Saturday, April 27, 2013

Maria Vidal

Maria Vidal (born Maria Elena Fernandez-Vidal on August 1, 1960) is a female pop/rock singer from the 80s.

She was a former member of producer/songwriter Desmond Child's girl group, Rouge. The group released two albums in the late-70s and scored a disco hit with the song, "Our Love is Insane."

After the group broke up, Maria provided backing vocals for artists such as Paul Stanley, Ellen Foley, and Jenny Burton. In 1984, she was asked to record the theme song for the movie, "Body Rock" starring Lorenzo Lamas.
Even though the movie flopped, the title song became a hit, peaking at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. In the U.K., the song managed to peak at #11 on the U.K. Singles chart.

Maria was working on an album with music producer, Jellybean, but it ended up being shelved. After that, she went back to doing session work and songwriting for various artists such as Stevie Nicks and John Waite.

In 1985, she appeared in the Jim Carrey movie "Once Bitten" as a member of a high school band and provided two songs to the movie's soundtrack.
In 1987, A&M Records decided to sign Maria for an album deal and during that same year, she released her self-titled debut album.
The first single, "Do Me Right" was produced by Desmond Child, but didn't make the Billboard charts at all.
A second promo single, "House of Love" flopped and Maria was dropped from her record label. Despite that, she managed to maintain close ties with Desmond and producers Robbie Seidman & Rick Nowels (whom she later married).

Maria went back to session singing and songwriting for artists such as Julie Brown, Belinda Carlisle, Gregg Alexander, Ace of Base, Cher, Alice Cooper, Bette Midler, Celine Dion, and the Real McCoy.
In 2009, she released her second album, "Living in Radical Radiance" which is available through her website. 

These days, Maria still appears to be active in the music business, most recently providing vocals on Lana Del Rey's "Born to Die" album and Ronan Keating's "Fires" album in 2012.

To see Maria's website, go to:
http://mariavidal.net/

To see the music video for "Body Rock," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX3bG4hcU-g

To see a fan-made video for "Do Me Right," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTJQhXfVyqk

To see a fan-made video for "House of Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4Br_h8ga7s

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