The Family Stand


The Family Stand is a New York based soul and R&B group, active since the late 1980s, consisting of Sandra St. Victor, Peter Lord Moreland, and V. Jeffrey Smith.

Evon Geffries & The Stand

Their first incarnation was called Evon Geffries & The Stand. Evon came from the name of Moreland's mother; Geffries from Jeff Smith; and The Stand, which was St. Victor's favorite book that year. The name seemed a good idea at the time, but later regretted for all the time it took in interviews to explain, and because everyone referred to St. Victor as Evon. At the suggestion of A&R man Merlin Bobb, the name was changed to more understandable, The Family Stand.

Early 1990s

The Family Stand's music tackled politics, social issues, relationship tensions, sexual tension. Their first album release was Chapters: A Novel By Evon Geffries & Stand.

Chain brought them their international hit "Ghetto Heaven", which was remixed by Nellee Hooper & Jazzy B of Soul II Soul in 1990. The group's single "Ghetto Heaven" also reached #10 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1990. At the same time The Family Stand members were largely responsible for creating the songs on Paula Abdul's album Spellbound.

Moon In Scorpio the album that became their swan song, was released in 1991. Lord labeled the album The Family Stand's "greatest artistic achievement."


After discussion between the three, and disappointment with the lack of record company support, the group decided not to record again for the label. Lead vocalist St. Victor began to launch her solo career, and was replaced with Keith Sweat's former background vocalist Jacci McGhee in 1995. The reformed group came out with Connected.


The original trio reunited in 2006 for a concert at New York City Central Park's Summerstage, which inspired a reunion tour and new album, 2007's Super Sol Nova. Their latest release in 2010 was a single, "Story", chronicling the madness of the American justice system where an innocent boy can easily be lost. The follow-up full length project is entitled, In A Thousand Years.

In 2011, The Family Stand member V. Jeffrey Smith played bass on the song "Black Hand Side" on rapper Pharoahe Monch's 2011 album W.

A.R. (We Are Renegades).

In 2013, The Family Stand contributed a track to a benefit album to raise funds for Donovan Drayton's release from prison.





External links

  • The Family Stand website
  • Sandra St.Victor website
  • The Family Stand at Allmusic
  • The Family Stand at Discogs
Source : Wikipedia

Top Tracks

Ghetto Heaven 1

Ghetto Heaven

I Thought We Had 2

I Thought We Had

Ghetto Heaven - Soul II Soul Remix 3

Ghetto Heaven - Soul II Soul Remix

Ghetto Heaven (Soul II Soul remix) 4

Ghetto Heaven (Soul II Soul remix)

Ghetto Heaven (Original Soul Ii Soul 12'' Remix With Jazzy B) 5

Ghetto Heaven (Original Soul Ii Soul 12'' Remix With Jazzy B)

Ghetto heaven (remix edit) 6

Ghetto heaven (remix edit)

Getting Happy 7

Getting Happy

The Last Time We're Here 8

The Last Time We're Here

The Education Of Jamie 9

The Education Of Jamie

Plantation Radio 10

Plantation Radio

Top Albums

Return of the 90s
Return of the 90s
Moon in Scorpio
Moon in Scorpio


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