Sunday, July 15, 2012

Basia

Basia (born Barbara Trzetrzelewska on September 30, 1954 in Jaworzno, Poland) is a female pop\jazz singer from the late 80's\early 90's.

In 1969, Basia made her musical debut as a guest of local amateur rock band, Astrya and performed with them at the Polish Festival of Beat Avangarde in Kalisz where they won. Because of the performance, Basia was a member of the popular Polish all-female vocal group, Alibabki from 1972 to 1974. She also sang with a rock band called Perfect from 1977 to 1979.

In 1979, Basia temporarily moved to Chicago and later relocated to London in 1981 where she met Mark Reilly and long-time collaborator, Danny White (who is the brother of jazz guitarist Peter White).

In 1983, the three of them performed as the jazz-pop group, Bronze, but they later changed their name to Matt Bianco and released their debut album in 1984.

The album was successful in Europe, selling more than 1.5 million copies and scored two Top 30 hits on the UK Singles chart. In 1985, Basia and Danny White left Matt Bianco to start Basia's solo career.
On August 21, 1987, Basia released her debut album, "Time and Tide" on Epic Records. The album peaked at #36 on the Billboard 200 and topped Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz albums chart in the US. In the UK, the album peaked at #61 on the UK Albums chart.

In Australia, the album peaked at #50 on the Australian Albums chart and in France, the album peaked at #16 on the French Albums chart.

The album sold almost 2 million copies and in the US, the album sold over 1 million units. It was certified Gold in France and certified Platinum in the US.
The first single, "Prime Time TV" peaked at #88 on the UK Singles chart and #68 on the charts in Germany. It didn't make the charts in the United States.
The second single from the album, "Run for Cover" failed to make the charts in the US or internationally.
The third single, "Promises" fared better than the previous one, peaking at #48 on the UK Singles chart and #78 in Canada. In the United States, it managed to peak at #8 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
The fourth single, "Freeze Thaw" failed to make the charts at all just like the second single, "Run for Cover."

 The fifth single, "New Day For You" peaked at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. The song was moderately successful in the Netherlands.
The last single from the album, "Time and Tide" became Basia's biggest hit to date, peaking at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in the US. In the UK, the song peaked at #61 on the UK Singles chart.
On October 23, 1989, Basia released her sophomore album, "London Warsaw New York" which peaked at #20 on the Billboard 200 and became her second number one jazz album in the US.

In the UK, the album peaked at #68 on the UK Albums chart. In France, it peaked at #28 on the French Albums chart and in Japan, it peaked at #33 on the Japanese Albums chart.

The album was certified Platinum in August of 1992, selling over 1 million copies in the United States. It was also certified Gold in France.
The first single from the album, "Baby You're Mine" which peaked at #84 on the UK Singles chart. In the US, it peaked at #18 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. It also made the Adult Contemporary chart in Canada and was moderately successful in France.
The second single, "Cruising for Bruising" peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in the US. In the UK, the song peaked at #86 on the UK Singles chart. The song was also moderately successful in Canada, France, and the Netherlands.

The third single, "Copernicus" failed to make the charts at all, but she performed the song live in November 1990 on "Late Night with David Letterman."
The last single, "Until You Come Back to Me" peaked at #33 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. The music video for the single contains footage shot in Seattle.

Basia's second album won a Grammy Award for "Top Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year." She also achieved success in Japan, the Philippines, & Europe, especially in France.

In 1991, Basia released her first long-form video entitled "A New Day" which contains all of her videos and an interview.
On May 3, 1994, Basia released her third album, "The Sweetest Illusion" which peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 chart.

In Japan, the album peaked at #6 on the Japanese Albums chart and in France, the album peaked at #39 on the French Albums chart. In the US, the album was certified Gold in December of 1994 with sales in excess of 500,00 units.
The only single to chart from the album was "Drunk on Love" which peaked at #41 on the UK Singles chart and in the US, the song topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart for a week. The follow-up singles, "Third Time Lucky," "Yearning," and "Perfect Mother" failed to chart at all.
In 1995, Basia released her first live album, "Basia on Broadway" which was recorded at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York. A year later, Basia was featured on Peter White's album, "Caravan of Dreams" on the song, "Just Another Day."
In 1998, Basia released the compliation album, "Clear Horizon: The Best of Basia" which contained all of Basia's notable hits along with new material including a cover version of Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim's song, "Waters of March."

During that time, Basia decided to take a break from the music scene with the sole exception of a guest appearance on Taro Hakase's cover version of "So Nice (Summer Samba)" in 1999. Basia's reason for leaving the music business was due to the deaths of people close to her, including her mother.

After some persistent efforts from Danny White and Mark Reilly (who started working together again), Basia agreed to join a re-formed version of Matt Bianco.

In 2004, they released the album, "Matt's Mood" to critical acclaim. After going on tour to promote the album, Basia and Danny White began working on a new Basia music project while Mark Reilly continued with Matt Bianco.

In March of 2009, Basia released her fourth album, "It's That Girl Again" which peaked at #5 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums. The album received critical, commercial success and even went Platinum in Poland.

She promoted the album on her world tour in which the first leg began in 2009. In the spring of 2010, Basia partcipated in the World Rhythms Tour with Bernie Williams and embarked on the second leg of her tour. She toured the United States twice in 2010 and in 2011, Basia made a guest appearance on the Polish edition of "The X-Factor."
In September of 2011, Basia released her second live album, "From Newport to London: Greatest Hits Live... and More" which included two new studio recordings including a duet with Polish soul singer, Mieczysław Szcześniak. She recorded another duet with him on his 2011 album, "Signs," singing a cover version of Vanessa Williams' hit song, "Save the Best for Last."

During the fall of that same year, Basia went on a 5-week, coast-to-coast American tour.

To see Basia's official website, go to:
http://www.basiasongs.com/Home.html

To see the music video for "Prime Time TV," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOCJtQ_1vnE

To see the music video for "Run For Cover," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD7uE4W-qSw

To see the music video for "New Day For You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJPmZFUDoi8

To see the music video for "Promises," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPRaRD9ZBBw

To see the music video for "Time and Tide," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN1mfwY7gsQ

To see the music video for "Baby You're Mine," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHSlwVGEbgs

To see the music video for "Cruising for Bruising," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myknrlmt1Y4

To see the music video for "Until You Come Back to Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbWtzXuoXI8

To see the music video for "Drunk on Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYzK2IlYoUU

To see the music video for "Third Time Lucky" (from her 3rd album), go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZV5Nk5IVsU

To see the music video for "Yearning" (from her 3rd album), go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xILzy8f6aoU

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