Friday, May 2, 2008

Karyn White

Karyn White (born Karyn Layvonne White on October 14, 1965 in Los Angeles, California) is a female R&B singer from the '80s and '90s. She began singing in a church choir and later became a backup singer. She even co-wrote the song "Automatic Passion" for Stephanie Mills' 1985 album.
In 1986, Karyn appeared on Jeff Lorber's album, "Private Passion" which peaked at #68 on the Billboard 200, #29 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, #17 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart and #16 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.
The first single, "Facts of Love" peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

The remixed version of the song peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song also peaked at #95 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single, "True Confessions" peaked at #88 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.
In 1988, Karyn released her self-titled debut album on Warner Bros. Records, which peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200, topped Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #20 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single, "The Way You Love Me" peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in October of 1988, staying on the chart for 25 weeks. In the UK, the song peaked at #42 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
The second single from the album, "Superwoman" peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #12 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, and became Karyn's second number-one R&B hit, topping the charts for 3 weeks in January of 1989, staying on the chart for 24 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #11 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The third single, "Love Saw It" featuring R&B singer, Babyface, became Karyn's third number-one R&B hit, topping the charts for a week in April of 1989, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
The fourth single from the album, "Secret Rendezvous" peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week in July of 1989.

When the single was re-released in 1989, it peaked at #22 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Slow Down" peaked at #36 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in September of 1989, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. 
During that same year, Karyn was featured on R&B singer, Michael Jeffries' single, "Not Thru Being With You" which peaked at #32 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

Karyn was nominated in the "Best R&B\Urban Contemporary New Artist" category at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards. She was also nominated for 2 Grammy awards for "Best Female R&B\Vocal Performance" & won the Billboard Music Award for "No. 1 R&B Single of the Year" for "Superwoman."

At the American Music Awards, she was nominated for "Favorite Soul\R&B New Artist" and "Favorite Soul\R&B Album" for her debut album, becoming the first female artist to have her first three solo releases top the R&B charts.
In 1991, Karyn released her second album, "Ritual of Love" which peaked at #53 on the Billboard 200, #7 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #31 on the U.K. Albums chart. The album was produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

Michael Walls (who was credited as a stylist on the album) worked with Karyn on the look for the album sleeve and three of the music videos released for the album.

He had the idea for the Chanel-inspired pearls and black dress used on the album cover, the french-maid look and multiple wardrobe changes for the music videos for "The Way I Feel About You" and "Walkin' the Dog," which was based on a scene from the movie "Sweet Charity."
The first single from the album, "Romantic" became Karyn's biggest hit to date, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for a week in November of 1991, (which replaced Mariah Carey's song, "Emotions" off the top of the charts) & became Karyn's fourth number-one R&B hit, topping the chart for a week in October of 1991, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.

The song also peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart & in the UK, the song peaked at #23 on the UK Singles chart.
The follow-up single from the album, "The Way I Feel About You" peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in November of 1991, staying on the chart for 19 weeks. In the UK, the song peaked at #65 on the UK Singles chart. 
The third single, "Walkin' the Dog" peaked at #34 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in March of 1992, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The last single from the album, "Do Unto Me" peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in June of 1992, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. During that same year, Karyn married Terry Lewis and later had a daughter, Ashley Nicole.
In 1994, Karyn released her third album, "Make Him Do Right" which peaked at #99 on the Billboard 200 and #22 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Hungah" peaked at #78 on the Billboard Hot 100, #30 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #18 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in September of 1994, staying on the chart for 20 weeks. In the UK, the song peaked at #69 on the UK Singles chart.
The second single, "Can I Stay With You" (written by Babyface) peaked at #81 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in November of 1994, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
The last single from the album, "I'd Rather Be Alone" peaked at #120 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #50 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in April of 1995, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
In 1995, Karyn's first compliation album, "Sweet & Sensual" was released only in Japan. In 1999, she left Warner Bros. Records and then she & Terry Lewis divorced. Karyn moved to Sacramento, California shortly after and started becoming interested in interior design, real estate and building homes.
Karyn currently resides in Rocklin, California (which is a suburb in Sacramento) and runs a successful interior design & real estate business. In 2006, she recorded a new album called "Sista Sista," but it was shelved. In 2007, her second compliation album, "Superwoman: The Best of Karyn White" was released.

In 2009, Karyn was supposed to appear at the Soul Train Music Awards as a tribute to Babyface, but the performance was canceled when Babyface & L.A. Reid withdrew from the ceremony.
In 2012, Karyn released her first album in 17 years entitled, "Carpe Diem." The singles released from the album were "Sista Sista" and "Unbreakable."

These days, Karyn continues to be active in the entertainment business and as of 2016, she is pursuing an acting career and working on a new television web series called "Finding Forever."

To see Karyn's official website, go to:
http://www.karynsworld.me.//

To see Karyn's Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/KarynWhiteMusic

To follow Karyn on Twitter, go to:
http://twitter.com/karyns_world

To see Karyn's official YouTube page, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/karynwhiteofficial

To see Karyn's Reverbnation page, go to:
http://www.reverbnation.com/karynwhite

To see the music video for "The Way You Love Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPQtfy7Cdrg

To see the music video for "Superwoman," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0dGDUYZgJc

To see a fan-made video for "Love Saw It," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiAwY9Mknp0

To see the music video for "Secret Rendezvous," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVmOMJ_Vcnw

To see a fan-made video for "Slow Down," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_uOGVyew4E

To see the music video for "Romantic," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu-ty0dC9k4

To see the music video for "The Way I Feel About You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjgVGpTATkI

To see the music video for "Walkin' the Dog," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5kfN-_uohI

To see a fan-made video for "Do Unto Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyKxQmM3RI0

To see the music video for "Hungah," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PLkPXtC92Q

To see the music video for "Can I Stay With You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEPjMZBOrkk

To see the music video for "I'd Rather Be Alone," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR17JxLqvdQ

To see the music video for "Sista Sista," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVfwaz7zpcA

To see the music video for "Unbreakable," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acQ5sy716_s



[updated on 04\18\2016]

2 comments:

ChristianIntrovert said...

Is she still married to Bobby Gonzales? Great post, by the way!

Kyleigh said...

ChristianIntrovert, it appears that Karyn still is married to Bobby Gonzales. According to imdb.com, she's been married to him since December of 2007.

PS, thanks for the compliment on the post.