In 1993, Zhané - singers Renée Neufville and Jean Morris - modified the panorama of R&B with their breakout hit “Hey Mr. D.J.” The music arrived simply when '90s hip-hop soul was transitioning into a brand new period in sound referred to as "neo-soul," which blended soul music with modern R&B.
Earlier than their massive break within the R&B trade, Neufville and Morris had been faculty roommates at Temple College and songwriters for DJ Jazzy Jeff’s A Contact of Jazz manufacturing firm in Philadelphia. Their first skilled recording was singing background vocals on DJ Jazzy Jeff & Contemporary Prince’s 1991 single, "Ring My Bell." Whereas recording the music within the studio, document govt Benny Medina instructed that Neufville and Morris grow to be a duo they usually agreed. As for the duo’s identify, it’s a mix of Neufville and Morris’ first names, Jean and Renée, which gave the impression of "Jahnay." They added to the "Z" to offer it extra taste.
After recording "Ring My Bell," they ran into Queen Latifah who then launched them to producer Kay Gee who was trying to department out of rap and beginning making music within the R&B world. They quickly started writing and recording songs with the Naughty By Nature producer in New Jersey whereas pursuing their training at Temple U. in Philly. Zhané made their first debut as a duo on the all-star compilation Roll Wit Tha Flava (produced by Queen Latifah's Flava Unit label). Their monitor, “Hey Mr D.J.,” turned a radio hit and helped safe them a document cope with Motown Information.