Sixty seconds with Delious Kennedy and Jamie Jones

Indy: "I Swear" was, of course, a huge Grammy-winning hit for you in the '90s, but it was a country hit first. Had you heard that version before you recorded it?

DK: The president of the label had brought us into his office and played us the country version, and they're like, "We want you guys to record this." And being young and new, we're like, "But it's country!" We had no idea it was going to be the huge success it was.

Indy: But you went on to have some record company troubles that derailed your career for a while.

DK: Who doesn't, Bill, who doesn't?

JJ: Yeah, that's almost become normal in the business. It's almost strange to hear about somebody who's been happy with their label for their whole career. It was the situation you always hear of: We had a manager that thought he should receive more than he should have been receiving. But he wasn't only the manager — he was the record label, he was the producer, the executive producer, he was everything he could be. And by the time we all learned the business and learned what was normal and what wasn't normal, it was too late.

Indy: You produced and wrote your latest album [No Regrets], which has a great, classic sound. Would you say it represents the band more than some of the previous ones?

JJ: Most definitely. Because this is one of the first albums that we had control of every aspect, from the creation to the completion. It's also the most proud we've ever been of one body of work.

Indy: So when you got started, did it ever occur to you that the name All-4-One sounds like Boyz II Men?

DK: Actually, management gave us a list of names to choose from, because we couldn't think of one. I think if we'd wanted to be more like Boyz II Men, we would have used the Roman numeral IV.

At the Pueblo Convention Center, Jan. 15.


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