Category: R&B


Shya

shyaShya was a female R&B singer from the ’90s. Not much information is given about her, but she appeared to be signed to Yab Yum Records.
havplentyIn 1998, she made her musical debut on the soundtrack to the film “Hav Plenty” with the track “I Can’t Help It.”
lightitupA year later, Shya appeared on another movie soundtrack “Light It Up” with the track “Burgundy.”

After that, not much was heard from Shya. She never released an album or any other singles since the ’90s and has seemingly faded into obscurity.

To see a fan-made video for “I Can’t Help It,” go to:

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

Miquel Brown

miquel brownMiquel Brown (born Michael Brown on February 8, 1949 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a female dance\R&B singer. She is the step-sister of singer Amii Stewart (well known for her disco hit with the song “Knock On Wood”) and the mother of pop singer Sinitta.

Miquel’s parents changed the spelling of her first name, but kept the pronunciation of it so she wouldn’t be confused with Michael Brown, a male producer & children’s author from Texas.

Miquel was raised in Vancouver, Canada and gave birth to her twin daughters Sinitta & Greta when she was only 14 years old. After landing the role of Sheila in the musical “Hair,” she left her university to perform & tour with the company.

In 1973, she was cast as the lead role in “Decameron ’73” at the Roadhouse in London, England. Miquel also appeared in various films and TV series such as “Rollerball” and a TV film called “Regan.” In 1978, she also appeared in the film “Superman” in a non-speaking role.

In 1976, Miquel portrayed the role of Sister Anna in the musical “Mardi Gras” which attracted the attention of musician Alan Hawkshaw, who signed her to a record deal.
symphony of loveIn 1978, Miquel released her debut album “Symphony of Love” on Polydor Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

The tracks “Dancing With the Lights Down Low” and the title song managed to peak at #28 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
manpowerIn 1983, Miquel met music producers Ian Levine & Fiancra Trench and released her sophomore album “Manpower” on the Record Shack Records label. Like her debut album, it’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
somanymenThe lead single from the album “So Many Men, So Little Time” peaked at #88 on the U.K. Singles chart and was successful on the dance charts in the U.S., peaking at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. When the song was re-released in 1984, it fared better on the U.K. Singles chart, peaking at #78 on the chart.
saintnotsinnerThe follow-up single from the album “He’s A Saint, He’s A Sinner” peaked at #68 on the U.K. Singles chart and #29 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
beelineThe last single from the album “Beeline” peaked at #44 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. After the release of her sophomore album, Miquel spent the next two years appearing in stage productions such as “Only in America” and “The Leiber and Stoller Musical”.
close to perfectionIn 1985, she released her third (and to date, last) album “Close to Perfection”. Like Miquel’s previous two albums, it’s unknown how or if the album made the album charts at all.

The title song peaked at #63 on the U.K. Singles chart, becoming Miquel’s highest charting song in the United Kingdom to date. The follow-up single “Black Leather” peaked at #85 on the U.K. Singles chart.
ontheradioDuring that same year, Miquel released the single “On the Radio” which didn’t appear to chart at all. In 1986, she filled in for Helen Scott (of R&B music act The Three Degrees) while Helen was pregnant.

Between 1986 and 1989, she released two more singles on the Nightmare Records label: “Footprints in the Sand” & “This Time It’s Real”, but neither of them appeared to chart at all.

In the ’90s, Miquel released the single “I Was Strong (My Moment)” (in 1990) and “It’s A Sin” (in 1997), but throughout the ’90s and 2000s, she focused more on her acting career, appearing in various films & plays.

These days, Miquel appears to still be active as an actress and as of 2013, she completed filming a short film called “Iced: A Quick Freeze.”

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

To see a fan-made video for “Dancin’ With the Lights Down Low,” go to:

To see the music video for “So Many Men, So Little Time,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “He’s a Saint, He’s a Sinner,” go to:

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

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “On the Radio,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Footprints in the Sand,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “This Time It’s Real,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “I Was Strong (My Moment),” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “It’s A Sin,” go to:

Patti Austin

patti-austinPatti Austin (born on August 10, 1950 in Harlem, New York) is a female R&B\jazz singer who made her first debut on the music charts in the ’60s, but it wasn’t until the ’80s that she got numerous pop, R&B and dance hits on the charts.

Patti’s father, Gordon Austin was a jazz trombonist, her godmother is singer Dinah Washington and her godfather is musician\producer Quincy Jones. At the age of 4, Patti made her singing debut at the Apollo Theater and signed a record deal at the age of 5. During the ’60s, she worked as a session musician who sang background vocals & commercial jingles.
the-family-treeIn 1969, Patti’s song “The Family Tree” managed to peak at #46 on Billboard’s R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.
end-of-rainbowIn 1976, she released her debut album “End of a Rainbow” on jazz record label, CTI Records which managed to peak at #31 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart. The only song from the album to chart was “Say You Love Me” which peaked at #63 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
patti_austin_-_havana_candyIn 1977, Patti released her follow-up album “Havana Candy” which peaked at #116 on the Billboard 200.

The song “We’re in Love” peaked at #90 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks. In 1978, she appeared on Quincy Jones’ song “Love, I Never Had It So Good” (which also featured Charles May) which peaked at #60 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.

Patti later sang on a song called “Love Light” by Japanese musician Yukata Yokokura and appeared on Michael Jackson’s album “Off the Wall”, singing a duet with him called “It’s the Falling in Love.” She also provided vocals for artists such as Angela Bofill, Noel Pointer and Roberta Flack.
body-languageIn 1980, Patti released her third album “Body Language” which peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart and #62 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The title song managed to peak at #45 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
r-834782-1188320475During that same year, Patti appeared on Quincy Jones’ album “The Dude” on the track “Razzmatazz” which managed to peak at #45 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. She was later signed to Quincy Jones’ record label, Qwest Records.
everyhomeIn 1981, Patti released her fourth album “Every Home Should Have One” which peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200, #16 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #9 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.
do-you-love-meThe first single from the album “Do You Love Me” (along with another track from the album “The Genie”) topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for 2 weeks in October of 1981 and peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
everyhomesingleThe second single, the title song peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100, #24 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #55 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
babycometomePatti scored her biggest hit to date with the duet “Baby, Come To Me” featuring James Ingram which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks in February of 1983 and also topped Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart & peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart.

Originally, the song peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was first released, but after gaining exposure when it was played on the ABC network soap opera “General Hospital,” it became a big hit.
howkeepmusicIn 1983, Patti scored a moderate hit with another duet featuring James Ingram called “How Do You Keep the Music Playing” (which was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Best Friends”) that peaked at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart & #6 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 21 weeks.
in-my-lifeDuring that same year, Patti released a compliation album called “In My Life” which peaked at #65 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. The title song peaked at #92 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.
paustinIn 1984, Patti released her self-titled fifth album which peaked at #87 on the Billboard 200 chart.its-gonna-be-specialThe first single from the album “It’s Gonna Be Special” (which was also featured on the soundtrack for the film “Two of a Kind”) peaked at #82 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks. It also managed to peak at #5 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
rhythmThe follow-up single “Rhythm of the Street” (which was remixed by producer John “Jellybean” Benitez) peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #33 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
shoot-the-moonThe last single from the album “Shoot the Moon” peaked at #49 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart (staying on the chart for 10 weeks) & #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. In 1985, she appeared on musician Narada Michael Walden’s song “Gimme Gimme Gimme” which was moderately successful on the R&B charts.
gettin-away-with-murderDuring that same year, Patti released her sixth album “Gettin’ Away With Murder” which peaked at #182 on the Billboard 200 and #25 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
honeyforbeesThe lead single “Honey For the Bees” peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 24 weeks and #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
heat-of-heatThe follow-up single “The Heat of Heat” peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 (becoming her last appearance on the Hot 100 to date), #14 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #13 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
gettin-away-with-murder-singleThe title song peaked at #72 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
the-real-meIn 1988, Patti appeared in the film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream.” During that same year, she released her seventh album “The Real Me” which peaked at #56 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart & #7 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.
smoke-gets-in-your-eyesThe only single released from the album was “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” which didn’t appear to make any impact on the charts at all.
love-is-gonna-getchaIn 1990, Patti released her eighth album “Love Is Gonna Getcha” on GRP Records which peaked at #93 on the Billboard 200, #45 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #4 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.
through-the-test-of-timeThe only single to chart from the album “Through the Test of Time” peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #60 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
carry-onIn 1991, Patti released her ninth album “Carry On” which peaked at #75 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart & #13 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart, but missed the Billboard 200.
giving-into-loveThe only single to chart from the album “Givin’ Into Love” peaked at #55 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
that-secret-placeIn 1994, she released her tenth album “That Secret Place” which peaked at #12 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.
reachThe only single from the album “Reach” became a top 5 dance hit, peaking at #4 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
jukeboxdreamsIn 1996, Patti released her eleventh album “Jukebox Dreams” which was only released in Japan. It’s unknown how or if the album made any impact on the charts.

In the late ’90s, Patti released two more albums “In & Out of Love” (in 1998) and “Street of Dreams” (in 1999), but they didn’t appear to make much impact on the charts at all.
on-the-way-to-loveIn 2001, Patti released her fourteenth album “On the Way to Love” which peaked at #36 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart.
for-ellaIn 2002, Patti released her fifteenth studio album “For Ella” (which was a tribute to jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald) which peaked at #7 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

In 2003, she collaborated with Hong Kong Cantopop singer Frances Yip on a program called “Papillon III” in the rotunda of the San Francisco City Hall in order to benefit the Jade Ribbon Campaign of Stanford University.avant-gershwinIn 2007, Patti released her sixteenth album “Avant Gershwin” which peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart and won the 2008 Grammy Award for “Best Jazz Vocal Album”. She also sang and co-produced the charity single “We Are the World: 25 for Haiti”.
soundadviceIn 2011, Patti released her seventeenth album “Sound Advice” which peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart. She also appeared in the Academy Award-winning documentary film “20 Feet from Stardom” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released in June of 2013.

These days, Patti continues to be active with her music career and still performs live. She has written & created her own one-woman show and co-created a musical called “Beboperella.”

She is also active in philantrophic work with “The Over My Shoulder Foundation” (which she also co-founded) and performs for AIDS-related organizations.

To see Patti Austin’s official website, go to:
http://pattiaustin.com

To see a fan-made video for “The Family Tree,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Say You Love Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love, I Never Had It So Good,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “We’re in Love,” go to:

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

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

To see a fan-made video for “Do You Love Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Every Home Should Have One,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Baby, Come To Me,” go to:

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

To see a fan-made video for “How Do You Keep the Music Playing,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “In My Life,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “It’s Gonna Be Special,” go to:

To see the music video for “Rhythm of the Street,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Shoot the Moon,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Honey For the Bees,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “The Heat of Heat,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Gettin’ Away With Murder,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” go to:

To see the music video for “Through the Test of Time,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Givin’ Into Love,” go to:

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

Linsey

linseyLinsey was a husband & wife R&B duo from the ’90s that consisted of keyboardist\songwriter\producer Wayne Linsey and his then-wife, Lynne Fiddmont.

Prior to the formation of the duo, both Lynne and Wayne built up quite a career in the music business, each working with various artists such as Starpoint, the Emotions, George Howard, Brenda Russell, The Jacksons, Anita Baker, Ray Parker Jr., Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder.
perfect-loveIn 1991, they released their only album “Perfect Love” on the Virgin Records America record label. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.

The only singles released from the album were “Sweet Talk” and “Searchin'”. Like the album, it’s unknown how or if the single managed to chart at all.

After that, not much was heard from Linsey and they later divorced. Since then, both Wayne and Lynne have continued to remain active in the music business with their respective careers.

Lynne Fiddmont went on to become an in-demand & touring singer, working with artists such as Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Kenny Loggins, Iggy Pop, Burt Bacharach, Stanley Clarke and Babyface. She has released three solo albums and is planning to release her upcoming album “Power of Love.”

Wayne Linsey is also active in the music business as a musician, producer, arranger and songwriter along with working as a touring musician, spending many years with R&B act Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. He has also worked in TV, film and award ceremonies (such as the Grammys, the Billboard Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and the Essence Awards) as well.

To see Lynne Fiddmont’s official website, go to:
http://www.lynnefiddmont.com

To see Wayne Linsey’s official website, go to:
http://www.waynelinseymusic.com

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

To see fan-made video for “Searchin’,” go to:

Vision

visionVision was an R&B duo from the ’80s that consisted of members Brandon McLaughlin and Leni Law. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to the Wilbe Recording Corporation record label.
vision-albumIn 1986, they released their only album to date, “Exposed.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all. The title song was released as the first single, but it didn’t appear to chart at all.
do-it-tonightThe follow-up single from the album “Do It Tonight” also failed to make any impact on any music charts at all.

After that, it seems as if Vision has faded into obscurity, but according to the Soul and Funk Music website, they now reside in Atlanta, Georgia, but it’s unknown if they’re still active in the music business.

To see a fan-made video for “Do It Tonight,” go to:

stefanie-boltonStefanie Bolton (from Memphis, Tennessee) is an R&B\jazz singer & songwriter that released her debut album in the ’90s.

She has performed as a background singer & worked as a songwriter, working with artists such as Angie Stone, Howard Hewett, TLC, Lenny Kravitz, OutKast, Luther Vandross, Lyfe Jennings, Angela Bofill, Anthony Hamilton, Goodie Mob and Marvin Sapp.
stefanie-albumIn 1996, Stefanie released her debut album “Stefanie” on Bellmark Records. It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts.

Two singles were released from the album “Wrap My’celf Around You” and “Why”, but it’s unknown if either of them made any music charts at all.
cling-to-meSince then, Stefanie has continued to stay active with her music career and currently works as a singer for Edwin Hawkins along with being a cruise entertainer for the Holland American Cruise Line. In 2016, she released a single called “Cling to Me.”

To see Stefanie Bolton’s official website, go to:
http://stefaniebolton.com

To see a fan-made video for “Wrap My’celf Around You,” go to:

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

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

N.T.C.

ntcN.T.C. (short for Nathan & T.C.) were a hip-hop\R&B duo from the ’90s. Not much information is given about them, but they were signed to Bellmark Records & DCT Productions.
try-my-loveIn 1993, they released their debut single “Try My Luv.” It’s unknown how or if the single appeared on the music charts at all.
the-journeyIn 1994, N.T.C. released their debut (and only) album ” The Journey (A Quest 4 Luv).” It’s unknown how or if the song made any impact on the charts.
saving-my-luv-4-youThe follow-up single from the album “Saving My Luv 4 U” also didn’t chart, but a music video was made for the single.

After that, it seems as if N.T.C. has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what the members of the duo are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Try My Luv,” go to:

To see the music video for “Saving My Luv 4 U,” go to:

AmerAsia

amerasiaAmerAsia was an R&B music artist from the early ’80s. Not much information is given about this artist, but AmerAsia was signed to Honey Records.

In 1980, AmerAsia released the single “Dragon Lady / Right Direction.” It’s unknown how or if the song made any music charts at all. After that, it seems as if AmerAsia has faded into obscurity. It’s unknown what this artist is up to these days.

[Note: There are no videos available for this blog entry.]

ATL

atl
ATL were a teenage R&B group from Atlanta, Georgia that consisted of members Tre’Kas “Tre” Simms (who was 19 years old at the time), Marvin “Will” Williams, Jr. (who was 18 years old at the time), Cory “Danger” Griffin (who was 19 years old at the time) and Lawrence “L-Rock” Gibbs IV (who was only 16 years old at the time).  The group was formed through a talent search in the Atlanta area & got R. Kelly to produce their debut single.
calling-all-girlsIn 2003, they released their debut single “Calling All Girls” which peaked at #48 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #12 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it their only highest chart appearance to date.
make-it-up-with-loveA year later in 2004, ATL released their follow-up single “Make it Up With Love” which peaked at #21 on the U.K. Singles chart and #51 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
the-atl-projectIn May of that same year, the group released their only album “The ATL Project” which peaked at #76 on the U.K. Albums chart, but failed to chart at all in the United States.

By 2005, ATL disbanded and according to research, they were reportedly working on individual projects, but it’s unknown what they are or what the members of the group are currently up to these days.

To see the music video for “Calling All Girls,” go to:

To see the music video for “Make it Up With Love,” go to:

Pru

pruPru (born Prudence Renfro on July 14, 1970 in Houston, Texas) is a female R&B singer from the 2000s.

Raised in the South Park section of Houston, Pru’s mother encouraged her creativity and occasionally brought Pru to the nightclub she worked at as a bartender where Pru performed between acts.

Pru later attended a performing arts high school and attended college at Texas Southern University. She worked in bars & nightclubs, hoping to network with someone from the music business. After she was signed by Warner\Chappell Music Publishing as a songwriter, Pru attracted the attention of Roy Lott from Capitol Records, who was not only impressed with her songwriting skills, but her singing voice as well.
pru-albumPru was later signed to Capitol Records and in November of 2000, she released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #176 on the Billboard 200 and #38 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
candlesHer debut single “Candles” peaked at #68 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 14 weeks) and #65 on Billboard’s R&B\Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
aaromaThe follow-up single from the album “Aaroma” didn’t appear to make a lot of impact on the charts.

After that, not much was heard from Pru and it appeared as if she faded into obscurity. It’s currently unknown if she plans on releasing any new music any time soon.

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

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