Sunday, May 4, 2008

Shanice


Shanice (born Shanice Lorraine Wilson on May 14, 1973 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a female R&B singer. Her mother, Crystal Wilson was a singer who sung with musicians such as Luther Vandross and Jennifer Holliday. Her father, Carl Black was a guitarist.

Shanice began singing at the age of 7 months and started performing with her mom and aunt, Penny Wilson as a child. After her parents divorced, she moved with her aunt and mom to Los Angeles, California.

In 1982, 8-year-old Shanice did a commercial for Kentucky Fried Chicken with the late Ella Fitzgerald. In 1984, she became a dancer on the children's television series "Kids Incorporated" and appeared in Mr. T's motivational video "Be Somebody...or Be Somebody's Fool."

In 1985, John McClain from A&M Records saw Shanice performing in a musical called "Get Happy" and she won first place on "Star Search" during that same year. She was signed to A&M Records when she was only 11 years old.

The late R&B singer Teena Marie originally produced Shanice's debut album, but the label thought the songs were too mature for a girl Shanice's age (go figure) and Bryan Loren was chosen by A&M Records to produce new songs for the album instead.
In 1987, 14-year-old Shanice released her first album, "Discovery" which peaked at #149 on the Billboard 200 and #37 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Her first single, "(Baby Tell Me) Can You Dance" peaked at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100, #16 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #39 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #16 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in November of 1987, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
Her second single, "No 1\2 Steppin" peaked at #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #6 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in March of 1988, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

The third single, "I'll Bet She's Got a Boyfriend" peaked at #78 on the U.K. Singles chart, but missed the charts in the United States.
The last single from the album, "The Way You Love Me" peaked at #53 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in May of 1988, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
Shanice was featured on R&B duo, Kiara's song, "This Time" which was successful on the R&B charts and a minor pop hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In the summer of 1990, she signed a record deal with Motown Records.
In 1991, Shanice released her second album, "Inner Child" which peaked at #83 on the Billboard 200, #8 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart, #13 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #21 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single, "I Love Your Smile" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for 4 weeks in December of 1991 through January of 1992, staying on the chart for 24 weeks.

The song also peaked at #2 on the U.K. Singles chart and featured saxophonist Branford Marsalis and was even nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" in 1992.
The follow-up single, "I'm Cryin'" peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in May of 1992, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
The third single, "Silent Prayer" featuring Johnny Gill, peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in August of 1992, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
The last single, a cover version of Minnie Riperton's hit song, "Lovin' You" peaked at #59 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in October of 1992, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #54 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Shanice was also featured on the "Boomerang" movie soundtrack with the song, "Don't Wanna Love You" which received moderate radio airplay, peaking at #57 on Billboard's Hot R&B Airplay chart.
Shanice was also featured on the "Beverly Hills 90210" television soundtrack with the song "Saving Forever For You" peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in January of 1993, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. The song also peaked at #42 on the U.K. Singles chart.
During that same year, Shanice was featured on the "Meteor Man" movie soundtrack with the song, "It's For You" which peaked at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #14 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in September of 1993, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

Shanice guest-starred on an episode of "Family Matters" and performed the song on the show as well. She also won the Golden Lion Award for "Best International Artist."
In 1994, Shanice released her third album "21...Ways To Grow" when she was 21 years old. The album peaked at #184 on the Billboard 200 and #46 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Somewhere" peaked at #122 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #28 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in June of 1994, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Turn Down the Lights" peaked at #114 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #21 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in October of 1994, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The third single, "I Wish" peaked at #61 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in February of 1995, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The last single, "I Like" peaked at #49 on the U.K. Singles chart and #38 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in February of 1995, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
During that same year, Shanice sang "If I Never Knew You" with singer Jon Secada for the "Pocohontas" movie soundtrack and on the "Panther" movie soundtrack with a cover version of Gladys Knight & the Pips' song, "If I Were Your Woman."

In 1996, she sang backup vocals on Toni Braxton's hit song "Unbreak My Heart." In the late 90s, she starred in the Broadway musical "Les Miserables."
In 1999, Shanice made a comeback releasing her fourth album, "Shanice" on LaFace Records. The album peaked at #56 on the Billboard 200 and #15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "When I Close My Eyes" made the sixth biggest jump in Billboard Hot 100 history, jumping 75 positions on the chart. The song charted at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, #34 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart in April of 1999, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
The follow-up single, "Yesterday" peaked at #122 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #40 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart in June of 1999, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.
The last single, "You Need A Man" peaked at #53 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart in October of 1999, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.

On Valentines' Day 2000, Shanice married comedian\actor, Flex Alexander. In August of 2001, Shanice gave birth to her daughter, Imani Shekinah and in March of 2004, she gave birth to her son, Elijah Alexander.

In 2006, she made another comeback with her fifth album, "Every Woman Dreams" which peaked at #194 on the Billboard 200 and #30 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #62 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart in December of 2005, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.

The follow-up single, "Take Care of U" peaked at #72 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart in July of 2006.

In 2012, Shanice recorded the song, "A Midnight Rendezvous" for the Kinect rhythm game "Rhythm Party." She also performed the English theme song for the video game "The Bouncer" entitled "Love is the Gift."

These days, Shanice & her husband have their own reality show on the OWN Network called "Flex & Shanice."

To see Shanice's official website, go to:
http://shaniceonline.com/

To see the music video for "No Half Steppin," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qgKTv7hTMw

To see the music video for "I'll Bet She's Got a Boyfriend," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBNy3vMQBsc

To see the music video for "I Love Your Smile," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGXxcSdsXJ4

To see the music video for "It's For You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6lO7W4nrNg

To see the music video for "I'm Cryin'," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_iOApoch7Q

To see a fan-made video for "Silent Prayer," go to;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnwWtmO7geY

To see a fan-made video for "Don't Wanna Love You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-nq52FXais

To see the music video for "Saving Forever For You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM7OIG7QEkA

To see the music video for "Lovin' You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esdnmpjhhxQ

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

To see the music video for "Turn the Lights Down," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o6LyZed_N4

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

To see the music video for "I Like," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJNQ5BcHSUk

To see the music video for "When I Close My Eyes," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHpw4bhcvrU

To see the music video for "Yesterday," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_evqeon5lTI

To see the music video for "You Need A Man," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqfw-gmxRs4

To see a fan-made video for "Every Woman Dreams," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9qX1KSFdoY

To see the music video for "Take Care of U," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhcsuukDkwQ

As a bonus, here are videos of Shanice's appearance on "Star Search."

To see the first video, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51d04WvPScg

To see the second video, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZyNH3T-304

As another bonus, here are some videos of a young Shanice singing.

To see the first video of 8-year-old Shanice singing "Home," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81svr6FMq6s

To see the second video of 8-year-old Shanice singing "Going Up Yonder," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtinqOBI0og


[updated on 01\04\15]

No comments: