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*As I type this “K-Ci and JoJo Come Clean” reality show is premiering on TV One with two back-to-back episodes. “K-Ci and JoJo Come Clean” is a nine-episode series that will air on Tuesdays at 9 p.m.ET.
The Hailey brothers go through 30 hard days of sobering treatment (physical, mental and spiritual) for family and career. The multi-platinum brother duo – Cedric “K-Ci” and Joel “JoJo” Hailey (of the multi-platinum group Jodeci – which also includes brothers Donald “DeVante Swing,” Delvin, and Dereck DeGrate) – moved into a house together for the treatment duration with no bodyguard, housekeeper, family or cook.
“God has a way to show you little things in your life,” JoJo said about how they reached the point where they were ready to “come clean.” “We started missing out on a lot of opportunities…they didn’t know if they could trust us.”
During the treatment, arranged by their manager Damon Jones, the brothers’ eyes slowly opened to the real world. To deal with all the changes the duo had help from physical, mental and spiritual professionals.
“Our manager came to us with the idea,” K-Ci said about how it all began. “We were ready to make a change. We were ready…a team came together.”
Aside from their “team” K-Ci and JoJo will have guest appearances by people from their past, such as music executive Andre’ Harrell, The Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson and Jodeci’s Devante Swing. The first episode reveals – through a video presentation – the slow decline of the brothers’ health and career due to a habit they picked up at ages 14 and 15 – drinking. Near the end of the series their mother states – during their visit – that she hadn’t seen her sons sober since they were 14.
While in their early 20s the brothers joined a group, formed by friend Devante Swing, and they called themselves Jodeci. The group released three albums – all reached Platinum status – “Forever My Lady” in 1991 (3x Platinum), “Diary of a Mad Band” in 1993 (2x Platinum) and “The Show, The After Party, The Hotel” in 1995 (2x Platinum). When Jodeci disbanded for a while the Hailey brothers, in 1996, were featured artists on 2Pac’s “How Do U Want It,” which garnered a Grammy Award nomination.
In 1997 the debut released of a solo project, “Love Always,” gave us the hit “All My Life” which reached #1 on Billboard for three weeks. The project sold 4 million units (4x Platinum) and garnered them two Grammy Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, NAACP Image Award and Soul Train Award nominations. Their second CD, “Its Real,” was released in 1999 – reaching #2 on Billboard; their third project, “X”, was in 2000; in 2002 it was their fourth CD “Emotional;” a “Greatest Hits” followed in 2005, and in 2008 a project titled “Love” was solely distributed in Japan.
JoJo said he would like for those who watch the “K-Ci and JoJo Come Clean” reality show to, “watch with an open mind and kind heart.” He pointed out, “We put our dirty clothes in the front yard. Look but don’t judge. Maybe we can stop someone from going through that.”
To learn more on the show log onto www.kciandjojo.tvoneonline.com.