In May of 2000 Ruffneck was rocked by the shocking news that Joanne Yavahn Thomas lead singer, co-founder of Jomanda, writing partner, and the voice behind Ruffneck, was diagnosed with colon cancer.
In October of 2003 Joanne tragically lost her hard three-year battle with cancer. Vowing to keep her memory alive Backroom Productions returned to the studio forming a new record label headed by Shaheer Williams, Soul Groove Records. Soul Groove marks the triumphant return of Backroom Productions and Ruffneck featuring Yavahn. Due for release in Spring/Summer 2004, are as yet un-released songs by Joanne and a full album of remixes from the previous 1999 Ruffneck release, "New Life".