Friday, December 26, 2008

Sweet Sable

Sweet Sable (born Ceybil Jefferies from Brooklyn, New York) was a female R&B\hip-hop singer during the '90s.
In 1991, she released a dance music album "Let the Music Take Control" under her real name. It's unknown how or if the album was successful.
In 1994, Cebyl resurfaced under the name "Sweet Sable" and released her debut album "Old Times' Sake" on Street Life Records. The album peaked at #70 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The title song (which was featured on the "Above the Rim" movie soundtrack) peaked at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100, #43 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #15 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The second single from the album "Tonight" peaked at #45 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The last single from the album "Love Thang" peaked at #74 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1996, Sweet Sable released the single "I'll Never Go Back," but it didn't make the charts and her next album "Love On My Mind" was shelved.

Back to her real name, Ceybil Jefferies, she continued to work as a vocalist on several house music songs throughout the late 90s/early 2000s. Her last known solo song was "Thank U For Blessing" in 2004 and she apparently went on to sing gospel music.

According to a comment I received from YouTube, Ceybil contracted neurosarcoidosis several years ago and is now completely blind. In August of 2012, there was a surprise benefit for her which she was scheduled to attend despite her ailment.

To see the music video for "Old Times' Sake," go to:

To see the music video for "Tonight," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--vLQAIR6qY

To see a fan-made video for "Love Thang," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdk3Vc0xAtc

[updated on 04\08\2016]

The Voices

The Voices were a singing group during the early '90s that consisted of sisters LaPetra & LaToya McMoore, Monique Wilson and Arike Rice.
In 1992, the group released their debut and only album "Just the Beginning" which peaked at #66 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The group's first single "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" became their biggest hit to date, peaking at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, #31 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #14 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. Tia and Tamera Mowry were featured in the music video for "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah."
The group's second single "M.M.D.R.N.F. (My Mama Didn't Raise No Fool)" peaked at #53 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.

The last single from the album "Cloudy With a Chance of Tears" peaked at #97 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks. After that, the group faded into obscurity.

In the late 90s/early 2000s, Arike was a member of music group, Before Dark. According to the Isle of Deserted Pop Stars, she continues to record music & work as a backup dancer for artists such as Janet Jackson, Kanye West, the Black Eyed Peas and Missy Elliott.

LaToya (who is known as Josie G) married Marc Gordon from R&B group, LeVert & has continued to pursue a solo career.

LaPetra enlisted in the Army reserve as a part of the Hawaiian National Guard and even served in Iraq. As for Monique Wilson, it's unknown what she is up to.

To see Monique Wilson's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/whoismomo123

To see LaToya's MySpace page, go to:
http://www.myspace.com/427255749

To see the music video for "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNw3R1xC8j4

To see a fan-made video for "M.M.D.R.N.F. (My Mama Didn't Raise No Fool)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-ErddbnFco

To see a fan-made video for "Cloudy With a Chance of Tears," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuX--WRsSeo


[Updated on 04\08\2016]

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Nocera

Nocera (born Maria Nocera in 1967 in Sicily) is a female freestyle\dance singer from the 80's. She was raised in Parma, Emilia-Romagna in Central Italy. When she was 18 years old, Nocera moved to the United States and signed with Sleeping Bag Records.
In 1986, Nocera released her debut album "Over the Rainbow" which didn't appear to make the Billboard album charts.
Her first single "Summertime, Summertime" peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1987, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in November of 1986, #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #47 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in November of 1986, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
The follow-up single "Let's Go" which peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #70 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in December of 1987, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The last single from the album "Tell U So" didn't make the Billboard charts at all. Nocera planned to work on a second album, but in 1991, Sleeping Bag Records closed down.

After that, Nocera sang background vocals for artists such as Information Society, India, and Sa-Fire during the early to mid 1990's. She also toured with Information Society nationally and internationally, singing background vocals and playing keyboard.

In 2000, Nocera formed trip-hop music group, "Voice of the Satellites" with guitarist Gregg Fine and keyboardist John Roggie. The band released a few EP's, but hasn't signed to a major record deal yet.  In 2006, Nocera toured in the United States with the "Freestyle Explosion" concert series.
In 2007, Nocera released the EP "Nocera's Electric Circus" produced by NYC music producer, Hidden Tiger. The EP is available on CD Baby, Amazon.com and iTunes.

These days, Nocera continues to work as a club DJ in New York City. She also fronts a band called The BB Batts under the name "Lulu Nocera."

To see the official website for The BB Batts, go to:
http://www.thebbbatts.com/

To see a fan-made video for "Summertime, Summertime," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcurEoUvK-E

To see the music video for "Let's Go," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlzI4A8Ca-E

To see the music video for "Tell U So," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi0BZ72g1YI


[updated on 03\24\13]

Chrissy I-Eece

Chrissy I-Eece (born Tina Pena in Brooklyn, New York) was a female freestyle\dance singer. She was raised in the Bronx, New York.
Her career started in 1988 by releasing her first single "Love Desire" (not to be confused with the late freestyle musician, Sandee's song "Love Desire" from 1991.)
In 1990, Chrissy released her second single "You Should Know By Now" which peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The song was written by singer Marc Anthony (who also provided vocals on the track).
In 1991, Chrissy released her third single "Take Your Love and Go" which didn't appear to make the charts at all.
After that, Chrissy switched from freestyle music to Latin music and released her first Salsa music album "Sangre Nueva Pa La Calle" in 1993.
In 2002, she released her third album, "Tina Pena" which is available on iTunes and Amazon.com. These days, Chrissy is the host of "The Freestyle Music Show" along with Freddy Lopez.

To see a fan-made video of "Love Desire," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XQSLPHF7lw

To see a fan-made video of "You Should Know By Now," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NvCv6RoFYI


[updated on 09\09\12]

Sandee (In Loving Memory)

Sandee (born Sandra Casanas on January 19, 1962 from South Florida) was a female freestyle\dance singer.

Before starting her solo career, she was one of the original members of girl group, Exposé. Sandee recorded the original versions of "Point of No Return" and "Exposed to Love."

After they were released, the original members of the group split up. By the time Exposé was prepared to record their third single, they were replaced with a completely different line-up.
In 1987, Sandee released her first single "You're The One" which peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1988, she released her second single "Notice Me" which peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in February of 1989, #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #62 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in February of 1989, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
In 1991, Sandee released her debut album "Only Time Will Tell" on Fever Records, which didn't appear to make the charts at all.
Sandee scored a minor pop hit with "Love Desire" which peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of 1991, #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #21 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in June of 1991 and #83 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in June of 1991, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.

After that, Sandee continued to perform and work on music, but tragically on December 15, 2008, she was found deceased in her home in Hollywood, Florida from a seizure at the age of 46. She will be missed very, very much.

This blog entry is in loving memory of Sandra "Sandee" Casanas.

To see a video of Sandee performing "You're the One" on "Dance Party USA," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exllCrZk80I

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

To see the music video for "Love Desire," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7r7Uq4qunQ


[updated on 04\08\2016]

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lisette Melendez

Lisette Melendez (born in 1967 in Harlem, New York) is a female freestyle\dance singer from the '90s.

She was inspired by her mother & aunt who sang in a church choir and community theater. During her teen years, Lisette perfected her singing voice by emulating Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand. During high school, she became a fan of Lisa Lisa.

In 1988, Lisette got her big break by singing back-up vocals on a dance track for music producer, Carlos Berrios (who worked with Corina, Samantha Fox and Sweet Sensation).
In 1991, she released her debut album "Together Forever" which peaked at #7 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
The title song peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1991, #31 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in February of 1991 and #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. 
The follow-up single "A Day in My Life (Without You)" peaked at #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #30 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in November of 1991 and #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The last single from the album, "Never Say Never" peaked at #45 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in March of 1992 and #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1994, Lisette released his sophomore album, "True to Life" which peaked at #28 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and #100 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Goody Goody" which peaked at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1994, #16 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #44 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in December of 1993, #23 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #95 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in February of 1994, staying on the chart for 2 weeks.  
The follow-up single from the album "Will You Ever Save Me" peaked at #38 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart.
In 1998, Lisette released her third album "Un Poco De Mi," changing her style from freestyle to Latin music. The title song managed to peak at #23 on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart and #8 on Billboard's Latin Tropical\Salsa Airplay chart.
During that same year, Lisette released her fourth album "Imagination" which didn't generate a lot of success.
Two singles were released from the album: "Time Passes By" and "Make the Way," which didn't appear to make the charts. In 2005, Lisette teamed up with freestyle musician Cynthia as the duo Liscyn and released their single "I Can't Change Your Mind."

In 2008, she teamed up once again with Carlos Berrios and performed two new tracks "I Need a Lover" and "Don't Ever Say" on the albums "Don't Look Back, Sessions 1 & 2."

These days, Lisette appears to be active in the music business and she continues to perform as of 2006.

To see a Facebook page for Lisette Melendez, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisette-Melendez-Fan-Page/155236764519295

To see the music video for "Together Forever," go to:

To see the music video for "A Day In My Life (Without You)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eASc-24zpw

To see a fan-made video for "Never Say Never," go to:

To see the music video for "Goody Goody," go to:

To see the music video for "Will You Ever Save Me," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Time Passes By," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Make the Way," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJY3iDZoTrw

[Updated on 04\08\2016]



[updated on 09\08\12]

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays From The Music Know-It-All!!

Hey there!

I just want to wish all the bloggers on blogger.com a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Oh, FYI, keep your eyes open for new blog entries. I will especially be making a special blog entry for the late Sandee Casanas (former member of Expose) who has recently passed away this month.

Keep checking back on my blog and have a great holiday. Also, new blog entries are coming soon, so keep your eyes open!

Sincerely,
The Music Know-It-All

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Real Roxanne

The Real Roxanne (born Adelaida Martinez on July 15, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) was a female hip-hop rapper/emcee from the '80s. During the '80s, she was a part of the Roxanne Wars (which were a series of answer records inspired by rap group UTFO's hit song, "Roxanne, Roxanne.")

Roxanne was writing poetry and started rapping when she was 17 years old. She was a part of a rap group that performed at local shows.
Originally, the role of the Real Roxanne was filled by a different female, Elease Jack, who recorded the first single "The Real Roxanne" with UTFO in 1984 under the character's name. The song managed to peak at #44 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.

Adelaida claims that she was introduced to UTFO in a similar way to the Roxanne story. She was already acquainted with Full Force member, Paul Anthony George.

According to Adelaida in an interview with rapindustry.com in 2008:

"Ironic enough, I briefly met Doc Ice and Kangol (Kid) at the Albee Square Mall in Brooklyn, and, like Roxanne, I paid them no mind when they tried to get their rap on. All this was taking place while Paul Anthony and I were just becoming friends. Full Force was looking for someone to play the permanent role of Roxanne, even though they had already cut the track with someone they picked out of a club, whom, by the way, had absolutely no rap experience. They utilized her for an answer back to outbid Roxanne Shante's track. It seems that while they tried to create this character, they were having issues with this individual and her mother, so I was told, and that's when I was asked by Paul Anthony if I would audition for the guys, and I said sure, and I did. And, from there, I kept on walking in the shoes of THE REAL Roxanne."
In 1985, the Real Roxanne released the single "Romeo" with Hitman Howie Tee. The song peaked at #64 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
In 1986, she released the single "Bang Zoom (Let's Go-Go)" with Hitman Howie Tee, which peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #11 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The b-side "Howie's Teed Off" also peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, but it only stayed on the chart for 12 weeks.

In 1988, the Real Roxanne released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #30 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, a rap version of Aretha Franklin's "Respect" peaked at #55 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #71 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single, "Roxanne's On a Roll" peaked at #80 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #80 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 1992, the Real Roxanne released her last album to date, "Go Down (But Don't Bite It)" (under the name Roxanne) which failed to make the Billboard album charts.
The only single released was "Ya Brother Does/Mama Can I Get Some," but it didn't make the charts at all. After that, Roxanne stepped away from the music scene and seemingly faded into obscurity.

According to the 2008 interview with rapindustry.com, Roxanne had been working in the healthcare profession for 14 years as a Senior Patient Care Assistant and was working on getting her degree in nursing. She was still constructing her entertainment company and working on her publishing company.

To see a fan-made video for "Romeo" (Part One), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NyZV-nOU44

To see a fan-made video for "Romeo" (Part Two), go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBFK8JBSzNk

To see a fan-made video for "Bang Zoom (Let's Go-Go)," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Howie's Teed Off," go to:

To see the music video for "Respect," go to:

To see the music video for "Roxanne's On a Roll," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsGuMthovns

To see the music video for "Ya Brother Does," go to:

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Lisa Fischer

Lisa Fischer (born Lisa Melonie Fischer on December 1, 1958 in New York City, New York) is an R&B singer/songwriter. She is known for her wide, high vocal range and has sung back-up vocals for various artists.
In 1983, Lisa released a freestyle single, "On the Upside" under the name "Xēna." She also recorded a club track called "Only Love (Shadows)" which was briefly featured in the film, "Beat Street."

Lisa initially began her music career providing backing vocals for artists such as Melba Moore and Billy Ocean. She has also worked with many other famous singers as a session vocalist and sideman.

She accompanied Luther Vandross as a backup singer on his tours and albums until his death in addition to other artists such as Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack and Teddy Pendergrass.

In 1989, Lisa started singing as a session singer for the Rolling Stones and accompanied them on their tours.

In 1990, Lisa appeared on "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane" movie soundtrack with the song "Glad to Be Alive" with Teddy Pendergrass. The song peaked at #31 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
In 1991, Lisa released her debut album "So Intense" which peaked at #100 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Lisa scored a hit with the first single "How Can I Ease the Pain" which peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, #16 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

In 1992, the song won a Grammy Award for "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" and a Soul Train Music Award for "Best R&B/Soul Single, Female."
The follow-up single, "Save Me" peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart, #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #7 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.

The last single from the album, the title song, peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.

In 1992, Lisa was featured on the "Home Alone 2 Lost in New York" movie soundtrack with her version of "Oh Come All Ye Faithful."
In 1993, Lisa was featured on the "Made in America" movie soundtrack with the song "Colors of Love" which peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

After that, Lisa focused on being a backing singer. The reason for that is because she enjoyed being a backing singer more than a solo artist.

In addition to touring with the Rolling Stones, she has also toured with Tina Turner and appeared on Sting's album "If On a Winter's Night..." and performed with Sting & his band live in Durham Cathedral.

In 2010, Lisa appeared at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and continued to tour with him through 2010.

Lisa remained a guest artist with Chris Botti's band in 2011 and continued to appear at their 2012 concert. These days, she still continues to work as a backing vocalist, most recently appearing on Elements of Life's 2013 album "Eclipse."

To see the music video for "How Can I Ease the Pain," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4ZyCPhVvvM

To see the music video for "Save Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvfbyzYNCwA

To see a fan-made video for "So Intense," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEoHwng-6vc

To see a fan-made video for "Colors of Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbFAMWc8e-I

To see the music video for "Glad to Be Alive" with Teddy Pendergrass, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69mXfTkxPAQ



[updated on 03/24/13]