Ann Lee (singer)

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Ann Lee
Birth name Annerley Emma Gordon
Born (1967-11-12) 12 November 1967 (age 47)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Genres Eurodance
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts Corona

Ann Lee (born Annerley Emma Gordon, 12 November 1967)[1] is a British eurodance singer and songwriter, who rose to fame in the late 1990s.

Career[edit]

Having moved to live in Italy in the late 1980s, she was talent scouted, and was often used as the lead singer on a series of Eurodance singles, issued under various aliases. These have included Charme, Anne, Ally & Jo, DJ Space'C, Lolita, A Kay BJ, Alex, Wienna and TH Express. She also released a few Eurobeat solo singles on the Italian label A.Beat-C. under the names Annerley Gordon and Annalise.[2] Gordon is credited with contributing to the composition of the break-out, international, chart-topping song "Rhythm of the Night", released in Italy in December 1993 on the DWA record label, by the Eurodance project Corona (captained by Francesco Bontempi).

Annerley Gordon co-wrote several songs for the Whigfield project,[2] which is fronted by Danish singer Sannie Carlson. As the voice featured in Whigfield's songs was very similar to Gordon's, Carlson was accused of being just another model lip synching to Gordon's voice.

Her first solo single under the name "Ann Lee" was "2 Times", originally released in 1998. It was re-released in early 1999 and became a Top 10 hit in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Norway, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. It also hit number 2 in her native United Kingdom,[3] and reached number one in Flanders and Denmark. In Canada it reached number 14 on the singles chart.[4] "2 Times" was featured in the 2001 film Head Over Heels as the movie's theme song.

The second Ann Lee single, "Voices", fared considerably less well, although it was a Top 10 hit in the Czech Republic, Denmark and Spain, and Top 30 in the United Kingdom.[3]

2007 saw the return of Lee with a new album, So Alive, with the single "Catches Your Love". The releases have only been available as digital downloads. She appeared on the BBC TV show Never Mind the Buzzcocks on 31 January 2008. In 2009, Lee released a new single, "2 People", on the Off Limits label. In December of that year, Lee provided the vocals for Favretto's single "I Get The Feeling", also released by Off Limits.

Personal life[edit]

Annerley Gordon bought a house in Italy in 2005, and has a son born in the same year.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1999: Dreams
  • 2007: So Alive

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS
[6]
AUT
[7]
BEL
(Vl)

[8]
CAN
[9][10]
FRA
[11]
GER
[12]
IRE
[13]
NED
[14]
SPA
[15]
UK
[3]
1999 "2 Times" 4 3 1 14 9 5 2 4 13 2 Dreams
"Voices" 18 13 57 53 55 6 27
2000 "Ring My Bell" 61 17
2001 "So Deep"
2003 "No No No" Single only
2007 "No No No" So Alive
"2 Times 2007" Singles only
2009 "2 People"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ a b Annerley Gordon on Discogs
  3. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 315. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Ann Lee > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Meran, Tavi (September 2009). Ann Lee Interview. Eurodance Encyclopedia. Accessed from 24 April 2013.
  6. ^ Ann Lee Australian peaks. australian-charts.com
  7. ^ Ann Lee Austrian peaks. austriancharts.at.
  8. ^ Ann Lee Flanders peaks. ultratop.be.
  9. ^ Chary History. Billboard. Accessed from 14 April 2013.
  10. ^ Ann Lee Overview. Billboard. Accessed from 14 April 2013.
  11. ^ Ann Lee French peaks. lescharts.com.
  12. ^ Ann Lee German peaks. charts.de
  13. ^ Search for Irish peaks. Irishcharts.le. Under Search by artist enter Ann Lee. Then click search.
  14. ^ Ann Lee Dutch Top 40 peaks. top40.nl.
  15. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  16. ^ "Gold & Platin". IFPI (Austria). Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Ann Lee)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  18. ^ "Certified Awards Search: Ann Lee". BPI. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 

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