MUCH has been made about Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine's fascination with Jamaican vocalist Tessanne Chin on the top-rated NBC talent contest, The Voice.
Nearly 30 years ago, Gem Myers found herself in a similar situation when she was courted by British band Culture Club and its flamboyant lead singer Boy George.
Myers joined the Grammy Award-winning group as a back-up singer in 1984. At the time, Culture Club was arguably the hottest commodity in pop music with a number of international hits such as Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Miss Me Blind, I'll Tumble 4 Ya and Karma Chameleon.
In an interview with the Sunday Observer, Myers, now in her early 50s, recalled how she met Boy George.
"I was performing at the Americana Hotel in Ocho Rios (now the Sunset Jamaica Grande). After I finished performing, Boy George came up to me and complimented me about my performance and invited me to join his group as back-up singer."
Myers took up the offer but her time with the platinum-selling band did not last long.
"We flew to Holland to do a tour. But I wasn't comfortable, things weren't moving the way I wanted. I rehearsed with the band for a few days, but George wasn't at any of the rehearsals," she recalled. "You kinda got the feeling that things weren't what they should be and so I decided to come back home."
Myers believes she "made the right move".
"I have no regrets, none at all. I just wasn't comfortable and things were just too dis-organised," she added.
Originally from Linstead, St Catherine, Myers attended Dinthill High School where she sang on the choir.
In the late-1970s, her older brother, Lloyd Myers, who was attending the University of the West Indies, invited her to a concert on the Mona campus.
The Fabulous 5 were backing band. It was the start of her long association with the respected show band.
Myers had hit songs in the 1980s with a cover of Jean Knight's Mr Big Stuff and the Fab 5-produced One Man Woman, which remains her signature song.
She has four studio albums to her name.