When B5 first back-flipped onto the music scene in 2005 young girls
everywhere took one look at the handsome Breeding brothers and
gasped with joy. Ranging in ages from 13 to 19 the brothers were the
perfect package: good looking, talented, charming.
Dustin, 19, Kelly, 18, Patrick, 16, Carnell, 15, and Bryan 13, 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.
Their self-titled debut CD was a top 20 hit on the Billboard 200 and
peaked at number seven on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Chart. Their images
graced fanzine covers month after month and they created a frenzy
everywhere they went. They even caused the shut down of a
Minneapolis mall when some 2000 fans rushed the stage during a free
After a seemingly unending round of tours and promotional
appearances and a successful alliance with the Disney phenomenon
known as: High School Musical, the five Breeding brothers of B5,
consisting of Dustin 19, Kelly 18, Patrick 16, Carnell 15 and Bryan
13, are back, all grown up and showing off a new mature sound. Their
sophomore album is set for release on Diddy's Bad Boy Records and
the title, Don't Talk, Just Listen, says it all. Co-Executive
Producer Kevin Wales had a great idea and after discussing it with
the group they all knew the title was right. Dustin explains, "We
came up with that title because we want people to let go of their
old notions about who we are and listen to what we have to say."
And what the boys are saying is pretty much what you'd expect of
teenage boys on the verge of manhood. "It's still clean music but it
has more of an edge," says Kelly. "We're not talking about how we
can't wait to see a girl in school the next day [as in their 2005
single, All I Do], we're talking about chilling and dancing in the
clubs; we're talking about girls, like all teenagers do."
But even as the brothers venture off into a more mature sound, they
say they don't plan to stray so far off course that they lose sight
of the ship that brought them to the shores of success. "Disney has
been good to us over the past two years. They've given us a lot of
work and they've allowed us to do a lot more to spread our wings,
but we also have to show our growth," says Kelly.
Despite the Disney success, carefully orchestrated by manager Jim
McMahan, the boys know that not everyone gets the connection. "Our
older fans think that because we're doing Disney stuff we're selling
out but it's nothing like that," says Kelly. "Disney is another
opportunity for us to widen our fan base. Not many artists get to do
Disney and then do BET, MTV, etc. They usually do one or the other!
Why would we not want to do that? We're not selling out. We're just
"We have the 19-year-old crowd, the 15-year-old crowd and the
13-year-old crowd to think about," notes Patrick. "We've got songs
for Dustin and Kelly for the clubs and we've got songs for Bryan and
everybody else." "There were times when we wanted to take our lyrics
to the edge and maybe say something a little sexual but when we
stopped and thought about it we decided we really didn't need to do
that to make a good record. We can save that stuff for later," adds
As the boys spread their wings they are hoping that their fans will
get to know them better. "People don't really know who we are; they
don't know how we grew up," says Carnell as he explains that the
five boys and their mother Adrian once shared a three-bedroom house
with their grandmother, their aunt and nine other cousins. "People
think we grew up in the suburbs and were pampered all our lives,"
says Kelly. "We had a hard life," says Dustin. "We grew up living
off oranges and Ramen noodles, but we learned to work hard and be
thankful because it could have been even worse."
Even though those days are long gone, the Breedings have never lost
sight of their struggle or their identity. Now, they just want
everyone else to see them clearly as well. And the baby of the
brood, 13-year-old Bryan, brings it home: "I just want all the fans
to be happy. I don't want to disappoint anyone. I just want
everybody to hear it so they can know how we really feel."