Lumidee (born Lumidee Cedeno on October 13, 1984 in East Harlem, New York) is a female R&B\hip-hop singer & rapper that began her career in the 2000s.
As a child, Lumidee & her siblings were raised by her grandparents after her father passed away in 1995 and her mother spent most of her childhood in prison. She started singing and rapping when she was 12 years old.
When she was 14 years old, Lumidee was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which left her bedridden and caused her to be home-schooled during her first three years of high school. During that time, she began focusing on her songwriting. By her senior year, she was well enough to return to school and in 2002, she underwent hip replacement surgery.
After completing high school, Lumidee collaborated with a local neighborhood music producer named DJ Tedsmooth to record her debut single “Never Leave You (Uh, Oooh, Uh Oooh)” for an independent record label, Straight Face.
The song became the number-one requested song on various radio stations in New York which resulted in deals from major record labels and Lumidee ended up signing with Universal Records. After signing with Universal Records, the song was remixed with vocals by rappers Busta Rhymes and Fabolous.
“Never Leave You (Uh, Oooh, Uh, Oooh)” became a big hit for Lumidee, topping the charts in countries such as Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
In the United States, the song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #5 on Billboard’s Top 40 Tracks chart and also on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #33 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay chart, #34 on Billboard’s Latin Tropical Airplay chart and #9 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
In June of 2003, Lumidee released her debut album “Almost Famous” which peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
The follow-up single “Crashin’ a Party” missed the Hot 100, but it managed to peak at #55 on the U.K. Singles chart and was moderately successful in countries such as Hungary, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland.
After that, Lumidee continued with her music career overseas, focusing on dancehall and reggaeton music & also releasing various mixtapes. In 2005, she was featured on reggaeton artist Speedy’s song “Sientelo.”
In 2006, Lumidee released the song “Dance!” for the FIFA World Cup album soundtrack which became a club hit in Europe. In the summer of that same year, she was featured on the remix to Frankie Cutlass’ song “Puerto Rico.”
By 2007, Lumidee was signed to TVT Records and she released her sophomore album “Unexpected” which peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200, #2 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and #14 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Her cover version of Patrick Swayze’s song “She’s Like the Wind” (featuring singer Tony Sunshine) peaked at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100, #27 on the Billboard Pop 100 chart, #18 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #23 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart and #75 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The follow-up single from the album “Crazy” (featuring rapper Pitbull) peaked at #74 on the U.K. Singles chart and was moderately successful in countries such as Belgium, France, Austria and Germany.
The last single from the album, a cover version of Roberta Flack’s song “Feel Like Making Love” (featuring reggae artist Shaggy) didn’t appear to make much impact on the charts.
In May of 2009, Lumidee released a mixtape called “I’m Up, Vol. 1. In January of 2010, she released another mixtape called “Luminadee” on Coast2CoastMixtapes.com. During that same year, she was planning on releasing a new album, but it never happened.
In 2011, Lumidee collaborated with rapper Somaya Reece on her single “Dale Mami.” These days, she continues to be active in the music business and has her own record label, Logy Music Entertainment. She is also planning on releasing a new EP that has yet to be released.
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