Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dionne Farris

Dionne Farris (born in 1968 in Bordentown, New Jersey) is a female R&B singer. She started out singing in high school, performing in her school's choir, and starred in a production of "Annie." After that, she sang solo and with a female vocal group named Onyx.

In 1990, Dionne moved to Atlanta to live with her dad and began dating drummer Rasta Don, who was an early member of music group Arrested Development.

The group was looking for a female singer and even though she wasn't an official member of Arrested Development, she provided vocals on their debut album especially on their hit song, "Tennessee" which caused not only media attention, but personal conflicts with Arrested Development member, Speech which caused Dionne to leave the group in 1993.

Chrysalis Records offered Dionne a solo record deal, but she turned it down, hoping for more artistic control than the record label wanted to give her.

She contacted funk/rock band, Follow For Now members, David Harris and Milton Davis, & Dionne collaborated with David on music material. Her demo made it to Sony Music.
In October of 1994, Dionne released her debut album "Wild Seed, Wild Flower" which peaked at #57 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
Dionne's first single "I Know" peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May of 1995, #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in June of 1995, and topped Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart in April of 1995, becoming Dionne's biggest hit.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The song was nominated for a Grammy for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" in 1996. She also appeared as the musical guest on the April 8, 1995 episode of "Saturday Night Live" with Damon Wayans as the guest host.

During that same year, Dionne gave birth to a daughter named Tate in May. She also sang the closing song "For Once in My Life" in the film "The Truth About Cats & Dogs."
Two more singles from Dionne's debut album "Passion" and "Don't Ever Touch Me Again" were released as singles, but didn't chart at all.
In 1997, Dionne was featured on the "Love Jones" movie soundtrack with the track "Hopeless" which peaked at #23 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, staying on the chart for 26 weeks. It also peaked at #42 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for a week.
In 2007, Dionne released her second album, "For Truth If Not Love" which is available for purchase on iTunes.

To see the music video for "I Know," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHsJe94TdhA

To see a fan-made video for "Don't Ever Touch Me Again," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRyaUgYbUAg

To see the music video for "Passion," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbyzLb82DJs

To see a fan-made video for "Food for Thought," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8my9_V9ohCE

To see a fan-made video for "For Once in My Life," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmRTS5o9aCY

To see a fan-made video for "Hopeless," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36Zp67eoAG0


[updated on 01/20/13]

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