John "J-Ski" Powe, Shawn Powe, John "J.C." Clay & Demetrius Peete (aka Peete).
U.N.V. (or Universal Nubian Voices) was an R&B group based out of Detroit, Michigan. The group consisted of brothers John Powe and Shawn Powe, and members John Clay and Demetrius Peete. U.N.V. actually had its start in two separate groups, when Shawn created a group called 2.N.V. and John Powe created a group called U.N.V. with the idea of "You envy. "John's group saw success as he went to college and came to include all four members. Interestingly, it wasn't until after they had the name U.N.V. that Shawn gave the acronym its meaning of "Universal Nubian Voices." The group's debut album, Something's Goin On was released first as an independent record and received a lot of airplay in Detroit on radio station WJLB. The group sold 10,000 copies of the album's title track, attracting the attention of Madonna's label, Maverick Records. Signed to the label, the album received a nation-wide release and the title track became a hit in August 1993, reaching #29 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B charts. The album's second single, "Straight from My Heart" came out at the height of the group's popularity but was unable to latch on the success of Something's Goin On. As such, the song peaked out at #36 on the R&B charts. In 1995, U.N.V. released their sophomore effort, the self-titled Universal Nubian Voices. The album had moderate success with its first single, "So In Love With You" peaking out at #49 on the R&B charts. However, despite decent early sales of the album, the group failed to chart another single and the album quickly faded out. Throughout the album's production, the group was in conflict with Maverick over the direction of the album. Maverick took greater creative control on the record, bringing in more big name producers. As a result of the disagreements, the group left Maverick following the album's release. After leaving Maverick, John Powe began working as an independent artist under the name J. Poww. The other members of the group went their separate ways as well, and nothing was heard from U.N.V. In 2008, the group reunited and released an album titled Timeless which features the group's biggest hits, as well as a collection of new tracks. Group member John Powe also has a solo album, titled The Headliner, marked for release on Valentine's Day 2009.
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UNV Discography Tracks


UNV - Something's Goin' On album art UNV Something's Goin' On (Album) Epic US 1993 Sell This Version
UNV - Universal Nubian Voices album art U.N.V.* Universal Nubian Voices (Album) Maverick Europe 1995 Sell This Version
none UNV - Timeless album art UNV Timeless(CD, Album) Maverick none US 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

UNV - Straight From My Heart album art U.N.V.* Straight From My Heart (Single) Maverick US 1993 Sell This Version
UNV - Something's Goin' On album art U.N.V.* Something's Goin' On (Maxi, EP, Single) Maverick, Maverick, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Sire, Sire UK 1993 Sell This Version
UNV - Close Tonight album art U.N.V.* Close Tonight (Single) Maverick US 1993 Sell This Version
UNV - 2 B Or Not 2 B album art UNV 2 B Or Not 2 B (Maxi) Maverick, Sire 1994 Sell This Version
UNV - So In Love With You album art U.N.V.* So In Love With You (Single) Warner Bros. Records Jamaica 1995 Sell This Version
UNV - What's It Like album art UNV What's It Like (Single) Maverick US 1995 Sell This Version
UNV - Freak Nasty album art UNV Freak Nasty (Single) Super Sonic (4) US 1997 Sell This Version


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December 30, 2013
I can't see "what's it like" 12" or cd listed!!!

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