Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Audrey Wheeler

Audrey Wheeler (born in Jamaica, Queens, New York) is a female R&B singer and top New York-based session singer.

She sang in a local choir and she was a finalist in the Miss Black America Pageant and a runner-up in the Miss Black Universe contest during her teen years.

Audrey has recorded backup vocals for artists such as Freddie Jackson, Glenn Jones, Eric Gable, Najee and even Atlantic Starr.

She started her music career in the early 80's when former members William Anderson and Bert & Ray Reid (of the 70's disco band, Crown Heights Affair) were looking for a female singer for their new group, Unlimited Touch.

They released their self-titled debut album on Prelude Records. Audrey was the lead vocalist from 1981 to 1983.
In 1983, Audrey released the single "Your Love is Serious" on the Prelude Records label. In 1985, she was featured on Jeff Lorber's song. "Step By Step." In 1987, she got a record deal with Capitol Records.
During that same year, Audrey released her debut album, "Let it Be Me." It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.

The two singles released from the album "Forget About Her" and "Irresistible" didn't apear to make Billboard's R&B charts at all.

In the early 90s, Audrey recorded a duet called, "This Must Be Heaven" with musician Omar Chandler on his self-titled 1991 album.

During that same year, she was signed to a new record deal on Nile Rodgers' new record label, Ear Candy.
Also in 1991, Audrey released her sophomore album "I'm Yours Tonight" which managed to peak at #57 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The title song was released as a single, but it didn't make the charts at all. After the album's release, Ear Candy Records shut down and Audrey went back to doing session & concert work

These days, Audrey is married to musician Will Downing, but it's unknown if she's still active in the music business.

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

To see a fan-made video for "Irresistible," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2ssikZU-LU

To see a fan-made video for "I Miss You, Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPtYf13Bejs

2 comments:

djtenn2000 said...

audrey wheeler is married to will downing

KC said...

I went to High school with Ms. Wheeler, I ran into her about15 years ago when I was managing Chandra Simmons.

Kelvin Crenshaw