The world of music is mourning the loss of Irish Grinstead, a founding member of the R&B group 702. The news of her death has shocked fans and fellow musicians, who remember her as an integral part of the group’s success and the broader R&B music scene in the late 90’s.
Irish Grinstead, born on June 3, 1980, in Las Vegas, Nevada, embarked on her musical journey at a young age. Alongside her sister LeMisha and childhood friend Kameelah Williams, she co-founded the R&B group 702 in the early 1990s. The trio’s name was a reference to their area code in Las Vegas, and their harmonious blend of voices quickly caught the attention of the music industry.
702 rose to prominence in the mid-1990s, making a significant impact with their debut album, “No Doubt.” The album featured hit singles like “Steelo” and “Get It Together,” the group’s unique sound and style helped define the R&B landscape of that era.
The group’s second album, “702,” released in 1999, further solidified their place in the industry. Songs like “Where My Girls At?” became anthems for women worldwide and showcased Irish Grinstead’s vocal prowess.
Irish Grinstead was a talented singer and a trailblazer for women in R&B. 702’s music touched on themes of empowerment, self-confidence, and relationships, resonating with audiences and especially young women who found solace and inspiration in their songs.
Irish’s distinctive voice and stage presence were instrumental in 702’s success. Her contributions to the group’s harmonies and performances played a pivotal role in their enduring popularity.
Her legacy lives on through the music of 702, which continues to be cherished by fans old and new. Songs like “Steelo” and “Where My Girls At?” remain timeless classics that evoke nostalgia and celebrate the spirit of ’90s R&B.
Irish’s sister LeMisha broke the heart breaking news in an Instagram post. Here’s what LeMisha had to say.
Irish May your beautiful soul Rest Peacefully in the arms of the Lord🕊️ A Multitude of prayers for the entire Grinstead family🙏🏾🕊️💔#702 pic.twitter.com/Vfqbwfzxqj— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) September 17, 2023
Sending our deepest condolences to the family and friends of #IrishGrinstead. 🕊️🙏🏾 We're grateful to have experienced her talents as a member of #702 and the laughs and memories she gave us all on BET Presents: The Encore. ❤️#BETRemembers pic.twitter.com/FE0FhyM0DH— BET (@BET) September 17, 2023