During the early 2000s, guitarist/keyboardist Dan Balis and keyboardist Eugene Cho -- musicians who met while attending Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York -- produced and remixed house tracks for the Brique Rogue and Stay True labels. In June 2006, after opting to move closer to house musicâ€™s disco roots, the two hatched Escort with â€œStarlight,â€� a contemporary disco single that could have passed for a fresh take on a lost Skyy 12â€�. Recorded with the assistance of several musicians, including vocalists Zena Kitt and Kemba Russell, the 12â€� release featured a dub mix from Metro Area's Darshan Jesrani. Three additional singles followed through the next 12 months: â€œLove in Indigoâ€� (October 2006), â€œA Bright New Lifeâ€� (February 2007), and â€œAll Through the Nightâ€� (May 2007). Their fifth single didnâ€™t materialize until three years later, and by that time, Balis and Choâ€™s lineup had changed and expanded to a total of 17 musicians, including horn and string sections. â€œCocaine Blues,â€� released in October 2010, also featured a new lead vocalist, Adeline Michele, and it served as a teaser for the bandâ€™s first album, issued in November 2011. ~ Andy KellmanPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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