Imaani

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Imaani performing at the Dalston Festival Vortex in September 2008.

Imaani Saleem (born Melanie Crosdale,[1] 1972, Derby, England) is an English singer.

Career[edit]

In 1998, she entered the A Song For Europe competition to find the UK's song for the Eurovision Song Contest. Her track "Where Are You" was a runaway winner with the British public and was selected to represent the UK. Imaani finished six points behind the winner Dana International, in second place in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998.[2]

After its success in the contest, "Where Are You" entered the UK Singles Chart in May 1998, peaking at #15.[1] The track spent more than two months in the chart. Despite this success, her record label EMI decided to cancel the release of her follow-up single "You Got A Way" and parted company with Saleem.

In 2000, she supplied the lead vocals on Tru Faith & Dub Conspiracy's UK garage cover of Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me". "Freak Like Me" reached No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart.[3] Saleem went on to record with the jazz-funk band, Incognito.[4]

Since 2005, Saleem has performed as part of UK session organization, The AllStars Collective.[5]

In 2006, she sang on a house track, "Bring Me Love", by the Copyright Project on Defected Records. The track received a limited release in the UK, but reached the Top 3 in the club chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 267. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Precious song for Europe". BBC. 12 March 1999. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 568. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Reference to Imaani work with Incognito on Discogs". Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Imaani Saleem profile on The AllStars Collective website". Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
Preceded by
Katrina and the Waves
with "Love Shine a Light"
UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
1998
Succeeded by
Precious
with "Say It Again"