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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Angela Winbush

Collection of Angela Winbush

Singer/songwriter/keyboardist/producer Angela Winbush's credentials include her own solo hits such as her number one R&B hit, "Angel"; hits as one-half of the singing duo Rene & Angela and their hits "Save Your Love (For #1)" and "Your Smile"; and her hits by Stephanie Mills and the Isley Brothers. One Rene & Angela hit, the 1983 ballad "My First Love," was covered by Avant on his spring 2000 debut CD, My Thoughts. Winbush's own albums are Sharp, Angela Winbush, and It's the Real Thing. Besides Rene Moore, Winbush's early collaborators were Moore's brother, Rufus, bassist Bobby Watson, engineer/producer Bruce Swedien, and George Duke. Born in St. Louis, MO, Winbush grew up singing gospel music in the church choir and learned to play piano as a child. She had no intentions of pursuing a professional music career when she began attending Washington, D.C.'s Howard University majoring in architecture. To earn money to pay expenses, she began singing on recording sessions and formed a singing trio that opened for Van McCoy and Al Jarreau. She became interested in the music business and changed her major to music education. Around 1977, Winbush sent a demo tape to New York DJ Gary Byrd. He played it over the phone for his friend Stevie Wonder. He called Winbush and invited her to Los Angeles. While singing in Wonder's backup band Wonderlove, Winbush learned about writing and producing by sitting in on sessions with Wonder. In 1980, she met singer/songwriter Rene Moore through Wonderlove vocalist Carolyn Dennis and they began writing songs together, eventually forming the duo Rene & Angela. In 1978, former Tower of Power lead singer Lenny Williams recorded one of their songs, "Changes." A friend introduced the duo to Dr. Cecil Hale, a Capitol Records executive who signed the duo to the label. Two LPs were issued, Wall to Wall and Rise. Another Rene & Angela song, the ballad "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love," was recorded by Alton McClain and Destiny on their self-titled 1978 Polydor LP. It can be found on Polygram's Power of Love: Best of Soul Essentials Ballads. In 1985, Rene & Angela signed with Polygram and were assigned to their Mercury imprint. Their label debut, Street Called Desire, went gold, yielding the number one hits "Save Your Love (For #1)," which featured a rap by Kurtis Blow, and "Your Smile." An earlier Rene & Angela song would resurface in a big way. The first single from Stephanie Mills' 1985 Stephanie Mills album was "Stand Back"; on its flip side was her passionate cover of "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love." Because of its massive radio play as an album track, Mills' version, produced by Philly Soul keyboardist Ron Kersey, was reissued as an A-side and held the number one spot for two weeks in spring 1986. By 1987, Winbush was solo and got her first production job on the Isley Brothers' Smooth Sailing LP after the group's lead singer, Ronald Isley, mentioned to Warner Bros. records executive Benny Medina that he wanted to work with the group who did "Your Smile." After working together, Isley became the singer's manager. Becoming romantically involved, Winbush married Ronald Isley on June 26, 1993. She produced and wrote the bulk of his solo debut, Spend the Night, credited as the Isley Brothers Featuring Ronald Isley. Winbush's other credits include the platinum Isley Brothers album Mission to Please, Body, Lalah Hathaway, the 1982 self-titled debut of Plush, Klymaxx, Sheena Easton's The Lover in Me, and the 1993 Warner Bros. various artists set, A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield. Allmusic by Ed Hogan

Album: Sharp (1987)

01. Sharp
02. Sensual Lover
03. Run to Me
04. Imagination of the Heart
05. C'Est Toi (It's You)
06. Angel
07. Hello Beloved
08. You Had a Good Girl
09. No One Has Ever Cared (Like You)

Album: The Real Thing (1989)

01. It's The Real Thing
02. No More Tears
03. Thank You Love
04. Lay Your Troubles Down
05. Precious
06. Please Bring Your Love Back
07. Menage A Trois
08. I've Learned To Respect (The Power Of Love)
09. I'll Never Be The Same

Album: Angela Winbush (1994)

01. Treat U Rite
02. Inner City Blues
03. Keep Turnin' Me On
04. Too Good To Let You Go
05. Baby Hold On
06. You're My Everything
07. Dream Lover
08. Hot Summer Love
09. Sensitive Heart
10. I'm The Kind Of Woman
11. Inner City Blues [Radio Version]

Album: Ultimate Collection (2001)

01. Angel
02. Hello Beloved
03. My First Love
04. Your Smile
05. Treat U Rite
06. I'll Be Good
07. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
08. You Don't Have to Cry
09. Floatin' on Your Love
10. I Love You More
11. Run to Me
12. It's the Real Thing
13. C'est Toi (It's You)
14. No More Tears
15. Save Your Love (For #1)
16. Lay Your Troubles Down
17. Please Bring Your Love Back

Album: Greatest Love Songs (2003)

01. Come My Way
02. My First Love
03. No One Has Ever Cared (Like You)
04. Sensual Lover
05. Hello Beloved
06. Too Good To Let You Go
07. Menage A Trois
08. You Had A Good Girl
09. I'm The Kind of Woman
10. Please Bring Your Love Back
11. Baby Hold On
12. I've Learned To Respect (The Power of Love)
13. Precious
14. Your Smile
15. Imaginary Playmates



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Anonymous said...

absolutely great - thank you for this! and your blog.

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