Category Archives: Soul Ladiez

Happy Birthday Lady T.

Photo: Happy Birthday Teena!

Happy Birthday to my favorite woman ever. She would have been 57 today. I love her and miss her so much. Lady T. I always felt like Her voice nurtured my soul I loved and love her as she was my mother. Ill never forget her spirit the impact she made as an artist and as a soul Woman. Rest in Paradise Ms. Teena #StarChild

 

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Alicia Myers

my favorite thing to do is discover an throwback funk or soul artist Ive never heard. I know what kind of music im searching for so when I find It I love it. I recently found and feel in Love with Alicia Myers and her music. Ive been familiar with the funk band ONEWAY but never knew the lead vocalist was such an independent talent. She is truly an underrated artist so there isnt much information on her specificly in conjunction but here is some that I gathered….

Vocalist Alicia Myers was a charter member of Al Hudson & the Soul Partners, which later became One Way, before she departed in the early ’80s for a solo career. She earned a Top Ten hit with “You Get the Best from Me (Say, Say, Say)” in 1984, although her strongest record was the gospel/soul “I Want to Thank You” in 1982. Myers made four LPs for MCA during the ’80s. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide

1986Don’t Stop What You’re Doin’1984I Appreciate1982I Fooled You This Time

1981Alicia
 
I particularly Love – “If you play your cards right” and “Im so Lonely”

Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen

Multi-Grammy nominated artist, Patrice Rushen, is fashioning her career after the legacy of her long-time friend and mentor, Quincy Jones. Composer…Producer…International Recording Artist…Rushen has definitely earned the respect she has been awarded by her peers in the music industry.

Admired by many for her groundbreaking achievements, Rushen has amassed an impressive list of “firsts”. She was the first woman to serve as Musical Director for the 46th, 47th & 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first woman in 43 years to serve as Head Composer/Musical Director for television’s highest honor, the Emmy Awards and the first woman Musical Director of the NAACP Image Awards, an honor she held for 12 consecutive years.  Rushen has also been the only woman Musical Director/Composer for the Peoples Choice Awards and HBO’s Comic Relief.  She was the only woman Musical Director/Conductor/Arranger for a late-night television talk show.  The show was The Midnight Hour, which aired on CBS.  In addition, Rushen was named the Musical Director/Composer for Newsweek’s first American Achievement Awards, broadcast from the Kennedy Center and she served as the Musical Director for Janet Jackson’s World Tour, “janet.”  As the Musical Director for the award shows, she composed and performed special musical tributes to Michael Landon, Ted Turner, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, The Temptations, James Garner and Leonard Bernstein to name a few.  Rushen was named Composer in Residence during the August 2004 sessions at the Henry Mancini Institute.

A classically trained pianist, Rushen has spent a lifetime honing the skills that make her one of the music industry’s most versatile and sought after artists.  In 1998, she was again honored by the music industry when her adult contemporary CD, “Signature”, received a Grammy nomination.  Read the rest of this entry

ms. Aaliyah Haughton

Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly. Born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Detroit, Aaliyah got her first major exposure appearing on the syndicated television series “Star Search” (1983) where she awed the audience with her amazing voice and talent. Withdrawing from the celebrity scene for a few years, Aaliyah lived the life of a… normal teenage girl, attending Detroit’s Performing Arts High School where she majored in dance. It was around this same time that Aaliyah met singer/composer R. Kelly. Kelly assisted Aaliyah with the production of her debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing But A number” which scored several number hits, specifically “Back and Forth.” The album’s title was a brief reference to her short-lived marriage to R. Kelly (she was 15 years of age at the time, and he was in his 20s). Thir marriage was annulled due to her status as a minor. During her senior year, Aaliyah went on to record “One In A Million” which featured the songwriting talents of major R&B producers/writers ‘Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott’ and Tim Mosley. That album was a major success and sealed Aaliyah’s fame forever. After seeing her at an awards show and in the video for her hit song “Are You that Somebody?” (from the Eddie Murphy film Doctor Dolittle (1998)), film producer Joel Silver (producer of The Matrix (1999) and other major actor films) asked Aaliyah to audition for a role in an upcoming romance/action film called Romeo Must Die (2000). With her determination and sex appeal, Aaliyah won Silver over and was cast in her first major film role. Romeo Must Die (2000) was a hit at the box office. This film led to her being cast as one of the stars of the film based on Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned (2002) and in the two sequels to the major box office hit, The Matrix (1999). During the busy schedule of her film career, Aaliyah took time to record her third album, the self-titled “Aaliyah”. July 2001 was a busy time for Aaliyah. After the sucess of her song “Try Again” for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award and won several MTV Video Awards, Aaliyah finally released her “Aaliyah” album. Debuting at number two on the Billboard charts, “Aaliyah” was a sales success despite many lack-lustre reviews it received. In August 2001, Aaliyah took time off from her busy album promotional tour to fly to the Bahamas to film a video for the song “Rock the Boat”. The video, filmed on Abaco Island, was directed by Hype Williams, a major music video director known for his style and wit. On August 25, 2001, after filming the video, Aaliyah and about 9-11 of her entourage took off from Marsh Harbour airport at 6:50pm EDT in a small Cessna 404 en route to Opa-Locka, Florida. A few minutes after take-off, the plane crashed about 200 feet from the runaway killing Aaliyah and many others instantly. Four passnegers were pulled alive from the wreckage, and one later died at a hospital in Nassau. Aaliyah was only 22 years old. Aaliyah’s short-lived, but brillant career was a true success story for a young African-American woman who went against all odds to be herself in an industry where originality is scarce. Truly missed by her family, friends, and fans, her music and film contributions will live forever.
 

Soul Lady; Sade

Helen Folasade Adu better known as…..

Sade (pronounced /ʃɑːˈdeɪ/ shah-day) are an English band that formed in 1983. The band’s music features elements of R&B, soul, jazz, and soft rock. The band is named after their British Nigerian lead vocalist, Sade Adu. (born 16 January 1959; better known as Sade), is a British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. She first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the Brit and Grammy Award winning English group Sade.

Sade’s debut album, Diamond Life, went Top Ten in the U.K. in late 1984 and sold platinum. In 1986, Sade won a Grammy for Best New Artist. Sade’s US certified sales so far stands at 23.5 million units according to Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[1] and has sold more than 50 million units worldwide to date. They were ranked at #50 on VH1‘s list of the 100 greatest artists of all time

Biography

Sade was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.[1] Her middle name, Folasade, means honour confers your crown.[2] Her parents, Adebisi Adu, a Nigerian lecturer in economics of Yoruba background, and Anne Hayes, an English district nurse, met in London, married in 1955 and moved to Nigeria.[1] Later, when the marriage ran into difficulties, Anne Hayes returned to England, taking four-year-old [3] Sade and her older brother Banji to live with her parents.[1] When Sade was 11, she moved to Holland-on-Sea to live with her mother,[4] and after completing school at 18 she moved to London and studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.[1]

While at college, she joined a soul band, Pride, in which she sang backing vocals.[1] Her solo performances of the song “Smooth Operator” attracted the attention of record companies and in 1983, she signed a solo deal with Epic Records taking three members of the band, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Denman, with her.[1] Sade and her band produced the first of a string of hit albums. Their debut album Diamond Life was in 1984. She is the most successful solo female artist in British history, having sold over 110 million albums worldwide.[1]

In 2002, she appeared on the Red Hot Organization‘s Red Hot and Riot, a compilation CD in tribute to the music of fellow Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti. She recorded a remix of her hit single, “By Your Side”, for the album and was billed as a co-producer.