Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Brigette McWilliams

Brigette McWilliams (born in Chicago, Illinois) is a female R&B singer from the '90s. Her mother is singer Paulette McWilliams, who fronted Chaka Khan's band, Rufus (before Chaka Khan joined).
In 1994, Brigette released her debut album, "Take Advantage of Me" which didn't chart at all on the Billboard 200 chart.
Her first appearance on the Billboard charts was with her first single "I Get the Job Done" which peaked at #96 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.

Despite her talent, critics accused Brigette of attempting to force a soul voice into an R&B format.

After releasing her debut album, she was asked to appear as part of Black Women United (which also included female R&B artists such as Mary J. Blige, En Vogue, Zhane, Me'shell Ndegéocello, and Salt-N-Pepa) on the song "Freedom" which was featured on the 1995 "Panther" movie soundtrack.
In 1997, Brigette released her sophomore album "Too Much Woman" which also didn't peak on the Billboard 200 chart.

She enlisted soul musicians such as Billy Preston, former Rufus guitarist Bobby Watson, percussionist Paulinho De Costa, and Earth, Wind, & Fire members Al McKay (guitarist) and Larry Dunn (keyboardist).
The lead single from the album "Fire" peaked at #66 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks, becoming Brigette's highest chart appearance to date. After that, she was dropped from Virgin Records' roster.
In 2005, Brigette released her third album, "Starlite Lounge" on Expansion Records in the UK. These days, she is married to director Mark Romanek and since 2005, she is a designer of upscale bags & purses called B. Romanek.

To see the music video for "I Get the Job Done," go to:

To see a fan-made video for "Fire," go to:

[updated on 04\16\2016]

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