Sunshine Anderson (born on June 7, 1974 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is a female R&B singer that first appeared on the music scene during the early 2000s.
Growing up, Sunshine came from a family of singers and she later moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended North Carolina Central University where she earned a degree in criminal justice.
While attending the school, Sunshine was discovered singing in the cafeteria line by a friend of music producer Mike City. After successfully auditioning, she and Mike City began working on music together which eventually led to Sunshine being signed to Atlantic Records imprint label, Soulife (where Mike City was the head of A&R).
On February 27, 2001, Sunshine released her debut single “Heard It All Before” which became her biggest pop and R&B hit to date, peaking at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 30 weeks). In the U.K., the song managed to peak at #9 on the U.K. Singles chart.
On April 17, 2001, Sunshine released her debut album “Your Woman” which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It also peaked at #39 on the U.K. Albums chart and was certified Gold.
Her follow-up single “Lunch or Dinner” peaked at #57 on the U.K. Singles chart and #54 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 10 weeks), but missed the Hot 100.
After briefly touring with R. Kelly, Sunshine directly signed with Atlantic Records (after the Soulife imprint label folded) where she recorded her sophomore album, but after Warner Bros. & Atlantic Records merged together which placed her at the end of a long line of female artists on the roster and when the label informed her that it would be almost 2 years before her second album would be released, Sunshine asked to be released from the label.
After leaving Atlantic Records, she returned to Charlotte where she fell into a period of deep depression (which include drug & alcohol issues), but after regrouping & relocating to Seattle, Washington with her then professional athlete husband, Sunshine flew to New York & signed with Mathew Knowles’ (the father of Beyonce & Solange Knowles) record label, Music World Entertainment in August of 2004.
On January 23, 2007 (after a three-year wait), Sunshine finally released her sophomore album “Sunshine at Midnight” which peaked at #86 on the Billboard 200, #4 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart and #16 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. During the album’s promotion, she became pregnant with her daughter, Skyy.
The lead single from the album “Something I Wanna Give You” peaked at #80 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (staying on the chart for 9 weeks).
The follow-up single “Force of Nature” peaked at #75 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (staying on the chart for 12 weeks).
In 2010, Sunshine released her third album “The Sun Shines Again” which peaked at #50 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The only song to chart from the album was “Lie to Kick It” which peaked at #84 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
These days, it appears as if Sunshine continues to perform music, but it’s unknown if she is signed to a record label or if she plans on releasing another album in the near future.
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To see the music video for “Heard It All Before,” go to:
To see the music video for “Lunch or Dinner,” go to:
To see the music video for “Something I Wanna Give You,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Force of Nature,” go to:
To see the music video for “Lie to Kick It,” go to: