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Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One OLETA ADAMS has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban and popular music. Adams was born the daughter of a preacher and was raised with gospel music. She moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s then Kansas City to pursue her music career. n 1985, Adams was discovered by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, founders of the English band Tears for Fears, while performing in a hotel bar in Kansas City, Missouri. They chatted with Adams after her performance, and two years later they contacted her to invite her to join their band as a singer on their next album, The Seeds of Love. In 1989, the album was released and the single “Woman In Chains” – sung as a duet by Adams and Orzabal and with Phil Collins on drums – became her first hit. Following her work with Tears For Fears, Adams was offered a recording contract by their label Fontana Records and restarted her solo career in 1990, assisted by Orzabal who co-produced her new album, Circle of One. The album received much critical acclaim and peaked at no.1 in the UK in 1991 when she scored her biggest hit to date with her Grammy nominated cover of Brenda Russell’s “Get Here”. The song was popular during the 1991 Gulf War as families of deployed troops in the region embraced the tune as a theme song. Her next album, Evolution, was also a commercial success, making the UK top 10. It also featured her self-penned adult contemporary single “Window Of Hope”. Her 1995 release, Moving On, saw Adams move more in the direction of R&B, and she also reunited with Roland Orzabal for the duet “Me And My Big Ideas” on the Tears For Fears album Raoul and the Kings of Spain the same year. Two years later she released the Christian themed album Come Walk With Me. In 2001, Adams released her sixth album, All The Love, a return to an R&B/Adult contemporary sound. Adams reunited with Tears for Fears in 2004 once again as she made a surprise guest appearance onstage at their Kansas City concert, performing “Woman in Chains”. A new secular album entitled Let’s Stay Here, was released in 2009 by E1 Music.
Two debilitating strokes damaged singer ANGELA BOFILL’s vocal chords, leaving her unable to sing and impairing her mobility. Bofill, not one to give up performing so easily, hatched an idea with her manager to keep her fans happy. She would tell the story of her career while someone else performed her songs. Maysa, a singer with whom Bofill had performed at a jazz festival, performs Bofill’s songs backed by Bofill’s band. Bofill burst onto the music scene in 1978 with Angie, her debut album, which launched the Latin/R&B singer’s career. By the time she had her first stroke in 2006, she had released 11 albums and created a loyal fan following with hits such as “This Time I’ll be Sweeter” and “I Try.” The Angela Bofil Experience comes to Anthology on November 5.
Formerly of the English Soul/R&B duo Floetry MARSHA AMBROSIUS is a singer/ songwriter who has worked with The Game, Busta Rhymes, and Jamie Foxx. Her debut solo album Late Nights & Early Mornings was released earlier this year. Floetry began after Ambrosius joined former school mate Natalie Stewart on stage for a combined poetry/spoken word night. The duo then toured the United States poetry circuit to rave reviews. In 2002 they signed to DreamWorks Records and released Floetic. Ambrosius was signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment after working with Styles P, The Game and Nas. In 2009, she parted ways with the label to pursue her song-writing and production career and worked with Alicia Keys, Mario and Fabolous among others. She released Late Nights & Early Mornings in March 2011 featuring the single “Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player)” which peaked at 22 on the Billboard music charts.
Singer and actor, RAHSAAN PATTERSON, draws comparisons to Chaka Khan for his voice. As a child, Patterson acted in the popular 1980s television show “Kids Incorporated” along future stars Fergie, Mario Lopez and Shanice. After the show ended, Patterson gained experience as a backup vocalist for such artists as Brandy and Tevin Campbell. In 1997, he was signed to MCA Records and released several albums before parting with MCA in 2002. At this time, Patterson started working as a session singer. In 2004, Patterson released After Hours on his own label. The album debuted at 65 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Album Chart. Patterson’s most recent release Bleuphoria was followed by a sold out show at B.B. King’s Blues Club.
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