Maxine Jones is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Jones rose to fame in the early 1990s as a member of the R&B quartet En Vogue, one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. In 2001, Jones departed from the group only to rejoin in 2003. The following year, she rejoined En Vogue for their tour and remained in the group until failing to reach an agreement with the remaining group members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron in 2011.
Throughout a career spanning 25 years, Robinson has sold over 10 million records with En Vogue. Jones has recorded four albums with En Vogue. Her work has earned her several awards and nominations, including two American Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award, four MTV Video Music Awards, and four Soul Train Music Awards. Jones is currently planning to release her first album, Do You See Me Now, in 2014.
In July 1989, Jones traveled to Oakland, California to audition for the group. Jones was one of the four women selected to become apart of the female group En Vogue. As a member of En Vogue, Maxine was credited as the member with the “Motown” voice. In group harmonies, Jones usually sings the “bottom” or the lowest key in the harmony. They began recording their debut album in August 1989 and finished in December of the same year. In 1990, En Vogue released their first single “Hold On”, which became a number one single. Later that year, the group released their debut album Born to Sing, which sold a million copies. The group released their multi-platinum second album Funky Divas in 1992. Jones sang lead vocals on the album’s top charting singles including “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”, “Give It Up, Turn It Loose”, and “Free Your Mind”, which remain one of their signature songs. “Free Your Mind” won two MTV Video Music Awards for “Best R&B Video” and “Best Dance Video”.
In 1997, En Vogue released their third album, EV3. In 2000, they released their fourth album, Masterpiece Theatre. The following year, Jones left En Vogue to focus on family and was replaced by Amanda Cole. In 2003, she returned after Cole left the group on maternity leave. After touring with En Vogue in 2003, Jones left the group again. After the release of En Vogue’s fifth album, Jones returned to the group. Following the next six years, Jones would perform with En Vogue.