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Rhonda Parris

Rhonda ParrisRhonda Parris was a dance music artist from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to the Covert Records label.
no no loveIn 1987, she released her only single “No No Love” which peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

After that, nothing much was heard from Rhonda and it seems as if she has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what she’s up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “No No Love,” go to:

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Jamie Dean

jamie deanJamie Dean was a female pop\dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about her, but she was signed to the Uptown Records label in the United Kingdom.
love childIn 1987, she released her debut single, a cover version of the Supremes’ song “Love Child.” The remixed version of the song managed to peak at #36 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, but it’s unknown if it ever charted in the U.K.
heartbreak avenueA year later in 1988, Jamie released the single “Heartbreak Avenue.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all. After that, it seems as if Jamie has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the ’80s.

To see a fan-made video for “Love Child,” go to:

Boy HowdyBoy Howdy was a country music band from the ’90s which consisted of lead singer\bass guitarist Jeffrey Steele (born Jeffrey LeVasseur on August 27, 1961 in Burbank, California), drummer Hugh Wright and brothers Cary (who sang vocals along with playing the guitar & mandolin) & Larry Park (who also sang vocals along with playing the guitar & fiddle).

The band formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California after Jeffrey met Larry & Cary at a gig at a club. Hugh (who was also at the gig) soon joined the band as well. They initially recorded several demos through the assistance of music producer James Stroud.

A year later, Boy Howdy independently released a version of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” during the height of the Gulf War during that same year. The single attracted the attention of Curb Records who signed the band to the label in 1992.

In May of 1992, Hugh Wright was injured in a motorcycle accident in Dallas, Texas when he was trying to assist a driver who crashed his pickup truck on the median of the LBJ Freeway. The accident placed Hugh in a coma for five months. After coming out of the coma, he had to re-learn how to walk & play the drums again, but his speech was slowed & was no longer able to sing.
Welcome To HowdywoodIn July of that same year, Boy Howdy released their debut album “Welcome to Howdywood” which didn’t appear to make any album charts at all.

The lead single “Our Love Was Meant to Be” peaked at #43 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks. The follow-up single “Thanks for the Ride” failed to make any impact on the charts.

The last single released from the album “A Cowboy’s Born With a Broken Heart” peaked at #12 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, making it the highest charting single from the album.

In July of 1993, Hugh was able to rejoin the band after his accident. In October of that same year, Boy Howdy released the single “She’ll Give Anything” which peaked at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The song’s music video also received airplay on the CMT network and the Nashville Network.

A year later, R&B singer Gerald LeVert covered the song which was a moderate hit on the Billboard charts.
she'd give anythingIn January of 1994, Boy Howdy released the EP “She’ll Give Anything” which peaked at #103 on the Billboard 200, #19 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and #5 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers Albums chart.

The second single from the EP “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like That Anymore” peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, making it the band’s only highest charting single to date.
born that wayIn February of 1995, Boy Howdy released their third and last album “Born That Way” which peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. The lead single from the album “Bigger Fish to Fry” peaked at #57 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

The follow-up single “She Can’t Love You” peaked at #48 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, making it the highest charting single from the album. The last single released from the album “Field of Dreams” failed to chart at all.

In February of 1996, Boy Howdy announced they were “on hold” with no immediate plans to continue performing together and by August of that same year, the band broke up.

After that, Jeffrey Steele moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he began a solo career. From 2001 to 2008, he has released seven solo albums, but he has found greater success as a songwriter. Jeffrey has written songs for artists such as Faith Hill, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw, Mark Wills, LeAnn Rimes and Rascal Flatts (especially on their number-one song “What Hurts the Most”).

These days, Larry Park is a member of a band called The Random Strangers. In 2008, he was named “The 50 Fastest Guitar Players of All Time” by Guitar World Magazine.

Cary Park resides in Los Angeles, California where he is still active in the music business as a songwriter, studio musician and producer. In 2010, he released a solo album called “Lone.”

In 1995, Hugh moved to Great Falls, Montana where continued his music career by performing in a number of regional rock, pop, blues and country bands. Sadly on September 25, 2015, he passed away from natural causes at the age of 63.

To see the music video for “Our Love Was Meant to Be,” go to:

To see the music video for “A Cowboy’s Born with a Broken Heart,” go to:

To see the music video for “She’d Give Anything,” go to:

To see the music video for “True to His Word,” go to:

To see the music video for “She Can’t Love You,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Bigger Fish to Fry,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Field of Dreams,” go to:

Brenda RussellBrenda Russell (born Brenda Gordon on April 8, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York) is an R&B singer\songwriter who began her music career in the ’70s.

Brenda was born & raised in Brooklyn and moved to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada when she was 12 years old. As a teenager, she performed in local bands and also sang in a girl group called the Tiaras. In her late teen years, she joined the Toronto production of the musical “Hair.” During that time, Brenda began playing the piano.

In the early ’70s, she married musician Brian Russell and the two of them formed a duo called Brian & Brenda. Together, they released two albums and were featured as backing vocalists for Elton John’s 1975 concert at Wembley Stadium. By the late ’70s, Brenda and Brian divorced, so she moved on to pursue a solo career.
so good so rightIn 1979, after signing a record deal with the Horizon Records label, Brenda released her debut single “So Good, So Right” which became a top 30 hit, peaking at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #15 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 19 weeks). The song also managed to peak at #51 on the U.K. Singles chart.
brussell79After that, Brenda released her self-titled debut album on A&M Records which peaked at #65 on the Billboard 200 and #26 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
way back whenThe follow-up single “Way Back When” peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.

One of the tracks from the album “If Only For One Night” was covered by Luther Vandross in 1985. Another track from the album “A Little Bit of Love” has been sampled by artists such as Big Pun, Thalia and Ariana Grande.
love lifeIn 1981, Brenda released her sophomore album “Love Life” which didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts.
love the one you loseThe only single from the album to chart was “If You Love (The One You Lose)” which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart. After that, Brenda left A&M Records and signed a new record deal with Warner Bros. Records.
two eyesIn 1983, Brenda released her third album “Two Eyes” which also didn’t generate a lot of success.

One of the tracks from the album “It’s Something” was covered by Lalah Hathaway in 1990 under the title “Somethin’.” After that, Brenda’s contract with Warner Bros. Records ended, so she moved to Sweden where she began writing songs for her next album.

Throughout the ’80s, Brenda has written songs for artists such as Anita Pointer, Kenny Loggins, Chaka Khan and Donna Summer. By 1988, she returned to A&M Records.
get hereDuring that same year, she released her fourth album “Get Here” during that same year. The album peaked at #49 on the Billboard 200 and #20 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It also managed to peak at #77 on the U.K. Albums chart.
piano in the darkThe first single from the album “Piano in the Dark” (which featured vocals from Joe Esposito) became Brenda’s only top 10 hit song to date, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #8 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 19 weeks).

In 1989, the song earned Brenda two Grammy Award nominations, including one for “Song of the Year.” The song has also been covered and sampled by various artists.
gravityThe second single from the album “Gravity” peaked at #77 on the U.K. Singles chart and #42 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 9 weeks).
get hereThe third single “Get Here” peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 16 weeks). Three years later in 1991, Oleta Adams covered the song which became a hit on the music charts.
le restaurantThe last single released from the album “Le Restaurant” peaked at #93 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (which stayed on the chart for 4 weeks).
kiss meIn 1990, Brenda released her fifth album “Kiss Me with the Wind” which peaked at #65 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
stop running awayThe only single to chart from the album was “Stop Running Away” which peaked at #13 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #34 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 12 weeks).

In 1991, Brenda was featured on singer Gerald Alston’s song “Tell Me This Night Won’t End” which peaked at #69 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart (staying on the chart for only 5 weeks).
greatesthits92A year later in 1992, Brenda’s greatest hits compliation album was released. The album was the last album of hers that was released under A&M Records.

After that, Brenda signed a record deal with EMI Records and released her sixth album “Soul Talkin'” in 1993. The album didn’t chart, but one of the tracks “No Time for Time” managed to peak at #46 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

After the release of her sixth album, Brenda took some time off to record her own music and composed songs for other artists. She also contributed to the score for the 1998 film “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” In 1999, she appeared in the film “Liberty Heights” where she performed two songs that were written for the movie.
paris rainIn 2000, Brenda released her seventh album “Paris Rain” which was released on the Hidden Beach Records label. The album featured collaborations with artists such as Sheila E., Dave Koz and Carole King.

In 2003, Brenda signed a record deal in the United Kingdom with the Dome Records label where she released another compliation album called “So Good, So Right: The Best of Brenda Russell” and her eighth album “Between the Sun and the Moon” in 2004.

In 2005, Brenda wrote the score to the Broadway musical version of “The Color Purple.” She & her co-writers were nominated for a Tony Award for “Best Score” and a Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album.”

In 2009, she released three tracks from her ninth studio album “This is Real Life” on her official website, but as of 2017, nothing much further information is given about the album and whether or not it will be released.

These days, Brenda continues to be active with her music career. In 2015, she moved from Los Angeles, California to Austin, Texas.

To see Brenda Russell’s official website, go to:
http://www.brendarussell.com/

To see Brenda’s official Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/brendarussellmusic/

To see a fan-made video for “So Good, So Right,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Way Back When,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “If You Love (The One You Lose),” go to:

To see the music video for “Piano in the Dark,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Get Here,” go to:

To see the music video for “Gravity,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Le Restaurant,” go to:

To see the music video for “Stop Running Away,” go to:

To see the music video for “No Time for Time,” go to:

Sheila Andrews

sheila andrewsSheila Andrews (born Sheila Marlene Andrews on April 10, 1953 in Athens, Alabama) was a country music singer from the late ’70s\early ’80s. She was known for having a unique soulful singing voice that came as a result of a surgery to remove a tumor from her thyroid which lowered her voice.

Growing up, Sheila and her family moved from Alabama to Akron, Ohio. At the age of 16, she got married and had four children with her husband (whom she would later divorce).

While living in Ohio, Sheila got a job selling carpet over the phone for a business called CarpetTown. At the age of 23, she began singing in a nightclub where her second husband discovered her and urged her to move to Nashville, Tennessee to meet music producer Brien Fisher (who worked for the Ovation Records label) to begin a recording career.
love me like a womanIn 1978, Sheila signed a record deal with Ovation Records and released her debut album “Love Me Like a Woman.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all, but it received a mixed review from The Ottawa Citizen, saying:

Andrews demonstrates a lot of potential on this album, but she has to quit being so self-conscious of her husky, wispy, voice and allow it to express more natural feelings.”

The first single from the album “Too Fast For Rapid City” peaked at #88 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The title song was released a single, but didn’t chart at all.
feelingThe last single from the album “I Gotta Get Back the Feeling” also peaked at #88 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
what i hadIn 1979, Sheila and country singer Joe Sun (who was also signed to Ovation Records) released the song “What I Had With You” which peaked at #48 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The song would later be covered by singer John Conlee in 1981 whose version peaked at #12 on the country music charts.

lovesick

In September of 1980, she released her sophomore album “Lovesick.” Even though the album didn’t make the charts, it received positive reception from Billboard magazine, saying that its “snappy production enhances the glittering array of love ballads.”
dont get better than thisThe first single from the album “It Don’t Get Better Than This” peaked at #42 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, making it Sheila’s only highest chart appearance on the charts. Billboard even listed the song as a “Top Single Pick.”

The follow-up single from the album “Where Could You Take Me” peaked at #58 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The last single “Maybe I Should Have Been Listening” failed to chart, but it would later become a top 40 hit for singer Gene Watson.

In 1981, Ovation Records went out business, leaving Sheila without a record contract. In November of that same year, her furnace blew up at her house, leaving Sheila with burned hair, eyebrows and eyelashes from the incident.

crystal tearsIn 1982, Sheila released her last album “Crystal Tears” on the Brylen Records label, but no singles were released from the album.

Sadly on December 26, 1984, Sheila passed away from a fatal heart attack less than four months before her 32nd birthday.

To see a fan-made video for “Too Fast For Rapid City,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love Me Like A Woman,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Gotta Get Back The Feeling,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “What I Had With You” (with Joe Sun), go to:

To see a fan-made video for “It Don’t Get Better Than This,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Where Could You Take Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Crystal Tears,” go to:

marsha thorntonMarsha Thornton (born on October 22, 1964 in Killen, Alabama) is a female country music artist from the late ’80s\early ’90s. Not much information is given about her background, but she was signed to MCA Records.

marsha 1989In December of 1989, Marsha released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #49 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.
deep waterThe lead single from the album “Deep Water” peaked at #62 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

bottle of wine

The second single “A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline” became Marsha’s only highest charting song to date, peaking at #59 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

grass greener

The last single released from the album “The Grass is Greener” managed to chart in Canada (where it peaked at #65 on the RPM Country Track charts), but didn’t chart in the United States.

moon will shine

In 1991, Marsha released her sophomore and last album to date on MCA Records called “Maybe the Moon Will Shine.”

moon will shine single

Unlike her previous album, the album didn’t chart and the only single to reach the country music charts was the title song which peaked at #73 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks.

farther alongAfter that, nothing much was heard from Marsha until 2003 when she released the album “Farther Along: Acapella Hymns of Farewell” on the Metronome record label.

Since then, it’s currently unknown what Marsha Thornton is up to these days and it appears as if she has faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “Deep Water,” go to:

To see the music video for “A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline,” go to:

To see the music video for “Maybe the Moon Will Shine,” go to:

cee cee chapmanCee Cee Chapman (born Melissa Carol Chapman on December 13, 1958 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a country music singer-songwriter from the late ’80s\early ’90s.

As a teenager, Cee Cee performed professionally with her father. When she was 16 years old, she was working on her own in North Carolina & Virginia. She made her first demo when she was 20 years old and send it to various record companies.

A man named Scotty Turner from Liberty Records liked Cee Cee’s work and encouraged her to send the demo to songwriter Bobby Fischer, who was searching for new talent. It had been 5 years before Fischer, Charlie Black and Austin Roberts got together with Cee Cee to make some new demo recordings.

Cee Cee signed with Bobby Fischer and they went to Nashville, Tennessee to let Dick Whitehead from Curb Records listen to the records and was later signed to the label.

gone not forgotten

In 1988, Cee Cee (along with her band Santa Fe) released the single “Gone But Not Forgotten” which peaked at #60 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

twist of fateDuring the same year, she released her debut album “Twist of Fate.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
frontier justiceHer second single from the album “Frontier Justice” peaked at #51 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
twist of fate singleThe title song peaked at #49 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart (making it the highest charting single from the album and Cee Cee’s highest charting single to date).
love liarThe last single “Love is a Liar” peaked at #64 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. Cee Cee was also nominated at the 1988 Academy of Country Music Awards for “Top Female Vocalist”.

cc chapman 1990

In August of 1990, she released her self-titled sophomore and last album to date. It’s unknown how or if the album charted, but it received favorable to moderate reviews from critics. During that same year, she was nominated at the American Music Awards for “Favorite Country New Artist.”

The only single to chart from the album was “Two Ships That Passed in the Moonlight” which managed to peak at #64 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1993 (which was 3 years after the release of Cee Cee’s second album).

The other singles released from the album “Everything,” “Exit 99,” “Pretending to Cry” and “A Winter’s Night” failed to make any impact on the charts at all. After that, it seems as if Cee Cee Chapman has faded into obscurity. She has not released any new music since the release of her last album.

To see a fan-made video for “Gone but Not Forgotten,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Twist of Fate,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love is a Liar,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Frontier Justice,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Exit 99,” go to:

To see the music video for “A Winter’s Night,” go to:

Shamana

shamanaShamana was a female dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she was signed to the MicMac Records label.

In 1989, Shamana released the single “Fever.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact at all.

After that, it seems as if Shamana has faded into obscurity. Nothing much has been heard from her since the late ’80s.

To see a fan-made video for “Fever,” go to:

Triniti

TrinitiTriniti was a dance music artist from the early ’90s. Not much information is given about this artist, but Triniti was signed to the Fourth Floor Records label.

In 1990, Triniti released the single “Running Away.” It’s unknown how or if the single was successful at all. After that, it seems as if this artist has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what Triniti is up to these days.

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feel it in my heartStacey Parris was a female freestyle\dance singer from the late ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but she was signed to the Fourth Floor Records Label.

In 1989, she released her only single to date “Feel it In My Heart.” It’s unknown how or if the single made any impact on the charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Stacey has faded into obscurity. Her current whereabouts are unknown.

To see a fan-made video for “Feel It in My Heart,” go to: