Exciting news! I have interviewed Lisa Cork-Twiss, formerly of the 90s dance group Real McCoy. She is very kind and gracious. And she is wonderful singer and songwriter. Now, before we get to the interview, I thought it would be good to give you a brief history of the group.
The group started in 1989 and it was called M.C. Sar and the Real McCoy. The group consisted of O-Jay, Patsy and a rapper named Shampro who sometimes mimed O-Jay's raps. They released the singles "Pump Up The Jam", "It's On You", "Don't Stop", "No Showbo" and "Let's Talk About Love" and the album "Make A Move!" in 1990.
Shampro left the group and O-Jay became the front man. O-Jay and Patsy started working on their next album called "Space Invaders." The songs were great, but the company executives weren't happy with Patsy's vocals. So a session singer by the name of Karin Kassar came in and sang all of the female vocals.
The duo were having hits all over Europe with "Another Night", "Automatic Lover (Call For Love)" and "Run Away." And Patsy was miming the vocals of Karin, but the public wasn't aware of this.
Clive Davis at Arista Records took notice of the group and brought them to American but dropped the name "M.C. Sar" and the group name was shortened to "Real McCoy." Some new songs were recorded, but the female vocals were still done with Karin. New videos were made for "Another Night" and "Run Away", but the latter wasn't released until YouTube came along.
During the promotion in America, another female singer named Vanessa Mason was added to the group. She had similar vocals to Karin making live performances more credible. Up until then, they had always lip-synched their performances.
More singles and new videos came for "Automatic Lover (Call For Love)", "Love And Devotion", "Come And Get Your Love" and the double A-side with no videos for "Sleeping With An Angel" and "Ooh Boy!" Real McCoy had success in America with the first two singles both going to #3 in the pop charts. And two #1s on the dance charts.
After the promotion for the "Another Night" album, Patsy left the group. She went on to have one solo song called "Money 4 Me." And in 1996, Lisa was brought in to part of the Real McCoy.
Real McCoy released new music in 1997 with a fantastic album called "One More Time." This time, Vanessa and Lisa sang all the vocals themselves. And they even helped write the songs! The first single had the same name. And two more singles followed: "I Wanna Come (With You)" and a remake of Shaina Twain's "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here."
After the promotion, the group disbanded. In 1998, a remix of their early remake "Pump Up The Jam" was released. And in 1999 a new Real McCoy surfaced with a remake of one of their early songs called "It's On You." The new lineup of Real McCoy featured two new female singers named Gabi and Ginger. A man named Jason was in the video miming to O-Jay's vocals. However, O-Jay did have a cameo in the video. Another single came in 2000 called "Hey Now" ... this time Jason was doing his own vocals.
In 2006, O-Jay used the Real McCoy name when he joined the Polish group Ich Troje on their song "Follow My Heart."
In 2007, O-Jay released a Real McCoy single with no female vocals. He remade the song "People Are Still Having Sex."
In 2009, O-Jay formed a new version of Real McCoy with himself and two new singers named Debbie and Gemma. Gemma had some fame as a solo artist and as in a group called Kissing Freddie in the UK as she had been on X Factor twice. The new lineup did some live shows. And even debuted a new song called "Two Hearts." But it got no official release, and then it all went silent again.
Real McCoy used to have an official Facebook artist page run by O-Jay, but that is no longer. There is a website, but currently it has no information on it. Hopefully that will change soon!
I've always loved the Real McCoy and "One More Time" is my favourite album by the group. Lisa and Vanessa's vocals are awesome and the melodies are quite nice. So I took a chance and reached out to Lisa for an interview. She seemed to be the person I knew the least about. So I thought interviewing her would be great for fans to hear. Thankfully, she said yes! My questions are in bold. Lisa's answers are in italics. Enjoy!~
Is that true?
A video for "If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here"
Would you ever consider re-recording some of the Real McCoy tracks from the album “One More Time”? May I suggest the wonderful “The Sky Is The Limit”?
If you don't have the album "One More Time" by Real McCoy, go out and get it! And if you are in Austin, check out Lisa's band Deep Eddie!
And if O-Jay and Vanessa are reading this ... Get together with Lisa and do it "One More Time!"
P.S. Also available with Lisa on the cover ...