Alton McClain & Destiny

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Heavily influenced by the Emotions, Alton McClain & Destiny was a female R&B vocal trio that was active in the late '70s and early '80s. The Los Angeles-based group was formed in 1978 when lead singer…
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Heavily influenced by the Emotions, Alton McClain & Destiny was a female R&B vocal trio that was active in the late '70s and early '80s. The Los Angeles-based group was formed in 1978 when lead singer McClain (whose voice had a Deniece Williams-like quality) joined forces with backup singers D'Marie Warren and Robyrda Stiger. That year, they signed with Polydor, which hired Frank E. Wilson to produce their debut album. First released in early 1979, the trio's debut album was originally titled Alton McClain & Destiny but was re-released as It Must Be Love a few months later. "It Must Be Love" was also the title of the threesome's debut single, which reached the Top Ten on Billboard's R&B singles chart. Regrettably, the group turned out to be a one-hit wonder, and their 1980 sophomore effort, More of You, (which Wilson produced with John Footman) received very little attention. Alton McClain & Destiny's second album was also its last; the trio was dropped by Polydor/PolyGram in 1980 and called it quits in 1981. After the breakup, McClain went on to marry producer Skip Scarborough. Alton McClain & Destiny should not be confused with the late '80s heavy metal band Destiny, the lesbian/women's music trio Destiny or the '90s rapper Destiny.