After mourning the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the surviving members of the R&B group TLC -- Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas -- are back at work on their fourth album. Gramm
After mourning the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, the surviving members of the R&B group TLC -- Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas -- are back at work on their fourth album. Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, who is working with the pair on the new disc, says that the women have "held up pretty well."
"There will be ups and downs throughout," he said of the recording process. "There will be times when they'll feel it more than others."
Lopes, 30, was killed in April after her sport utility vehicle crashed in Honduras, where she was on vacation. Thomas and Watkins have decided to continue TLC as a duo. With Lopes, the trio sold more than 21 million albums and won four Grammys.
The new album is due in the fall via Arista. Edmonds said that much of it was recorded before Lopes died, so her vocals will be present on the album. "They feel like they are doing it still in spirit with Lisa," he said.
"Lisa had already recorded three or four tracks, so she will definitely be on our next album, and it will be dedicated to her," Thomas said after Lopes' death. "I know she would not have wanted us to stop recording. As for her being replaced -- never. You can't replace a TLC girl."
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