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hi inergy

Hi Inergy

Hi Inergy were:

Barbara Mitchell

Linda Howard

Michelle Martin Rumph


Vernessa Mitchell

They were formed as High Energy in April 1976, when all four singers were accepted into the Bicentennial Performing Arts Program in Pasadena, California, U.S.A.

They were discovered by Gwen Gordy-Lupper, sister of Motown Records boss Berry Gordy, who signed them to his Gordy label in 1977.

Renamed High Inergy and promoted as 'the new Supremes', the vocal combo found immediate success with 'You Can't Turn Me Off (In The Middle Of Turning Me On)', a Top 20 hit in the U.S.A. in September 1977.

By 1983, they had notched up eight further soul hits, without crossing over into the pop market.

Vernessa Mitchell left the group in 1979 to pursue a career in gospel.

High Inergy disbanded in 1984 when lead singer Barbara Mitchell went solo.

She had already duetted with Smokey Robinson on a minor hit single, 'Blame It On Love', in 1983, but her 1984 debut, 'Get Me Through The Night', provoked some public response.

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Turnin' On (Gordy Records 1977)

Steppin' Out (Gordy Records 1978)

Shoulda Gone Dancin' (Gordy Records 1979)

Frenzy (Gordy Records 1979)

Hold On (Gordy Records 1981)

Hi Inergy (Gordy Records 1981)

So Right (Gordy Records 1982)

Groove Patrol (Gordy Records 1983)

solo: Barbara Mitchell:

Get Me Through The Night (Capitol Records 1984)

High On Love (Atlanta Artists Records 1986)

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