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BEAUTIFUL – Christina Aguilera –

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“Beautiful” is a song recorded by American singer Christina Aguilera for her fourth studio album, Stripped (2002). It was released as the album’s second single on November 16, 2002. A pop ballad, “Beautiful” was written and produced by Linda Perry. Lyrically, it discusses inner beauty, as well as self-esteem and insecurity issues. Aguilera commented that she put “her heart and her soul” into the track, which she felt represented the theme of Stripped.[1] The song was later re-recorded in an electronic style for her first greatest hits album Keeps Gettin’ Better: A Decade of Hits (2008).[2]

Upon its release, “Beautiful” received universal acclaim from music critics, who have ranked it among Aguilera’s strongest material. It won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 2004 ceremony. “Beautiful” was also a commercial success, topping the charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, where it was certified gold for 500,000 units shipped.

“Beautiful” has been widely embraced as an anthem by the LGBT community for its message of self-empowerment and inner beauty. An accompanying music video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, and earned Aguilera a GLAAD Media Award for its positive portrayal of gay and transgender people. In 2011, UK LGBT rights organization Stonewall named “Beautiful” the most empowering song of the previous decade for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. In 2009, Rolling Stone and VH1 listed it as one of the best songs of the 2000s (decade). The song is widely recognized as one of Aguilera’s signature songs and has been covered on numerous occasions and featured on several television shows.

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Posted by on March 16, 2019 in female vocalist, pop music

 

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“REGINA BELLE – THIS IS LOVE”

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Regina Belle (born July 17, 1963) is an American singer–songwriter and actress who first started her career in the mid–1980s. Known for her singles, “Baby Come to Me” (1989) and “Make It Like It Was” (1990), Belle’s most notable for two hit duets, both with Peabo Bryson: “Without You”, the love theme from the comedy film Leonard Part 6, recorded in 1987 and “A Whole New World”, the main theme of the Disney’s animated feature film Aladdin, recorded in 1992, with which Belle and Bryson won the Grammy award. The theme song “Far Longer than Forever” from the animated movie the The Swan Princess, performed with Jeffrey Osborne was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1995 for Best Original Song.[1]

Belle was born in Englewood, New Jersey. It was at Englewood’s Mount Calvary Baptist Church, and then Paterson’s Friendship Baptist Church (presided over by Belle’s uncle, the Reverend Fred Belle), that Belle began attracting attention with her vocal abilities. She sang her first solo in church at age 8. Belle attended Dwight Morrow High School where she studied trombone, tuba and steel drums.[2] After graduation, she studied opera at the Manhattan School of Music. At Rutgers University, she became the first female vocalist with the school’s jazz ensemble. Belle’s musical influences include Phyllis Hyman, Billie Holiday, Shirley Caesar, Patti LaBelle, and Nancy Wilson.[3]

She was introduced to the Manhattans by New York radio DJ Vaughn Harper and began working as their opening act. She recorded the duet “Where Did We Go Wrong” with the group which helped to attract the attention of Columbia Records. They eventually signed her to a record deal.

In 1987, she released her debut album All by Myself. It includes her first hits “So Many Tears” and “Show Me the Way”. In the same year, Belle recorded her first successful duet with Peabo Bryson: the song “Without You”, the love theme from the comedy film Leonard Part 6, also released in 1987. The song was her first single to appear on the Adult Contemporary (chart), peaking at #8 and was also her first single to appear in four charts, including the UK Singles, peaking at #85, her best position in this chart until 1989. Her follow-up album, Stay with Me, released in 1989. Belle recorded a duet in 1991 with Johnny Mathis, “Better Together” which appeared on his album Better Together: The Duet Album. Continuing her tradition of duets, Belle teamed up with Peabo Bryson for four songs: “Without You” (in 1987), “I Can’t Imagine” (in 1991), “A Whole New World” (in 1992) and “Total Praise” (in 2009). [4][5]

Later in 1993, she released her Platinum selling third album, Passion. The album featured the Disney hit, “A Whole New World”.[6] The theme song “Far Longer than Forever” from the animated movie the The Swan Princess, performed with Jeffrey Osborne was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1995 for Best Original Song.[1] She released Reachin’ Back in 1995 followed by Believe in Me in 1998.

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“SADE – BY YOUR SIDE”

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“By Your Side”is the lead single from the English group Sade’s fifth studio album, Lovers Rock (2000). The track was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, losing out to Nelly Furtado’s “I’m Like a Bird”. The video for this single was directed by Sophie Muller. In 2002,[1] the song was listed as the 48th greatest love song of all time by VH1.[2]

The song was covered by Beachwood Sparks on their 2001 album Once We Were Trees. The video, directed by Chad Misner, was selected for the 2002 South by Southwest Film Festival.[3]

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“Dorothy Moore Misty Blue”

“Dorothy Moore Misty Blue”

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Dorothy Moore (born October 13, 1946, in Jackson, Mississippi is an American pop, R&B, and soul singer best known for her 1976 hit song, “Misty Blue”.

Moore’s parents were Mary Moore and Melvin Hendrex Senior. Her father performed under the stage name Melvin Henderson as a member of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. She was raised by her great grandmother and began singing in the church choir at a young age. She was a member of The Poppies with Petsye McCune and Rosemary Taylor when she was attending Jackson State University. The group recorded for Epic Records’ Date subsidiary, reaching number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966 with “Lullaby Of Love”. Solo singles for the Avco, GSF and Chimneyville labels followed.

Her career took off with several ballads for Malaco Records. “Misty Blue” (1976) reached number 1 on the R&B chart and number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Funny How Time Slips Away” (also 1976) reached number 7 on the R&B chart and number 58 on the pop chart. “I Believe You” was number 5 on the R&B and number 27 on the pop chart in 1977.

After a lengthy hiatus, Moore recorded a gospel album, Givin’ It Straight To You (1986) for the Rejoice label of Nashville.The album included a cover of “What Is This”. She next recorded two albums for Volt Records. She returned to the Malaco label in 1990, for whom she recorded several albums during the ensuing decade and into the new millennium.

Moore has four Grammy Award nominations. Her version of “Misty Blue” appeared on the 2005 compilation album, Classic Soul Ballads. She has been inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, Drum Major for Justice MLK Award 2008, Lifetime Achievement Award Monterey Bay Blues Festival, James Brown Heritage Jus Blues Award 2009, The Blues Foundation Board of Directors Award 2006-2012, nominated for two Blues Music Awards 2013, Mississippi Arts Commission Achievement Award, Mississippi Blues Trail Markers.

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“Dionne Warwick – Alfie” 1967

Alfie, from the 1966 Michael Caine classic, was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and was an Academy Award nominee for Best Song From A Motion Picture for 1966 (Born Free, the title track from the film of the same name, won). Bacharach wrote the tune with Warwick specifically in mind, but when the tune was pitched for the movie in London, Bacharach was overridden because the producers wanted a British singer to record the tune.

Cilla Black recorded the tune and her version died at number 95 in the USA, although a hit in England. Ironically, Cilla’s version was not used in the UK and European prints of the film; Sonny Rollins is heard in Australian prints of the film. When the film was released in the USA, United Artists felt a singer on their label should record the tune, so for the American prints of the film, Cher can be heard over the final credits, and her version peaked at 34 on the charts in 1966.

Alfie was recorded by 42 other singers before Burt finally got his wish to record Alfie with Dionne and she took it all the way to # 5 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Chart and #15 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Dionne has stated Burt insisted that she record the tune since he had written it specifically for her to sing in the film, and she was reluctant after 42 other versions had been released and asked Burt, “How many more recordings of Alfie do you need?” Burt’s reply? “Just one more, yours.” She agreed to cut the tune because she needed one more track to complete the album according to Steve Tyrell. Originally released on the Here Where There Is Love LP in early 1967, the track was pulled from the album and played frequently by DJs all over the country. Dionne sang Alfie at the Academy Awards Ceremony in March to a world-wide audience too much critical acclaim and the public began snap up her LP containing the tune.

In March 1967 Scepter released the tune as the “B” side of The Beginning of Loneliness, a little known but beautiful Bacharach/David ballad. But, DJ’s once again had the final word on the single and flipped it to make Alfie a huge hit, after Dionne’s stunning performance of Alfie at the Academy Awards. The Here Where There Is Love LP hit the top twenty on the Billboard album chart and received an RIAA gold record award. In 2008,

Dionne Warwick’s recording of Alfie was chosen for the Grammy Hall of Fame. Previous Warwick recordings honored by the Hall of Fame: Walk on By-1998, and Don’t Make Me Over-20. Youtube.com

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2019 in 1960s, female vocalist, theme song

 

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(Hey) MICKEY – Toni Basil



Mickey” is a 1981 song recorded by American singer and choreographer Toni Basil on her debut album Word of Mouth. Written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn as “Kitty”, it was first recorded by UK music group Racey during 1979 appearing on their debut album Smash and Grab.

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Posted by on February 16, 2019 in entertainment, female vocalist, music

 

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“Sara Bareilles – Love Song”

“Love Song” is American singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ debut single, released in June 2007 via Epic Records from her major-label debut album, Little Voice (2007). It was nominated for 2009 Grammy Awards in the categories Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
It remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for 41 weeks.[1] It also spent many weeks atop the Hot Adult Pop Songs and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts, ending up #1 at the year-end tally of both charts. Many consider it her breakout song due to it being her first hit and selling more than any other song by Bareilles.

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Speaking of the song’s origin, Bareilles said of her label, “They had encouraged me to keep writing, and I just wasn’t having any luck. …I started to get really insecure about it, and then I got really pissed off at myself for caring what anybody thought. … I went to a rehearsal space one day. I sat down and wrote something for me. And ‘Love Song’ basically wrote itself. It’s totally honest, and I’m very lucky the label liked it as well.”[2]
Later in 2011, she explained: “It was actually written for my record label. I had been turning in new music. I was getting the red light. I couldn’t go into the studio yet because they were waiting for something. But I wouldn’t … nobody said what they were waiting for. So I kept turning in new songs, thinking like, ‘Is this what you want? Is this what you want?’ And it was always a big thumbs down, and I ended up writing ‘Love Song’ out of frustration.”[3] In 2014, she stated it was “very tongue-in-cheek” and “nasty in a passive-aggressive way,” confirming it was a response to the record label pressuring her to make safe, “radio friendly” songs.[4]
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Posted by on February 14, 2019 in entertainment, female vocalist

 

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