Lisa Stansfield is an English singer-songwriter who can boast that she has sold over 20 million albums worldwide to date and garnered an impressive number of awards throughout her career. Sacred success for a little singer who began her artistic career in 1980 by winning the Search for a star TV hook.
After a few unsuccessful solo attempts at the start of the decade, she formed with Ian Devaney and Andy Morris the group Blue Zone in 1984. An adventure that will last 5 years and produce some major hits. But nothing more.
It was from 1989 that the singer decided to take her career back in hand. She co-wrote and recorded at the beginning of the year with the group Coldcut the title "People hold on". The title will tour the world and launch the singer's solo career in a sensational way.
But it is especially the end of the year that will see his notoriety explode with the release of his first album "Affection". Album she co-wrote with her former Blue Zone companions. A huge, critically-acclaimed album that went on to sell more than 5 million copies and pranced at the top of most of the World Charts.
Album from which a first noticed single will be extracted, "This is the right time". But also and above all the single "All around the word", a flagship single which will hit the world and which will remain as the biggest success of all her discography, just that. Over a million copies will be sold in the United States alone !
The album continued to produce new tracks the following year with the release of two new mega hits in 1990, "Live together" and "What did I do to you ?".
With a success that exceeded all expectations, she did it again a year later in 1991 by releasing the album "Real love". The album also achieved particularly impressive sales scores but could not compete with its predecessor. Album which nevertheless produces two very large caliber titles that are "Change" and "All woman" which, too, have made a remarkable journey in the Charts.
We started again on more or less the same bases of success in 1992 with the singles “Time to make you mine” and “Set your loving free” still taken from the same album. A beautiful year 1992 when she also delivered the title "Someday (I'm coming back)" for the soundtrack of the now cult film 'The Bodyguard'. A decidedly exceptional soundtrack due to the success of some of its titles including this one and others such as the sublime "I will always love you" by Whitney Houston.
The soundtracks bring her rather luck, the proof with the title "In all the right places" which she wrote in 1993 for the soundtrack of another cult film namely 'Indecent Proposal' with Robert Redford and Demi Moore. First title included in his new album "So natural" which comes out the same year.
An album which sees the sales start to settle concerning her but which remain in levels well above the average of the competition. Either way, the beginning of a slump that would last until 1997, when the album "Lisa Stanfield" was released. The singer then regained a level of success comparable to that she enjoyed at the start of the decade.
In particular with 2 flagship titles that are “The real thing” and “Never, never gonna give you up” which come out the same year. Return of ephemeral success because these 2 titles will be his last notable successes. The singer will never again find the same level of excellence and inspiration that she has enjoyed in the past.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Your alibis 1981
The only way 1982
Listen to your heart 1983
People hold on 1989
This is the right time 1989
All around the world 1989
Live together 1990
What did I do to you ? 1990
You can’t deny it 1990
All woman 1991
Time to make you mine 1992
Set your loving free 1992
Someday (I’m coming back) 1992
In all the right places 1993
So natural 1993
Little bit of heaven 1993
Dream away 1994
The real thing 1997
Never, never gonna give you up 1997
1981 ... a first quality title but which does not allow to locate the real talent of the singer. We will have to wait a little longer ...
1982 ... radical change of style and sound a year later. The Dance style, however welcome, will not make it possible to change the situation. Still failed test ...
1983 ... she hangs on, she hangs on. And try all styles. What is clear is that she has not yet found the right one ...
1989 ... small air gap of 5 years during which she opens the Blue Zone parenthesis. A parenthesis that allows her to learn and come back in dazzling form at the end of the decade. Result of the races : first global mega hit. MAS-TER-FUL !
1989 ... an incredible metamorphosis that allows her to approach a second part of his solo career in the best possible way. From now on, each title released becomes almost immediately a top hit. A talent that only asked to explode, the proof with this new title !
1989 ... a truly incredible year 1989 which saw her align an absolutely astonishing number of mega planetary hits. She signed here quite simply the biggest hit of her entire career, thanks to this title which ended up at the top of almost all the World Charts. MO-NU-MEN-TAL !
1990 ... a resurrection that will not be limited to the 1980s. The 1990s promises to be auspicious for the singer. The proof with this new title which in turn is a hit
1990 ... a sound perfectly in tune with the times and which makes the singer one of the big phenomena of the moment. A well-deserved recognition !
1990 ... of course, the year 1990 will not be able to compete in terms of success with the year 1989 but we will largely be satisfied with these three new top hits on the clock
1991 ... his second biggest hit. The singer is at the height of her possibilities and her art and everything becomes disconcertingly easy !
1991 ... here she is in Intimist mode, a domain which is not necessarily her favorite domain. Anyway, the result is once again up to the task !
1992 ... BIG year 1992 with a plethora of titles starting with this one. It will not necessarily be the singer's best vintage, but several titles will have a very good career in the Charts
1992 ... back to Dance mode. The inspiration is still present but it just lacks the little grain of genius that could make all the difference as in the past ...
1992 ... we end the year 1992 in style with this title which will remain as the best classified of all those released that year. The artist remains in the leading pack and does not intend to be left behind by the competition !
1993 ... we start the year 1993 on a dynamic which does not weaken of an Iota. Very gently, on a new Intimist title of all beauty, one more !
1993 ... the style turns more and more towards the Intimist, thus showing a new underlying trend in the singer. See if that will be enough to keep her at the top of the bill ...
1993 ... false trend of funds in truth because she is back in Dance mode. Chase the natural, it comes back at a gallop
1994 ... a shocking and above all charming duo in this year 1994. The whole on a sumptuous title all in finesse which will be in the soundtrack of the film "The Pagemaster"
1997 ... small air gap of 3 years and come back in force in this year 1997 with this title which allows her to return to success. A success that escapes more and more the singer ...
1997 ... the last notorious hit. And again, thanks to this luxury cover of Barry White's title from 1973. Times are getting harder and harder for the pretty Lisa. But the adventure is far from over because we will see her again the following decade. And in great shape !
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