- Temperance (group)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Temperance
Background = group_or_band
Origin = flagicon|Canada
EurodancePop House Techno
Years_active = 1990-2000
Past_members = Mark Ryan Lorraine Reid Nick Fiorucci
Temperance was the brainchild of
Canadian-Armenian music hobbyist Mark Ryan (birth name H.A. Der-Hovagimian). Starting out as a solo commercial technoproject, Ryan signed his first recording contract with the newly found Canadianindependent house music record label Hi-Bias Records in early 1991.
Temperance's first commercial release was in early 1992 with the 5-track
EPtitled "Phantasy". The song"Losing Touch" featured the vocals of Ryan's schoolmate, Lorraine Reid. The follow-up was a 5-track EPtitled "Obsessive".
Although the first two releases charted on multiple underground charts throughout the world, Temperance crossed over to commercial pop dance charts with the release of "Music Is My Life" in early 1994. It was the second single on which Lorraine Reid appeared, and thereafter Temperance became known as a group project with Ryan as the sole
songwriterand producer, and Reid on lead vocals.
Throughout the next 3 years, Temperance released back-to-back successful commercial pop dance singles; a successful debut album titled "Virtues of Life"; numerous international licenses; toured worldwide; and was nominated for and won multiple music awards, including a number of
Temperance was considered one of the
Canadianpioneers of the early to mid-'90s eurodancemovement, and although most eurodance singles were considered too aggressive for radio play, Temperance's singles received great airplay on radio as well as in the clubs.
Ryan parted ways with Temperance in mid-1997, launching a music production imprint titled "22 Green", and his duties as the sole songwriter and producer of Temperance was replaced by Hi-Bias Records label founder Nick Fiorucci.
With the release of the follow-up second album "If You Don't Know" in 1999, Temperance took on a more commercial house sound, attracting a more mature audience.
As Temperance has not had any commercial releases since 2000, it can be considered an inactive band. Lorraine Reid has been focusing on her profession as a linguist, residing in Canada. Nick Fiorucci continues directing his label Hi-Bias Records, as well as producing under a few aliases such as "Fierce", "DJ's Rule", "The Polorbabies", and more. Mark Ryan has relocated to
Yerevan, Armenia, producing for local Armenian artists and once in a while producing remixes for international artists. He now credits his releases under his pseudonym"DerHova" or "H.A. DerHova", a variation of his birth surname.
* Mark Ryan – songwriting, production, vocals (1990-1997)
* Lorraine Reid - vocals (1993-2000)
* Nick Fiorucci – songwriting, production (1997-2000)
*"Virtues of Life" (October
*"If You Don't Know" (
*"Phantasy" EP (February
*"Obsessive" EP (
*"Music Is My Life" (
*"Never Let You Go" (
*"Let Me Take You Away" (
*"Do They Know It’s Christmas?" (
*"Forever Young" (
*"Lost In Love" (
*"Universal Dream" (
*"Hands of Time" (
*"Dancing In The Key of Love" (
*"Chains of Love" (
*"If You Don't Know" (
*"Before You Never Call Me Again"
*"My Sentiments Exactly"
*"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"
*"Mystic Reality" (
In 1996, Mark Ryan launched a solo project under the artist name S.P.O.T. (an acronym for Side Project Of Temperance). S.P.O.T. had two commercial releases, a 4-track
EPtitled "Drum-Head" as well as a single titled "Welcome to Paradise". It was a departure from the more commercial sound of Temperance, focusing on a more raw house sound. "Welcome to Paradise" became a huge hit throughout many parts of Asia, and finally charted nationally in Canadaa few years later.
The name "Temperance" can also be found on countless singles remixed by Mark Ryan for various artists, including
soulDecision, Vapourspace, Emjay, Bran Van 3000, Arthur Baker, Urban Cookie Collective, and more.
* [http://www.derhova.com/ Mark Ryan site]
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