This singing group is on a mission to lift the spirits of commuters in Chicago

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This singing group is on a mission to spread positivity to commuters in Chicago, and it’s taken them from the subway to America’s Got Talent and beyond. Meet The Remedy in our latest Faces Of Chicago.

Durell Jones

So what we’re doing, we’re out here giving out some of this feel good music. We generally do a lot of oldies and we try to do it in a small time period because we got a selective time for the people to hear us before the train.

So we got about a good minute or two to try to knock them out the park, and try to get these people on their feet.

Jeremy Washington

We’re an a cappella singing group. You know what I mean, we’re a show style singing group basically. Everybody in the group has different styles that came from different backgrounds, so gospel, some just rap.

Like a lot of R&B groups that was out back in the nineties and stuff like that, in 2000s, we took a little bit from them and then just kinda created us.  Sixteen years the group probably been together, so it’s been a long time, you know.

Got to practicing, working out. You know what I mean, doing what we do. One day we’s like, let’s go downtown and you know see if we could make other people feel what we’re trying to do.

The first time it was like no, second, third time was like, okay. Alright. We’re getting somewhere. We made our first $20, it was like, “Oh okay, let’s go.”

Karon Lyons

I think we started picking up popularity around the time we went viral in the subway.

Someone was actually recording us. I think it was on Lake Street. Boom, 60 million. You never know when it’s gonna go viral. You know, it just hits.

It’s been pretty amazing, and getting a chance to go around the world. You know, seeing different things and meeting different people. It’s been pretty fun.

Jeremy Washington

When the phones come out, the green light comes on. I don’t want them to actually see it. I want them to be able to feel it through their phone, like they could feel every bit of it. So when they do post it, other people can feel it.

A wise man once told me, he said if you don’t feel it, you can’t expect nobody else to feel it.

Cordarius Jones

When somebody going through something and they hear a certain type of song and they hear it without music, they hear it coming straight from the heart. It’s like it does something to they mind, body and soul.

We hope that somebody going through something, that our music touches someone else.

We went to Tilden High School on 47th and Union.  Once we get out of school, it’s like we together. Ain’t nothing stop us. That was our motive. Whatever we gonna do, we going to go hard or go home.

We all do different things in life now as we get older and it’s not about money no more, even though
we get it, that’s when we first started is about money. But now it’s all about love.

Always be like, okay, let’s go downtown and let’s just not just do it because we wanna do it. Let’s do it because we need to do it, to bring the inspiration back inside of Chicago.

Karon Lyons

Me personally, I think music controls people feelings. And you know at the time, whatever, whenever you’re performing, we don’t know that this person is going through.

The old saying: old school is the best school. It’s all about positivity.

We teach kids that there’s always a better way to handle your problems. There’s always a positive
way to get out of a situation and then you don’t have to be out here doing a negative.

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