Saturday, October 13, 2012

Des'ree

Des'ree (born Des'ree Annette Weeks on November 30, 1968 in London, England) is a female pop\R&B singer from the '90s.

Her mother is from Guyana and her father is from Barbados. Des'ree was introduced to reggae, calypso, and jazz music by her parents. She became interested in starting a music career following a two year trip to Barbados with her family when she was 11 years old.
In February of 1992, Des'ree released her debut album, "Mind Adventures" which managed to peak at #26 on the UK Albums chart.
The first single, "Feel So High" peaked at #51 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks. The song was featured on the U.S. version of Des'ree's second album and managed to peak at #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #39 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart in 1995.
The title song peaked at #43 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks. The last single from the album, "Why Should I Love You" peaked at #44 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks as well.
In 1993, Des'ree was featured on a duet with singer Terrance Trent D'Arby on the song, "Delicate" which peaked at #14 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
In July of 1994, Des'ree released her sophomore album, "I Ain't Movin'" which peaked at #13 on the UK Albums chart, #27 on the Billboard 200, and topped Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "You Gotta Be" became a hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of 1995, #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in March of 1995, #6 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, #24 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #72 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart in April of 1995, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.

In the UK., the song peaked at #20 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks. Two remixed versions charted on the UK Singles chart: the first at #14 in 1995 and the second at #10 in 1999. The song was also moderately successful internationally

The music video was nominated for "Best Female Video" at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost out to Madonna's "Take A Bow."

It was also featured in the end credits of the film "The Next Karate Kid." The success of the single made Des'ree's second album sell in excess of 2.5 million copies worldwide and led to an American tour with singer Seal in 1995.
The title song peaked at #44 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks, but failed to chart anywhere else.
The last single from the album, "Little Child" peaked at #69 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for only a week.
In 1997, Des'ree released the single, "Kissing You" which peaked at #17 on the ARIA Singles chart in Australia. The song is well known for being featured in the film & soundtrack of "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.
In August of 1998, Des'ree released her third album, "Supernatural" which peaked at #16 on the UK Albums chart, #185 on the Billboard 200, and #72 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The lead single from the album, "Life" peaked at #8 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks, becoming her highest chart appearance on the UK Singles chart to date.

The song was also successful in Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, and Australia. It also topped the charts in Spain.
The second single, a cover version of Bruce Springsteen's song, "Fire" featuring Babyface, failed to make the charts at all. It was featured on the "Hav Plenty" movie soundtrack.
The last single from the album, "What's Your Sign?" peaked at #19 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.

In 1999, she was featured on Ladysmith Black Mombazo's cover version of Bill Withers' song, "Ain't No Sunshine" which managed to peak at #42 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for 2 weeks.

In 1998, Des'ree's song, "Feel So High" was interpolated in Janet Jackson's song, "Got 'Til It's Gone" from her album, "The Velvet Rope" without due credit to her as a contributor which prompted a lawsuit. When the maxi-single was released in 2000, it lists Des'ree and Michael Graves as one of the writers of the song.

In 1999, Des'ree won a BRIT Award for the British Female Solo Artist category. She has won several awards including an Ivor Novello Award, World Music Award, Urban Music Award and a BMI Award for over 5 million plays of "You Gotta Be" in America alone.

Between 1999 and 2003, Des'ree studied photography, art and ceramics at the Camberwell College of Arts.
In March of 2003, Des'ree released her latest album to date, "Dream Soldier" which peaked at #178 on the UK Albums chart.
The only single released from the album was "It's Okay" which peaked at a low #69 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for only a week.

Despite not releasing any albums since 2003, Des'ree continues songwriting and performing for charities.

To see the music video for "You Gotta Be," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhpZfltbnAQ

To see the music video for "Feel So High," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQcVqhuUftI

To see a fan-made video for "Kissing You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNioG5anmBE

To see the music video for "Life," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5Ej_WQhKSI

To see the music video for "Fire," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEm40-cQgKs

To see a fan-made video for "What's Your Sign," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fONO4xY7UO8

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