Day26’s story is already well-known to their fans, millions of whom tuned in watch it unfold on MTV’s Making the Band 4 (Which became the highest rated show in MTV history). When Sean “P. Diddy” Combs put out the call for vocalists in January of 2007, he was looking for talented newcomers with superstar potential and a tireless work ethic. What he got when Robert, Will, Brian, Mike and Qwanell (who later resigned from the group in December of 2009), was more than he or the fans could have ever anticipated.
On August 26, 2007, the lives of five young men were changed forever. On that day, they became DAY26. DAY26’s self-titled debut album enter the record books as the biggest-selling debut album from a male R&B group in the 17-year history of SoundScan. The album – which included the hit singles, “Got Me Going” and “Since You Been Gone” – exploded into the #1 spot on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 in its first week of release, while also topping Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” chart.
As the guys struggled with realizing their dreams amidst breakups, hookups and fights that shook the home they shared with MTB’s Danity Kane and Donnie, their fans have gained unprecedented access to the highs and lows of fame. “It’s definitely a blessing and a curse at the same time,” laughs Brian. “The fans actually get to see who Day26 is as individuals and how we mesh together.” It’s a process that has only strengthened them as a group, and helped evolve the sound on Forever and a Day.
“Forever In A Day”, the group’s sophomore album gave the guys the opportunity to show the world how they’d grown personally and artistically. “Forever In A Day”, included the hit single, “Imma Put It On Her (Feat. Yung Joc and Diddy)” – and soared into Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” chart at #1, while also landing at #2 on the comprehensive Billboard 200 with First week sales in excess of 113,000. “Forever in a Day was a collective effort,” says Will, “The first album was mostly us proving we could sing, and I like to think of the second album as us making great music in general.”
While under the watchful eye and knowledgeable guidance of “Super Manager” Joseph “Screwface” Charles, the group collaborated with many producers including: Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jazze Pha, as well as Superstar Songwriters such as Ne-yo and T-Pain. The guys have learned to work their personal experiences into the songwriting. Robert wrote “Honest” about his experience of coming into the limelight under the watchful gaze of MTV cameras. “It’s about how I just want to be who I am, and how we try to keep it honest with our fans.”
As their story, and sound, continues to evolve, Day26 is still at heart, a group of talented artists with a dream that continue to break boundaries. The group prepares for the release of their upcoming third album, “A New Day” to be released this summer on Atlantic Records.