Lisa Fisher, Sade, and Lisa Stansfield: My Favorite 80's Female Music Artists
The 70s and 80s in my opinion had some of the best females singers in the R&B music genre. There were a few of them that stood out among the crowd with their incredible voices and singing styles. They had charisma and each had their own unique way of entertaining the audiences. Some of them were singers like Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul; Donna Sumner, lady of the disco years; Stephanie Mills, the singer originally started in the play, “The Wiz”; Patti LaBelle, from “Lady Marmalade”, Teena Maria with Rick James and many more. However, during my senior year in college and the first few years after graduation as a DJ there were three female singers I remembered receiving the most requests to play their songs. They were Lisa Fischer, Lisa Stansfield and Sade. They just stood out to me. These ladies were incredible. I just loved their singing. Unfortunately, today’s singers are not like these ladies were back in the day. Let me take you down memory lane. So relax and watch the videos presented here of these three wonderful women singing their signature songs. Songs that identified them and their personality. You probably are wondering why I stop at three, honestly, because there are quite a few of them. I will write about more of them later. I hope you enjoy the video of each one of these ladies singing the song that got them notice.
Lisa Fischer, born in Brooklyn in 1958, is my favorite of the three I am writing about here. She started her singing career as a session singer; one who sings as a backup singer for live performances when they are available. In this role she had sung with prominent artists such Luther Vandross, Sting, Tina Turner, Grover Washington Jr., Roberta Flack and The Rolling Stone. She is considered to be one of the most successful of backup singers in the music industry due to her ability to sing at the highest register of the human voice. This register is often called the “whistle register” because the notes she were reaching while singing fell in the range of notes made by a whistle. For comparison, this range is higher than “falsetto”. You will hear her hit these high notes at about the 3:38 time point in the video. You can't miss it.
Lisa reached her peak in 1991 with her release of “How Can I Ease the Pain” on the album entitled “So Intense”. I just love listening to this song. This song ultimately put her on the Billboard 200 chart at position number one hundred and number one on the R&B charts. She won a Grammy Award for this song in 1991 tied with Patti LaBelle. They both were awarded a Grammy Award for their respective songs that year and in 1992 the song was nominated again for a Grammy Award. You can experience her vocal ability in the video below and see why I like this song so much. You will clearly see how much emotion she puts into her singing when she sings this song at a live performance in Japan in 1992. She is incredible. Today Lisa is still singing and writing her own songs for an upcoming album. She just recently performed at the 2010 CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island Chris Botti, a jazz trumpeter.
Lisa Stansfield is another incredible and gifted artist. She is one of the few British female singers I enjoy listening to. She was born in Heywood, Lancashire in England in 1966. Lisa became popular here in the U.S. and worldwide with the release of her hugely popular song “ All Around The World” in 1989, which became her signature song. This was a good dance song during that year and this is why it was requested so much at discos. It became the number one song in the United Kingdom and peaked at number three on the Billboard in the United States the following year. Lisa sang this song as a duet with a few singers including the late ladies' man Barry White.
Lisa continued to produce many popular hits in the UK for many years after her popular song and even appeared as an actor in the 1999 movie “Swing” with Hugo Speer and in the play “The Vagina Monologues” in London. She was also known for her generous monetary contributions for “AIDS” research and to the “Labour Party” in the UK. She currently makes occasional appearances on the music scene. Check out her singing style in the video as she sings her signature song. Again you can feel the emotion in the song.
All Around The World Video
Sade at 51
Sade (pronounced as "Shah day"), the lead singer of the English band with the same name, was born in 1959 in Nigeria to a Nigerian Father and an English mother. Her singing career also started as a backup singer for a group called “Pride”. She eventually left the group and went solo to produce her first solo hit “Smooth Operator”. She ultimately became the most successful solo artist in the United Kingdom’s history selling 50 million copies of “Diamond Life” in 1984 with that song.
Sade continued to put hits after hits on the music charts both in the United Kingdom and the United States with her smooth jazz singing. If you really want to relax, all of her songs are perfect for that. Also it is rare where I will buy an album or CD and like every song on the album. Her albums are the only ones in my record collection that falls in this category. However, there are two songs I can listen to all day from her albums. The first one is “Your Love Is King” and the second one is “The Sweetest Taboo”. They both have a nice beat in them. These to me are her signature songs. After about two decades of silence, Sade recently re-appeared on the music scene with release of her latest album “Soldier of Love” in 2010. She is ageless and as healthy as ever when you see her in the video. She is an amazing singer, songwriter and producer. Check out the video below. It is hard to believe she is 51 in the photo above. When she was singing “Your Love Is King” in this video. She looks good.
Sade Your Love is King
The three singers are remarkable in their own and unique ways. I cannot find too many female artists today who possess these kind of combinations when they are singing to their audiences. It is not like it use to be in the 80s and 90s when female singers use to mesmerized the audience.
© 2011 Melvin Porter