For Courtney, Jon, Michael and Rob, One Chance
is the perfect name for a foursome that has invested their heart and
soul into their musical dreams and now stands on the verge of
savoring the fruits of their labor.
Bound by their love
of music and their undeniable talent, these four Chicago natives
came together three years ago and overcame all the obstacles that
littered their road to success. After a few detours and more than a
few roadblocks, the guys found themselves face to face with the
biggest R&B superstar in the world and, much to their delight, he
liked what he saw.
Usher signed One
Chance to his label, US Records, and began the diligent task of
developing them as only Usher can do. The multi-platinum,
Grammy-winning artist said he saw reflections of himself in the
group. "As an artist, I know what it takes to be successful," Usher
says. "I know what it takes to make a mark and have longevity. As a
label owner, I want my artists to possess those same qualities. One
Chance does. I have no doubt that these guys have what it takes to
not only live up to the great R&B legends of the past, but to have
the same kind of respect and longevity that many of those greats
still enjoy today."
mutual love and respect that the members of One Chance have for each
other have sustained them through some very trying times over the
years, times that often found them chasing down one elusive
opportunity after another. "It's been a real rough grind," recalls
Courtney. "We left home, sold CDs to rent a van to go to New York
and went to different record labels to perform. We all stayed in one
hotel room or when we didn't have enough money we all slept in the
van." Undaunted, the group packed up the Gordon brothers'
not-too-dependable van and hit the road to Atlanta for Usher's
showcase. "Even after going through ups and downs we took it upon
ourselves to drive down to Atlanta where we slept on the floor in a
cold studio, going daily without eating. It's been a struggle but
we've gotta say it's been a blessing and it allows us to appreciate
everything that's going to come to us even more."