Damage were one of several urban R&B outfits who capitalised on Mark Morrison‘s international breakthrough during the mid-1990s.
They made inroads into the UK Singles Chart and the second single “Love II Love” reached number 12 while the follow-up “Forever” was a number 6 hit during the Christmas period. ”Forever” was also notable for being both the first song that Steve Mac and Wayne Hector wrote together, and the song that caught the ear of Simon Cowell and effectively led to Mac becoming the chief songwriter-producer for Cowell’s subsequent projects.
Their debut album Forever followed in 1997, along with two further UK Top 10 singles – “Love Guaranteed” and a cover version of Eric Clapton‘s “Wonderful Tonight“, the latter reaching number 3.
The quintet subsequently embarked on an extensive touring schedule while negotiating a new recording contract following the collapse of Big Life. Jones remained in the media spotlight through his long-term romance with Spice Girl Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton of the Spice Girls. Damage returned to the UK music scene in early 2001 with their Cooltempo Records‘ début album, Since You’ve Been Gone.
The guys proved a huge hit on the Big Reunion TV show being a viewers favourite.