Monday, May 31, 2010

Tashan

Tashan (born Thomas Jerome Pierce on April 30, 1962 in Poughkeepsie, New York) is a male R&B artist.

As a kid, Tashan's mother enrolled him in a dance studio and took him out of school from time to time to take him into New York for auditions. He was a part of a group called Estelle and Alphonse's Dance Studio, performing before live audiences.

Tashan sang in his local church choir when he was 7 years old where his mother was the musical director. At the age of 13, she gave up the music group and started developing his musical skills.

He started his music career in the mid-80's, writing and producing the song "Yours for a Night" which was recorded by rap group Whodini. In 1985, he was signed to Def Jam\Columbia Records.
A year later in 1986, Tashan released his debut album, "Chasing a Dream." It's unknown how the album charted, but it was well-received by critics and the song "You've Got the Right Attitude," a duet with singer Alyson Williams was popular with soul purists.
The title song managed to peak at #100 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn't make any impact on the charts in the U.S. at all.

The follow-up singles "Thank You Father," "Read My Mind" and "Love Is..." were released, but it's unknown how or if these singles ever charted.
In 1989, Tashan's second album, "On the Horizon" was released, but didn't appear to chart at all on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single "Black Man" managed to peak at #35 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
The second single "Save the Family" became Tashan's highest chart appearance to date, peaking at #34 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
The last single from the album "Think About You" peaked at #74 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
In 1993, Tashan released his third album, "For the Sake of Love" was released, but it didn't chart at all on the Billboard charts.
The only single to chart "Love is Forever" managed to peak at #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.

The songs from the album, "All I Ever Do" and "Romantically Inspired" were well-received from fans. He also covered Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" on the album also.

In 2002, Tashan performed a sold-out concert in the UK at the Fleetwood Soul Weekender. During that same year, a compliation album of his songs from 1986 to 1993 was released in the UK.
Also in that same year, Tashan released his fourth album "Life Goez On" on his own record label, PowerKingdom Music. These days, he continues to be active with his music career.

To see Tashan's official website, go to:
www.Tashan7.com

To see a fan-made video for "Chasin' a Dream," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2QIpj2yCWU

To see a fan-made video for "Read My Mind," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5T4NCTDRlU

To see a fan-made video for "Thank You Father," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0241Et4S4M

To see a fan-made video for "Love Is...," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2zo-UbZgCA

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

To see the music video for "Save the Family," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYRvh77QbY0

To see a fan-made video for a remixed version of "Think About Me," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wlRoAPBsQY

To see the music video for "Love is Forever," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTiX-8kPiOQ


[Updated on 4\15\2016]

2 comments:

Jahlaune said...

I have a cassette of this singer and like their is a song or two I like. NEVER knew who he was or where I even got the tape from ! I like your blog!!!

Jahlaune said...

wow and hes older now I followed the link! Looks nothing like the cassette cover I remember