Cherrelle

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Cherrelle
Birth name Cheryl Ann Norton
Born 1958 (age 55–56)[1]
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres R&B, funk
Years active 1981–present
Labels Tabu Records,
Power Records
Associated acts Stephanie Mills
Pebbles
Alexander O'Neal
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
SOS Band
Sheila E.

Cheryl Anne Norton, better known by her stage name Cherrelle, is an American R&B singer who gained fame in the 1980s. Her signature hits include "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On", "Where Do I Run To", "Everything I Miss at Home", and duets with R&B singer Alexander O'Neal such as "Saturday Love" and "Never Knew Love Like This."

Biography[edit]

Cherrelle began her career working with jazz/R&B artists Norman Connors and Michael Henderson, as well as touring with Luther Vandross. After Tabu Records founder Clarence Avant heard her demo, he signed her to Tabu Records in 1983. Cherrelle decided on her stage name after a boss from a previous job hollered "Cher-relle, you're late again!"[2]

In 1984, under the production of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Cherrelle released her debut album, Fragile. It featured her first R&B top ten single, "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On". That song (with a music video homage to the film King Kong, featuring Cherrelle as the beast's love interest) was covered about a year later by pop singer Robert Palmer on his 1985 album Riptide. It was also covered by Mariah Carey for her 2001 soundtrack album Glitter using the same instrumental track.

Cherrelle's follow up album, High Priority, was certified gold and produced the Top 40 hit and the #2 R&B hit Saturday Love, a duet with Alexander O'Neal, it would also land in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, peaking at Number 6. Cherrelle and O'Neal would have another Top 40 single with "Never Knew Love Like This", which peaked at #28 US pop in 1988, and #2 R&B. A remixed version of Saturday Love on Tabu records reached #55 in the UK Singles Chart in early 1990.

Her third album, 1988's Affair, included the Number 1 R&B single, "Everything I Miss at Home". The album's title track became another R&B hit, peaking at Number 4 on the R&B charts.

Cherrelle's cousin is pop singer Perri "Pebbles" Reid. Cherrelle and Johnny Gill were featured on Pebbles' 1991 single "Always", which made the R&B Top 20. That same year, Cherrelle released the album The Woman I Am, a first-time departure from using Jam and Lewis productions. The singer linked with producer Narada Michael Walden (known for working with Whitney Houston). Cherrelle reunited with the producers eight years later with her independent album The Right Time, released in 1999, and featuring a guest appearance from rapper Keith Murray.

Voice and musical ability[edit]

Cherrelle has a light-lyric soprano vocal range. Her voice has been called a "light, wispy and occasionally whiny soprano" which influenced the urban contemporary music markets by Ron Wynn of AllMusic.[3] Cherrelle's "light and airy soprano" were considered the inspiration as to why Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wanted to produce her and showcase her gift to the world.[4] Other critics gave her praise for being able to convey emotions.[5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Record label
US
[6]
US
R&B

[6]
GER
[7]
NZ
[8]
UK
[9]
1984 Fragile 144 27 Tabu
1985 High Priority 36 9 65 32 17
1988 Affair 106 15
1991 The Woman I Am 43
1999 The Right Time 55 Power
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of Cherrelle (1995, Tabu)
  • Greatest Hits (2005, Tabu)
  • Icon (2011, Tabu)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US
[6]
US
R&B

[6]
US
Dan

[6]
BEL
[10]
GER
[7]
IRE
[11]
NLD
[10]
NZ
[8]
UK
[9]
1984 "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" 79 8 6
"Fragile… Handle with Care" 37
"Like I Will (Tokyo Mix)"
1985 "You Look Good to Me" 26
"Saturday Love" (with Alexander O'Neal) 26 2 13 7 4 6
1986 "Will You Satisfy?" 57
"Artificial Heart" (A-Side) 18 5 41
"Oh No It's U Again" (B-Side)
1988 "Never Knew Love Like This" (with Alexander O'Neal) 28 2 24 49 24 26
"Everything I Miss at Home" 1 83
1989 "Affair" 4 15 67
"What More Can I Do for You" 58
1990 "Saturday Love (Feelin' Luv Mix)" (with Alexander O'Neal) 55
1991 "Never in My Life" 40
1992 "Tears of Joy" 23
"Still in Love with You" 86
1997 "Baby Come to Me" (with Alexander O'Neal) 56
1999 "The Right Time"
"Just Tell Me" 122
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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