Color Me Badd came out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the early 1990s and was comprised of members Bryan Abrams, Mark Calderon, Kevin Thornton and Sam Watters. The group was discovered by Kool & The Gang's Robert Bell in 1990.
Signed to Giant Records, the group's first album C.M.B. was released in 1991 and was a huge success. Going triple platinum in the United States, the album eventually had five hit singles. 'I Wanna Sex You Up' hit #1 on the R&B charts and #2 on the Hot 100. Their second single 'I Adore Mi Amor,' topped both the Hot 100 and the R&B charts. The third single, 'Thinkin Back' peaked at #16 on the Hot 100 and 'Slow Motion' reached #18. The album's last single, 'All 4 Love' topped the Hot 100 as well.
Attempting to cash in on their success, the group released a remix album in 1992 titled Young, Gifted, and Badd. With the exception of Forever Love, a single that reached #15 on the charts, the album was disappointing. In 1993, they released their second album of new content, Time & Chance. The album packed 19 tracks and was a more soulful effort. Featuring production by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the album went gold. Even still, the album failed to have as big an impact on the charts, with only 'Time and Chance' which reached #9 on the R&B charts making an impact.
In 1996, the group released their fourth album, Now & Forever. Packed with big names like Babyface, Jon B and Boyz II Men, the album still failed to make strong ground on the charts. It's most popular single was 'The Earth, The Sun, The Rain' which reached #21 on the Hot 100, and stayed on the charts for 19 weeks.
Their last album, Awakening, was released in 1998. It received some praise and remined true to the group's roots but failed to make an impact on the U.S. charts.
In 2000, the group was drpoped from Giant Records. Sam Watters worked as a producer, working with Jessica Simpson and married R&B singer Tamyra Gray. Kevin Thornton released a solo album and has since moved to Tasmania.