Bryan Sarberts